Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

Fat Sass Switchback Challenge

197 Glen Avenue

Millburn, NJ 6hrs, 5K, 3hrs

This Event Took Place Sat. Jul 13, 2019




Join us on Saturday July 10, 2021 for the Fat Sass Switchback Challenge! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces can sign-up for a 5K (3 loops) 3 hours or 6 hours. The 1 mile loop with 300 ft elevation gain starts and finishes at the Locust Grove Picnic Area off of Glen Ave in Millburn, NJ at the South Mountain Reservation. As we always do for this event, we will donate the race proceeds to our charity partner, Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. This amazing non-profit delivers direct financial and food support to local families who need it the most! Because this event is a fundraiser, we will NOT OFFER REFUENDS OR RACE CREDITS IF IT IS CANCELED. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT BEFORE YOU REGISTER, THANK YOU!


All 5K runners will complete the 1 mile loop 3 times. 3 HR and 6 HR runners will complete as many loops as they can in 3 or 6 hours. Remember, if you don't finish your last loop before the 3 or 6 hour timer runs out, that loop does not count! Each year, we switch the direction of the course... This year we will do the course will climb the steep Lenape Trail first, and descend down the switchbacks!

5K Start Time: 8am... Check-in, 7:15-7:45am
6 Hour Start Time: 9am... Check-in, 8:15am-8:45am
3 Hour Start Time: 12pm... Check-in 11:15am-11:45am

Parking: ALL runners/hikers should park across the street at the Millburn Public Library Lot and the NJ Transit Train Station Lot. The trailhead parking lot is always a zoo and is difficult to get in/out of. Save yourself the headache and park across the street and then walk over.

All runners/hikers need to bring a sharpie marker with them. We will have large loop boards at the start/finish for you to keep track of your laps. It is YOUR responsibility to keep track of your total loops! 5K runners, will record their finish time on these loop boards too. You'll need to look at the race clock and then write down your time on the board.


Our squatchtastic "Dream Team Extreme" has been tirelessly working out all of the details to make this trail party safe, fun and an all-around squatchy time. Here are the details you need to know before you register for this trail party!

- Although we do not anticipate this, in the event that the state pulls the permit, we will give all pre-registered runners/hikers a 100% credit to any 2021 or 2022 Sassquad event. Please note, this means that we are not offering refunds on the non-refundable registration fee.
- All unvaccinated runners/hikers are encouraged to use a mask during check-in, at the start of the race and at the aid station.


The 1 mile loop has 300 ft elevation gain: 1/2 mile up the steep Lenape Trail and 1/2 mile down the Switchbacks. Yup, that's right! It's the reverse of the 2020 event! Don’t expect any PRs at this race. 95% of the course is technical, rocky trails. 0.20 mi is pavement.

Start/finish at the Locus Grove Picnic Area. Begin at the far right corner of the picnic area to find the yellow blazes for the Lenape Trail. Follow this steep hill to the top and turn left to stay on the yellow blazed Lenape Trail. You'll take this to George Washington Rock and the flag pole and then make your way back down the mountain on the switchbacks. Here is the Strava link:


Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors is committed to supporting township residents struggling with unexpected hardship by providing short-term financial assistance and a variety of in-kind support. LNHN creates opportunities to respectfully help and empower those in need whereby promoting a strong sense of community and goodwill. LNHN also oversees CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) & New Pantry which assists 30 Livingston families.


Q: Can I bring my run?
A: No, dogs are not allowed at the event. Thank you for understanding!

Q: Can I sign my kids up for the Fat Sass?
A: Yes! This is a family friendly event. Be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors.

Q: What's the weather like in Millburn, NJ in July?
A: Blazing hot. Humid. Though based on this past winter, we may have snow flurries. Be ready for anything.

Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag. Will the course be marked?
A: YES. We will have bright colored ribbons along the course and plenty at each of the turns.

Q: Speaking of directions, what’s the best address for me to use to get to the Locust Grove Picnic Area?
A: 1060 West Addison.

Q: 1060 West Addison? That's Wrigley Field.
A: Just kidding. Plug in "Millburn Public Library". The trails are right across the street.

Q: I want to sign up for the event, but I know I won't stay out there to run the entire time. Can I still sign up?
A: YES! If at any point you decide that you're finished running and you do not want to go out for another loop, all you have to do is stop!


We are a community of SASQUATCH-lovin' trail runners. Our goal is to provide FUN and challenging events for a reasonable cost and a worthy cause. (We like to think that) We have a good sense of humor, a full arsenal of sarcastic wit, useless trivia facts and a deep appreciation for cinematic masterpieces (as evidenced multiple times already). Follow us on Instagram @sassquadtrailrunners and like us on Facebook to get all of our Squatchy updates:


Thank you to our friends at Sneaker Factory, NJ! Sneaker Factory supports Sassquad Trail Running on and off the trails to help make the events as squatchtastic as possible! The Sneaker Factory is NJ's source for all things running: New Jersey's oldest and most well-known running store, originally opened in Millburn in 1978. Stop by one of our three convenient neighborhood locations and let us help you find the "perfect ride for every stride." Millburn, Florham Park and Basking Ridge.

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