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New Glarus Woods Trail Run to Take Place in August


July 15, 2021

Join the Friends of the New Glarus Woods State Park for the 2nd Annual New Glarus Wood Trail Run on Saturday, August 14, 2021. As part of the Savanna Trail Run Series, proceeds from this event go to the Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park, who are currently fundraising so they can build mountain bike trails in the park. The Friends’ aim to host a top notch trail run that highlights the park and the town. Stick around after the race for awards and other activities.

Register now at Please note that the registration fee will increase after July 31, 2021.

5m and 10m Trail Run Description

The course begins with a gentle downhill on the Sugar River Trail before turning onto double track trails for the rest of the 5-mile loop. The 10-milers will continue on for a similar second loop. There will be two aid stations on each loop of the course. The 5- and 10-milers are open to runners 14 and up.

The top overall M/F finishers in each race will receive awards, as will the top three participants in the following age groups: <21, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Think you have a good sense of pace? For the 10 milers, a Consistency award will be presented for the runner with the most even pace throughout the race.

The 10m race will begin at 9:30 a.m., while the 5m race begins at 9:40 a.m.

A course map for the 5m and 10m trail runs is available to view here:

Community 1 Mile Run/Walk

The 1-mile course starts down the Sugar River Trail, and then turns to trails for the remainder of the course. Youth 13 and under will receive a time and receive a special medal for completing the run. Adult participants in the 1m will not be timed. Please note that participants in the Community 1-Mile will not receive a t-shirt.

The 1m walk/run will begin at 9:45 a.m.

A course map for the 1m trail run/walk is available to view here: Trail RunMap_1Mile _01.pdf

Parking, Shuttle, and Bag Drop


Event parking will be in the south lot at New Glarus High School. Parking within the park is very limited and requires a park pass. Please head straight to the parking lot at the school to avoid congestion at the park that might delay the event.

Parking Shuttle

The Friends are providing a shuttle from the school to the park. Before the race, the shuttle will run from 8:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m., with a loop taking about 10 minutes. Pickup will be from the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the high school and drop you off by the pavilion in the park (shuttle route). After the event, the shuttle will run in reverse from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Alternatively, you might want to walk or jog a mile up the Sugar River Trail. It’s about a mile (uphill!) and you will be checking out a portion of the course along the way.

Bag Drop

For your convenience, the Friends group is providing a bag drop near the finish line. There is a tag on your bib that you can attach to your packet or your backpack, and you will need your bib to retrieve your belongings after the race. The Friends of the New Glarus State Woods Park are not responsible for lost or damaged items, so please leave valuables or fragile items at home.

After Party!

Runners will enjoy brats, beer or soft drinks, Limburger sandwiches, sauerkraut shots, live polka music and prizes at the finish line. The Alphorns will continue during the event.

Per DNR rules, you will need a valid ID to consume alcoholic beverages, no matter what age group you are in.

Party in the park begins at 11:00 a.m., and the Awards Ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Stay the weekend and enjoy the all the food, drink, and attractions that “Swisstown” has to offer! Check out local lodging options, or make reservations online to camp right in the park. From the park, head south on the Sugar River State Trail to reach downtown New Glarus - it’s a little over one mile.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Friends of the New Glarus Woods State Park by writing Friends of the New Glarus Woods State Park Inc., PO Box 805, New Glarus, WI 53574-0805 or using the form on their website at:


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