Getting Ready for #ECSWI


I’m leaving in a couple days for a road trip with my friend, Sigrid, to Wisconsin for the North Face Endurance Challenge Series. When I first looked into this race, it became obvious pretty quickly that the most logical thing to do is camp at the state park where the race is held. So that’s just what we’re doing! The ultra + camping will be quite an adventure.
The plan is to leave Toronto on Thursday and drive just over half way there that day. We’ve rented a cabin in Michigan for the night which I thought would be a great way to break up the drive. On Friday, we’ll stop in Brookfield, WI to pick up our race kits and then to Kettle Moraine State Park to set up our campsite. We’ll be camping for two nights and then we’ve rented an Airbnb on the way back to ease back into civilization.

Quite honestly, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been camping. Now that we have the van, it’s usually a lot easier to just bring use that. A couple weeks ago I had to assemble our tent to make sure that we had all the pieces and I could do it. The tent is good to go!


It turns out that camping plus an ultra is going to require a lot of stuff! Here’s what I’m bringing:

– tent
– sleeping bag
– sleeping pad
– cooking equipment
– propane stove
– coolers & food
– warm clothes (it’s supposed to get pretty cold at night)
– bathing suit (hoping for a post race swim)
– rain jacket
– hammock
UD hydration pack
– road and trail shoes
– singlet
– shorts
BibRave hoodie
– Pro compression socks
– nutrition for the run
– hat

There are probably more things that I’m forgetting but I still have two days to make lists. I’m getting really excited that this is happening so soon! I have wanted to run in Kettle Moraine for a long time so I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

This is my last planned ultra for the year too!

What’s your next race? Have you tried camping + running?

Happy running?

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One thought on “Getting Ready for #ECSWI

  1. Ann September 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    My husband and I did ski race+camping. Now, I am not a hardcore runner or skier but it was a pretty fun experience. There are quite a few ski races in Alaska and this one was from a small town called Talkeetna. The ski race is called the Oosik. It was more like a fun event for us, or at least for me. We slept on the river bank the day before the race, 20 below weather and got up early in the morning to make breakfast and then ski 25K 🙂 It was so fun but so cold! We stayed in a hotel the day after, so nice to have a hot shower post-race.

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