What:  Probably the toughest 5K you have ever attempted. Roughly 4 loops of what locals call “the switchbacks”.  Dirt, rocks, uphill, poor footing predominately on tight, rocky trails.  Hopefully icy, slippery, and/or drift-covered.  Also- the course is probably long. The loops cover a section of the Waterloo trail system, and on Green Road, a little-traveled chunk of hills and dirt.  Basically, it is the stuff that would make a Mule puke.

Where:  The start is uphill from the parking lot on the south side of Green Road, near the eastern Jackson County line.   Take I-94 Exit 153 North 2 or 3 miles.  Go east on Green road ¾ mile. NOTE – the East end of Green Road is demolished – don’t try to approach from the East.

When:  10 AM on Saturday, Jan 28.   This ensures that the race will be cold and miserable, and the wind has had a chance to kick up.  The horse excrement sometimes is partially thawed, and makes a messy “soup” that will reduce traction.

Why:  Good luck explaining this one to your friends.

Awards:  There will be no awards.  BUT, anyone who finishes the race without walking will receive a unique something to be determined by the prize committee.   Don’t worry, it will be one-of-a-kind   BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:    Anyone “beating their age” by 20 min or more will win a beverage of your choice at the Waterloo Market immediately after the race.    Example:  You are 52 years old, but run a 31 minute race –Bottoms up!!!

Cost:  A $5 Bill.  No checks or anything that would require technology.  We will have no change.   There will be no pre-registration.  Race day registration will start at 9 AM, and will be limited to the first 50 lunatics.  The money will go towards the prizes and towards the Chelsea Runners.