Milford Beach Day Use Area
Water Gap National Recreation Area
Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:00 am 50k start
11:00 am half marathon start
Registration opens on 4/1/18 at Ultrasignup
$60 base registration. $10 for the bus to the start. $25 for an event hoodie.
Milford Beach State Park sits just outside of the great scenic small town of Milford, PA. With quaint local shops, dining, and theater Milford is a destination in and of itself. The Beach Park hosts the terminus of the McDade Trail, offering ample parking, a great pavilion, proximity to the town of Milford, and situated on a beautiful smooth running stretch of the Delaware River. Entrants will check-in either Saturday day before the race, or race morning, and board buses for transport to the start at Haileah.
The Delaware Water Gap… the scenic Delaware River framed by thousand foot hillsides, steeped in Native and Early American History, inspiring throughout. In the mid 1900's active communities through the Gap were claimed on behalf of a planned hydroelectric dam project. Public, environmental activist, and political resistance to the project, paired w/ a finding of proximity to a geologic fault line halted the project and the land was transferred to public hands as a National Recreation area.
October… cooler temperatures, the smell of downed leaves and colors in those remaining on the trees…Hopefully solid fitness from a summer of miles but legs saying they need a rest from technicality and climbing. The McDade Trail, 32 miles point to point and traversing the gap, is a recent addition to the formal trail network in the Gap and which will serve as the course for the Water Gap 50k. A great mix ranging from rail-trail feeling cinder path to singletrack, the non-technical and rolling McDade Trail is a perfect venue for a relatively fast and scenic fall trail 50k.