Dirt Days Trail Series - Backpack Trail Run

Sun July 26, 2020 Directions
A Safe, Socially Distanced Live Event
Events
Race is cancelled

This event has been cancelled for 2020

After receiving permission to host this event, the State Of Ohio has rescinded the permit to host our East Fork State Park.

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

Dirt Days Trail Series - Backpack Trail Run

Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:00 am 

East Fork State Park, Bethel, OH

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.

We have recently been given permission to hold our event. We may be the first live event to take place in our area in months.

However, due to the current situation, we are implementing some changes for 2020:

1. We will have only one event: the one-lap 5.6 mile race

2. To avoid frequent passing, we will NOT be using our traditional handicapping format. 

3. We will be using staggered starts. Think of it as a Time Trial format. You will choose your time block (Faster, Middle of the pack, Slower). Faster folks will start earlier to minimize passing. Only one person at a time (we are thinking at least 30 second intervals).  Only immediate family members will be allowed to start together.

4. We will be using disposable timing chips to avoid extra contact.

5. All participants must practice physical distancing in and around the Start/Finish  and registration area.

6. All participants must wear a face covering while picking up their bib number during check-in. No Exceptions.

7. There will be no race-day on sight registration. No Exceptions. If you do not sign up in advance, do not show up expecting to participate.

8. If you are feeling sick, do not come.

9. There will be no common water stop on the course. We will have bottled water at the finish line.

In addition, we may limit the field depending on the response.

Also, for this event, we are suspending Trail Series T-shirt sales until we find out if there will be additional events. We want to be fair to Fleet Feet, our sponsor. There is a chance that we will get to have four Series events this year.

As you can see, we are taking a conservative approach. We want to run a safe event. 

Location:

East Fork Lake Ohio State Park

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.

Start Time:

All participants will start between 8:30 and 9:30 

The Course:

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. (Clockwise for 2020)

Individual Event Awards:

The overall top male and overall top female

Random drawing 

Registration Fee:

Registration Fee: $20. Advance Registration Online or by mail only

IMPORTANT: You must pre-register to participate

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

Course Map

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

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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Map of East Fork State Park

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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Disposable Timing Chips

In order to reduce handling, for 2020, we will be using disposable timing chips.

Sponsors
Printable, Mailable Entry Form

If you wish to mail in your entry please use the attached. 

Please make sure that you read the planned restrictions for 2020 prior to entering.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

Announcement, News, Updates, Race Photos and More.

Race Contact Info

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Directions

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

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