25k 50k

High Cliff Ultra 50k

August 5, 2017

General Info

Thanks for checking out the High Cliff Ultra! We're super excited to host an event like this in Northeast Wisconsin! We love the trails at High Cliff State Park and we think you will too! We want to make your experience as enjoyable as possible from start to finish. Whether you're a trail running rookie or an experienced veteran we hope you'll find tons of joy during the High Cliff Ultra. We'll do everything we can before, during, and after the event to help make it a successful and memorable time.

Past Years: 2016

The 50k race has been filled.

2017 Start List

Find out who will be toeing the line at this year's race. View the start list.

When: August 5, 2017
Where: High Cliff State Park Upper Pavillion - Sherwood, WI (Directions)
Start: 7:00am (50k)
Course Closes: 4:00pm (50k)

Race Day Parking

A Wisconsin state park sticker is required to park in High Cliff State Park. Each registration will receive one FREE day pass!

Cut-off Times

9 hours for the 50k. This means you'll have to average about 17 minutes per mile or better.

Race cut-offs exist for many reasons.

  1. For your safety
  2. To keep the race on schedule
  3. So our volunteers can go home at a reasonable time

No one wants to miss a cut-off and we certainly don't wish that for anyone. However, if you do miss a cut-off, please don't harass our volunteers into letting you continue. They're under orders from race staff, and that's really not fair to them.

We want everyone to be able to finish the race, but we have a couple cut-offs along the course. You'll be on-pace to finish the race in the allotted time if you make these cut-offs.

  1. Aid #1 12:30pm (at 18.2 miles)
  2. Aid #2 1:30pm (at 22.1 miles)

The cut-off time is the time you must leave the aid station, not the time you arrive.

Finisher Medals

Each finisher will receive a one of a kind hand crafted finisher medal. We really like them and we think you will too.

Here's a preview of the medal.

Finish Line (The place to be!)

If you like handmade pizza dough, sauce that's been perfected, and locally grown seasonal ingredients then I've got just the place for you! The finish line! WildFire Pizza from Two Rivers, Wisconsin will be handcrafting pizzas just for you after a great day on the trails.

Along with some other finish line goodies, we'll have locally made soda on tap from Twigs Beverage, in Shawano, WI

This is all free for racers and volunteers. Anyone else wanting to partake in tasty finish line foods and beverages needs a finish line ticket, which can be pre-ordered for $16 until midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, or bought for $22/each on race day. Pre-ordering ensures there’s plenty for everyone.

Registration Info

Registration is done online only and is open until August 2, 2017 at 11:59:59pm. The price is $65.

Packet Pickup / Pre Race

Bib pick-up and check-in begins at 5:45am and ends at 6:30am.
There may be a Friday night pick-up and check-in option. Please check back or join our mailing list for updates.
There is NO race day registration.
Bib pick-up is located in the Upper Pavillion.

Runners should be to the starting area around 6:45am to begin the race at 7:00am. (50k)

Race Guide

Registered runners should download the race guide.


The entire course is run on trails with the exception of a couple road crossings. There is a short section of paved trail and the rest are a mix of grass, rocks, gravel, dirt, and wood chips. There will be 2 fully stocked aid stations (#1 = 3 visits and #2 = 4 visits) on the course and 1 water only aid station (#3 = 2 visits). We will be offering Tailwind Nutrition at each fully stocked aid station. The course brings you back to the start/finish area 6 times. Your family, friends, and crew will have plenty of opportunities to see you.

Download full size course map.

No Cups!

There won't be any paper/plastic cups at aid stations, and there won't be any paper/plastic cups at the finish-line. We won't be making any exceptions to this rule. Please make sure you have your own container for water, soda, and electrolyte drinks.

Aid Stations (Distances are approximate)

# km miles Aid
1 4.5 2.8 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
2 10.8 6.7 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
3 16.4 10.2 Water
2 21 13.1 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
1 25.2 15.6 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
1 29.3 18.2 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
2 35.5 22.1 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid
3 41.2 25.6 Water
2 44.3 27.5 Water, Electrolytes, Food, General Aid

Crewing and Spectators

Crew can assist runners at aid stations only. Please do not follow your runner on the course or aid them in other areas of the park. You're able to see your runner 6 times during the race without having to drive anywhere. Please keep the traffic to a minimum in the park by following this rule. The race staff, other runners, and park goers thank you for helping with their safety.

Drop Bags

There will be a tarp at both fully stocked aid stations (#1 and #2) for runners that would like to use a drop bag. It is the runner's responsibility to place the bags on the tarps before the race and pick them up after the race.


1. No littering. None. Don't do it. Bring it in, bring it out.

2. Be nice. Be nice to each other, be nice to the volunteers, be nice to other park and trail users.

3. Have fun.

Violation of rules 1 and 2 will get you disqualified. If you are observed violating rule 3 (i.e., not having fun) we may withhold your post-race food and drink.

Training Runs

We host a few fun training runs before race day. We can help you learn the trails and help answer any questions you might have about trail running or the race itself.


The race is at High Cliff State Park in Sherwood, WI. The address is:

N7630 State Park Rd
Sherwood, WI 54169

Some GPS devices might bring you to the wrong entrance!

Google Map Link (Use this!)

Use this link to get directions right to the race parking area.

There will also be volunteers to help you find your way in the park.

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