Quarry Shack 5 Miler 3rd Annual
October 28, 2023
Come relieve history while running Ghosttown Trail's first ever nighttime race. This 5 mile race will be held on the Rexis Branch, this race is currently the only standalone race held on this section. You will start right past the closed gate next to the old train at the Rexis trailhead. From there you will run 2.5 miles out then turn around about a tenth of a mile after the Red Mill Bridge you cross over on the trail coming back to where you started. It's a completely closed course. There are no road crossings or any intersections you have to worry about. Its a straight out and back in the dark on a beautiful section of trail. This means you will required to have some sort of light for you to see while running. It's a great chance to have some safe fun near Halloween while running on the dark. If you never ran in the dark this is a SPOOKTACULAR opportunity to get you feet wet and see what is all about and why people enjoy it while being around friends.
The reason behind the name of the race is there is a old Quarry Shack with some local history to it about 2.25 miles into the race on left hand side going out and right hand side coming back. It was also used for some scenes in the movie "The Boonies" which is a good horror movie to watch.
There will be mile markers letting you know what mile your at. I measured the course by sticking to the right side of the trail on the way out then on right side of the trail the way back so you should always be running on the right side of the trail in the direction you are heading. I did not take out the tangent curves because I want all runners to stick to the right side except to pass someone. This adds safety to the race and should allow no interference between runners heading in opposite directions. Even though it's basically flat rail trail you will still have 115 feet of total gain on the way out with no descent. There are no hills it's just a slow steady incline. On the way back you will be running all downhill retracing that 115 feet which now becomes descent. Enjoy the free speed coming back.
There will be one water stop on the course about 25 feet from the turn around under a pavilion along the trail, that way as you go around the turn you can throw your cup in trash directly across from the aid station. Please try to keep cups in that area and not way down the trail for easier clean up after the race. The Turn around will be well marked. Both the aid station and turn will have signs indicating coming up.
There will be Halloween decorations along the course and some lighting to show the cool things along the course This year we are revamping the decorations that will be on the course. Think bigger and more noticeable. After seeing the course at night the decision was made to discard the small decorations and go with bigger ones you will be able to see. There WILL NOT be anyone jumping out at you.
Pricing is $20 until October 1st then it becomes $25 till registration closes, then $30 day of race. There is day registration starting at 5:30pm and ending at 615pm. Cash or Check only day of. Credit cards will not be accepted day of.
Address: 1069 Main St. Vintondale, PA US 15961
Location coordinates: 40.485057, -78.923931 Race starts at Rexis Trailhead in Vintondale. (Mile 0) Will start right past the gate by the old train.
Top 3 M & F overall, top 3 in each age group: 10 and under, 11-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Top 3 only for walk
Top 3 only for ruck division
(no duplicates, awards will not be mailed)
*children 10 and under must run race under their own power to be eligible for age group awards. Having been pushed on a stroller or carried by someone will not qualify. Awards are to be determined, we try to be unique.
Time Limit: 1 Hour 30 minutes. (18:00 minute pace per mile)
Schedule of events
5:30 pm registration opens
6:15 pm registration closes
6:30 pm race starts
8:00 pm race ends (must be across mats by 8pm to be included in results)
8:05 pm awards ceremony
We Will once again try to make this a official GoRuck sponsored division event. That means all those who ruck the course will get a official GoRuck Patch upon completion. You are also still eligible at a shot for the top 3 awards within the ruck division. We will give out awards to top 3 male and top 3 females who cross the finish line with a ruck on. The requirements are to have at least 20lbs for males and 10lbs for females. Must finish within the 1:30 time frame. The ruck must be in the form of a backpack (ruck), it must be on your back. Weight vests or duffel bags or other means to carry the weight do not qualify as a ruck.
We will be awarding the top 3 overall male and top 3 overall females who are in the walk division. You must also finish within the 1:30 time frame. There is no running allowed. You will be disqualified if caught running and your signed up for the walk.
Registration opens at 5:30 pm and closes at 6:15 pm. Race starts at 6:30 pm sharp. Awards at 8:05 pm. Must be across mats at 8:00pm to qualify for awards.
