Ice Age Challenge

Saturday, February 18

UPDATE (Feb. 17) –
The Ice Age Challenge Race is happening. The course will utilize a man-made snow loop of approximately 1km. Madison Winter Festival management has been able to make artificial snow at Elver Park throughout the winter, thereby stockpiling snow with the forethought that natural snow will have melted. The artificial snow will ensure that the events can be held despite unseasonably warm temperatures.

The Ice Age Challenge is coming back! This popular cross-country ski event once held in Spring Green is coming to Elver Park as part of the Madison Winter Festival.

The Ice Age Challenge will include several separate race distances throughout the day. The courses range from flat sections, gently rolling hills to challenging climbs and exciting downhills.

Don’t feel like racing? Take family and friends and do a Tour. Enjoy skiing on groomed trails and Elver Park at your own pace.

Elver Park is located on the west side of Madison and considered as one of the best places to cross country ski in Madison area. The park is home to 5km of lighted trails in addition to a 1-2.5 km manmade snow loop that will be used in the event of low snow conditions. See course map.

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Event Details

Saturday, February 18
1250 McKenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
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Distance / Time / Price
Tour / 8-9 am / non-timed event / $10
5 km / 9:30 am  / timed event / $30
15 km or 22.5 km / 10:30 am  / timed event / $50

Packet Pickup
Day of race registration and packet pick-up is available from 7-10 am at the Elver Park Mini Shelter #2.

A cross-country ski permit is required at Elver Park and all groomed Dane County Park trails. Please make arrangements now to obtain your permit as you will be required to present it at the time of your packet pickup. Elver Park’s shelters will have a self service kiosks where you can purchase a daily ski pass.

Participant Perks
All registered runners and walkers will receive a Ski Buff and complimentary refreshments at the start and finish.

Cancellation Policy
Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation.

Entry fees go toward Elver Park grooming and snow-making services to maintain and expand the 1km course. The fees will enable organizers to host the races in the event that natural snow is unavailable.

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