Saturday 16th June 2018
Mid-Michigan Community College: 1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, United States
Don't relay race, team race....MUTT style. Get your team of 4 runners together for this one of a kind team trail race experience you'll find only at the MUTT!
The MUTT (Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail race) is not a relay race but rather a team trail race that requires 4 team members to start and stay together at the beginning of the race, and one by one turn around at the halfway point of each individual distance. The format allows for different distance runners to race together, and also assures each runner contributes to the success of the team.
Each team will consist on a 5, 10, 20, and 31 mile runner. At the start of the race, each team will start out running together and MUST stay together until they reach the 2.5 mile mark, then the 5 mile runner will turn around and return to the start/finish line completing the 5 mile run, while the remaining three runners continue on. At the 5 mile mark, the 10 mile runner will turn around and head back to the start/finish line, with the remaining two continuing on. At mile 10, the 20 mile runner will return and so on. Once all 4 runners return to the finish line completing their individual distances, all four times are tabulated for the total team time.
Pace strategy is key in managing the teams overall time. Thought needs to go into each portion of the race and how fast you race. Do you run hard in the first 2.5 miles as a team to give your 5 mile runner a chance at the podium? What does that pace do to your ultra-runner?
Mid-Michigan Community College's Harrison Campus sits on 560 acres of beautiful, wooded land. As a service to the community, the college and various community groups have developed trails through the property for the public to enjoy. The race course is a flowing 15.5 mile single track bike trail through various terrain and grades.
One unique aspect of the MUTT course is that even though it's run as an out and back race, the turnaround for the 31 mile runner is near the starting line, so the crowd can see the action at the 15.5 mile mark.
What makes the MUTT different?
All teams are automatically entered in the “Best in Show” (top team award) and “Best in Breed” (Top individual time) open division. This means that teams and individual times will not handicapped for the top spot in the race. Once the top team and individual distance awards are given, all remaining teams and individuals will be handicapped based on the following to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both team and individual categories:
Women plus age handicap - 10%
Age 10 and under - 10%
Age 11 to 15 - 5%
Age 16 to 39 - 0%
Age 40 to 49 (for each year over 39) - 1%
Age 50 to 64 (for each year over 49) - 10% + 1.5% per yr
We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for. Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled.
Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in the MUTT, then we would be happy to transfer your registration to a replacement athlete. This can be done right up to race day!
If you are interested in volunteering for the MUTT race, please sign up using the link below: www.tritofinish.com/events/2015/volunteer
Runner's Performance Stores Cook-out
Once again our title sponsor Runners Athletic Company will provide a fantastic lunch time cookout for everyone at the venue.
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