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Dirt Days Trail Series - Backpack Trail Run

Sunday July 26th, 2020

Bethel, OH

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Dirt Days Trail Series - Backpack Trail Run


Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:00 am 


East Fork State Park, Bethel, OH


Note: (This is a change from original date of July 19)


START TIMES FOR 2020 ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO TO HEAT. STAY TUNED AS WE EVALUATE FURTHER.


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

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Start Location

3294 Elklick, Bethel, OH

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