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New NW PA trail runs - 10Kish solo & relay teams; solo 50K, 50 & 100 milers - (Read 222 times)

    Those of you that have been wanting to try a gnarly PA trail ultra - the "Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs" are for you. 10Kish solo & 4 person relay teams, and solo 50K, 50 & 100 mile races will be going on simultaneously Oct 10th - 11th, 2009 at Oil Creek State Park in northwest PA - where the world's first oil boom began in 1859! This marks the 150 year celebration of oil, so come "run with the ghosts of the 1860's oil wildcatters in the valley that changed the world." OCSP is located between Titusville and Oil City PA. Ultra distance cutoff times are aimed at folks of all running and hiking ability - but the 400' steep hills on each side of Oil Creek will destroy your quads unless you do a LOT of steep hill training: 50K = 12 hours = 23:11 min / mile pace 50 miles = 32 hours = 38:24 min / mile pace 100 miles = 32 hours = 19:12 min / mile pace or are the two names to get to the race website. See you in October!

      Great news - if you sign up for the 50 or 100 mile trail races you will be running in an official RRCA "PA trail championship" race! Hope to see you in October for this very special inaugural event - the first of many years to come. Tom Jennings, RD Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - 8, 50K, 50 & 100 mile trail races / Road Runners Club of America's "PA 50 & 100 mile trail championships"

        Registration is now open! http://www.runrace. net/findarace. php?id=09283PA 50K - initial limit of 75 runners 50 miles - initial limit of 75 runners 100 miles - initial limit of 100 runners We MAY allow more entries as overflow parking details are worked out over the upcoming months, but this is not guaranteed. Come a few days early and enjoy the local sights such as Niagara Falls (only 3 hours away), the local Erie casino with its 2,000 slot machines, the beautiful Erie indoor water park Splash Lagoon, Erie's Presque Isle State Park, Drake Well Museum, and the spectacular Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad train ride through the park to see the gorgeous autumn colors (note - these train rides sell out months in advance, so plan accordingly) . Dates / times: Oct 9, 2009 - pre race dinner / meeting Oct 10 beginning @ 5 AM - staggered start of 100, 50 & 50K races Oct 11 @ 1 PM - 50 & 100 mile races officially end / start of 100 mile awards ceremony (a heavy and high-quality finisher's buckle to all finishers, awards to the top 3 males and females in each race). See you in October in northwestern PA in "the valley that changed the world" - the birthplace of the oil industry in 1859. Tom Jennings, Race Director Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - OilCreek100. org / 50K, 50 & 100 mile trail races RRCA's 50 & 100 mile PA Trail Championships A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization for the betterment and promotion of Oil Creek State Park, the entire Oil Region, PA's natural resources, and long distance trail running

          A quick status update:

          ** We already have 68 runners registered with over 4 months to go - registration is moving along quickly

          ** To status the entrants:
          1) click on the icon at the top of each page of our race website - /

          2) scroll down to the bottom and click on the magnifying glass next to each distance to see the name, city / state, age and gender of the participants

          ** The first price increase is coming up soon

          ** EMS work is many months into the planning process. We will have a helicopter standing by in Oil Creek State Park, an ambulance on stand-by, an EMS person will be at each of the 4 staffed aid stations to assist with medical issues (hopefully limited to cuts and scrapes), a rope rescue team, ATV's for helping to transport injured runners / pacers, etc.

          ** An ad for the race is in the current issue of UltraRunning magazine and mentioned in the East vs West trail ultras story at the end of the magazine. An ad will also be in the July / Aug issue of TrailRunner magazine (reaches 60 - 70,000 trail runners each issue) which will be shipped at the end of this month (June).

          ** There will be 4 unstaffed water-only aid stations at approx. midway points between the staffed aid stations so water will be available every 3 to 4 miles.

          ** Tents can be pitched (free) in the lawn next to the middle school and just across the street from aid station # 4 that the 50 & 100 mile participants will use. The 50K folks will finish at the middle school / race HQ so they won't be using aid station # 4 during the race. So if you are a 50 or 100 mile participant and want to use your tent as your own personal aid station feel free to do so (but you still must check in at AS #4 for statusing / safety purposes).

          ** We also have free gymnasium floor space to sleep on Friday night before the race.

          ** Showers are available (for yourself, pacers, crew) at the middle school for the nominal fee of just $5 each to cover the school custodial staff all weekend long. The showers have 4 or 5 individual private shower stalls as well as a larger group shower area. This school was built in 1999 so it is very modern and nice. 50 lockers are available in both the men's and women's locker rooms for keeping your post-race belongings in.

          ** 50 milers can now have a pacer they last 19ish mile loop

          ** This race is very crew / family friendly with the race HQ being at the modern Titusville Middle School. They can relax in the cafeteria while you try to overcome the rugged Gerard hiking trail. Your crew can reach the other crew-accessible aid station # 2 at Petroleum Center, PA (the park office) via paved roads. No dirt roads for your family or crew to get lost on.

          I hope to see you in October.
          "Erie Tom" J
          Tom Jennings, Race Director
          Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - /

          "Unforgiving. Historic. Gnarly. Do you have what it takes?"

          50K, 50 & 100 mile trail races

          RRCA's 50 & 100 mile PA Trail Championships
          Titusville PA - the birthplace of the oil industry in 1859