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The Thanksgiving feast is over, Black Friday is done; now it's time for you to get off the couch, leave the stores and head over to the trails! Join us on Saturday November 30, 2019 at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ for The Squatchy Leftovers 5K & 10K trail run! This is a free fun run event: in lieu of a registration fee, we will be collecting donations for "Operation Chillout" and will finish the race with a potluck--bring your favorite post-race food or your Thanksgiving leftovers to share with everyone!
This is a runner/hiker friendly event and definitely family-friendly! Sign up for the 5K and run/hike 1 loop or sign up for the 10K and run/hike 2 loops. Both events will start at 9AM on Saturday November 30, 2019. Check-in is from 7:30AM-8:30AM; all runners must be checked-in by 8:30AM. We will have a race clock at the start/finish so runners can record their finish time when they complete the race. This is a self-supported fat-ass event! No finishers' swag, no aid stations and no whining (unless you don't see Sasquatch, then you can whine a little). We will provide water at the start/finish and there will be portapotty's at the trailhead. We invite you to join us for a post-race potluck! Bring you favorite post-race food (or leftover mashed potatoes) to share with everyone!
We used the proceeds from The Squatchung Surprise race in September to purchase warm clothing that will be delivered directly to homeless veterans in NJ through the local non-profit OPERATION CHILLOUT! We want you to donate additional items so we can continue helping our heroes! Here are the specific items that we will be collecting for our friends at Operation Chillout:
NEW and UNUSED:
- Wool, Nylon, Acrylic Heavy Socks
- Thermal Tops
- Thermal bottoms
- Zipped hooded sweatshirts
- Heavy flannel shirts/jackets
- Waterproof non-leather GoreTex Gloves
- Acrylic Knit Hats
Please only donate the following sizes for clothing: Men's Large, XL, XXL and Women's Medium, Large and XL
(This is the same 5K loop that we use for The Frosty Fat Sass) The course will be marked: Start on the Hillspur trail. When the trail splits, stay left to continue onto Longwood Trail. Turn right onto Reservoir Road Trail; the Girl Scout Camp will be on your left (if you run through the camp or if you hit a road, you missed the turn!). At the bottom of the mountain, follow the orange trail markers to make a right onto Reservoir Trail. At the first split, keep left to stay on Reservoir Trail. Reservoir Trail will turn into the white-dot Zoo Loop Trail. After the trail becomes a single track, turn right onto connector trail (marked by orange duct tape). Take this all the way up to the parking lot, turn right to stay on the grass (the portapottys will be on your left) back to the start/finish. You can check out the whole course here: https://www.strava.com/routes/10875718
Q: How many items should I bring for my donation to Operation Chillout?
A: That is entirely up to you! We encourage you to bring at least 1 item per registration.
Q: Can I sign my kids up for the Squatchy Leftovers 5K/10K?
A: Yes! This is a family friendly event. Be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors. And make sure to keep track of Maggie and Jack before during and after the event. We only have 1 search-party and they're already out there looking for Sasquatch.
Q: What's the weather like in West Orange, NJ in November?
A: Cold. Snow. Maybe Hail. Balmy? Dress warm. Bring layers. Be smart.
Q: What food should I bring for the post-race potluck?
A: What would Sasqautch eat? Beef Jerky? Steak? Raw eggs? The answer to that is irrelevant, unless you plan on hunting for the Squatch. Bring whatever you enjoy eating after a race and bring some extra to share with everyone.
Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag. Will the course be marked?
A: Lost, lost lost... I've lost my marbles... Oh ehem... YES. We will have bright colored ribbons along the course and plenty at all of the turns. We will also do our best to mark the ground for each of the turns (this depends on the snow situation).
Q: What is the 5K loop like?
A: 83.870% doublewide trails and 16.130% singletrack trails. Plenty of hills, rocks and roots. Check out the map and elevation profile up top in the picture gallery. The end of the loop takes you behind Turtleback Zoo; you'll hear the Zoo train whistle all morning and although you can't see the animals from the trail, you might hear them!
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!
Q: If I sign up for the 10K but don't feel like running another loop once I finish the first one, can I stop running?
A: You are fart factory, slug-slimed, sack-of-rat-guts-in-cat-vomit, cheesy, scab-picked, pimple-squeezing finger bandage. A week old maggot burger with everything on it and flies on the side!
Q: Um, that was rude... So, can I stop running after the first loop if I get tired?
A: Yes, of course you can.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Nana cannot come to this race. Our liability insurance does not cover dogs in the race. Thank you for cooperating!
Sassy Volunteer Squad
Join the Sassy Volunteer Squad! We need help with check-in, sweeping the course and cleaning up. Are you registered for a race that requires volunteer hours? We can sign-off on the hours that you log at the Squatchy Leftovers 5K/10K! 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!
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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. https://www.sneakerfactorynj.com/
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