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Posted: April 17th, 2013
Save the (Bull) Dam date

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The Bull Dam Trail Run  (at Eaton Reservoir in North East) is back again this year and race director Stephen Haeseler is, once again, offering two distances — a nice, flat, grassy 5K and a more challenging 10K that weaves through the woods.

From the Bull Dam Trail Run website:

This is the Second Annual Trail Race at Eaton Reservoir (locally known as Bull Dam). The race will be in the morning of Sunday, September 1st 2013. This is the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.

The 5K course: The 5K course is a very flat wide path that travels about 1 lap around the reservoir. This is a great course if you would like to try trail running for the first time. The scenery is beautiful there will be no worries on getting lost. Just keep the water to your left. The trail will also be marked with white flags on the left side of the path. The trail itself is a mixture of  gravel and grass and just a smidge of asphalt at the spillway.  Historically the spillway is dry in late August early September but there is no guarantees.

The 10K course: The 10K course is single lap, more sophisticated and challenging course. There are some wide trails and about half the course is single tract trails that weaves through the woods around the reservoir. The running surface will be a mixture of packed dirt trail, grass, gravel, a touch of asphalt, and grassy areas. This will also be over roots, under limbs, up short hills, down small grades and over stick covered mud puddles. There will be no worries about getting lost however. Last year we had 30-40 volunteers guiding runners on the path as well as bold marker at every turn and flagging periodically along blind straights and at turns. This is great for the beginner as well as the seasoned trail runner. There is no mystery on figuring out course.

This would be a great chance to try a trail run and to race in a place other than Presque Isle State Park. Dan & I and the kids frequently walk the dog around the Eaton Reservoir, but I told you all about that last year.

Race registration info here.

 

 

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