Don't Relay Race... Team Race! MUTT Style!
The MUTT - Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race 2018 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 16, 2018
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 15th, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Mid-Michigan Community College
- Saturday, June 16th, 2018 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 11th! These shirts will be available in unisex sizes.
Shirt Sizes Available
- Extra Large
- Ladies Small*
- Ladies Medium*
- Ladies Large*
- Ladies XL*
*Note: Ladies Cut shirts are smaller and more form fitting than the "Unisex" shirts generally given out at events. Please consider this when ordering. Ladies ARE NOT required to order Ladies shirts.
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.
MUTT Waterfall Start
During Registration for the MUTT, you will select the actual time you wish to start, which are in one minute increments. Each starting time is limited to one per team, so once someone registers for that starting time, it will no longer be available for selection. This registration feature will allow teams an opportunity to position themselves at the most desirable starting location that works for them. The starting time selections are not dictated by expected team pace. You will still have the ability to pass on the trail, so if a slower team selects a starting time before you, just simply pass on the trail using basic rules of the trail (pass on the left, announce you are passing, etc)
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
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 for reasons within our control. Dangerous weather, natural disasters, and local emergencies are examples of reasons an event may be cancelled that are NOT within our control.
Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar TriToFinish-owned event up to and including the same event the following season. A doctor's slip may be required as proof of injury or ailment. Failure to provide proof if requested will result in non-transfer of the event.
Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in the MUTT, then we would be happy to transfer you registration to a replacement athlete. This can be done right up until race morning. Just contact the race director at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the MUTT series races, please sign up using the link at the top of this page to: www.tritofinish.com/volunteer