- 5 miles/8K, 50K, Other, Relay
- Trail Race
The Hot Hilly Hairy race is multiple races all in one. It's the perfect race for friends or family who want to spend a day on the trails but don't necessarily agree on what distance to run. My group of friends chose to do the 85k relay. This race is held at the UW-Parkside National XC course 5k loop. The scenery is beautiful and the trails are not difficult. In fact, you can wear road shoes on this course.
The whole event is very relaxed. The start of the race begins when the Star Spangled Banner ends. The transition areas are set up in the open space near the start line. Each team is given a chunk of space to set up their own "tailgate" or what I like to call "trailgate". Each team is expected to bring their own food and water, though water and scratch is also provided at 2 points along the 5k loop. We also brought a pop up tent, chairs, change of clothes and so much food.
Some of the people on our team only wanted to run 2 loops, while some of us wanted to run 20+ miles that day for training. We ended up running multiple loops as a group, which is a fun time. The race director did not mind as long as only 1 person was wearing the chip/bib at each time (for timing mat reasons).
The race supplies free photos taken throughout the race, and asks you to share your own facebook photos as well. There is no medal for the relay teams, but the individual/solo runners all receive some extra swag.
Overall, this is a super chill race. Your enjoyment is 100% dependent on what you make of it. The course is beautiful and perfect for first time trail runners or those who really want to get some fast trail miles in. Overall, I'd recommend this race, especially to fun-loving trail groups.