News Page

All news is provided here since the first opening of the Black Earth 10 Web site
All News Briefs:
[March 21st, 2021]
Event is officially canceled. There are currently no plans for a virtual event, but feel free to give us feedback!
[March 22nd, 2020]
News: Event cannot be held on the original April 4th date. The postponement date is being worked out.
[March 15th, 2020]
News: Possible Event Date Change. The event may be held on a different day...
[February 9th, 2020]
Registration... We had a mistake. Early registration extended to Feb 19th. Mail-in form now available. Register now by Feb 19th to get the lowest entry!
[January 25th, 2020]
Registration now open for 2020. Mail-in form to be posted Jan 26. Register now by Feb 7th to get the lowest entry!
[April 14th, 2019]
Results: 2019 results posted
[February 10th, 2019]
News to come for the 2019 year on Feb 17. Get ready for April 6 2019.
[April 9th, 2018]
Results: 2018 results posted
[March 9th, 2018]
Course: Some course photos are being posted
[March 6th, 2018]
Recognized cause: UNICEF USA added.
[February 27th, 2018]
Recognized cause: Black Earth Children's Museum added.
[February 27th, 2018]
We are going forward with the 2018 Courses.
[February 27th, 2018]
Determine your time for the new 2018 Course or for a flat road 10k.
[February 21st, 2018]
Recognized causes for the 2018 year are coming to realization. Starting a few days ago, you had the option to contribute to the Black Earth Public Library and South Central Library System Foundation.
[February 21st, 2018]
Elites section updated. Course compensation factor added for difficulty of new course.
[February 8th, 2018]
Registration details updated. Mail-in form posted. Register now by Feb 28th to get the lowest entry! Day of event registration has increased.
[February 8th, 2018]
Info being updated to include what is new this year and carried over from last year. Also, see note about Mad City 100k as we will hand out awards so people interested can get over there immediately after the 10 mile.
[February 8th, 2018]
Course maps posted showing the new 2mi course and updated 10 mi route as intended for 2018, but still in approval process.
[February 8th, 2018]
Perks and Awards verified for 2018. They will be the same as last year, and register early to get 10% discount off one item at ShoeBox.
[December 31st, 2017]
Registration now open (online). Mail-in to come later
[October 3rd, 2017]
Featured news about the April 2017 Event. Award winners, and superstars.
[October 2nd, 2017]
Possible New Course to consider: Another Video was posted today. Original course: updated and reformatted the video.
[October 1st, 2017]
Possible New Course to consider: Video was posted today with more info to come later.
[September 29th, 2017]
News: The breakdown from the Black Earth 10 Run efforts are in. The expenses exceeded what came in this year, but a total of $550 (plus additional support from our participants directly to the causes) was given away to the recognized causes.
[September 26th, 2017]
As announced in May (fully confirmed in August), the 2018 event will be held Sat April 7th, 2018 at 10AM! 2018 event information to come...FYI: for those at the Lake Monona 5k/20k this year, we announced the date as tentative, but later in August it was confirmed.
[April 27th, 2017]
Participants that were not able to get their medal on race day, should have received it in the mail today.
[April 23rd, 2017]
Results: Official 2017 results are available, and certificates can be found...see results section. Thank you for waiting for an extended period of time.
[April 2nd, 2017]
Results: Unofficial results are available. When results are official (estimated 04/08/2017), a notice will be posted and finisher certificates will be available. If you need a finisher certificate before then, please contact us.
[March 23rd, 2017]
News: Featured Article-It's All About Finishing...Welcome Back CJ Jevens!
[March 23rd, 2017]
Recognize: NEW: Black Earth 10 honorable mention medal drawing for participants that contribute $5 or more. Also, for those contributing $5 or more after March 21, email ahead of time to get a code for $2 dollars off your entry.
[March 23rd, 2017]
Parking: More Information on Parking.
[March 16th, 2017]
Recognize: See our special note about recognizing these great organizations. Support them by going to their page and/or when you register online and make an optional contribution.
[March 5th, 2017]
Info Section-Pets: Update on the pets and parks...and the result is :(
[February 28th, 2017]
Black Earth 10 (new) Logo now used to identify this event.
[February 28th, 2017]
Info Section: Packet pickup is day of event starting at 8:30AM. If early pickup becomes available, we will make an anouncement here and via email to existing 2017 registrants.
[February 19th, 2017]
Course: Course Map Posted. Videos to be reformatted in the future.
[February 19th, 2017]
Announcement: Black Earth 10 is raising awareness of some organizations. We would currently like to announce RPCVs of Madison and Open Doors for Refugees. More organizations and info about how you can make a difference with these organizations to come... Additionally, there will soon be an option to contribute to either of these organizations while registering.
[February 10th, 2017]
Perks: Finisher certificate for the 10 mile run.
[January 27th, 2017]
Info Section: Basic Safety and Pets Section started
[January 27th, 2017]
Awards Section: Error in the second place overall winner award corrected to be consistent with where else it is posted.
[January 27th, 2017]
Clarity of presentation. Info section is starting to fill out. Results section with description of field; past results to come later. The course records awards calculator is now available.
[January 26th, 2017]
The website is now up-to-par. People can now refer to this site to get recent and all information about the event.
[January 26th, 2017]
Elites section now has significant content. Course records award calculator will follow.
[January 26th, 2017]
Posted All information that is available in the mail-in and online registration site, and additionally items pertaining to awards, parking, and elite runners. More information will come in the days following.
[January 25th, 2017]
Theme update. Information will be posted in quantity tomorrow...
[January 19th, 2017]
Register online (and information about race at present): Black Earth 10 - Register Online
[January 18th, 2017]
Register by mail-in form: Black Earth 10 - Mail-in
[January 18th, 2017]
Web site is live for the first time
Event Postponed
Date Posted: 22 of March 2020

