On The Rocks Trail Run

Race Director's Notes

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How is the Course Marked?

Posted by Scott Newcomer on July 10, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I got multiple e-mails from new trail runners about the course.


The course will be mark with 6” x 6” arrow signs which will be chained to the trees with pad locks. This is so the course can be setup a few days before the race.


Also the course will have orange survey ribbon hanging from the trees about 36-48” long approximately every 100-200 yards.


The trails that intersect the route will NOT be tie off on race day, because mountain bikers can go through.


Hope to see you at the race.

Vertical Climb / Trail Rating

Posted by Scott Newcomer on June 16, 2010 at 8:29 AM Comments comments (8)

I ranked this run between 6 and 7 due to the running surfaces.  This ranking is based on a scale with 1 as a hilly rail trail to a 10 as multiple 1,000 vertical foot climbs or climbing over 3,000 vertical feet in less than 10 miles. 

I never ran a 10 yet, but the couple of the hardest races so far in my career were the Escarpment (Catkills, NY), ConestogaTrail Run (Lancaster, PA), Hyner View Challenge (Lock Haven, PA).  The Susquehanna Super Hike (Lancaster/York,PA) is not far behind them ranking a 9.  I feel the Megatransect (Lock Haven, PA) is a tough race which ranks a 9, but it approx. has 2 miles of blacktop roads in the beginning and end.


Vertical feet – a measurement of the elevation raise.  For example, if you started at 600 feet above sea level and run up a hill that is 1,000 feet above sea level the vertical feet climbed would equal 400 feet.

Why is there a rain Date?

Posted by Scott Newcomer on June 16, 2010 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (1)

The Rocky Ridge County Park closes the trails due to trail conditions during, after, and/or series of days of Rain.  So to guarantee that the race will happen a rain date was put inplace.

Check Web Page if the Race is postponed to the rain date.  Web page will have the race status posted no later than 8:00pm Friday night before the race

If nothing is on the web page “Home” Tab, the race is on!


My definition of a Trail Runner:

Posted by Scott Newcomer on May 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM Comments comments (2)

It is a road runner that went crazy from pounding the pavement from a boring road race that seemed to never end.  The runner was forced out of boredom to run in the woods realizing the dirt, trees, rocks, deep water crossings, long climbs that never ended, and with crazy fast down hills was what true enjoyment of running was all about.  People must think you are nuts and crazy because you are training and racing in zero degrees Fahrenheit, deep snow, snowstorms, rain storms, and weather conditions just does not matter to you.  You just consider the weather is a challenge which adds a new twist into the standard run. A trail runner never turns down a hill climb and just run hills for the hell of it.    You believe a trail running is always better than work.


Director Message:

Posted by Scott Newcomer on May 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (1)

This trail run is my first tribute to the trail running sport.