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Location: Bethel, OH US 45106 Directions
Type: Trail Race, Run or Run/Walk, Other
Events
Event Time Price Details
5.6 Mile Handicap race
Time
9:00AM EDT
Price
$15
Price increases July 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
10.8 Mile
Time
9:00AM EDT
Price
$15
Price increases July 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
10.8 Mile Trekker
Time
8:00AM EDT
Price
$15
Price increases July 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
Volunteer
Time
9:00AM EDT
Price
$0
Registration ends July 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
Place
East Fork State Park
3294 Elklick Rd
Bethel, OH US 45106
Description
The East Fork Backpack Trail Run is where the series all began.
The 5.6 mile race will have handicap starts as in the past. This classic race will remain relatively unchanged from previous years. The unique aspect of this race is the handicapped start. All runners will receive a handicap based on Age, Sex, and previous performance in the series.  Those with the larger handicaps will start first and those with no handicaps will start last. Everybody will start within a 30 minute time frame.The object is that everyone will have an equal chance at finishing first, and it will be a true chase to the finish.
As the name states, the race will take place on the well-established Backpack Trail, at East Fork Lake State Park. The 5.4 mile course is densely wooded, and might give runners the feeling that they are on the Appalachian Trail. The course reverses direction each year. The 10.8 mile (two loop) race will have a mass start with no handicaps.
We have added a "Trekker" category for those who would like to do the 10+ mile course but need extra time to finish. If you think that you need more than 2-2.5 hours to finish, we encourage you to consider the this option. You can start at 8:00 instead of nine. You will receive a time and credit for participation. Also, you can finish before all the food is gone!
You Must Pre-register by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to receive a handicap for the 5.6 mile race.
Race day registration will be available for both the 5.6 mile and the 10.8 mile race however there will be no handicaps given for the 5.6 mile race (This means that you will start last)
This is the fifth stop of the 2017 Dirt Days Trail Series. Each race will be scored separately. In the shorter handicapped race your actual finish position determines your placement for the Backpack Trail Run scoring. However, your actual running time, not your handicapped finish place, is used to determine your place for series points

 

Link to East Fork State Park Web Page

GPS Coordinates to the beach: 39.016999, -84.133509

Important - Race begins and ends at the beach on the SOUTH side of the lake off. Use Route 125 and not Route 32.

The clock will start at 0:00 at around 9:00 am.

All participants in the 5.6 mile course will start between 9:00 and 9:30 

All 10.8 Milers (except for Trekkers) Start at 0:00 on the clock

Trekkers start at 8:00 am

The Course:

As the name states, the race will take place on the well-established Backpack Trail, at East Fork Lake State Park. The 5.4 mile course is densely wooded, and might give runners the feeling that they are on the Appalachian Trail. The course reverses direction each year. The 10.8 mile (two loop) race will have a mass start with no handicaps.

Individual Event Awards:

The overall top male and overall top female (The first male and female to cross the finish line) will receive a FREE Pair of Saucony Trail Shoes, redeemable at Fleet Feet Sports.

Random drawing Shoe winner: An additional FREE Pair of Saucony Trail Shoes will be randomly awarded at each event, redeemable at Fleet Feet Sports!

No duplicate shoe winners are allowed throughout the series. This means that many people regardless of ability will have an opportunity to win a pair of shoes.

10 age-graded awards.

10 randomly drawn door prizes.

You must be present to win any random drawing and you cannot accept for someone else, so stick around!

T-Shirts:

Dirt Day Trail series Tech shirts will also be available for purchase both online and at the race. These shirts are being sold by Fleet Feet and are $15 each while supplies last.

Amenities:

We will have a variety of treats for you. 

Registration Fee:

Registration Fee: $15 Pre-registration per race. Late registration, when offered, will be $17. It was determined that not enough folks were pre-registering so the race day fee was raised to $20 to "encourage" pre-registration.

IMPORTANT: We must have your registration by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to receive a handicap for the 5.6 mile race.

Register online through Thursday, July 20, 2017. Late online registration will be available through Friday July 21, 2017

Register by mail by printing and mailing a paper registration form. Postmark by Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Register on Race day from 7:30 am through 8:45 am

Race Day Registration and pick up:

There is no early packet pick up for this event. Check in on day of race is from 7:30 am through 8:45 am. 

The Dirt Days Trail Series:

This is the fifth stop of the 2017 Dirt Days Trail Series.

 

About the Dirt Days Trail Series

This is a unique series of trail events in the Greater Cincinnati area. This Series consists of eight dates and ten events. Events will include trail runs of varying distances from about 3 to 11 miles, including a night trail run.. It includes combining your performances in various events to see who are the Dirtiest Dozen men and women. We are excited to be able to put on these slightly different events for the local running community. Run one race or sign up for the series and run them all!

Go to the Dirt Days Home Page to learn more about the series

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Map of East Fork State Park

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Printable, Mailable Trail Series Entry Form - All Events

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Course Map

The direction is reversed each year - Counter clockwise for odd years, Clockwise in even years.

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CHIP TIMING

Once again, this year's race will be chip timed with Ipico shoe tags. All Times will be read electronically. You do not have to have a tag to participate but you must have a tag to receive a time. To receive a time, you must properly attach shoe tag to your shoe. No tag, no time! Shoe tags will be distributed on race-day only. Tags are re-useable and will be collected at the finish line. If you are given a tag, you must agree to return it for reuse. Check out the video to see how to properly attach your timing chip.

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