Ornery Mule Racing

We treat our runners like family


Ornery Mule race management 

  • Hosting runners at our races is an honor we take very seriously. We put much love, and care into helping runners reach their fitness goal. That could be a first time runner, or an experienced elite going for the podium. 
  • We strive to give our runners great swag/medals, chip timed races , FUN, safe, challenging, well marked courses & amazing volunteers!
  • We hope you can join our little trail running family as a runner or volunteer! We welcome everyone with a smile & a hug.

Frozen Gnome Trail Races

Frozen Gnome 50k/10k: There’s no race like Gnome! VERY CHALLENGING, TRIPLE BLACK DIAMOND rated, fun and frosty run in Crystal Lake on January 7th, 2017. The Frozen Gnome's beautiful single-track course will take runners through the winter wonderland of Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods. Folks may choose either the 50K ultra run or the 10K race for speedsters. Gnome doubt about it, both courses will be tough.


Earth Day Trail Races

Earth Day 50k/25k/5 mile Celebrate Earth Day by running through the woods, enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join us for our 6th annual race at the hidden gems of Veteran Acres and Sternes Woods in Crystal Lake, IL. The beautiful course features winding single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest


Hennepin Hundred Trail Races

Hennepin Hundred (100 solo/50 solo/50k solo/ 100 RELAY): A point to point ultra-marathon race allows runners a chance to pass through many unique towns and countryside. Look for many truss and lift bridges built in the early 1900s for farmers to cross the canal, and the aqueducts that carry the canal and its trail over rivers and creeks. Runners, spectators and crew will want to watch for Bald eagles which are known to nest along the canal, as well as majestic blue herons.