UPDATE 1/19/21: We just received final confirmation for the race!! We have to limit the race to 25 total people (runners and volunteers) to stay within the current NJ outdoor gathering limitations. SO-- this means we will have several start times. The first wave is at 10AM and the second wave is at 11:30AM. The 10AM and 11:30AM waves are FULL. We have spots open for the 1PM wave! We also have a virtual option for runners/hikers who are unable to travel to NJ for the event or do not want to participate in-person!
SQUATCHY ONESIE FEST
"You guys should put on an event where everyone has to wear a onesie."
"That sounds like an AMAZING idea."
"It should be in the dead of winter."
And so the Squatchy Onesie Fest was born! Is it a ridiculous idea? You bet it is. Won't it be really cold in February? Yup, that's why you need to wear a onesie. Do they even make onesies in my size? Of course they do #amazon
Join us on Saturday February 6, 2021 at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation for the first annual SQUATCHY ONESIE FEST 5K-MARATHON! Come sporting your favorite onesie and get ready to make some trail running/hiking memories that will last a lifetime. Now when your non-running friends ask, "Hey, how was your 5K marathon?" You won't have to correct them!!
We are proudly partnering with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for this event and will be making a donation to the Conference after the trail party ends.
This is a runner/hiker friendly event! We LOVE having families come to our events, so make sure you register your kiddos to join in on the fun.
10AM Start Time - please check-in between 9:15am-9:45am
11:30AM Start Time - please check-in between 10:45am-11:15am
1PM Start Time - please check-in between 12:15pm-12:45pm
Please allow a few minutes to walk from the Reservation park parking lot over to the NYNJTC Headquarters.
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. This means that we will be making some adjustments... Here are the details you need to know before you register for this trail party!
- Waves are limited to 20 runners per start time.
- We are accepting runners/hikers from any state that is NOT on the NJ Travel Advisory List. This list is updated often, so please take a look at it before you register. Non-NJ Residents who are registered for our event need to make sure their state is not on the list, the day that they travel to NJ. If you register for our race, and your state is added to the list, we will give you a 100% credit towards any 2021 event (again, we will not offer refunds). https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey
- Although we do not anticipate this, in the event that the county pulls the permit, we will give all pre-registered runners/hikers a 100% credit to any 2021 Sassquad event. Please note, this means that we are not offering refunds on the non-refundable registration fee.
- Runners/hikers will use a mask during check-in, at the start of the race and at the aid station. All runners will need to carry a mask/buff with them and should use them anytime you cannot stay 6 feet apart from other people.
- Please wait until 5 minutes before the start-time to come towards the starting line. If you are more comfortable waiting a few minutes for other runners/hikers to leave, you are more than welcome to start the race a few minutes late.
If you are unable to travel to the event or would prefer not to participate in-person, we have a virtual option for you! Get out to your favorite trail (or road, treadmill, backyard etc!) to complete the 5K in your onesie! We will mail you the handcrafted wood medal shortly after you sign up for the event.
This trail party starts and finishes at the NYNJTC Headquarters. When you get to the park, please park in the PARK PARKING LOT. The small lot at Headquarters is reserved for NYNJTC staff only. There is a short path through the woods that connects the two lots. We will have check-in at the NYNJTC Headquarters so you can hang out there before and after the race. There are real restrooms in the building too (#winning).
The "lollipop" course is 1.60 miles long. All runners and hikers will squatch the full course twice to complete the 5K. All runners/hikers need to come all the way back to Headquarters after the first loop so our timing system records your split.
With the exception of the small trail that connects Headquarters to the park, the entire lollipop course is a very wide gravel trail. The small trail that connects you to the park is a single track and is less than .20 mi long. The scenic loop goes all the way around Scarlet Oak Pond; it is not technical and it is very flat (only 112 ft of gain)! Check out the Strava link here: https://www.strava.com/segments/22173482
NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY TRAIL CONFERENCE
We are proud to partner with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference! We will make a donation to the Trail Conference after the event using proceeds from the Onesie Fest as well as our trail party in March, the Double Squatch. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public trails. Did you know that 400,000 volunteer hours over the past 5 years have gone into building and maintaining trails, monitoring invasive species, creating maps and guidebooks, and more? Yeah, that's pretty squatchtastic! Trail Conference members can receive 10% off of registration; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code!
FAMILIES, MILITARY, VETERANS and NYNJTC MEMBERS
We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email us at email@example.com before you register so we can give you the code! Sassquad Trail Running is proud to offer 20% off all events to all active duty military and Veterans. Must provide proof of service. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code. NYNJ Trail Conference members can receive 10% off of registration; please email email@example.com for the discount code!
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sorry, but Snoopy has to stay at home for this race. Our liability insurance does not cover dogs; thank you for understanding!
Q: Can I sign my kids up for the Onesie Fest?
A: Yes! We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) before you register so we can give you the code! Once you have the code, be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors. And make sure to keep track of little Westley and Buttercup before during and after the race. We only have 1 search-party and they're already out there looking for Sasquatch.
Q: What's the weather like in Mahwah, NJ in February?
A: I'll explain and I'll use small words so you'll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon. It will be cold. Probably. Maybe. It could be warm. Check the weather before the race and dress appropriately.
Q: This will be my first trail race. What do I need to know?
Q: No really, it is my first trail race! Any advice?
A: You fell victim to one of the classic blunders—the most famous of which is, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia”—but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line”! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha…........ But seriously, we are SO EXCITED that you are choosing a Sassquad event for your first trail race! This is the perfect intro event as the trails are not very difficult. Come ready to have a great time and meet some awesome people!
Q: What food will you have at the aid station?
A: MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwichs. And miracle pills. The chocolate coating makes it go down easier. But you have to wait fifteen minutes for full potency. And you shouldn’t go in swimming after, for at least an hour.
A: No miracle pills. But we will have water (please BYO-cup/bottle!!) pre-packaged single-servings snacks for after the race.
Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag. Will the course be marked?
A: We will have bright colored ribbons along the course and plenty at all of the turns.
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: Are there restrooms at the start/finish area?
A: There are no restrooms at the start/finish area but there are portapotty's on the race course before you reach the pond.
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/
BE A HERO
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 event! 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! Email us at email@example.com if you'd like to volunteer!
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