Rick O'Donnell Memorial 5.22 Mile Trail Run and Ultra Challenge

Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:30 AM
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD

Event Summary:
The Rick O'Donnell Memorial 5.22 Mile Trail Run and the Ultra Challenge will kick off at 0830 on Sunday, 9/21/2014 in beautiful Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, MD. This is the ideal venue for your first trail race, timed event or ultra-distance goal.
Event Details:
The Second Annual Rick O'Donnell Memorial 5.22 Mile Trail Run and 8 Hour Ultra Challenge will be run concurrently on the well marked trails of Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro MD.   The 5.22 mile loop starts and finishes along the sandy shores of Greenbrier Lake with each loop having 750 feet of climb and descent.  The majority of the course is single track, with about half a mile of pavement per loop.

Awards in the spirit of the run will be given to the first, second and third place overall male and female finishers in the 5.22 Mile Run. 

The 8 Hour Ultra Challenge is for those who wish to run more than just a single 5.22 mile loop.  Within the allotted 8 hours, run as many 5.22 mile loops as you can, as slow or as fast as you wish.  Run 6 laps (or more!) to log an ultra-distance finish.  The top three male and female runners logging the most mileage (quickest time tie-breaker) will receive awards.  Those participating in the Ultra Challenge will have until 4:30 P.M. to complete as many loops as possible.  8 hours is a hard cutoff with the last loop having to be started before 3:40 (unless your previous loop was completed in less than an hour) and completed by 4:30 to be counted.  No exceptions and no whining about this; Rick wouldn't complain or try to bend the rules and you shouldn't either!

Typical aid station food and drink will be provided and a drop bag area (uncovered) will be set up for those forging on in the Ultra Challenge. Since the only aid station on the course will be at the start/finish, be prepared.  It is highly recommended for those running multiple loops to carry at least one water bottle. 

Runners competing in the 8 Hour Ultra Challenge will have will have their results forwarded to Ultrasignup.com for inclusion.  

Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club will donate the proceeds from this event, less modest expenses incurred, to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, a research foundation that "Provides help for patients and caregivers, advocates for those afflicted and educates those who don't understand."  We will make this donation in the name of Rick O'Donnell, a friend and runner who lost his battle with Bile Duct cancer in 2013. The inaugural 2013 event raised more than $2,000 and we're hoping to better that this year.  Since this is a fundraising event, no refunds for any reason will be issued.

Both events will begin at 8:30 sharp on race morning.

Pricing:  Online registration via Raceit.com: 
5.22 Mile Trail Run - $25.00, 8 Hour Ultra Challenge- $40 through June 30, 2014.  
July 1 through September 18, 2014 registration fees will increase to $30 and $45 respectively.
If available (maximum 200 participants total), race day registration $35 and $55.  

Event technical shirts only guaranteed for online entries received by 8/31/2014

Park Information: You can take a nice hot shower after your run at Greenbrier!  The showers and bathrooms are located adjacent to our start/finish area.   

 Park entry fees are NOT included in your entry fees-MD residents $3.00 per person, non-residents $5.00 per person.   The Park will begin admitting participants at 7:15 Sunday morning.  Follow our signage to bib pickup. 


On site camping is also available.  Details on camping and other amenities at Greenbrier State Park: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/greenbrier.asp

Email any questions or comments to:  SillyBusa@yahoo.com


Event Tags:
5 mi, 50K, Marathon, Running Event, Trail
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