It's 3:18 am not a soul insight. The walk of The race director prior to the 20th anniversary of this race of friends and family. The runners of the North country trail run all snuggled in for their last few winks of sleep. It's going to be a great Saturday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just 4 more trees to clear tonight. ... See MoreSee Less

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There is a point from a race director standpoint that you know that you're going to get sleep the night before the race. There's a point when you know you're completely proud of your team and the work they did to prepare. There's a point when you're a day ahead of where you've ever been setting up the race. Finally, there's a point where you can sit in front of the fire and breathe easy that runners from all over the country and the world will be enjoying a great North Country Trail Run. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are so thankful for Steve from Fischer LP who took the time today to run lines from 100 lb propane tanks. That allows us to not have to keep replacing tanks in the post-race party area all weekend long. ... See MoreSee Less

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It takes an army of volunteers, but it also takes a truck load of water too! Nothing like Culligan Water to ensure you have the best tasting water at the aid stations and post race party. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our head chef has arrived. Chef Gordie and our new additional chefs of Chef Kathie, Chef Robert, Chef Patrick and our entire volunteer team will be serving up a huge 4 line buffet feast just for you. ... See MoreSee Less

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The start and finish chute is now in place. Thanks Gary! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just in case you wanted to color coordinate your running outfit with our gigantic 13.1, 26.2 or 50 and their new paint job by Jerry and his team. ... See MoreSee Less

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Did someone say that every runner receives full color hoodie and running? Yup! ... See MoreSee Less

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An important part of the race has arrived. Yup, we're not "messing" around or "passing" time with this great weather to set-up. ... See MoreSee Less

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A new finish line is something you will see this year at the race. This 4 foot sign of the new race logo, which will hang high atop of it as you start and finish the race, is just a small portion of the new structure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who is taking home an age group award this year? ... See MoreSee Less

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We can report 3 things. One, it's going to be a beautiful weekend with great weather for the race. Two we look forward to seeing many great runners from all over the country and this year world. Three, the grass is mowed and the bathrooms smell good (for the time being). ... See MoreSee Less

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Our committee member Dan and his team transporting the giant distance numbers. They are off to the shop for a last minute paint job with a new color scheme. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a few more hours and we will be loaded and ready to move to race central, ground zero, trail head, the year long finish line...you get the point. ... See MoreSee Less

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From Kalamazoo to now home of the Rangers in Manton, our Race Director met with the amazing Manton cross country team and parents. The group discussed final preparations for aid stations and sweeper responsibilities. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yum! Our head chef has tested it out and we're ready to bake thousands of brownie bites and gluten free peanut butter cookies for the aid stations next week. ... See MoreSee Less

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New this year race weekend. We will be showing free kid friendly movies on our 20 foot movie screen inside the lodge all day Saturday and Sunday. Popcorn and water will be provided for free and LIGHT adult supervision. We still ask that a family or friend be at the start/finish area to ensure that all children have someone nearby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our race director sat down with one of our new Scout volunteer groups. The scouts are really excited to be at the race camping all weekend long and supporting each and every runner. ... See MoreSee Less

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Important message for all of the runners and volunteers past, present and future... Thank you! I don't think races say it enough to their participants, volunteers and community partners. Thank you for making the North Country Trail Run a part of your annual tradition. We receive regularly the "I am nervous, but it's going to be great" and the "We look forward to this every year" as well as the "First timer here, but have heard so many great things." So whether you have been running or volunteering for years or this is your first time with us... thank you, welcome back and welcome to the North Country Trail Run Family. ... See MoreSee Less

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We made another attempt at taking a photo of this year's medal, but struck out again. Our RD got bit by a couple of skeeters' while trying to hold the camera steady. We're just having bad luck trying to show you the race medals prior to race day... ... See MoreSee Less

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We're excited to announce that we've brought back free caricatures at the race. Our good friend David from Caricatures by David Hernandez will be set-up Saturday from 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM to draw those runners who want to take home a souvenir race weekend with the race picking up the tab. ... See MoreSee Less

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What's your favorite Founders Beer? We're getting ready to decide what to have at this year's post race party. ... See MoreSee Less

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This year we will be doing something special for the volunteers Friday evening. Our chef and team have come up with a Volunteer Dinner Friday night with spaghetti and meatballs along with garlic bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert. After a long day Friday and those volunteer groups arriving to camp the whole weekend, we're going to fire up the grills and make sure they are fed well. As always, all volunteers are taken care of with burgers, brats, veggie burgers, pastas and more during the Saturday and Sunday races. Also new this year, the nearly 80 volunteers camping for the whole weekend will also be treated to pancakes and sausages both Saturday and Sunday mornings. ... See MoreSee Less

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When you run the North Country Trail Run you'll not only be able to grab a shot of pickle juice, but a shot of Michigan Made pickle juice from our friends at Freestone Pickles. They've been supplying the needed pickle juice for the race for years and this year is no different. ... See MoreSee Less

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