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The East Fork Backpack Trail Run is where the Dirt Days Trail Series all began. As the name states, the race will take place on the well-established Backpack Trail, at East Fork Lake State Park. The 5.6 mile course is densely wooded, and might give runners the feeling that they are on the Appalachian Trail. The course reverses direction each year.
Update: 6/4/21 - We have removed the masking requirement to conform with State regulations. We still encourage distancing for the benefit of all.
To avoid frequent passing, we will NOT be using our traditional handicapping format.
We will be using disposable timing chips to avoid extra contact.
All registration will be done online including on race day.
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 One-lap 5.4 Mile Race is at 9:00 am. We will start the two-lap 10.6 Mile event at 8:30 am.
We will also have a Trekker start for the the 2-lap course beginning at 8:00. For those that want to do the long course but need extra time, the trekker category is for you. You will not score for the Dirty Dozen but you will count towards participation awards and random drawings.
We will begin to sweep the course between 9:30 and 9:45 so you must complete your first lap by then.
As the name states, the race will take place on the well-established Backpack Trail, at East Fork Lake State Park.
The course reverses direction each year. Clockwise in even years. Counterclockwise in odd years. (Counterclockwise for 2021)
Individual Event Awards:
The overall top male and overall top female of each event. Age based awards for each event
Random prize drawings for each event
Registration Fee: $22.50. Online Registration Only,
Race Day Registration and Check-In:
Beginning at 7:30 am. Race day registration will be available online.
Trail Series Shirts:
Dirt Days Trail Series Shirts will be available for purchase at the Fleet Feet Tent on Race Day. $20
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 Trail Series Home Page to learn more about the series
The direction is reversed each year - Counter clockwise for odd years, Clockwise in even years.
You can view/print the attached course map.
If you use Strava, you can follow this link: https://www.strava.com/activities/5596751115
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
In order to reduce handling, for 2020, we will be using disposable timing chips.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Important - Race begins and ends at the beach on the SOUTH side of the lake off. Use Route 125 and not Route 32.Open in External Application
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