Every year, I take it on as a personal challenge to make the Heck course just a little bit better than the year before. More gravel. More trail. More breathtaking Northwoods scenery. I consider the Heck of the North course to be found art. And I don’t want to disappoint for 2016.

This year’s edition will see us starting and finishing at the Alger Grade parking lots north of Two Harbors, or as I will call them briefly, “The Heck Gravel Pit.” This location has proven itself to be a fantastic way to enter the heart of the Heck courses. It will be rugged, beautiful and challenging right from the start line. Both The Heck of the North 100 and the Heck 50 will be starting and finishing at this location. This year, we will be taking a new loop out of the gate that will be a mix of awesome gravel road and then a few miles of ATV trail. The loop will bring you back to the Heck Gravel Pit (start/finish area) where friends and family can cheer you on before you enter the meat of the course. (No support (other than the admiration of the spectators) will be allowed in this pass through.) Pretty cool start, and a great way for people to see you in action.

The Heck of the North course is about 105 miles. Mainly gravel road. Some ATV and snowmobile trails, a logging road and a stream crossing with 10 miles to go will keep you challenged throughout the day. I use as little pavement as necessary to tie it all together. I think it is an awesome route this year.

Cue cards for the course will be available at Packet Pickup on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1st, 2016.

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