Wisconsin Trail Runs is an all volunteer organization that puts on two trail runs in beautiful south central Wisconsin, one in June at Blue Mound State Park and one in the fall at Black Hawk Ridge. Proceeds go to the Friends of Blue Mound State Park, Groundswell Conservancy and the Lower Wisconsin Riverway.

Join us at Black Hawk to run, eat, and celebrate another year with friends. This will be our 12th annual event at the historic, scenic and challenging Black Hawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway near Sauk City, Wisconsin.

We ran the Black Hawk trails on Sunday, August 26, and are happy to report they have survived the 8/20 rain event in very good condition.  Running the north end (16K) reminds one how challenging that section is with its steep ups and downs.  The heavy rain knocked down the skeeter population, at least for the moment.  Hope to see you in October.

WE HAVE REACHED OUR LIMIT.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  If you want to be part of this event you can contact us to volunteer. If you signed up but cannot run you can transfer your registration to someone else for a fee of $7.50. See registration page.

Groundswell Conservancy (formerly Natural Heritage Land Trust) is once again the co-host and beneficiary of this event. As an active land trust working in and around Dane County, Groundswell protects special places, forever. Since 1983, more than 11,000 acres of cherished land and water resources have been permanently protected. You can help protect special places forever with a donation when you register.

You might want to pay attention to what is happening on public lands. Many DNR properties are writing new master plans. We need to speak up for human trammeled trails. Expansion of ATV trails is being proposed for some properties and may be the tip of the iceberg.
Get involved if you care.

Something to think about: Trail Running and the Public Lands Debate


Savanna Trail Run Series
Participate in at least three of the four Dane County trail races from May to November and be part of our natural and trail running heritage. You'll traverse woods, hills, and prairies across the county at Donald and Indian Lake county parks, Blue Mound state park, and Blackhawk Ridge above the Wisconsin River. The landscape of southern Wisconsin was oak savanna, and restoration projects are going on in all our Savanna Series parks.  Check out the details here.

Congratulations to Jeff, John and the Indian Lake crew for pulling off another great event Saturday, October 6th!

100K/250K CLUB
Run a total of 100K on our trail runs--Blue Mound and Black Hawk Ridge--to join the 100K Club and get your orange hat.  Keep running and when you reach 250K you get a gold hat with your name embroidered on the back!

How close are you?  Check your progress toward the 100K Club here.

You're getting close if you made this list.



A special thanks to
Jim Berbee & Karen Walsh



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