Race news

Indian Lake flashmob snowshoe race

Do you want to run an Indian Lake flashmob snowshoe race  this winter? According to Wikipedia, “a flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.” We at FOIL believe this shouldn’t just apply to dancing in a shopping mall. It should apply to snowshoe racing in southern Wisconsin, where the snow can be great (or crappy) and planning a snowshoe race can be fun (or frustrating because the snow suddenly turns crappy). Don’t let the weather game you. Game the weather. We’ll hold snowshoe races at Indian Lake when it makes sense. Want to join us? Send an e-mail to trail@friendsofindianlake.org with the subject line sign me up for flashmob snowshoe racing. More details to come as winter approaches.

Two weeks until raceday

We’re excited to share the trails with you again this year! Remember that registration closes when we reach 400 runners or at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, whichever comes first. Only about 100 spots remain, so don’t miss the chance to join us. We have a few new features in 2015, including chip timing for faster on-site and online results and an improved website.

We’re also excited about another fantastic group of sponsors for this year’s race, including Spectrum, Berkeley Running Co., the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and more. New this year is a focus on locally produced food. We’ll have Murphy Farms fresh cheese curds, sausage from the Lodi Sausage Co., fruits and vegetables from Harmony Valley Farm, gift certificates from Northwood Farm and Flyte Family Farm, and of course pumpkins and popcorn from the Tree Farm. Oh, and those Hubbard Avenue cookies? They’re back too, along with the Currach Irish Trio’s great music.

Love the lake? Then join us on our run to restore! We’ll see you on Oct 3.

Thank you, results, and what is it?

Thank you for braving the elements and making ILTR 5 the best yet. And, of course, thanks to our extraordinary volunteers. Our timers are working on results and we’ll post them as soon as we can.

Finally, what is the design in the hat and sticker? It’s the elevation profile of the highest hill on the course, which we affectionately refer to as Ankle Sprain hill. You’ll also find reference to this on your new CD: two reels named The Merry Ankle Sprain.

Weather update

Runners, we’re looking forward to a great Saturday morning on the trails. With a high probability of a classic raw autumn day, be sure to dress well for pre- and post-race, and prepare for racing in the rain. The course is in great shape, and the woods are beautiful in any weather. See you tomorrow!