The MUTT (Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail race) is the first team trail race of its kind. The MUTT race, which was featured in a article in Trail Runner Magazine under the headline “Chasing Cheese Wheels and Other Unconventional Races” on September 10th, 2014 states that the MUTT “can perhaps lay claim to the most innovative team format”, and we believe that is absolutely true and one we are proud of. The MUTT is unique in every sense of the word. No other race in the world is run the way this race is. This is not a relay race but rather a team trail race that requires 4 team members to start and stay together at the beginning of the race, and one by one turn around at the halfway point of each individual distance. The format allows for different distance runners to race together, and also assures each runners individual time contributes to the success of the team.
Each team will consist on a 5, 10, 20, and 31 mile runner. At the start of the race, each team will start out running together and MUST stay together until they reach the 2.5 mile mark, then the 5 mile runner will turn around and return to the start/finish line completing the 5 mile run, while the remaining three runners continue on. At the 5 mile mark, the 10 mile runner will turn around and head back to the start/finish line, with the remaining two continuing on. At mile 10, the 20 mile runner will return and so on. Once all 4 runners return to the finish line completing their individual distances, all four times are tabulated for the total team time. Because the team must stay together for the first half of their individual distance, they must adhere to the slowest runners pace on their team. Once they turn around and head back on their own, each runner can run at whatever pace they want.