It is now very clear based on the trajectory of the "...we won't say the 'C' word" this week in the United States, it is important to postpone the event. As of Friday, the event has officially been postponed. The postponement date is currently being decided. Participants should receive an email in the near future concerning postponement alternatives. If a practical postponement date is not found, we will cancel the event and be ready for a really big year in 2021 at the regularly scheduled date/time.

As stated prior, we are open to refunding people for any reason because of alteration of the original planed date. Should the event have to cancel for this year, people will be refunded by default unless they explicitly ask to defer their registration until next year.

Event Date Change Possible this 2020 Year
Date Posted: 15 of March 2020

There may be a date change, and we will be open to refunding people given there may be changes to the event this year. We will also prompt for input from participants before making final decisions. See details below.

Based on recent CDC information and locality restrictions, we have taken a look at all angles concerning the event original April 4th 2020 and what other dates may be practical. While based on the present restrictions it's technically possible we could hold the event on April 4th given the specifics of the event and what types of actions we can take on race day; as the director, I am trying to do what is the in the best interest for our participants overall and others outside our event.

An update on the outlook of the event will be provided by March 22nd 2020.

We will be contacting all participants, past and those currently signed up, for their input on a few different items. Please look for an email to come in the near future. Those participants who mailed in may be contacted by phone if no email was provided.

2018 is Looking Great!
Date Posted: 27 of February 2018

With the official announcement about the new 2018 courses (10 mi and 2 mi), still carrying over at least the Perks and Awards as last year, and still at a special entry fee cost...2018 is off to a good start.

Students get in at a super crazy cost of $5 less than the already low entry.

Those whose goal is to finish the 10 miles: the course is open for 3 entire hours and you can tell your friends about that unforgetful new hill in the middle of the new course and 10 full miles that you conquered! Find out a related story about how CJ Jevens conquered the prior course in 2014

Those looking to gauge themsevles in April, the new course is accurate and you can determine how it stacks up against the prior course and running a 10k in the course section. Looking to provide an official time for a qualifying problem! Finish certificates available like last year and we have the conversions for other distances in place. We are here to help in your quest to qualify for your next important event!

Find basic information here about the 2018 event!

Adam Bohach and Heather Curnutt Lead the 2017 Black Earth 10; Van Horn's Dominate the 2 mile
Date Posted: 3 of October 2017

This year's Black Earth Run was welcomed by sunny weather at 50F and almost no wind. The 2017 Year marked a comeback and addition of new perks for the event after being cancelled in 2016. The event was not able to confirm a come back until mid January of this 2017 year, but managed to surpass minimum threshold and help promote causes and advertise other area events happening that same day (including Parkinson's Run and PI Mile) to make April 1 BIG!

10 Mile Breakdown

The 10 mile event had some people that we greatly treasure and hope to see again next year! Come back and bring your friends in 2018!

Adam Bohach of Decorah Iowa - Overall Male Winner
For the men, Adam Bohach from Decorah Iowa lead the 10 mile covering this year's course in 53:31 (5:21/mile), just shy of his marathon pace. Adam happened to be staying not too far from Black Earth that weekend and stopped in to get a run for the day. He was followed by Wisconsin Runner Racing Team member Sam Poser in 54:43, and Dave Chancellor in 57:20.

Heather Curnutt - Overall Female Winner
Leading the females was Heather Curnutt well ahead of her competition in 1:05:51. Mallory Mueller was second in 1:08:54, followed by Amber Converse in 1:12:29, who was rather new to running much past 5 miles until after she completed Saturday's 10 mile event.

The top two people in the 10 mile event receive $100 and $50 gift certificates to The Shoe Box in Black Earth, WI. No one could challenge the course records this year, but if next year was repeat conditions and someone like Adam was "on" that day, the men's course record of 50:27 could fall. See Results for the 2017 Black Earth 10 (edit on Feb 20 2018: added course record time)

2 Mile Breakdown

In the 2 mile event, the Van Horn's dominated the men's side filling the top four places and all placing 1st in their age groups showing that participation and team work matters. Ten year old Caleb Van Horn was overall winner, followed closely by his brother Martin. The youngest competitor was Reed of 7 years in third, closely followed by his father, Ben, in fourth. Jamie Van Den Bergh of none other than Black Earth Wisconsin was the overall female winner!
Van Horns from youngest to Eldest

Event Superstars: CJ Jevens Runs the Shorter 2 Mile and Still Amazes, Susan Skinner Wraps Up the 10 mile, Beverly Lampe is this Year's "Greatest Competitor", Josh Turner Busts a Googlesmacker, and John Lowrey Offers Help
Date Posted: 3 of October 2017

CJ Jevens came back this year to attend the 2 mile. After completing/wrapping up the 10 mile in 2014, this year he came back and won his age group in the 2 mile event. CJ was featured in an article prior to the 2017 race.