Custom race Bib Number, custom race sticker, chip timing, safe environment, post race snacks chance to make lasting memories and a chance to explore nighttime running. There will be some things set up to take pictures with for your enjoyment.
Personal lighting will not be provided, must provide your own source, headlamps, waist lights, handhelds, or some form of lighting device will be required. There will be some official lighting at the start/finish line, at registration and during awards.
We will provide water and gatorade at the water stop. Flavor to be determined. There will also be post race snacks, ill try to have nice standard variety. There will also be water and gatorade at the finish along with bottle water.
We ask no pets be brought on the course or around the event. We love animals but not everyone is comfortable around them. Since it is a night race bringing a pet becomes a trip hazard and anyone violating this rule will be D.Q. Actual service animals are permitted. Headphones are allowed. Please be courteous to fellow runners and listen at a reasonable volume so you can hear other runners coming or calling out if they are passing you. Strollers is allowed but must have a lighting device on the stroller.
We DO NOT mail awards. Stick around to receive your award. We do not allow you to come and pick it up at your convenience either. We understand you may have to leave early for work or family obligations so be a adult and get with us beforehand if you absolutely must leave early. We highly discourage having someone pick yours up during the awards because again you should have seen us before leaving and not everyone has that luxury to have someone there. We believe as a running community we all need to support one another in this community as it grows with each race. That support includes all the way through the award ceremony. We all need to celebrate the accomplishments of every participant at all events we attend and the hard work that goes into each persons training to get them from start to finish. That's why we want you to stick around. Also its nice to have people cheer others on as they finish.
Also no smoking, alcohol or drug use is permitted in any area the race will be using this includes parking lots, staging area, race course or restrooms. These are our rules along with rules of the trail. Remember this is a kid friendly event where young lungs are at play along with the possibility of adults with health issues. we are trying to make this event safe and comfortable for everyone.
No throwing any trash/garbage along the course. Whatever you start with you have to end with. The only exception to throw trash away is at the water stop at that garbage can there.
People have spoken since not everyone wants a shirt we are giving you the option to add a shirt while registering for a additional $5. To receive a shirt, you must register by Oct. 1st at 8pm No Exceptions. As you go through the registration process there will be an option to add a shirt for $5. Extras will not be ordered. After the race, Shirts of those who ordered one that did not show up will be sold to those runners that signed up on race day or missed shirt deadline for $5. No shirts will be ordered after the race and along with swag they will not be mailed.
If you would want to order a extra shirt please reach out to me The cost for a extra shirt will be $10 each.
We do not offer refunds, cancellations or transfers at this time.
Halloween costumes are encouraged. The scarier and odder the better. Makes the race more fun if you choose to dress up. Think Spirit of the season.
Gun Timing with a mass start. Unless there is a strict covid restriction policy then the race will go to a starting mat time trial event with runners being spread out at the start. Race will not be cancelled unless a natural disaster. You bibs will have a chip on the back so time is accurate once you cross the finish line. For the timing mats to reads your time properly have bibs placed on the front of your body. If bibs are placed on your back it will not get read properly.
Please be respectful of the trail, course and parking areas, along with fellow runners, volunteers and spectators. I'm hoping to have this race on a yearly basis so its important we respect the trail to be allowed to use it in the future. It's a super nice trail and was named PA trail of the year in 2020.
There will be a photo op area near the start of the race. That way you and your friends before and after the race can take some pictures to remember the event and memories you made.
Bathrooms are located about a tenth of a mile from the parking lot. Near the Eliza Furnace. There are both men and women restrooms with 2 toilets in each room. There is trail info on this building as well.
Photos of neat things along the course that you can potentially see, videos of where to park along with the most up to date information will be on the Facebook event page. This will also include a elevation chart, pictures of awards, shirts and bibs once designs are finished.There are multiple items all within a half mile of the start of the race. these include a cool bridge, Eliza Furnace, a shooting fountain out of the creek form a mine directly below, a old jail cell, and a coal miners memorial.
Also use the donate button above to help cover costs of new Decorations.
Promo Video from 2022
For More info check out the "OFFICIAL" Facebook event page.
Youtube: Videos of the course and where to park
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