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Black River Trail Classic

October 22, 2022

Come explore the trails of Black River State Forest.

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Black River State Forest

Millston, WI

Races start and finish in the Smrekar Lot.

Use this link to get driving directions right to the parking lot.

If you're at the State Forest headquarters or the Castle Mound campgrounds you're going the wrong way!

About the Forest

Established in 1957, the Black River State Forest encompasses approximately 68,000 acres of public land in Jackson County Wisconsin. The landscape is largely due to glaciation during the Ice Age which is responsible for the formation of the buttes, hills, knolls, ridges and pediments that can be found in the forest. Scenic overlooks can be found at several locations along the trails that run through woodlands and rolling terrain.

New Traditions

2022 is a reboot, a do over, a fresh start. This year we're bringing back many things that made the race special in years past. We're also starting a few new traditions and adding some new ways of doing things.

What to expect

  • NEWBlack River Trail Classic winter hat (beanie) for all registrants.
  • NEWCollectable and customizable hand crafted wooden finisher medals.
  • NEWPersonalized Bib (If you register before 9/1/22)
  • NEWOne hooded sweatshirt and commemorative patch when you finish your first 85k. Each subsequent finish you'll receive a patch to add to the sweatshirt.
  • Hot food at the finish line.
  • Pies. Eat them all.
  • Extremely well marked courses.
  • The views up on the ridge.
  • All the fall colors.

NEW85k Details

The new 85k distance is a combination of ALL the races. You'll start early and run the 10k course. When you get back from your warmup you'll head out on the 50k course. All that's left is to head back up the ridge and finish your 25k cool down. It really is the best way to familiarize yourself with the Black River Trail Classic and become a local legend of the state forest. There's a 12 hour cut-off for the 85k.

Travel and Lodging

Driving Directions

On site camping

There are campsites available at Black River State Forest. You can check out all the camping options on the Black River State Forest website.

Area Hotels

There are a number of hotels close to Black River State Forest. There is no official race hotel, however, most are available at very reasonable rates.

Here's a link to nearby hotels.


This Year

Next Year

Saturday, October 21, 2023

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