Easter Egg Hunt Frequently asked questions
HOW TO REGISTER
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
Refund Policy: We understand the hesitation... Will covid still be shutting down races, will Godzilla have taken over the world, what happens if the flying monkeys get released... - all fair questions. Don't worry thought, we've got your back. WE WANT YOU TO SIGNUP AND HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. So, here's our policy.
If we are unable, for any reason to hold the event(s). Here are the options:
Free deferral to ANY other Mammoth race, ANY year, NEVER expires. Basically you don't lose your money, can still race and use 100% of this registration towards any other race of ours.
Receive a 50% cash refund of your registration fee.
Single Race Pricing
$25 November 16 - December 13
$30 December 14 - April 30
$35 May 1 - June 9
$40 June 10 - July 7
Series Pricing (all 6 races)
$145 November 16 - December 13
$165 December 14 - January 31
$175 February 1 - March 31
$190 April 1 - April 27
1. You must register at least 10 days before the event to select a race shirt.
2. Online regisatration closes 4 days before the event.
3. You may register on site on race day for $40 cash.
STRESS FREE START
START LINE IS OPEN FROM 7:00am - 11:00am
Lets face it... race morning is stressfull! Getting to the start line in time for you to comfortably start without feelign rushed is one of the not so fun parts of racing. Lines at packet pickup, lines to go to the bathroom, lines to get your shirts - it all adds up and often gets our heart rate going before we even start running! Well, we're changing things up a bit.
Our signature stress free start gives you. the freedom to start whenever you want. You'll have a four hour window to start your race. As long as youo cross that start line between 7:00am - 11:00am, you're good to go. No worries if you sleep in a bit or your friend is running a bit behind. Maybe you had to make 3 trips to the bathroom before hand LOL, we've beeeen there, we get it.
So, rather than stressing and feeling like you NEED to get to the race ASAP, get your stuff and get going. Enjoy your morning, walk a little slower and just enjoy the day and the oppotuniuty to race. Cruise through the Golden Kettle Village, have a beer while you listen to some live music.
Welcome to the most laid back starting experience you'll ever have.
GOLDEN KETTLE VILLAGE
When you arrive, walk under the archway and enter into the village. Find locally brewed craft beer, shop the best running gear from the best local running shop, check out the Golden Kettle merchandise tent, enjoy live music, a campfire (only at some), and finally stop at the trail booth to learn how to get involved in volunteering some time working on these trails we all love so much.
Vendors at each race will be listed here as well as in your athlete guide!
HISTORY OF THE SERIES
In 2016, I found myself burnt of of pounding the pavement and hammering out mile after mile on the sidewalks. I was losing inspiration to run and needed a change. I had watched one of my brothers run the Pikes Peak Marathon the year before and was sort of intrigued at the idea of running up a mountain, just to turn around and run back down.. It sounded gnarly, and I was in. So, in 2016, I found a few local trails near Hartford, WI and started training on them. My 7:00min pace on the roads quickly fell to a 9:00 pace on the trails - woof this trail running thing was tough! A few months later i found myself at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado, my first trail race ever. The race went fine, my body was destroyed from the elevation at 16,000ft & the pounding of a half marathon straight down the mountain. My body ached, my mind was exhausted, my knees bloody and as a laid in the grass in downtown Manitou Spring, i fell in love with trail running.
Since that race, I've run less than a handful of road races and have dove head first into trail and ultra running. When i got home from Colorado, I needed to find more trails. So I began to hunt them down. One by one I started ticking off the trail systems both near and far. I loved every one more than the last. I took particular interest in the Southern Kettle because it was within 30min of my house and it seemed like I could connect trails easily and run for hours without ever running the same trail twice.
In 2017, the idea was born of a trail running series. With my years of experience hosting road events all over the country, and my newfound love of trail running - I was excited and careful to put together a trail series that was special. It couldn’t be like the road events I had produced, it needed to be different and somehow stand out from the crowd. Finally, in 2020 I gathered the courage to put this thing in motion and got to work. We built the courses, built the look, pulled together the team and had our master plan in place.
