SMR Mayapple Trail Runs
Runners are invited to register for the tenth Mayapple Trail Runs to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in beautiful South Mountain Reservation in Essex County, N.J. The races are organized by the volunteers of the South Mountain Conservancy (SMC) with the support of the Essex County Parks Department. The USA Track and Field sanctioned races provide an informal but supportive trail race environment for runners who are up to the challenge of completing 10 or 20-mile distances, or ultra-marathons of 50 or 100 kilometers (31 and 62 miles). All proceeds support the mission of the Conservancy as a steward and advocate for the park and its public programs (go to www.somocon.org for more information).
All races start at the Locust Grove picnic area in Millburn. The course consists of a 10.5-mile east loop and 10.2-mile west loop through the forested 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation. Following along the valley floor and the two ridges, the course includes long stretches of double-wide gravel roads, technically challenging, meandering single-track hiking trails with roots and rocks, and a short, half-mile stretch of pavement. It is a good combination of level paths, rolling hills, moderate climbs, and a few very steep ascents. The east and west loops total approximately 1,500 feet of ascent. Aid stations positioned approximately every five miles on the east and west loops.
The 50K and 100K runners start at 6:00 a.m. with the east loop, and continue alternating loops. Ten and 20-milers start at 9:00 a.m. on the west loop. The 10-milers only run the west loop; the 20-milers continue on to the east loop which has some more rocky, technical trails. (The 9:00 a.m. start allows runners to travel on a 7:11 a.m. train from Penn Station, NYC, to Millburn on New Jersey Transit's Morris-Essex Line. The Millburn station is two blocks away from the Locust Grove starting point.)
The cutoff time for all races is 9:00 p.m. at Locust Grove, somewhat earlier for the aid stations.
There are aid stations roughly every five miles where runners can have bags dropped off. At the stations, we offer electrolyte drinks and water, granola bars, pretzels and snacks. If you have a special request, please let us know; we will do our best.
Q: What accommodations are available nearby?
Local time: 8:07 PM
A: There are a wide variety of hotels nearby (click here). We are not aware of any campsites nearby and you cannot sleep in your vehicle near the start of the race.
Q: What support will be provided?
A: We will provide a very detailed map (the same as the one you can download), course flagging in multiple colors, and ground marking. There will be portable toilets, water, electorlyte drink and snacks at the start/finish area (Locust Grove), the north end of the eastern loop (Turtle Back Picnic Area) , and the north end of the western loop (Mayapple Hill Picnic Area). If you come 45 minutes before the 6:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. starts, we will deliver drop bags to either of the northern aid stations.
Q: Can I get to the start of the race by public transportation?
A: There is no train early enough to get to the 6:00 a.m. start. There is a 7:11 a.m. train from Penn Station, NYC, to Millburn on New Jersey Transit's Morris-Essex Line. The Millburn station is two blocks away from the Locust Grove starting point. (See map on homepage.)
Q: Is there a cutoff time for the races?
A: 9:00 p.m. at Locust Grove. The other aid stations close up somewhat earlier.
Q: Are there any refunds?
A: No. As a volunteer organization with limited resources, we cannot do this. Nonetheless, all proceeds go to support the Conservancy's mission to maintain and advocate for the park and run its public programs.
Q: In case of emergency or a problem, what should I do?
A: If it is a medical emergency, call 911 and a race director. There is a ATV usually located at Locust Grove with first aid medics until mid-afternoon. You also will be asked to provide your cell phone number when you register so we can contact you. You will also need to provide an emergency contact when you register.