Due to the extremely limited space at the Butler Lake Trail Area, we will be re-locating the main race staging area to Mauthe Lake. This area is located 10 miles south and will provide a much better venue for staging the race. The change will affect the race in the following ways:
1. Half distance racers will now have two out-and-backs similar to the full distance, only shorter. 2. Full distance racers will have a 48 mile out-and-back followed by the remaining 16 mile out-and-back.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 6th annual Frozen Otter a complete success. Conditions were fantastic and the field of racers strong. Congratulations to the 11 racers that went the full distance! Expect a more extensive recap as well as results in the next few days.
In the mean time, we are continuing to post pictures as they become available. You can view them HERE.
There are always a lot of questions as to what qualifies as a shelter in the Frozen Otter. I simply define it as something that is large enough to accommodate you and still keep out the rain/snow and wind.
This could be a full blown tent, or a simple tarp with means to pitch it. Remember that you will probably already be carrying trekking poles which could be used, and a length of rope does not weigh a ton.
The 2012 Frozen Otter Ultra Trek has reached capacity in record time (actually, the first time). This January's race will definitely be great! For those of you who did not get in, be sure to sign up for the wait list as spots may open up. Also, there are still volunteer opportunities if you wish to participate in that capacity instead.
Thanks again to all of you for making the Frozen Otter such an exciting and successful event. Keep an eye on the website for more information as the race nears.
The Frozen Otter staff will once again do their best to provide up to date results during the event. Of course, logistically, this is very difficult to do, so some updates may take longer than others, but at least racers can provide the following link to friends and family so they can keep tabs on everyone.
It looks like the weather is going to be decent for this year's race. We have an excellent showing consisting of people from all over. The race day schedule is below followed by some additional IMPORTANT information.
Race Day Check-in: 7:30am - 9:30am MANDATORY Pre-race Briefing: 9:30am Race Start: 10:00am 12hr Course Cutoff: 10:00pm 24hr Course Cutoff: 10:00am Sunday Morning Food: Made to order when you make it back
Some of the participants have requested some of the following information, so I thought I would pass it along. Below you find a link to the course map (it's actually straight from the DNR) and some additional questions that I have fielded in the past few weeks.
It's almost that time again for the 2011 Frozen Otter Ultra Trek. As I mentioned before, I fully expect it to sell out, so if you haven't gotten your registration in yet, do it soon!
Since 2011 is an odd numbered year, participants will begin by heading North on the trail to the Hwy P turnaround and then South on the trail to the Hwy H turnaround. Those half distance people will follow the same course, but finish when they return to the start/finish/halfway point at the Butler Lake Trail Area.
Thanks to everyone who braved the overnight snow and came out for the Rogaine. The snow definitely made for a challenging course. Andrei Karpov and Peter Wentzel from the Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC) won the 6-hour division grabbing 47 of the available 73 points. Erin Binder and Joe Sackett from the Chicago Area Orienteering Club (CAOC) took first in the 3-hour course with 36 points.