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 25, 2023 at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ for The Squatchy Leftovers trail race! You can register to run/hike a 5K, 10K, 25K or 50K! We will be supporting our charity partner, "Operation Chillout" with this event. Operation Chillout will use our donation to purchase warm clothing for homeless Veterans in New Jersey! All runners/hikers will receive a handcrafted wood medal, a finishers' item and receive official results. Please visit our website for the complete details on this race, course maps, gpx files etc!
Please use the address: 374 Walker Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
This is a runner/hiker friendly event and definitely family-friendly! The race course will close at sunset which is 4:30pm so runners/hikers need to finish up by 4:30pm. All events will use our 5K trail loop. Pacers are not allowed.
50K - 10 loops. Check-in between 7:15am-7:45am. 8am start
25K - 5 loops. Check-in between 7:15am-7:45am. 8am start
10K - 2 loops. Check-in between 8:15am-8:45am. 9am start
5K - 1 loop. Check-in between 8:15am-8:45am. 9am start
All runners/hikers will receive a handcrafted wood medal and a finishers' item! There are portapottys within walking distance to the trailhead.
We will use the same 5K loop from our Frosty Fat Sass race in January. There are portapottys at the start/finish area. The course will be marked: The first 2.75 miles are double-wide trails and the last 1/2 mile is singletrack. 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. There's 289 ft of gain. You can download the gpx and map from our website.
Our charity partner Operation Chillout delivers warm clothing to homeless Veterans around NJ and PA. In the past, we have collected warm clothing donations at this race, but this year - Operation Chillout is transitioning to only accepting monetary donations. They have established a great working relationship with a clothing vendor that can sell them warm clothing in large quantities at a reduced rate, so they will be able to use our funds to make a big impact! Click here to learn more about Operation Chillout.
Q: Can I have a pacer?
A: Pacers are not allowed.
Q: Can I sign my kids up for the Squatchy Leftovers?
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: 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: I don't want to run, are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: Yes! We always need Sassy Volunteers! Please email us if you would like to volunteer: email@example.com
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. Please let the RD or volunteer know if you are leaving the race.
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!
Q: Me and my friend aren't registered for the race, but we're still planning on coming to run. We won't eat from the aid station or take a medal or swag. This is okay, right?
A: NO THIS IS NOT OKAY. This is called being a "race bandit" and it is stealing. Not paying for a race and running the race is stealing from the race organization (even if you're not taking food or swag). Don't do this at a Sassquad trail party or ANY other race. It's not okay. And if you hear about someone else doing this, call them out. If you bandit a race, you will be banned from registering for any of our Sassquad events.
FAMILIES, MILITARY, VETERANS, NYNJTC MEMBERS, FRONTLINE WORKERS, 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 and Frontline Workers (Fire, EMS, Healthcare). 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!
BE A HERO
Join the Volunteer Dream Team! 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! We love our volunteer team and we are always looking to add more sassy members to the Volunteer Squad! Please email us if you would like to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to share that our friends over at Skratch Labs are official Sassquad sponsors! We will be proudly serving Skratch Hydration at each of the Big Bear North aid stations. Sassquaders can save 20% by using the code SASSQUAD23 at skratchlabs.com
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.
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