Posted by: Phil DeLong | June 17, 2014

First Annual Trail Race

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Conserve School was pleased this past Saturday to host the first (annual, we hope) Conserve School trail race, featuring 20 kilometer and 5 kilometer options (click here for results). A total of 72 runners, from as near as Land O’ Lakes and as far as California and New York, enjoyed comfortable temperatures, a mosquito-suppressing breeze, friendly volunteers, and race courses that featured the many faces of our Lowenwood campus. Both courses featured sections of narrow, technical single track to challenge the concentration of runners, along with wide, fast sections of rolling ski trails. The 20 k course took runners past seven lakes, affording beautiful views, in particular, of Lake Elaine, Little Donahue Lake, and Big Donahue Lake. Runners remarked about the beauty of the course, along with the mix of more challenging sections and faster sections.

Conserve School is pleased to partner in this venture with Jeff Crumbaugh and his race organization, Great Lakes Endurance. Crumbaugh’s vision is to use his races to educate runners about the environment and sustainability (read more about that here), making Conserve School an ideal partner. If you enjoy trail running, and appreciate efforts to do so in a sustainable way, consider joining us for next year’s race (date to be determined), or check out the other trail running and snowshoeing races that Great Lakes Endurance offers in several beautiful locations throughout Wisconsin and Michigan.

Events like these don’t happen successfully without the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, who make it look easier than it is. We extend our sincere thanks to the staff, family members, and alums who generously donated a chunk of their weekend to support this event. Our thanks, as well, go to Jeff and Lois Crumbaugh for their efforts to, like Conserve School, provide a venue for environmental education and activities that promote healthy lifestyles.

Phil DeLong
Director of Admissions


  1. would you please let us know the date for next year- we want to participate!
    the Daw Family (Maeve Daw CS-5)

    • Once we set a firm date for next year’s race, we will get the word out so you can put it on your schedule. We would love to have you join us!

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