The product of many, many meetings, late nights, long runs and 17 years of producing events is what you see here. We're damn proud of this series and we want everyone to come experience the peace and beauty these trails offer. It's so much more than running a race - it's resetting your mind, moving your body, being quite and at times pushing your body harder than you think it can go. These trails hold a special place in the heart of so many people. I invite you out to the trailhead to see why we call these trail home and why they've changed so many lives and will continue to do so for many years to come.
See you at the trailhead,
Craig Braun (owner of Mammoth)
Shuttles are used for the events to avoid a parking jam at the trailhead. Most of these trail. heads are not designed to handle 500 people at them, so please DO NOT park at the trailhead. Parking and shuttle information will be included in your athlete guide that will be sent out to you 5 days before your event.
THERE IS NO PARKING ALLOWED AT THE TRAILHEAD!
Choose from any of our three courses. Short, Middle or Long distances are available.
• Short Course
The short course follows the red square markers on the trails. This loop will have one aid station available stocked with water (cup-less), tailwind and various sweet and salty snacks.
3.5 miles | __ft gain
Course Map - Oleson Cabin Map
• Middle Course
The middle course follows the green circle markers on the trails. This loop will have one aid station available stocked with water (cup-less), tailwind and various sweet and salty snacks.
7 miles | __ft gain
Course Map - Oleson Cabin Map
• Long Course
The long course follows the blue diamond markers on the trails. This loop will have three aid stations available stocked with water (cup-less), tailwind and various sweet and salty snacks.
12 miles | __ft gain
Course Map - Oleson Cabin Map
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
6:50am - Shuttles begin
7:00am - Golden Kettle Village OPEN (packet pickup opens)
7:00am - START LINE IS OPEN
8:00am - Band begins playing
8:00am - Beer is served
10:45am - Vendors beginning closing (band packs up / no more beer)
11:00am - START LINE IS CLOSED
12 (noon) - Golden Kettle Village is Closed
12:30pm - Last call for final shuttle
This is a cut back version of our daily schedule. We will update this schedule of events closer to the event as we confirm vendors and other details.
NO TRACE / NO WASTE
1. No Cups / No Single Use Plastic - You'll find a lot of useful things at our aid stations! Cups, however, are not one of them. Please make sure you have a handheld or pack to fill with water at the aid stations. We do not hand out water bottles at the finish line of our events. To reduce our use of plastic, we have a water fill up area that you can utilize to grab a drink and rehydrate after your race.
2. One Bib, All Series Long - That's right! Your race bib from race #1 is your race bib for the rest of the series! Not only does this reduce our footprint, but it also means you. can completely skip packet pickup at al the other races after you've raced the first one! After 16+ years of putting on events, and working to lower our. impact - it's silly to m that we print hundreds of race bibs to be used once and than thrown away. Why toss a perfectly good bib! Use that thing over and over again. If you forget yours or lose it, no sweat - we'll have extras at each race.
3. 80lbs a year! - The average American throws away 80lbs of clothing a year. If you're like me, you have SO many race shirts in your closet. We do not include a free race shirt with your registration, but rather give you the choice to see the shirt during registration and decide if you want it as an add on. We think our shirts are pretty awesome, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs one :). We also have really nice merchandise for sale at each race if the race shirt just isn’t your cup of tea.
4. Garbage Bins Everywhere - Get your trash in the bins! We've made the extra effort to have both garbage and recycling available inside the village. If one of our crew spots you tossing garbage on the ground we will immediately DQ you from the event. We take great pride in keeping these beautiful areas just how we found them. If you're not on board for that, you're on the wrong ship.
The Golden Kettle Trail Series is excited to announce two partners for our 2021 series. First, we will be working directly with the Department of Natural Recourses to help maintain and improve the trails and amenities in the Northern and Southern Kettle Moraine Units.
Second, w're beyond excited to be partnering with Bigger Than The Trail, a 501c3 non profit that uses trail running as a platform to advocate for mental health, with the mission of enriching the lives of individuals struggling with mental health.
Every time you race a Golden Kettle Trail Series event, feel good knowing you're a part of something bigger than yourself! Awesome!