Crandon International Raceway Announces 50th Anniversary Brush Run Trail Ride

50th Anniversary Crandon Brush Run Trail Ride Set To Take Participants Back In Time

CRANDON, Wisconsin (Aug. 24, 2019): It’s as if the promotional and management team at Crandon International Raceway didn’t have enough on their plates at this week’s 50th Anniversary Polaris RZR World Championship Off-Road Races. Now the group has released final details on a special Crandon Brush Run Trail ride that’s open to the racing community and the general public.

Taking place on Wednesday, August 28th, the commemorative trail ride will take participants through a guided tour of the forest route that was the foundation for the following 50 years of amazing motorsports emanating from this small Wisconsin hamlet. Open to a wide variety of street and Wisconsin-trail legal four-wheel-drive trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, UTVs and Side-X-Sides, the 25-mile fun run will start in the same place as it did so many years ago — at the Forest County Fairgrounds near downtown Crandon.

INNOCENT ROOTS: Crandon’s earliest days took place in off-road racing’s fledgling years, as this rare photo shows. A simple start-finish line, some modified Volkswagen Beetles and a whole lot of fun. (Photos: Crandon Archives)

The early Crandon Brush Run competitions were 101-mile races that snaked through a heavily-wooded 25 1/4-mile loop that included a muddy swamp near a place called Carter’s Field. These races were based at the Forest County Fairgrounds, with the inaugural running won by Jim Zbella and Wally Schauer in just over three hours.

While these early Crandon Brush Run events had an unmistakable charm, soon the races outgrew the forest course and were moved to today’s permanent location outside of town in 1984.

The trail ride will kick off a long weekend of activities and racing, including Friday’s 50th Anniversary Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon and Friday night’s inaugural Crandon Rocks concert featuring Kid Rock.

Who: Open to all street/trail legal 4×4 Trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, UTVs and Side-X-Sides
What: Fun trail ride through the original Crandon Brush Run course (25 miles)
Where: Forest County Fairgrounds (Corner of Glen and Railroad) Crandon, Wisconsin
When: Registration Opens* 9:00am. Trails Ride starts: 10:00am. Lunch: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Why: Open to all street/trail legal trucks, SUVs, UTVs and Side-X-Sides
How: All participants please show up the morning of the trail ride to register onsite
Cost: $10.00 per person (includes lunch and commemorative event t-shirt)

* No advanced registration required.

All Camp Crandon campers and racers/teams are welcome to participate
All participating vehicles must be stored in campsites or pits
No vehicles allowed to be used in the camping areas
Vehicles can depart and return to campsites Wednesday only
UTVs and ATVs can reach the Forest County Fairgrounds from the track via the state trail (located just to the north of Highway 8). Do not use the highway!

RETRACING HISTORY: The beautiful and dense forests surrounding Crandon Wisconsin will come alive again on Wednesday, August 28th as part of Crandon International Raceway’s weekend-long 50th-anniversary celebration.

With a full slate of Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League Pro and MORR Sportsman racing, as well as Sunday’s fourth annual Red Bull Crandon World Cup, Crandon’s 50th annual World Championship Off-Road Races have already sold out all camping, grandstand, and race pit locations. For the past three years, Crandon International Raceway has attracted more than 50,000 fans over two days at the World Championship weekend, a record expected to be shattered this year

Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), for 50 years Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action, and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring more than 2,200 grass camping sites, in 2019 fan will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s FCP Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s 50th Anniversary Polaris RZR Crandon Off-Road World Championships. Both events feature Lucas Oil Midwest Off-Road Racing League Pro and Sportsman divisions. For more information please visit