Milford Beach Day Use Area
Water Gap National Recreation Area
Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 am 50k start (buses depart at 07:00)
11:00 am 25k start (buses depart at 10:15)
Why the late start? We need to leave time for the bus transport to the start on the 50k, and my hope on the 25k stagger is for both races to finish somewhat together for a unified post-race. Maybe we'll do a special award for the top 25k and 50k runners on a finish duel.
Registration opens on 1/15/19 at Ultrasignup
$55 and $75 base registrations get you the event, post-race food, bus ticket to the start, and some sort of finisher's item yet to be decided upon. Schwag including a race tee or hoodie can be purchased as add-ons at registration.
Historically, the Delaware Water Gap encompasses a scenic stretch of the Delaware River, framed by thousand foot hillsides, steeped in Native and Early American History, and is inspiring throughout. In the mid 1900's active communities throughout 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.
Milford Beach Day Use Area sits just outside of the great scenic small town of Milford, PA and is our staging venue. 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.
It's been our hope to put on a flattish, beautiful trail event which caters as well to fast PR times as it does beginner trail / ultra finishes. Hopefully you'll have solid fitness from a summer of miles but legs saying they need a rest from technicality and climbing, or which are primed for a PR. Logistically entrants will check-in either Friday day before the race, or race morning, and board buses for transport to the start at Haileah (50K) or Jerry Lees (25k). Once you're off, the McDade Trail will provide you either 15 or 31 miles of point to point traversing of the gap over predominately rolling cindered path and trail. It's an amazing resource that we're able to use for a fast and scenic fall trail run.