There is the Fallapple, the Mayapple, the Febapple and THE SQUATCHAPPLE!! Join us on Saturday March 11, 2023 for the Squatchapple Trail Race at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ! With distances for everyone, this trail party is open to runners and hikers of all ages and paces. Runners/hikers can sign up to squatch 11 miles, 20 miles, 33 miles or 50 miles! We will be supporting the South Mountain Conservancy with this trail party! Please visit our website for the complete details on this race, course maps, gpx files etc!
The start/finish area for ALL events is at the Tulip Springs Trailhead on Cherry Lane in West Orange
This trailhead has a large parking lot along with many picnic tables. Please feel free to setup your gear using a picnic table or leave gear in your car (just be aware that we cannot supervise your gear or be responsible for it). Our aid station and check-in area will be at the main covered pavilion next to the parking lot. There are portajohns here, as well as along the course.
Runners/hikers can sign-up for a 11 miler, 20 miler, 33 miler or 50 miler. The course closes at 8pm sharp. Pacers are not allowed.
50 Miler Start Time: 7am, check-in 6:15am-6:45am
33 Miler Start Time: 8am, check-in 7:15am-7:45am
20 Miler and 11 Miler Start Time 9am, check-in 8:15am-8:45am
All runners/hikers will take home a handcrafted wood medal that we make here in the Squatch Shop. As well as an item of your choice from the Squatch Shop (hat, buff, bag etc). The top 3 females and males will take home a very squatchtastic handcrafted award!
The Squatchapple course consist of 3 different loops that all start/finish at the Tulip Springs Trailhead. The loops are 4 miles, 5.5 miles and 7 miles. Runners/hikers will complete a combination of these three loops to achieve the distances that they registered for. You must complete the loops in the exact order that they are listed. If you decide to drop down during the race to a smaller distance, please note that you cannot qualify for post-race awards.
4 Mile Turtleback Loop, PINK RIBBONS: 370 ft gain, 75% carriage roads, 25% singletrack. This is almost the same loop that we use for the Frosty Fat Sass and Squatchy Leftovers - we just add a little bit extra which means you get to see "Turtleback Rock". You'll know what it is when you get there! This loop is mostly mellow doublewide trails with a bit of singletrack. There is one big climb and one big descent. You'll finish the loop the same way Pink and Blue does, by going down the 200'+ rocky hill.
5.5 Mile Locust Grove Loop, CHECKERED RIBBON. 600 ft gain. 90% carriage roads, 10% singletrack. This loop is mostly mellow doublewide trails. The one exception is the rocky, technical climb up the steep Lenape Trail--300' gain in 1/2 mile. The other 300' gain in the loop are gentle rollers. This year we rerouted the backhalf of the course to follow the Crest Trail rather than the Swampy Trail. The Crest Trail parallels Crest Drive and is a flat, doublewide trail. You'll finish the loop the same way Pink and Blue does, by going down the 200'+ rocky hill.
7 Mile Mayapple Loop BLUE RIBBONS: 960 ft gain. 35% singletrack, 30% road, 34% carriage roads, 1% grass field. Note: this loop has two road crossings - all runners/hikers must cross legally and only when they have the right-of-way at the crosswalk! We updated this one for 2023 to eliminate cross-traffic and the confusing spots from years past. You'll finish the loop the same way Pink and Blue does, by going down the 200'+ rocky hill.
50 Miler: 5,790 ft gain - Pink, Checkered, Blue repeated 3 x’s
33 Miler: 3,860 ft gain - Pink, Checkered, Blue repeated 2 x’s
20 Miler: 2,155 ft gain - Pink, Checkered, Blue, Pink
11 Miler: 1,185 ft gain - Pink, Blue
We will include a detailed trail conditions report leading up to the race. Generally, most runners/hikers find a sturdy trail shoe with decent lugs to be a good match for this race (think Brooks Cascadia, Altra Timps, Hoka Speedgoat etc).
FAMILIES, MILITARY, FRONTLINE & CLUB MEMBERS
We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email email@example.com before you register so we can give you the code! Sassquad Trail Running is proud to offer 20% off all events to all active duty military and Veterans. Must provide proof of service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code. NYNJ Trail Conference and South Mountain Conservancy members can receive 10% off of registration; please email us for the discount code!
