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.
The Frozen Otter Ultra Trek is by far one of the toughest races in the Midwest and with less than a 10% completion rate, possibly the country. Racers traverse 64 miles of Wisconsin's hilly terrain left in the wake of the great Wisconsin Glacier. As if the sheer feat of conquering the mileage isn't enough, racers must do it completely self supported, on trail, in the dead of winter.
The Frozen Otter Ultra Trek is by far one of the toughest races in the Midwest and with roughly a 2% completion rate, possibly the country. Racers traverse 64 miles of Wisconsin's hilly terrain left in the wake of the great Wisconsin Glacier. As if the sheer feat of conquering the mileage isn't enough, racers must do it completely self supported, on trail, in the dead of winter.
To be a part of the Frozen Few, racers must complete the full distance division (64 miles) of the Frozen Otter Ultra Trek within the 24 hours allowed. With less than a 10% completion rate, this is an accomplishment worth recognition!!
Please congratulate those that have achieved what hundreds have tried.Think you can get your name on the list?
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.
A basic first aid kit is fine. I suggest at the very least that it contain an ace bandage, pain killers, bandages, medical tape, and anti-inflamatories. It is possible that the gear list will be updated prior to the event with more specifics. In that case, the requirements as specified in the gear list take precedence over this post.
There is no medical check during the event. The volunteers will do their best to keep an eye on the state of the participants, but are not expected to, nor qualified to make any medical judgements. It is the responsibility of the racers to access their situation and decide if they are able to continue. Race staff will have the right to pull any racer out if they feel they are a danger to themselves. All racers are required to carry a cellular phone to activate the 911 system if needed.
There is no support allowed in the Frozen Otter except for the main staging area as it is a self-supported event. Spectators are welcome to wait at the aid stations for their racer, however, they may not provide support other than encouragement. Aid stations are easily accessible from the county roads and can be found on the forest map.
Station 1,3: Mauthe Lake Campground
Station 2: HWY H Trailhead
Station 4,6: Greenbush Picnic Area
Station 5: HWY P Trailhead
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.