Saturday, May 1, 2021

Thunder Chicken Squatch Trail Race

1 Coursen Road

Branchville, NJ 17 Miler, VIRTUAL-17M, VIRTUAL-7M, 7 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. May 1, 2021


It's time to GET STOKED AT STOKES! The next Sassquad Trail Party is at the beautiful Stokes State Forest in Branchville, NJ. Join us on Saturday May 1, 2021 for the Thunder Chicken Squatch! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces can sign up for the 7 mile loop or the 17 mile loop. The month of May is National Military Appreciation Month and we will be celebrating the men and women who have sacrificed so much to service our country by offering 50% off entries to all Active-Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves and Veterans! If you are in the Military or are a Veteran, please use the code THUNDERCHICKEN to save 50%! We will recognize all of our military runners/hikers before the race.


So what exactly is... "Thunder Chicken"? We are so glad you asked! Long-story-short, one of our runners serves in the US Army and when we invited her on our podcast in March, we found out that her "call-sign" in the Army is THUNDER CHICKEN! And as we mentioned before, May is National Military Appreciation Month, so "Thunder Chicken" was the obvious choice for this race's name! You can check out that podcast episode here: The Thunder Chicken Story is at the 54 minute mark! Remember, if you are serving in the Armed Forces right now or you are a Veteran, please use the code THUNDER CHICKEN to save 50% as a small way for us to say thank-you! We will be supporting our charity partner "Operation Chillout" who we have proudly partnered with since we started our race series in 2018. Operation Chillout provides warm clothing to homeless Veterans in New Jersey! You can learn more about Operation Chillout by visiting their website:


Please use the following address: 1 Coursen Road, Branchville, NJ and this gps link to get to the park: When you enter the park, the park office is on your right. Continue straight on Coursen Road ALL the way to the end, without making any turns. When you reach the end of Coursen Road at the "T", turn left and park in the parking lot that is next to Kittle Field. If that parking lot is full, you can turn right at the "T" to park at the Stony Lake Parking Lot. Please allow a few extra minutes to walk from this parking lot to the Kittle Picnic Area, where the race start/finish is located.

The start/finish is at the Kittle Picnic Area where there is a large covered pavilion, restrooms and plenty of picnic tables.

17M start time - 9:30am, check-in 8:45am-9:15am
7M start time - 10:30am, check-in 9:45am-10:15am

We have a 6 hour cut-off for the 17 milers which comes out to about 21 minutes/mile. Our Sweepers will leave the start/finish area at 1pm to start making their way around the course to take down the course markers.


17M COURSE: From the Kittle Picnic Area, follow the brown-blazed Stony Brook Trail south until it meets the blue-blazed Blue Mountain Trail. Turn left on the Blue Mountain Trail. You will complete one full counter-clockwise loop returning to this trail junction before retracing your steps back to the start/finish area. The start/finish area will have water and snacks. There will be an aid station with water and snacks at the Stern Mill Camping Area, mile 7.65 and a water-only aid station at Shotwell Road, mile 13.5. There is about 2,000 ft of gain in the 17 mile loop.

7M Course: From the Kittle Picnic Area, follow the brown-blazed Stony Brook Trail north until it meets the blue-blazed Blue Mountain Trail. Turn left on the Blue Mountain Trail. Follow the Blue Mountain Trail around until you reach Stony Lake. Cross over Kittle Road and turn left on the brown-blazed Stony Brook Trail (you are now on the opposite end of the first trail you were on) and follow it back to the start/finish area. The start/finish area will have water and snacks. There will be a water-only aid station at Shotwell Road, mile 3. There is about 800 ft gain in the 7 mile loop.


Everyone loves SWAG, right?! YES! All runners and hikers who register for the Blue Mountain Ultra Squatch will receive a handcrafted wood medal and can choose a swag item during check-in (hat, buff, bag, cup etc)! We will also have additional Sassquad gear available for purchase before/after the race.


Can't join us on May 1st? You can join us "virtually" by signing up for the 17 miler or 7 miler and doing it on your own - anytime, anywhere! We will send you the race medal in the mail!


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!
- Waves are limited to 50 runners per wave start time.
- 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 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 come to the start/finish during your assigned check-in time (listed above) and avoid coming early or late to your assigned time.
- Our aid station will be well-stocked with pre-packaged snacks and water. Runners/hikers are welcome to bring their own aid and setup their gear at picnic area.


Q: I'm military. What code can I use to save 50%?
A: Please use the code THUNDERCHICKEN

Q: What's the story behind "Thunder Chicken"?
A: It's the call-sign for one of our runners who is active-duty Army!

Q: Will I see Sasquatch?
A: We sure hope you do! Make sure you take a selfie with him if you see Squatchy out there!

Q: What's so great about Stokes State Forest?
A: Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!

Q: Uhh are you singing that song from Hamilton?
A: History is happening ... at Stokes... and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world! In the greatest city in the world!

Q: Will there be an aid station at the park for me to get food or water?
A: WERK! WERK! Yup! We'll have a full station and a water-only aid station on the 17M course. There is no on-course aid station for the 5 milers, but there will be water and snacks at the start/finish area.

Q: Tell me about the SWAG!
A: Were you paying attention when we told you the first time? Go ahead, sing Thomas Jefferson's song... "So what did I miss? What did I miss?!" All runners/hikers will get a handcrafted wood medal that's made locally in the Squatch Shop! Runners/hikers will also choose a swag item from our Squatch Shop.

Q: What address should I use to get to the park?
A: 1 Coursen Road, Branchville, NJ.

Q: I don't feel like reading the course description. Will the course be marked?
A: Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? Soon that attitude may be your doom. It's always a good idea to be over-prepared. So read the course description and know that the course will be well-marked.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: NO. Our insurance policy does not cover dogs at our races. Thanks for understanding.

Q: Can I register my kids for this race?
A: YES! We love having families join us. If you are registering 3 or more squatches, please email us for a discount code!

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