Trip and Tumble Trail Run and Hike

2nd annual 10K run/hike set for Sunday, May 11, 2014

* 2013 race page (results & photos)

* About the race

* Course preview photos

GREEN RIDGE STATE FOREST, Md., May 12, 2013 — Join the Potomac Highlands Distance Club and friends for the area’s newest trail run and hike on Mother’s Day 2013, Sunday, May 12, for the Trip and Tumble Trail Run and Hike in Green Ridge State Forest.

This is a traditional low-key club race – no crazy/fancy prizes. However, there will be special recognition for the following teams: top mother-daughter, top mother-son, top father-daugther, top father-son. Try and enter as a team (that is, send both entry forms in together) if registering as a team. Overall male and female winners for each distance, as well as top masters (40-plus) and top grand masters (50-plus) for each gender also will be recognized.

Entry fees: $8 for the 10K run/hike or only $5 for PHDC dues-paid members. As a low-key PHDC run, you are strongly encouraged to carry with you all the supplies/goodies you think you might need to safely complete the journey. We will have one water stations set up, however, at the 10K turnaround

* Note: The 14-mile option has been cancelled. Only the 10K run/hike will be staged on Sunday, May 12.

There are two distances, a 10K (6.2-mile) option for runners and hikers as well as a 13-mile (give or take) option for runners. There will be a combined start at Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters before heading onto single track trail of the Pine Lick Trail. Runners will generally head west for the first mile or so, then turn north towards the Pennsylvania border. After following Fifteen Mile Creek and crossing under Interstate 68, runners and hikers eventually will come to a wood bridge that spans the creek. This is about the 3.1 mile point, and shortly after reaching the other side of this bridge is where the 10K runners and hikers will turn around.

The long distance runners, however, will turn right (and up) onto the Twin Oaks Trail until they see the Twin Oaks Schoolhouse. Built around 1887, it is the last one of about 20 schoolhouses that used to sit in the area now known as Green Ridge State Forest. After that, it’s a smooth downhill jaunt to the valley floor. Then runners hop back onto the Pine Lick (blue) Trail and head back to the start area.