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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 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 2018 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
East Fork Lake Ohio State Park
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 (9:00 am)
Trekkers start at 8:00 am
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 10.8 mile (two loop) race will have a mass start with no handicaps.
The course reverses direction each year. Clockwise in even years. Counterclockwise in odd years.
Individual Event Awards:
The overall top male and overall top female
randomly drawn door prizes.
You must be present to win any random drawing and you cannot accept for someone else, so stick around!
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.
We will have a variety of treats for you.
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.
Online registration is available through Saturday, July 20, 2019
Register by mail by printing and mailing a paper registration form. Postmark by Tuesday, July 14, 2019
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 2019 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
If you prefer to sign up by mail, please print the attached Registration form and mail, with payment to the listed address. Make sure we receive it by Wednesday prior to the event so we will have time to process the registration. Thank You.
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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