Come “ski with the pack” in our XC ski marathon and half marathon on Saturday February 3rd. The 42 km course is a single loop that incorporates all of the best and most challenging trails at Minocqua Winter Park. The 24 km race is much tamer and does not include any of the “expert” trails that the 42 km race uses.
This is a chip-timed race with seeded wave starts and awards for top overall and division finishers. The 42 km marathon is a qualifier for the American Birkebeiner, and the 24 km half-marathon is a qualifier for the Kortelopet.
Stay refreshed and safe with six on-course aid stations and Ski Patrol coverage. Waxing equipment and supplies will be available on both courses (waxing benches, irons, heat guns, kick wax, tools, and solvents). Spare poles will also be available.
Registration for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous is limited to 300 skiers as a total of all four distance and technique races.
Both the 42K Marathon and 24K Half-Marathon will be offered in freestyle and classic techniques. Here is a list of all races:
- 42 km Marathon – Freestyle
- 42 km Marathon – Classic
- 24 km Half-Marathon – Freestyle
- 24 km Half-Marathon – Classic
All races have male and female divisions. The age classes for the 42 km Marathon will be in 5-year increments; age class for the 24 km Half-Marathon will be in 10-year increments.
Wolf Tracks 24K & 42K
Through January 27th :$75
January 28th – February 3rd: $85
Read Minocqua Winter Park’s official event policies regarding non-transferable bibs, cancellation, refunds, and more.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
5:00 PM – Race Course Sections Begin to Close for Final Grooming
Friday, February 2, 2018
9:00 AM– Chalet Opens. River Run, Nekoosa, and Wolf Tracks will be closed (Nutcracker closed at 1:00pm)
4:00-5:30 PM – Late Registration & Bib Pick-up
5:00 PM – Trails Close
6:00 PM – Chalet Closes
Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:30 AM – Chalet Opens for Late Registration & Bib Pick-up
8:15 AM – Registration & Bib Pick-up Ends for 42 km Marathon
9:00 AM – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous 42 km Marathon
9:15 AM – Registration & Bib Pick-up Ends for 24 km Half-Marathon
10:00 AM – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous 24 km Half-Marathon
12:00 PM – Announcement of Overall Division Winners
1:30 PM – Announcement of Age Class Award Winners
5:00 PM – Park Closes
Sunday, February 4, 2018
9:00 AM – Visit Winter Park at half-price for all racers and family members!
Racers are instructed to stay clear of the start and finish timing wires and zones when they are not racing, and to remove their bibs and stow them inside the chalet or their vehicle immediately following the race.
An awards ceremony will be held for the 24 overall winners of the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous. This includes the top three male and female finishers in each of the four distance and technique race divisions listed above.
For both the 42K and the 24K, awards will be given to the top three finishers in each distance, technique, and gender division. The age classes for the 42K races will be in 5-year increments, and the age classes for the 24K races will be in 10-year increments. Age class winners may collect their awards from the race information desk.
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Nearly all cross-country ski trails will be open during the Wolf Tracks, with tracking rules in effect until about noon. If you see a racer, please yield to them.
Caution should be exercised during race start and lead finisher times. All guests are requested to clear the first half of Base Loop until 10:30 AM, and to yield to all racers on the end of Nepco’s Cruise, all of Sleigh Ride, and the home-stretch of Silver Strider – the final 2km of both race courses – from 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon.
To avoid racers almost entirely, we encourage skiers to try the old-school single track on our 6′-wide Wilderness trails. Other options include Island Hop, C&D Express, and Lake Marie trails, which are not part of any race course.
The ski trails that will be used by racers will open in full as our racers move throughout the park:
- 10:30 AM – The “Western Hills,” including Base Loop, Tornado Alley, Survivor, Nutcracker, and Yukon Trail.
- 11:00 AM – The “Central Interior,” including most of X-C Express, Creek Trail, Beaver Pond, and Squirrel’s Tail.
- 12:00 Noon – Central and Southeast Trails, including Red Pine, VO2 Max, Mellow Meadow, Nekoosa, and Wolf Tracks.
- 1:00 PM – The “Eastern Interior,” including the second half of Silver Strider, Steeple Chase, and Nepco’s Cruise. River Run will begin to clear by this time as well.
- 2:00 PM – All Trails are expected to be clear of most racers, with only a handful of athletes completing the final legs of their marathons and half-marathons.
Snow tubing, snowshoeing, and ice skating will not be affected by the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous ski races.