Sunday, Oct 1, 2023 @ 8:30 AM

Blues Cruise

1420 Palisades Dr

Reading, PA 50K

This Event Took Place Sun. Oct 1, 2023


The Blues Cruise 50K Trail Ultramarathon is suitable for first time ultra runners as well as seasoned runners. The 31-mile loop is very runnable, with a varied terrain that includes fields, rolling hills, single track and less than .5 miles of public roadway. The “Ski Slope” is the only major climb (240 feet in vertical accent). In 2023 we added an optional water crossing. Our themed aid stations are well stocked and serviced by local ultra runners.
NEW FOR 2024: 4-PERSON ULTRA RELAY. Each member of a 4-person team will complete 1 leg of the 50 K course.
Leg 1, “The Sprinter”, race start to Aid Station 1 (5 miles)
Leg 2, “The Voyager”, Aid Station 1 to Aid Station 4 (11 miles)
Leg 3, “The Mountaineer”, Aid Station 4 to Aid Station 6 (7 miles including the famous Ski Slope)
Leg 4, “The Closer”, Aid Station 6 to the finish line, where the entire team can cross together and receive finisher’s medals (6.5 miles)
Teams can compete as male, female, mixed (no more than 2 legs run by males), or nonbinary. Team prizes for the 1st team in each of these divisions. Your team MAY consist of 2 or 3 runners, with individuals running more than 1 leg, but there will be no separate award category for smaller teams. Teams must manage their own transport from leg to leg, Blues Cruise 50K will NOT be able to transport your runners–but each transfer zone is easily accessible by car and has ample nearby parking. The overall winning team will also hold the relay course record! Relay teams awaiting their runner will be asked to limit their use of AS food, in consideration of the full ultra runners' needs.

Also new for 2024: The Pagoda Pacers Triple Trail Challenge 50.3. Runners that complete the Charlie Horse Trail Half Marathon (May 26), Run for the Ages Trail Chase 10 K (June), and Blues Cruise 50 K will receive a sweet bit of runner swag at no additional price. No special registration is required. Links to the Trail Series races can be found at . Be sure to check the box during registration indicating you are participating in the Triple Trail Challenge.
We are unable to permit any bib transfers. We do not offer any refunds except for pregnancy per our Trail Sisters Approved status. Runners who find themselves unable to toe the line on October 6 may request a one time only deferral to the 2025 Blues Cruise 50K, as long as we receive your request before online registration closes on September 10. We do not allow pacers or bandits. If you do not agree with these policies, please choose a different race.
Registration $84.00. The price will increase to $95.00 on August 1, 2024. Online registration will close on September 10, 2024. Day of registration will be available, but race swag may not be available. Race swag is guaranteed for all pre-registered athletes.
Race Directors Michael Whalen & Elaine Cook are experienced trail and Ultra runners and long-time members of the Pagoda Pacers. With more than 300 members, the Pagoda Pacers have years of experience organizing first class trail and road races. We expect to have over 100 members, most of them trail/ultramarathon runners, on site to support our participants and manage 7 of the best aid stations you have ever encountered. Register today and be prepared to join a terrific 31-mile lakeside loop that has grown into one of the most popular 50K races in the Northeast.
If you have any questions about our race or ultra running in general , please don't hesitate to contact us. Most questions and ongoing race information can be found on the Blues Cruise 50K Facebook page.

Event's current local time: 4:42 AM ET


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