Extreme North Dakota Sandhills Ultra Run Experience (END-SURE)

Saturday, Mar 20, 2021

Jorgen’s Hollow Campground
McLeod, ND 58057

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A beautiful trail run with 25K, 50K, 100K, and 100-mile options. 100K race takes in the entire length of the Sheyenne National Grasslands section of the North Country Trail(link is external), SW of Fargo North Dakota.  Sections of wide open prairie, pockets of forest, and rugged, rolling 'sandhills' keep the race interesting.  This event is North Dakota's second-longest(link is external) footrace and first ultramarathon. The date makes the shorter 50K and 25K options great early season training or final long run leading up to Zumbro.

Course Information:

100 Mile  - It begins at Jorgen’s Hollow Campground with 2 loops (8 miles total) on the Oak Leaf/North Country Trail. After these miles you’ll be on the North Country Trail until you reach the Middle Trailhead at Ransom County Road 53. (13.3 miles). At this point you’ll be on gravel roads going north, east, and south in order to return to Jorgen’s Hollow Campground.  (17.2 miles) Once again you’ll go onto the North Country Trail. This time upon reaching the Middle Trailhead (13.3 miles) you’ll stay on the North Country Trail until you reach the West Trailhead (15 miles) at Ransom County Road 54. At this point you’ll turn around and basically continue north on the Trail. Near mile 9.5 you’ll leave the NCT to run on gravel roads going west, north, east, and south until you reach the Middle Trailhead (12.8 miles). At this point you return to the North Country Trail and complete your adventure at Jorgen’s Hollow Campground. (13.3 miles). Your total distance will be close to 103 miles.

100k  - It begins at Jorgen’s Hollow Campground. It’ll be an out & back on the North Country Trail. At the Aid Station at Forest Road 1237 (see map – Exhibit A) you’ll have a short (2.7 mile total) out & back. This will be done twice (each time you get to this Aid Station). You’ll have access to drop bags at the West Trailhead.

50k  - It begins at the West Trailhead of the North Country Trail on Ransom County Road 54 and ends at the Jorgen’s Hollow Campground. It’s a point-to-point run with an out & back at the Aid Station at Forest Road 1237 (see map-Exhibit A). If you need transportation to the West Trailhead, vans will leave from Jorgen’s Hollow Campground at about 10:10am. There will be a portable toilet at the West Trailhead.

25k  -  It begins by heading south on the Oak Leaf Trail. After a 4 mile loop which includes the North Country Trail, you’ll return to Jorgen’s Hollow. Now you’ll continue on the North Country Trail, basically heading west. At the Aid Station at Forest Road 1237 (see map-Exhibit A), you’ll turn around and come back to Jorgen’s Hollow and the finish line.

Location;

Sheyenne National Grasslands, approx. 45 minutes SW of Fargo, ND.  Base at the NE trailhead/Jorgen's Hollow Campground (6147 154th Ave SE, McLeod, ND 58057(link is external)).

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