Friday, August 26, 2016

Race Weekend is here!

Everything is lined up for the Mullet on Sunday. Trails have been cleared of all debris from Wednesday night's big rain, rock has been added to the west side mud bogs, and the course is marked (final marking of campground and start/finish area will be on Saturday).

Register HERE.

Once again, you get your choice of Mullet Ware while supplies last (come early to fight the crowds)...


Colors this year include...





We've got groomed trail by yours truly, Bob Matthews, Zack Brown, Matt Webster, Walt Herron, and the DNR!




We've got PIG!


We've got a Bouncer!


We've got Oskar Blues Brewery Free Beer!


And more from Honest Tea, Hammer Nutrition, Red Bull, and others.

Come on out and enjoy the trail run, the marathon mountain bike race, the XC races, the FAT bike race, the post race party - whatever tickles your fancy!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hog Roast!!!

This year at The Mullet, we have something new for you!!!

We will be having a full hog roast with all the fixin's which is included in your race entry price. The hog will be cooked by and served buffet style in the Beach House post race like we have always done the potluck.

Oskar Blues Brewery will be there with free samples for all racers to enjoy.

Elvish Consulting will be doing the timing of the events.

Get registered!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Calling all volunteers for the 2016 Mullet Fall Classic!

We are looking for some volunteers for the August 28th race at Lake Ahquabi. If you are interested, please contact either Bruce Brown or Bob Matthews.

We need:

- At least 4 course marshals
- 2 or 3 to help with registration and check-in
- 2 or 3 to help with key entry for the timing system back up
- 2 or more willing to grill meat
- Several to help with course set up and clean up

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Mullet Fall Classic number trend...

It is always been difficult to accurately plan for a race in terms of the turnout. I over-extended myself this year trying to figure out just how many shirts, hats, prizes, and what not to purchase. I certainly tried again this year and based it on studying the previous three years attendance of 155-172. Weather was great. Trail conditions were super-excellent. PR was not lacking. Series numbers were on track to meet our IMBCS goal.

However, the numbers fell off the chart this year at The Mullet. We only had 133 entries (17 of which were trail runners who raced for a $10 entry fee which barely covered the insurance and swag for them). Add the other 7 of the total 140 number which were in the free kids race. So what I was really staring directly in the face was a drop from 160 MTB racers in 2014 down to 123 for 2015. That's a drop off of 37 racers or, a full 23% year over year - and a drop of 28% from the peak in 2012 of 172 MTB Racers. The 23% drop from last year alone is enough to sink any boat when 1/4th of expected entry fee income is yanked out from underneath one's planned budget.

All in all, the combination of the expenses (chip timing, porta-potty rental, permits, insurance, awards, prize money, water, snacks, and my choice to have swag for all participants with the "Everyone Loves a Mullet" theme) was all selected on a budget model from the three prior seasons numbers. Obviously, I needed more racers than we got to break even and missed the mark. The event was still fun for those that were in attendance, but it was an epic failure on my part as an event planner. I chose the date a year ago, but the schedule has become rather crowded and may be contributing to the trend in numbers turning south since 2012. And there may be others who simply chose not to race the event because the been there, done that factor has kicked in at this point after 8 years of this event.

The Mullet Fall Classic History of Participants 

2015: 140 racers (in the red)
2014:  160 racers (broke even)

2013:  168 racers (surplus carried forward to 2014)
2012:  172 racers (surplus given as CITA donation)
2011:  155 racers (surplus given as CITA donation)
2010:  133 racers (surplus carried forward to 2011)
2009:  61 racers (broke even)
2008:  41 racers (in the red)

Regardless of the event this year, it does give me pause to study the trend in the numbers; where the race falls within the calendar year; what went right; what went wrong and contemplate the future of the event for me. Obviously, there is no need for everyone getting a prize at registration which alone would have made me solvent with the lower number turnout. Ordering one less porta-potty, or utilizing the State Park facilities only by scheduling the race earlier in the season to avoid the toilet expense. Simply planning on a smaller turnout from the get go. There is plenty for me to chew on and come up with a decision going forward.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Course is marked and ready for pre-riding this week!

Thanks to Bob Matthews, Mia Gehringer, and Kevin Welsch the entire course is marked for pre-riding a week early. One group is gathering on Tuesday at 5:30 by the Beach House to take a pre-ride. Feel free to join that group, or come out at any time this week to ride the route in the counter-clockwise direction.

The entire loop can be seen here.

White stakes with orange arrows point you in the direction. A Zig-Zag-A-MAZE-ing section in front of the Beach House will be staked out and marked on the morning of the race to be crowd spectator friendly.

Don't forget - this is a potluck post race party. So bring a dish to contribute, and your favorite beverage (cans please) for the community beer garden.

All details for the race can be found HERE.

Tara sporting some of the Everyone loves a Mullet prizes for this year that just arrived...


Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 Race Participation Prizes...

Special participation prizes have been ordered. Much like last year's race where you checked in and received a ticket for the prize table - this year all participants will receive a participation prize immediately when they check in at the registration table on Sunday morning, October 4th.

How about that? A prize before you even do your race!!!

Post race, season ending mountain bike party for Central Iowa begins immediately following your race.

Remember to plan ahead what you are bringing to the potluck to share with everyone. A hot dish? A cold dish? Fruit? Salad? Meat?

It is potluck for all - so everyone needs to chip in with a dish.

There will be a contribution Beer Garden as well (canned beverage only please). Plan ahead what you are bringing to contribute to the garden.

Water will be provided.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Trail Work Day Grooming Success....!

We had a group trail work day on Sunday, September 13th.

A big thanks to Kurt and Becky Needles, Ron CooneyRick Blackford and his two daughters, Jeff Riemenschneider, and Steve Shird who all came out to help me today to clear debris, trim, rake, and do some dirt work to get Lake Ahquabi Trails whipped into shape for The Mullet Fall Classic. Also thanks to Bob Matthews who has joined me the past few weeks logging in plenty of hours out at Ahquabi to get all of the trails open, trees cleared, and debris removed. This benefits all trail users - hikers, bikers, walkers, nature lovers. The DNR has done some good dirt work on some problem spots and things finally look really good out there in a difficult weather year. It's ready to ride and enjoy for everyone. One more final mowing and leaf blowing the week of the race, but it's nice to have everything opened up and looking good.

Get out and run, ride, walk, hike, enjoy nature on the Lake Ahquabi trails.