The 2nd Annual MuleSkinner Endurance Races takes place Oct 17th next to the Delaware River in Pa. & NJ along two of America’s most historic and scenic….and flat… canal towpaths. The races consist of a 26.2 Marathon Distance, 50K and 50 mile race distances. These races are part of the larger Runsylvania Running Festival which will also feature shorter distance races at the park put on by local race organizer Scoogie Events. We wanted Runsylvania to have a race for everyone….from a 5K to a 50 miler!!
Completed in 1832, the Delaware and Raritan Canals stretched from Easton Pa. to Trenton NJ. In its glory days, up to 3000 Mule powered barges plied the canals at any given time moving coal, lumber, stone and produce up to 35 miles a day. The mules would be cared for by Mule drivers or “MuleSkinners” who would walk besides the mules on Tow Paths next to the canals and feed and water the Mules. Fact… mules were chosen over horses for their stubbornness but also for their intelligence. MuleSkinners knew that unlike a horse, a mule was more likely to pace itself and not overheat or work until exhausted. Hint Hint Runners.
The MuleSkinner series of endurance races takes place during the Runsylvania Running Festival October 12th in Erwinna Pa. The races are all a single loop course and all start in Tinicum Park Erwina, Pa. and follow the gravel towpath south, crossing over the Delaware river at different bridges into New Jersey and then following the Raritan Canal towpath north in New Jersey to Frenchtown before crossing back into Pa and finishing back at Tinicum Park.
26.2 Mile Marathon
Aid stations are spaced approx. 4-7 miles apart and will have water, fruit, cookies, pretzels, water, Gatorade, Coke/Mountain Dew and other standard aid station fare with a few surprise treats thrown in.
Muleskinner is a cup free race! Please bring your own water bottle, hydration pack, reusable cup, etc.
Our goal is to leave no evidence of our presence on the course other than our footprints. Please carry all waste with you and drop it off at aid stations.
Porta Potti’s will be located at several locations on the course.
Registration Info and Deadline
All MuleSkinner Endurance race registration will be done through Ultrasignup.com
Registration will open Feb 10 and close Oct.5. There will be no refunds. At the sole discretion of the Race Director, deferment to next years race may be possible….not guaranteed.
Packet Pick Up will be at Hewn Spirits in Peddlers Village (Shop 42) on Friday Oct 16th
Packets may also be picked up at the Spirit Trips tent at Tinicum Park the morning of the race. Make sure you show up with ample time to check in and make the start time for your race. Time waits for no one!!
Hewn Spirits is a lead sponsor and will be serving its super healthy line of Hewn Clean Cocktails which feature all Organic ingredients including Turmeric, Hemp, Chia and Maca.
Its all about the balance!
All 50 mile runners should have completed at least two marathon distance or greater races under the race cutoff times for those races within the past two years to register for the MuleSkinner 50 Mile race. While the 50 mile race is an ideal first 50 miler because its flat and fast, it’s still 50 miles and that ain’t no joke.
Start Times & Cut Offs
Registration opens Feb 10
Race Day Oct. 17
Start Times are:
50 Mile Starts at 5:00AM
50K Starts at 6AM
Marathon Starts at 7AM
Marathoners have 6.5hrs to complete the race.
50K runners have 8hrs to complete the race.
50 Mile runners have 14 hours to complete to race.
All racers need to be out of the park no later than 8pm.
All runners finishing within the allotted finish times will receive a custom MuleSkinner Medal for their distance completed and a MuleSkinner Tech running shirt. Top 3 Woman’s and Men’s finishers will receive separate special awards.
Last finisher of the 50 mile race who finishes within the allotted time frame presented the coveted Stubborn Mule Award. Medals and top three finishers awards will be awarded as runners complete their races.
Local Lodging & Camping
There are numerous fantastic B&B’s near the race as well as many AirBnB options.
Nearby towns are Frenchtown, Tinicum (Bucks County), Erwinna, Upper Black Eddy, New Hope, Doylestown, Buckingham, Stockton and Point Pleasant (Pa).
We have also reserved two group camping sites at Tinicum park should anyone want to camp there at the race grounds the night before the race. The camping area is 100 yards away from the Runsylvania Start & Finish Line. These are not RV sites…just really sweet tent sites!
Reservations info can be found at http://www.buckscounty.org/government/ParksandRecreation/PermitApplications/
Supporting local nonprofits who work to preserve the special landscapes that we hold our races in is a key element in all Spirit Trips races. These non-profits ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the scenic beauty and historic character of the canals and tow paths is commendable and deserving of our support. A portion of all race registration fees will be donated to these organizations and we encourage all participants to do what they’re able to beyond our donations. These organizations are truly worth it.
Tinicum Conservancy www.TinicumConservancy.com
Friends of the Delaware Canal www.fodc.org
Canal Society of New Jersey www.Canalsocietynj.org
The MuleSkinner endurance races welcomes the assistance of volunteers who may not want to run but just want to be part of the energy and fun.
Media & Sponsorship Inquiries and Opportunities
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Local time: 7:38 AM