Susan Skinner, with her persistence, followed in CJ's footsteps this year wrapping up the 10 mile event. However, Susan, unlike CJ in 2014, has significant experience covering distances on the order of 10 miles, so she wasn't in as much of a celebration mode as CJ was in 2014.

Beverley Lampe is our "greatest competitor" (85 years) this year completing the 2 mile event. She has regularly attended this event in the past.

Josh Turner blew a googlesmacker* this year tremendously slowing after getting a good start in the 10 mile event. Despite this he continued on in a smart/safe fashion switching to a lower gear and still finished the 10 mile event.

John Lowrey (AKA Crazy John) offered to help out next year after completing the 2 mile event. He will rescue us if there are not enough cups for water in the event next year. John Lowrey is a figure of the area known for his unforeseen knowledge on things and ability to contribute to others around him in a stealthy way.

*we're not sure exactly what happened; or what a googlesmacker is although the author here just made up the term in this writing! Go figure...

Black Earth 10 Contributes $550
Date Posted: 29 of September 2017

The breakdown from the Black Earth 10 Run efforts are in. The expenses understably exceeded the ~$1200 that came in this year, but a total of $550 (plus additional support from our participants directly to the causes) was given away to the recognized causes: South Central Library System Foundation, Black Earth Library, American Parkinson Disease Association - Wisconsin Chapter, RPCVs of Madison, Open Doors for Refugees, and Middleton Library. How it worked for 2017 (recap): Black Earth 10 Run itself did not accept any contributions, but did contribute to those causes and additionally contributions were directly accepted by the causes we recognized when you registered online (Black Earth was not involved as our registration service provider was the go to in assuring funds are delivered to the charities). Thanks to those who contributed. Our Winners of our drawing were announced at the event and via email! Please be aware: The drawing did not subtract from your contribution total that you can declare for your tax purposes as outlined in our communications via email.

About the Black Earth 10 event: a for-profit event with the aim to recognize important causes including those with timely needs in an efficent way with little resources. Why for-profit: forming a charitable organization (or joining one under its umbrella) for the Black Earth Run would not make logistical sense for the event's purposes. Unlike other non-profit causes, the Black Earth 10 Run purposes may not be achieved at all or efficently running as a non-profit, particularly for our small size. By running as a for-profit, we can immediately and further maneuver to accomodate changing times (compared with non-profits which will understandably have certain constraints within their purpose) and also put a certain priority in making the Black Earth event, an event for the runners.

It's All About Finishing...Welcome Back CJ Jevens!
Date Posted: 23 of March 2017

This year, CJ Jevens will be attending the 2 mile to get a more casual experience at this year's Black Earth 10 Quasi Classic Run! See the story and more pictures below.

CJ Jevens from New Lisbon, WI Finishing 10 miles
April 5th 2014 - CJ Jevens wrapping up the 2014 Black Earth 10 mile with his finish.

The story...
On April 5th 2014, CJ Jevens came from the small town of New Lisbon, WI to attend the Black Earth 10 mile Run. His goal that day in 2014 was to finish 10 miles exactly. Indeed he did, and interestingly, prior to that day his longest run was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). That is a significant jump in distance (in percentage) for any running regimen, and it didn't stop there at the Black Earth 10 mile. The Black Earth 10 mile was aimed at preparing him for another jump in distance one week later: the Reedsburg half marathon (21.1km or 13.1 miles). The Reedsburg half marathon is known for its challenging course with hills, where he accomplished his ultimate goal of finishing.

Those familiar with CJ wouldn't say he has natural super powers, and they wouldn't say he is a featherweight like some of the fastest long distance runners. He is CJ, and full of "good-fullness", and shows us how others can be motivated (all of us: tortoise or hare) to accomplish something when you put your mind to it.

Notes: the Reedsburg Vet Fest half marathon is again, one week later on April 8th, 2017 in Reedsburg, WI. Tom Aten who certified the course in 2011 can be seen standing to the left. The other fellow near him has also helped many times (including timing) with the black earth event in the past. This 2017 year, the course is being timed by the Running Club @ UW-Madison.

CJ Jevens - Really Did It
Yes, really, you did run that time and finished.

CJ Jevens from New Lisbon - Calling All Friends
Is he saying: gotta call his friends and tell them?
CJ Jevens from New Lisbon - Feeling of Accomplishment
Feeling of accomplishment.

CJ Jevens from New Lisbon - Proof Right There
Proof right there!
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