Spring Lake Park in Williston, North Dakota, is home of the Bakken X Trek. This large park offers multiple water and swamp obstacles and plenty of space for some man-made challenges. You will face 25-30 obstacles over a variety of terrain, so be prepared! We plan to make you work for that finish line, but hope you still have a blast.
(This map is of the 2015 course. 2016 design is coming!)
Race Day Info
Dear Bakken X-Trekker!! We are only a few days away from Williston’s first Bakken X-Trek Event! I hope you are as excited as we are for this new event. Here are few housekeeping points to get you ready for Saturday. We recommend arriving 45 -60 minutes before your run time, this will allow enough time for parking, checking in and warming up.
Parking: Parking will be located at the fairgrounds. A Shuttle will be available to bring you and your group to the park. There will also be some parking by the Boy Scout Building just before you turn right into Spring Lake Park but it’s limited as volunteers will be parking there too. At best – carpool. The park will be closed to outside vehicles for the safety of our runners and volunteers until 3pm.
Registration and Checkin: Located by the large pavilion on the east side.
Register at the registration desk 30 minutes before run time. ID is required. You will receive your Bakken x-trek swag, number written on your arm or leg and wrist band if you are over 21.
Check your bag if necessary at the bag check (beside registration).
Go to the bathroom - there will be some located in this area.
What to bring: wear clothes that are breathable, that will do ok in water and you don’t mind getting dirty. Long socks or leggings are recommend. Shoes should have a good sole and again- ones you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. You also may want to have an extra set of clothes to change into after the event and a plastic bag to throw your clothes in. There will be wash/spray station to clean off after.
After your race: we hope you stick around for a little while and cheer on other participants and high five other finishers. You will get your beer and pizza ticket when you cross the finish line so bring a chair, blanket or sit at a picnic table and enjoy. The space by the large pavilion will host a DJ, the OutLaws Trailer and Little Caesars Pizza. Please feel free to bring other snacks for after your event if you wish to eat more than pizza.
We have had to take out one obstacle #21 so don’t look for that number!
We will be taking last minute registration until the wave fills up to 75. We look forward to a great event!
Sincerely, The Bakken X-Race Team!
Partners and Sponsors
|Wave (click to register)||Until Apr 30||May 1-Aug 15||Aug 16-Sep 8||Race Day||Status|
|12:00 Student||$45||$55||$75||$75||Register at Williston Parks and Rec District Office|
|12:30 Overflow/Race Day||$75||Register on Race Day|
|Wave Change or Transfer||$5||$5||$5||$5||Open|
Register a pack of 6-10 racers in one order and save $5 per person. To add additional people to your order, add the first registration to your cart, then click the wave name to open a new registration form.
**Families should add $40 for each additional adult and $10 for each child between 6 and 12. One adult can accompany a maximum of two kids in this category.
- What is the Bakken X Trek all about?
- Can I change waves or give my entry to someone else
- Can I do this?
- Can I skip an obstacle?
- Is this a race?
- Do I need to register as a team?
- Can I choose my wave?
- How much time is allowed between waves?
- Can I just volunteer?
- Will there be race-day registration?
- Is it dangerous?
- Do I have to know how to swim?
- How does the family wave work?
- I have nice clothes and jewelry I'd like to wear...
- Are there water and aid stations?
- Is there a military discount?
Tired of running the same Big Name Mud Run course in town after town, organizers in Williston decided what our community needed was something unique, homegrown--and hopefully a lot of fun! Something that you could only do in Williston because the obstacles and terrain involved ARE Williston. To do that, we brought in the experts from Extreme North Dakota Racing (ENDracing) in Grand Forks who are well known for this kind of thing, and the Bakken X Trek was hatched. We hope you enjoy the race. Here are a few reasons why:
It’s all about the race. The guys at ENDracing, The Bakken X-Trek committee and Williston Parks staff have put a lot of time and effort into the course. It is going to be tough and we want to push you out of your comfort zone. But this race is also about getting prepared for challenges and taking a helping hand if you need it
We aren’t in it for the moola. We hope this race is a smashing success, but we aren’t looking to take your money and run. The price is built around what we have into the race and proceeds will go back to the Williston Parks District and their amazing programs that benefit the whole community.
Smart starts. Start waves will be every 30 minutes rather than right on top of each other, with limited wave sizes to avoid bottlenecks at obstacles. You might have to wait behind a few people, but not a crowd like you might experience at some events. Waves will be added as necessary to let as many in on the fun as possible, but at the end of the day, we would rather turn people away than produce an overcrowded, crappy experience for everyone.
You'll be treated to a truly unique Williston event. Veteran terrain runners will see some standard obstacles, but ENDracing has also built this course specifically for our venue: Spring Lake Park in Williston, ND. You’re gonna get wet and you’re gonna get dirty. You will probably also smell a little funny but you'll be right in the middle of one of Williston’s most popular parks where everyone in town can catch the fun. Awesome.
