Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 @ 7:00 AM

Howland's Neck Ache

546 Vosburg-Neck Road

Tunkhannock, PA 24hrs, 12hrs, 6hrs

This Event Took Place Sat. Apr 27, 2024

OVERVIEW

PLEASE NOTE: This race has been approved by the Pennsylvania DCNR!!
The Howland’s Neck Ache Ultramarathon will be held at Vosburg Neck State Park in the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The race will include a 6,12 & 24 hour option which will allow runners to finish as many loops of the wooded 3 mile course within the time limit.

All runners will begin at 7AM on Saturday, April 27, 2023. The 6 hour race will finish at 1pm on Saturday. The 12 hour race will finish at 7PM Saturday and the 24 hour will finish at 7AM Sunday, April 28, 2023.

LODGING

**IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TENTS**
There is no backpacking/sleeping style tents allowed on the state park grounds due to the rules of the park.
However, you are allowed to have a canopy styled shelter for the duration of the race. This would allow each runner to have a canopy for storing gear and serve as a base camp.

IF YOU BRING A TRADITIONAL BACKPACKING/SLEEPING TENT WE WILL HAVE TO ASK YOU TO PUT IT BACK IN YOUR VEHICLE. EVEN IF THAT MEANS YOU HAVE TO PAUSE YOUR RUNNING TO DO THIS.
THAT ISN'T ANY FUN FOR US OR YOU!

Also there is no overnight setup BEFORE THE RACE and no overnight parking BEFORE THE RACE.
Setup and parking start at 5am.
Please plan on being onsite early in the AM to complete basecamp setup. We will be onsite at 5am ready to guide you to setting up.
Once setup you will not need to move your car or canopy until the race completion at 7am.
After the race ends canopies and gear need to be packed up and cleaned up by 9am.

The race is located only 16 minutes from Tunkannock, PA where the closet lodging is located!

Hampton Inn - 209 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 996-5866

Comfort Inn & Suites - 5 N Eaton Rd, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4100

The Prince Hotel - 45 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-2292

There are several more hotels located in Clarks Summit, PA. On your travels to the area, these hotels are a good stop as well but be sure to give 45 minutes of travel into the race.

There is no camping by tent at the campground that is near the park. That campground is month or longer reservation only. They are not setup for tenters or RV;s shorter than one month.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Vosburg Neck State Park, one of Pennsylvania’s newest state parks, is located on the Vosburg Neck, an oxbow in the mighty Susquehanna River. The 669 acre property includes 8 miles of multi-use trails as well as river access. The course will be a 3 mile loop with about 445 feet of elevation gain. Each loop will begin at the barn on the property and head across the road. The trail starts as a mowed grass path before it heads into the woods on beautifully cared for single track trails. At around 1/3 of a mile, the trail will begin a consistent incline for the next mile. At the highest point, there will be an overlook where you can see hundreds of feet down to the river. The trail will begin to descend through the woods, including some switchbacks, as you head back to the start line. With about 1/4 left to go, you'll come back to Vosburg Road and run along the side of the road back to the barn. You'll enter the front of the barn where the timing devices will be located and complete your lap! After exiting the barn, you'll be able to freely access aid and your crew.

REGISTRATION AND RACE SCHEDULE

Runners will be able to pick-up their bib and gear on Friday evening from 3PM-5PM and from 5AM-6:30AM on Saturday. You'll also be able to begin setting up your crew area on Saturday morning beginning at 5AM (no overnight camping). The pre-race briefing will be at 6:45AM at the start line (In the Barn) to review the course and final details.

AID & CREW ACCESS

An aid station located at the start/finish line will provide the traditional ultramarathon fare throughout the entirety of the race. After completing each lap, you'll be able to exit the barn and access the crew area where there will be enough space for runners to setup chairs or even pop-up/canopy tents. Note, no dome or camping tents are to be used per park guidelines. After fueling back up, you'll head back to the barn and begin your next loop.

PACERS & AGE LIMITS

Pacers can be used by the 24 hour runners for the second half of the race (once the 6 and 12 hour events have completed). Pacers must check-in, sign a waiver, a provide photo ID. Pacers must be at least 18 years old and will receive a special bib at check-in to show them as a pacer.

The age limit for the 6 & 12 hour option is 12 years old on race day; the 24 hour age limit is 16 years old on race day. Runners under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian accept their waver and the same parent or legal guardian must be present and available for the duration of the race.

TIMING & TOTAL DISTANCE

We'll be counting your laps and posting real-time results on a board at the start line and social media so that you can keep track of how many loops each runner has completed. Only complete laps within the time limit will be counted. Partial laps will not be included in total distance. Once the race begins, runners will no longer have an option to change their race distance.

PRIZES & AWARDS

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers for the 6, 12 & 24-hour options at $5.00 per complete LAP. For example, if the female with the longest distance at 24 hours completes 36 laps, she would receive $180!

BENEFIT FOR THE PRESERVE

2023's inaugural race raised $500 for the preserve! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Howland’s Preserve and runners will be allowed the opportunity to make a donation at packet pickup.

The property was donated to North Branch Land Trust by the late Ernest E. Howland in 2006. With a growing need for volunteer assistance, the Friends of Howland Preserve was created in 2013 to support The North Branch Land Trust's mission and maintain, grow and love their magical property.

https://www.howlandpreserve.com/

RACE DIRECTORS

Albert Propst and Dan King entered the ultra marathon scene in 2019. Having started with a 50 mile race 6 months after they first began ultra training, they went on to run a 100K, several backyard ultras, a 72 hour race and an FKT attempt.

SPONSORS

Have a business that is interested in sponsoring the race? Email the race directors for more information!

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