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The Black Earth 10 Quasi Classic Run: Affordable, accurate, fun, and with a mission to recognize and aid important and/or timely causes
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Event Date
April 7 2018 at 10AM
Special Theme for this 2018 Year
New Courses! This year the registration cost will start at $10 ($7 for 2 mile) up until Feb 28th, and ramp up as time goes on.
What is new this 2018 Year
The 2mi course is new with more variety and quiter roads. The 10mi course is mostly flat with one big hill on an exicting route. See course section for details. New $5 student discount. NOTICE: If you wanted to watch the 100k ultra finishers happening this same day, please note that Black Earth 10 will be handing awards out immediately following the 10 mile so you can get over to Madison in time before the first finishers.

What is still being greatfully carried over from Last Year
Finsher certificate for those that complete the 10 mile, notable medals for age group winners, 10% discount at The Shoe Box guaranteed for those registered early, overall 1st and 2nd awards (same as last year, and provided by The Shoe Box), and course records awards. See awards section for details.

Also new last year: Recognize these great organizations, by contributing online when your register.
Events
The 10 mile and 2 mile start simultaneously at 10:00AM at the same start line and then branch off in different paths early on.

Event Types Offered
  • 10 mile run
  • 2 mile run
  • 2 mile walk
Cost
Register early for $10 10 mi / $7 2mi up until Feb 28th. The entry fee increases this year as time goes on. $5 reduction for students. Reduced entry available for kids & financially challenged. Inquire for details.
Registration
See the Registration section. We accept online, mail-in, and day of registration.
Location
Black Earth Elementary School
1133 Center St
Black Earth, WI 53515
Course
See the Course Page.
Contacting Black Earth 10
See the Contact Page.
Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be held the same time as day-of registration, which is 8:30AM to 9:45AM. If you register at least two days before the event, you should not have any trouble picking up your packet in a timely manner. Should the event foresee a need to additionally have early packet pickup available, participants will be notified via email.
A Note About the Madison Area Running Series
This race is part of the Madison Area Running Series. Sign up for the series for free to make new friends and get credit for your persitence and/or competitiveness.
Atmosphere
This is a scenic flat-route with sparsely spaced houses and farms with long drive ways. You will very infrequently see a car or a spectator on the road...That is until you get near the finish line. So for those who are entirely focused on how they are running or tend to get distractred or don't care much for sideline distractions, this is your event.
Lining Up
There are no official segregated waves for this event. Participants should line up according to their pace. Details are still be worked out (and may change), but here is what is tentatively planned...The 2 mile and 10 mile will start at the same time. The 2 mile will line up on the left side and the 10 mile participants will line up on the right side when facing south. 2 mile: People that would normally run 13 minutes or faster shoud line up towards the front. 10 mile: People that would normally run 65 minutes or faster should line up towards the front. The mid pack would be around 80 to 100 minutes.
Elite Runners
Update: The 2018 course is more difficult, but a compensation factor has been added. Elite Runners are offered overall awards and course record cash awards. See the elites section
Safety
If you have a baby stroller, a kid that will be participating (or waiting for you at the finish), or a pet that will be with you (that can stay safely in your car, or needs assistance during the event), please contact us as early as possible before the race. We need to coordinate with you to assure safety and as a smooth of a day possible for yourself and the event.

Although traffic will be restricted in areas of race congestion, vehicles will still be allowed to pass through on the highway or center street when it is deemed as reasonably safe by course marshalls. With that in mind, you need to keep watch where you are running. Always stay to the far left side of the road, except in the following scenarios: only after you have looked 360 degrees around you and determined it is safe, may you 1) pass a group of people while extending to the right side lane or coming close to it; 2) consider following tangent lines and cones that are marking the course borders that go in the middle of the road (this may happen at the zig zag in the road).
April - Some things to think about...
These other events and what they are supporting.
  • Parkinsons Half Marathon [April 7 2018]: if your number one thing in April is thinking of Parkinson's, you'll want to take a look at this event in Cottage Grove, WI. They also feature a nice course and some other perks. April is Parkinsons awareness month. This event started in 2012?
  • Mad City 100k, 50k, and 5x10k relay [April 7 2018]: if your number one thing is ultras or forming a relay, you will want to take a look at this event held in the Madison's well known Arboretum. If you wanted to watch the 100k ultra finishers, please note that Black Earth 10 will be handing awards out immediately following the 10 mile so you can get over to Madison in time before the first finishers.
  • Tau Beta PI Mile [April 14 2018]: think about 3.14159 (running that also in miles) and guide dogs (OccuPaws organization), and you'll want to take a look at this event in Madison, WI. Black Earth 10 is not aware they allow dogs on the course or certain areas (that aren't guide dogs at least). You will need to ask them about your pet.
  • Reedsburg Half Marathon [April 14 2018]: a challenging half marathon (yes, one of the limited places in the mid west where hills exist) and a 5k run. This Reedsburg, WI event started in 2010.

Note: Neither of these events are affiliated with the Black Earth 10.
What happens to your Black Earth 10 entry fee
This year will be similar to last year. Here is last year's info: A significant portion of our costs will go into running the event this year and to keep things going for later years. Black Earth 10 offers a great course and perks. If there is a large enough turnout, we could end up contributing to some of the organizations that we are recognizing this year; however, we do not want to mislead people. Though, we would like to encourage people to contribute to these organizations. Last year the event still contributed (even though the event was at a net loss in 2017, and carried nothing from prior years) $550 to charities to get its new mission started.

Our entry fee is kept low this year, and this may end up allowing more people like yourself to make a contribution to one of these organizations!
Pets
We are not advertising any way to have pets participate with you on the course. We're sorry, but its one thing we weren't able to fledge out this year, but I'm sure most pet owners wouldn't expect any random race would allow them. Unless you are feeling comfortable with the restrictions below, you are probably best off leaving your pet at home.

In 2017, we started to investigate what might be allowed at the parks. We're sorry but it appears you are not allowed to bring your pets there for pit stops; additionally pets may not be allowed at all in the parks. Should you need to bring your pet somewhere for a pit stop, please contact us and be ready for an answer that is some distance away from the race gathering area. Planning ahead and talking with us is a good idea, but if something comes on race day, just check in with us.

In general: Coordinate with us ahead of time and realize rules will be strictly enforced. Basically, your pet must be able to safely (for both the pet and bystanders) and securely remain in the vehicle and not possibly attract any kind of attention of neighbors; OR you must make advanced reservation with us to hold your pet (this will be totally to our descretion and we may be resource limited for this and is only possible for the 2 mile event duration...). There is currently no place that we can allow someone to tie up their pet outside or inside...no exceptions.

Any unattended pets must remain in your vehicle as we have described; when outside your vehicle, they must be restricted by you at all times. Pets that may be considered noisy while in your vehicle alone, should either be left home, or you should coordinate with us to park somewhere where they can't be heard and will still be reasonably behaved. Pets are obviously not allowed in the school. Please keep at least 10 feet away from any school door. WARNING: If you think your pet may get an idea to make a pit stop somewhere near the school, move them immediately and/or don't take them near the school!

We've never had any issues with pets, and we've never advertised anything in relation to pets. Use common sense and be considerate to others in how you coordinate your pet.
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