Q: Can I have a pacer?
A: No pacers!
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sorry, but Einstein has to stay at home for this race. Our liability insurance does not cover dogs at our events; thank you for understanding!
Q: Can I sign my kids up for this trail party?
A: Yes! We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email us (email@example.com) before you register so we can give you the code! Once you have the code, be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors. And make sure to keep track of Marty and Biff before during and after the race. We only have 1 search-party and they're already out there looking for Sasquatch.
Q: What's the weather like in West Orange, NJ in March?
A: Great Scott! It could be cold. Maybe. It could be warm. Check the weather before the race and dress appropriately. The zip code for the race is 07052.
Q: This will be my first trail race. What do I need to know?
A: This is heavy.
Q: No really, it is my first trail race! Any advice?
A: Seriously, we are SO EXCITED that you are choosing a Sassquad event for your first trail race! This is a great choice for your first race because these trails have a bit of everything! You'll run on easy carriage roads, technical singletracks and enjoy flat trails and hilly trails. You're going to LOVE it!
Q: Are there any roads on the course?
A: Roads? Where we are going, we don't need roads! There is only 1 very, very short stretch of pavement that is less than .20 miles long. There is also 1 road crossing at a stoplight that has a crosswalk. Runners/hikers are only allowed to cross LEGALLY and must wait for the right-of-way at the crosswalk!
Q: What food will you have at the aid station?
A: We will have a wide variety of traditional ultra running food, as well as many vegan and gluten-free items. You are more than welcome to bring your own food/water and setup your own aid station in the parking lot. You will come back to the lot after every loop.
Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag. Will the course be marked?
A: We will have bright colored ribbons along the course and plenty at all of the turns, along with large red directional arrows..
Q: I don't want to run, are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: Yes! We always need Sassy Volunteers! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer!
Q: Are there restrooms at the start/finish area?
A: There are one portajohns at the start/finish area. There are also portajohn's at the halfway point of each of the three loops.
Q: I can't come to the race anymore, can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately we do not offer refunds on the nonrefundable registration fee.
Q: Me and my friend aren't registered for the race, but we're still planning on coming to run. We won't eat from the aid station or take a medal or swag. This is okay, right?
A: NO THIS IS NOT OKAY. This is called being a "race bandit" and it is stealing. Not paying for a race and running the race is stealing from the race organization (even if you're not taking food or swag). Don't do this at a Sassquad trail party or ANY other race. It's not okay. And if you hear about someone else doing this, call them out. If you bandit a race, you will be banned from registering for any of our Sassquad events.
BE A HERO
Join the Sassy Volunteer Squad! We need help with marking the course, check-in, sweeping the course and cleaning up. Are you registered for a race that requires volunteer hours? We can sign-off on the hours that you log at the event! Volunteer to provide delicious food for the runners and we can sign-off on your prep time! We love our volunteer team and we are always looking to add more sassy members to the Volunteer Squad! Email us at email@example.com if you'd like to volunteer!
SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONSERVANCY
Founded in March 2000, the South Mountain Conservancy is a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to preserve, protect, and enhance the South Mountain Reservation through active stewardship, advocacy, and education. Through volunteer activities, public programs and partnership with the Essex County Parks Department, the SMC serves as a steward and advocate for the South Mountain Reservation. The SMC strives to preserve, protect, and enhance the ecology, infrastructure and natural beauty of this regional park and to foster public appreciation and support for it. Since 2018, Sassquad Trail Runners have donated over $13,000 to the Conservancy!
Thank you to our friends at Sneaker Factory, NJ! Sneaker Factory supports Sassquad Trail Running on and off the trails to help make the events as squatchtastic as possible! The Sneaker Factory is NJ's source for all things running: New Jersey's oldest and most well-known running store, originally opened in Millburn in 1978. Stop by one of our three convenient neighborhood locations and let us help you find the "perfect ride for every stride." Millburn, Florham Park and Basking Ridge.
SASSQUAD TRAIL RUNNING
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Event's current local time: 9:16 AM ET