Squatchayanda Full Moon Trail Run
Join us at the beautiful Wawayanda State Park on Friday July 27th for an epic night of trail running under the full moon! Runners can sign-up for a 5K or 10K. If you've never ventured out on the trail after dark, this is the perfect opportunity to jump into the Squatchtastic world of night trail running! This is a USATF Sanctioned Event. Each runner will take home a unique finishers' item and the top male and female finishers for each distance will receive a special award. We will have a squatchariffic post-race party around a bonfire with hotdogs and s'mores. ** If registration closes before you are able to sign-up, we will have race-day registration available; however we cannot guarantee finishers swag for race-day registrations.
When you get to the park, follow signs for "Wawayanda Lake Day Use Area". The start/finish will be at the beach. Check-in will be open from 7:15PM-8:15PM. All runners must be checked-in by 8:15PM. All runners will start at 8:45PM (it will be completely dark by 8:50PM). All runners are REQUIRED to have a headlamp and/or flashlight. Runners are strongly encouraged to bring an extra headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries. We will not have extra to give out and we cannot permit you to run if you do not have a light. **This is a cupless event; please bring a water bottle/cup** If registration closes before you are able to sign-up, we will have race-day registration available; however we cannot guarantee finishers swag for race-day registrations.
The entire course is runnable with very minimal technical terrain. The first 1/2 of the 5K is a large double-wide trail with a long gradual hill leading up to Wingdam Trail. Wingdam Trail turns into a singletrack. Less than a 1/4 mile at the beginning of Wingdam includes a steep, somewhat technical ascent and descent. Little Bear Trail is singletrack along the lake with some roots.
Runners will start at the check-in area at the beach. After running around the bathhouse, runners will follow Double Pond Trail. The Boat Launch will be on your right as you run along the lake. Continue on Double Pond trail past the lake. The "Historic Furnace" will be on the left as you continue onto Laurel Pond Trail. Turn right onto Wingdam Trail. After passing the dam on the left, turn left onto Little Bear Trail. Little Bear Trail runs right along Wawayanda Lake for 1/2 mile. When you get to the end of the clearing, turn left to get back on Double Pond Trail to get back to the beach.
Q: I don't have a headlamp or a flashlight, will there be any extra at the race?
A: We will not have extra headlamps/flashlights and we will not have extra batteries. You are required to bring your own and make sure that it has fresh batteries. You'll find that we are super laid back, but this is something we won't mess around with. We will be checking to make sure that every runner has a headlamp and/or flashlight and will not make any exceptions. Please do not come without a headlamp/flash light and tell us that you are going to run with a friend who has one.
Q: Is there race-day registration available?
A: Yes. However cannot guarantee swag if you sign-up on race-day.
Q: What happens if I get to the race and find out that my headlamp and/or flashlight is dead?
A: You will not be permitted to run. Runners are strongly encouraged to bring an extra headlamp and/or flashlight AND an extra set of batteries.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Negative. The Beast has to stay home for this event.
Q: Can I sign my kids up for Squatchayanda?
A: Yes! This is a family friendly event. However, YOU are responsible for your kids and need to run with them. Be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors. Please keep track of Squints, Ham and Benny-The-Jet-Rodriquez before, during and after the race. We only have 1 search-party and they're already out there looking for Sasquatch.
Q: What's the weather like in Hewitt, NJ in July?
A: Hot and humid or maybe cool and misty. Be ready for anything.
Q: Talk to me about the finishers' swag. What do I get to take home with me after the race?
A: Besides memories that will last For-ev-verrrr... For-ev-verrr... For-ev-verrr.... Every runner will receive a squatchtastic finishers item. We will have squatchy awards for the top male and female runners. We will give out the awards and swag at the post-race party.
Q: Ooo post-race party. What food will you be serving?
A: We will be serving hotdogs and s'mores!
Q: S'mores? I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
A: YOU'RE KILLING ME, SMALLS.
Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag and I'm worried that I'm going to get lost in the woods and be stranded alone in the dark. Will the course be marked?
A: Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong.
Q: So you're saying that if my heart, I won't get lost?
A: No, buffalo-butt breath. Follow the reflective ribbons along the course. The light from your headlamp/flashlight will make the ribbons very visible.
Q: Speaking of directions, what’s the best address for me to use to get to the start/finish?
A: 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421. When you get to the park, follow signs for the Wawayanda Lake Day Use Area.
Q: I want to camp overnight after the trail run. Do I need to reserve a campsite ahead of time?
A: Yes, if you're interested in camping, you can use the NJ Campground Registration site: https://www.njportal.com/DEP/NJOutdoors
Q: I don't want to run, are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: Yes! We always need Sassy Volunteers! Click the "Volunteer" button at the top of the page!
We are excited to partner with Camp Hope, an awesome local camp and retreat center just around the corner from Wawayanda State Park! Camp Hope brings in over 2,000 kids from across Passaic County and sponsors all children with qualified needs to attend the camp free of charge. We reached out to the Executive Director of Camp Hope, Karen Cisco, and asked her what the camp's greatest needs are. Among the many needed items, Karen expressed a need for sidewalk chalk! She said that the kids go through hundreds of pieces of chalk throughout the summer. So, for every Squatchayanda registration, we are going to donate 1 large container of sidewalk chalk! We are so excited to assist Camp Hope in their mission to provide a safe and fun camp experience for the children of Passaic County!
If you placed your order before July 12, your shirt will be at the race ready for pick-up. If there are more than 6 runners that want to order a shirt, we can place another order after the race!
Wawayanda State Park
The quiet charm of Wawayanda appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than sixty miles of trails are marked in the park. Camping after the race is available; reserve your campsite on the NJ Campground Registration site: https://www.njportal.com/DEP/NJOutdoors
Be a hero...
Join the Sassy Volunteer Squad! We need help with check-in, sweeping the course and cleaning up. Register as a volunteer and we will shower you with gratitude and make sure you are well-fed all night long. Are you registered for a race that requires volunteer hours? We can sign-off on the hours that you log at the Squatchayanda Full Moon Trail Run! Volunteer to provide delicious food for the runners and we can sign-off on your prep time! We love our volunteer team and we are always looking to add more sassy members to the Volunteer Squad!
Sassquad Trail Running
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