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How to succeed in the NUE Series: Founders Lumberjack 100

There are some races that struggle to stay in existence and to fill entries on a yearly basis. Held on June 16th, the Founders Lumberjack 100, stop number four on the NUE Series, is not one of them.

In it’s eighth year in existence, and sixth year on the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series, the race sold out in eleven minutes.

It’s doubtful that when Rick Plite first organized the race as a side project he foresaw it turning into the cult classic that it is today. He simply “saw a decline in 24 hour races and figured 100 miles made more sense. No lights, tents, camping, overnight crew, etc.”

Held just a handful of miles from the east shore of Lake Michigan in the Manistee National Forest, the course features 90% singletrack and over 9.000 feet of elevation gain and loss.

Plite has organized a race that is logistically easy for racers without a pit crew, a good time before and after the race, and is constantly changing and improving as Plite tweaks the course to include more Michican singletrack. Last year, the course was changed from a two-lap race into three laps of a 33-mile circuit in order to add more trail to the course.

The changes were met with rave reviews, as the loamy singletrack did not disappoint.

The fact that racers were met with a catered meal and beverages from Founders Ale afterward probably didn’t hurt the situation either.

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