Hot, Hilly and Hairy Ultra

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On Saturday, XCThrillogy hosted their third annual Hot, Hilly and Hairy Ultra Solo and Relay. The race offered multiple distance options including a 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K, 50K, 65K, 85K and an 18-hour “Death March.” The 30, 50 and 85K distances all offered a relay option.

This race was a runner’s chance to return to their high school and college cross country days. The course used for the race was nestled within the Kenosha-based UW Parkside college campus. Tents were set up lining the start/finish line filled with race and support team members. Food, drinks and supplies were shared among runners and music played throughout the day, creating an energetic atmosphere.

Touted as the “best cross country course in Kenosha” the course is regularly used by the UW Parkside cross country runners and was filled with grass, dirt and trails, all cleared and ready for racers. There were no obstacles on the course and no standing water. The 6 a.m. start time meant the grass was still pretty wet for the first hour, but quickly dried for the bulk of the race day.

The course offered a 5K loop, which runners lapped until they reached their desired distance. After crossing the start line, runners were greeted with a highly elevated hill that began the loop. Following the hill, racers encountered slight elevation and decline throughout the course. The trees shielded most of the sun, allowing for a very pleasant race experience.

All racers received a short sleeved, cotton t-shirt. Women received a fun, jeweled crown and men received a shield, a fitting compliment to this fun, low pressure race. This is a great first time ultra for runners new to the longer distances.

With so many distance options, there were several winners for the day. At the time this article was written, results were not yet posted.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete

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