Promised Land Trail Challenge

Welcome to the Promised Land Trail Challenge race page!

We had a great first year race! Results are posted here: https://my1.raceresult.com/104439/

See you on August 11, 2019!

You can register for the 2019 event here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/18908/promised-land-trail-challenge-5k-10k-and-half-marathon

All registration fees are included in registration, so you won’t be…surprised…between the cost of registration and the price you actually end up paying to race!

We are limiting the field to 125 athletes so that we won’t overload the trail and we will still be able to maximize the athlete’s race experience.

 

Here’s the finisher’s medal! 

Here you’ll find all the exciting information you’ll need to have FUN at the event. I direct the Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival held each March in Lackawaxen PA. All of my events are athlete focused: the goal is to put on a fun event that has all the qualities athletes look for: accurate, interesting course; great shirts, medals and awards; tasty post-race food; instant results with individual race result printouts and TV screen results; ample water/hydration stations.

We also direct two triathlons in Sarasota, Florida: the Sirens Women’s Triathlon and the Siesta Key Sprint Triathlon.

This is the first year for the Trail Challenge. Event distances are:

–5k

–10k

–Half Marathon

Here’s the Course Map:

Course information:

–All races start in the main parking lot of Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown PA 18426. Here’s google maps:

Please note: the race start is a mile north on 390 of the pin on the map. The map address is for Park Headquarters. The main pavilion is 1 mile north of this, on 390. If you are coming to the park from 84, turn left into the main pavilion/parking area one mile before the pin. If you go to the park office, come back north on 390 and turn right into the main pavilion/parking area. For information, the main pavilion is 2 inches above the pin on the map, or 1 inch above the words Promised Land State Park on the map. Please let me know if you have any questions: Mark Hughes 570 470 4922 or markfastfinishes@gmail.com.

Packet pickup and race day registration starts at 6am on race day at the pavilion. The races start at the east end of the parking lot.

Half Marathon information: The race starts at 0730. The course is a two loop course. You’ll complete the same course twice (double the fun!). No time limit to complete the course.

The course goes through the campground north of the start. You will then head on to the 1800 trail.

Turn left on Oak Trail.

Straight on Telephone Trail.

Right on Bruce Lake Trail.

Left on North Shore Road (you’ll be happy to be on pavement for a while after 3 miles on the trails! You will turn around at the Half Marathon turnaround and go back the way you came.

Turnaround near the race start and complete loop two.

 

10k information: The race starts at 0800.

The course goes through the campground north of the start. You will then head on to the 1800 trail.

Turn left on Oak Trail.

Straight on Telephone Trail.

Right on Bruce Lake Trail.

Left on North Shore Road (you’ll be happy to be on pavement for a while after 3 miles on the trails! You will turn around at the 10k turnaround and go back the way you came.

 

5k information: The race starts at 0900.

The course goes through the campground north of the start. You will then head on to the 1800 trail.

Turn left on Oak Trail.

Straight on Telephone Trail.

Near the intersection with Bruce Lake Trail, you’ll see the 5k turnaround. Follow the course back to the finish line!

The Trails!

–trails may be narrow, rocky and have tree roots. Exercise caution while exercising!

–You’ll cross a stream on a loose rock bridge. Be careful there if you want to stay dry.

–the course can be described as flat to rolling. There are a couple of 20 to 30 foot climbs on the trail. There aren’t any long climbs or descents.

Rules of the Trail

Please don’t litter. Take only pictures and leave only footsteps.

If you get a cup of water at an aid station, please drop it right there or keep it with you until the next available garbage can. Please don’t leave gels on the trail.

We are getting a chance to be part of nature. Please enjoy it!

Passing an athlete: let the athlete know that you will be passing. Please say, “On Your Left,” before passing them on their left.

The athlete being passed should stay on the right side of the trail.

If approaching an athlete when you are coming back from the turnaround and they are still heading out: Both athletes should stay to their right.

Course Marking

Course marking for a trail event is very important. The forest can disorient runners.

There is an old Race Director adage: “When you think the course is marked so that nobody can possibly ever get lost or make a wrong turn, double the signage.”

We have that in mind. You’ll see orange cones all along the course. You should be able to see the next orange cone as the you the previous one.

There will be markings on trees (5k/10k/Half Marathon) as well as signs, along with the cones.

If you feel you are off course, look for cones and signs. Follow them and you’ll either get on a road near the 10k and half marathon turnarounds, or you’ll be back at the start. We will be sweeping the course and have volunteers on-course to assist athletes. We will do a head count of starters and finishers. If you cannot complete the course for any reason, please let me know so I know everyone is safe.

Please let me know if you have any questions: Mark Hughes 570 470 4922 or markfastfinishes@gmail.com. I’m old school: I put my phone number first since I do want to talk to you so I can directly answer any questions you have!