Harriman Big Bear SquaTCh
Sassquad Trail Running and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference are proud to present the Harriman Big Bear SquaTCh at Harriman State Park in Tuxedo, New York! Join us at 9am on Saturday July 31, 2021 for this historic trail half marathon and 7 miler. All runners and hikers will experience non-stop trail beauty on this single loop course through Harriman State Park! Your race registration is directly helping the Trail Conference restore the 100 year-old Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. (The capitalized "TC" in SquaTCh stands for "Trail Conference"!!)
The race will start and finish at Powerhouse Park: 57 Powerhouse Lane, Tuxedo, NY 10987. Both the half marathon and the 7 milers will start at 9am. Check-in will be open from 7:45am-8:30am where you will receive your handcrafted wood medal (made with squatchy love in the Squatch Shop), race swag and bib. Runners and hikers will take home a swag item of their choice, we will have buffs, hats, travel mugs, beach towels available! Members of the Trail Conference will be at the race to chat with you about the amazing work they are doing in New York and New Jersey. Race-day registration is NOT available so please register online before the event.
Both the 7 mile and 13.1 mile routes highlight the technical trails, beautiful views and steep climbs of Harriman State Park (this is not a flat course!). The course will be well-marked with neon trail ribbon and large directional arrows. You can view the course maps in the picture gallery at the top of the registration page. There is a 4 hour cutoff for the half marathon. All runners/hikers must reach mile 3.5 by 10:30am - anyone who arrives at mile 3.5 after 10:30am will be redirected to the 7 mile course to drop-down distances.
Half Marathon: The first water/food aid station is at mile 4.7ish and the second water/food aid station is at around mile 9.5ish. There is 1,000 ft of gain in the first 4 miles! The Half Marathon has 2,200+ ft of cumulative gain. After leaving Powerhouse Park and joining the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, runners/hikers will enter Harriman and soon bear left on the yellow-blazed Triangle Trail to Parker Cabin Mountain and then bear left on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. After a half mile on the R-D, turn right on the blue-blazed Victory Trail to the end of Lake Skrenonto. At the southern tip of the lake, turn left on the yellow-blazed Triangle Trail. Continue on to the white-blazed White Bar Trail and keep left at the split onto the blue-blazed Blue Disc Trail to Claudius Smith Den. Turn left on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to return to Powerhouse Park for the finish. https://www.strava.com/routes/2833413917539560470
7 Miler: the first 3.5 miles of the course are the same as the half marathoners. When the yellow-blazed Triangle Trail splits, turn right on the white-blazed White Bar Trail to get to the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. The 7 Milers will pass Black Ash Swamp, Tri-Trail Corner, Big Pine Hill and Black Ash Mile before returning to Powerhouse Park for the finish. The 7 mile has a cumulative gain of 1,300+ ft. There is no on-course aid station for the 7 milers; there will be food and water at the start/finish. https://www.strava.com/routes/2833420882578524098
BE A HERO
Join the Sassy Volunteer Dream Team! We need help with check-in, aid stations, 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 Harriman Big Bear SquaTCh. 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 would like to volunteer!
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sorry, but Buddy has to stay at home for this race. Our liability insurance does not cover dogs running our races; thank you for understanding!
Q: Can I sign my kids up for the race?
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 Jerry 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 Tuxedo, NY in July?
A: HOT. It's usually warm, in the low 80's with higher humidity. Be ready for the heat!
Q: This will be my first trail race. Can you share some race-strategies with me?
A: We are SO EXCITED for you! You will feel welcomed at our race and you can expect a well-marked course. Take your time out there and enjoy the experience! You do not have to run the entire time! Do some hiking and have fun.
Q: What food will you have at the aid station?
A: We will have water with a wide range of pre-packaged snacks and fruit.
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. We will also have large directional arrows at each turn.
Q: Will I encounter any wildlife on the course?
A: Bears. Beets. Battlestar Gallatica. Harriman State Park is home to many critters, including black bears, deer, beavers and coyotes. We are utilizing heavily trafficked trails, so it is unlikely you will encounter any larger critters!
Q: I don't want to run, are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: Of course! We always need Sassy Volunteers! Email us if you would like to volunteer: email@example.com
Q: I can’t make it to the race anymore, can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately we do not offer refunds for our non-refundable registration fee. Thank you for understanding!
FAMILIES, MILITARY, VETERANS and CLUB 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code. NYNJ Trail Conference and South
Mountain Conservancy members can receive 10% off of registration; please email us for the discount code!
We are proud to be co-hosting this trail party with our friends at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference! Please consider donating by using the add-on feature during registration. The NYNJTC maintains and protects over 2,000 miles of trails in New York and New Jersey. You can learn more about the NYNYJTC by visiting nynjtc.org
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