A new type of foot race. There is no course and no markings- you have a set of detailed trail maps, and a choose-your-own-adventure set of goals. You can find 10+ beautiful remote checkpoints; or bring back the most vertical gain; or simply enjoy a supported trail exploration day. Make what you want of it! A handful of aid stations and food boxes enable you to span multiple parks and 120+ trails in the rugged Catoctin mountains! Choose from 14 hrs or 6 hrs in length, with no requirement to stay out for all of those hours.

A focus of this event is exploring the pure beauty of this area. From rock-scrambling waterfalls to moss-covered cliffs and breath-taking views of the Frederick farm valley, we advise visiting the various bear-box checkpoints along your way, assuring that you are not robbed of the best spots in the park! Hand-made awards will be given to those that find the most bear-box checkpoints or log the most vertical gain. There will be some rules in place to discourage repetitive hill repeats, road usage, etc.

Those new to the area or trail navigation have trails close to home base that you can stick to and not get lost. Those who crave more have a complex web out further. Maps will be provided. Safety plans are in place. It's an expanse, and you'll feel "out there," but it's still relatively safe.

Upcoming Races

Apr 18 2020
6 Hours
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
Apr 18 2020
14 Hours
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts

Results

6 Hours View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
04/20/19 No Results Posted. Submit Results
04/14/18 No Results Posted. Submit Results

14 Hours View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
04/20/19 No Results Posted. Submit Results
04/14/18 No Results Posted. Submit Results
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.
Earth Day 50K
  • Apr 18, 2020
  • Crystal Lake, IL
50 KM