You can help us build this event. We aren’t aiming to produce a one-hit wonder. We want you to race the X Trek and then give us your feedback so we can improve and create an even better experience next year. This race is uniquely Williston, so let’s make it ours.
Can I change waves or give my entry to someone else? Absolutely. If there is space in the wave you are requesting, we will do our best to squeeze you in. If you get hurt, have an emergency, or just haven't been training, we'll also allow you to transfer your entry to someone else. It has to be done manually, so each change has a nominal fee. Fill out a change request form here.
Can I do this? YES! A 5k is completely doable. Jenn, our race director, has designed a boot camp to help you get prepared. You can request more information on her program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be following a husband and wife team on the X Trek Facebook page as they train for the race, so you can train with them, too. Prepare! You will have more fun if you aren’t curled up in a ball crying halfway through the course. That being said, there is no shame in walking parts of the race and you will likely have plenty of company. As a goal, work toward being able to run/walk 5K (about 3 miles) in under 36 minutes without barfing.
Can I skip an obstacle? Not only can you skip an obstacle but you may have to, if you are having trouble getting to the finish line. You are welcome to try the obstacle(s) giving you trouble as many times as you like, just remember your manners and take your turn at the end of the line.
Is this a race? All the waves except the “competitive” wave are classified as a fun run or a recreational race. For those who are serious about pounding through the course in the shortest time possible please join our competitive wave.
Do I need to register as a team? Some of the obstacles will demand team-work and this year we are offering and encouraging team registration. We are calling this your “pack”. However, no need to worry if you're not running as part of a group. Runners get a pep talk right before we turn you loose on the course that encourages your whole wave to help each other along the course. If you're strong, plan on (and look forward to) helping out other runners that find particular obstacles difficult. Remember, this race is about community- we want to see the best in you, so be prepared to offer helping hands - or look for them - as needed.
How much time is allowed between waves? Waves will be released roughly every 30 minutes, which allows organizers to change volunteer crews, clean up/fix any obstacles as necessary and generally take care of business. There will be a corral for the ‘pending’ wave as well as the ‘on deck’ wave. Please be in the ‘on deck wave’ 20 minutes before your scheduled start time. A brief pre-race announcement will follow your move into the pending wave corral which will happen once that wave starts the run.
Can I just volunteer? Yes. We would love your help! Please fill out the volunteer form.
Will there be race day registration? If there are any open slots in existing waves we may allow race day registration (cash or check only). No new waves will be created on race day. Race day registrants will pay the highest registration fee in their category and will not be guaranteed race goodies (although if we still have some we will distribute them).
Is it dangerous? Yep, but so is life. Be prepared for multiple obstacles, water, mud, rocks, roots, branches, thorns, nettle, tripping hazards, uneven ground, and many other things that might could potentially lead to injury. There is always risk of injury as in any mud or terrain run – it’s the nature of the challenge, right? Know your own limitations, and be aware you enter the race at your own risk. EMTs or other medical professionals will be at the race, but will NOT be located at every obstacle.
Do I have to know how to swim? We won’t lie, you are going to get wet. If you are not confident in the water then you have a couple of options - 1) Skip the water obstacles. 2) Use a life jacket- you can bring your own or you can borrow one of ours. We will have a handful available, so you may have to be patient if they are in use! 3) Just go for it. In truth, we recommend this third option if your issue really only involves thinking the water is yucky and are worried about all the local wildlife living under the surface rather than a lack of swimming confidence.
You don't need to be a championship swimmer to succeed in the water obstacles, but you should feel like you could do some dog paddling for a while without freaking out. You'll be jumping in (or falling into) the water after running, climbing over, under, and through all sorts of obstacles. If you don't swim any more than an occasional dip in the lake, consider the lifejacket approach. Float across with a smile on your face!
How does the family wave work? Families are challenged to complete the regular course just like everyone else. The family wave allows families to run together so that parents can help their kids and kids can laugh at their parents. You can get assistance from volunteers, complete partial obstacles, etc. It is recommended that your child either have previous experience at the 5k distance or you have some plans for how to get them through the course (piggy back or shoulder rides, etc). Families must stay together as they move through the course - YOU (not the volunteers, race staff, etc) - are responsible for your child(ren). One adult is required to accompany every two children (aged 6-12) in the Family category. Family wave participants should allow for between 1.5-2.5 hours to complete the course. This should be plenty of time, but won't allow time for naps, extended water fights or tantrums, so plan accordingly.
I have nice clothes and jewelry I'd like to wear... WRONG- no. You won't have fun if you're worrying about your super cute new tank top or your flashy man bracelet. Leave it at home and wear clothes and shoes you won't feel bad about throwing away afterwards. This is a dirty race. Embrace it and get dirty.
Are there water and aid stations? We will have two aid stations (roughly one every mile) along the course with water and volunteers available if you're injured. If it's a hot day and you know you drink a lot, you should plan on wearing a hydration pack of some sort. We advise hydrating up at the first water stop even if you aren't thirsty.
Is there a military discount? Yes! Drop an email to email@example.com from your military account and we'll send you a coupon code for $10 off registration.