Don't Relay Race... Team Race! MUTT Style!
The MUTT - Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race 2017 Overview
Don't Relay Race, Team Race...MUTT Style! Welcome to MUTT team trail racing! The MUTT team trail race is the original MUTT series race. MUTT team trail races are NOT relay races but rather team trail races that require 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. Pace strategy is critical in assuring the best team time.
The MUTT Race
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?
Date: June 17, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Mid-Michigan Community College
Address: 1375 S Clare Ave, Clare, MI 48625
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.
Late Registration* and Packet Pickup
- Friday, June 16th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Mid-Michigan Community College
- Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 6:30-7:45 am at Mid-Michigan Community College
*Event-specific t-shirts are guaranteed ONLY to those who register online before Noon on Monday, June 12th! These shirts will be available in unisex sizes.
Shirt Sizes Available
- Extra Large
Race Start time: 8:00 AM
- Waterfall start every 1 minute
- Teams should refer to their team start time when arriving at event. The clock will start at your specified time regardless of whether that team starts on time or not. This will assure the waterfall schedule is met.
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 be 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
Team Registration fee of $200 for participation through Dec 31st, 2016. Periodic prices increase after that date.
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 any of the MUTT series races, please sign up using the link below: www.tritofinish.com/events/2015/volunteer
The MUTT Team Trail Race Series
To learn more about the MUTT Team Trail Race Series, please use the following link to the official MUTT website: www.muttrace.com