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                                          St. Patty's Scramble
                                                                                 Sunday, March 18, 2012
                                                                                 6K  &  15K Trail Run




                                                                                Online Registration closes
                                                                                Friday 3/16 at 1:00pm

Not Racing?  Be a part of the action and EARN CA$H working on the Trimax Race Day Staff.  Email info@trimaxendurancesports.com for details.

Location: Blue Marsh Lake  Leesport, Pa   
                   Ganly's Pub
                   500 Brownsville Rd
                   Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Race Start Time: 10:15 am
Registration Time: 
  • There will be Race Day Registration from 9:00am - 10:00 am
  • Registration will be held inside Ganly's Pub.

Fees:
     6K
  • $20 1/31
  • $25 until  3/16
  • $35 on Race Day
 
     15K
  • $25 1/31
  • $30 until  3/16
  • $40 on Race Day

Included in Fee:
  • Race T-Shirt
  • Post race party, Soups & Sanwiches provided by Ganly's Irish Pub
  • Entry into prize drawings
  • Wear your most spirited Green running gear to have a chance at winning a cash prize ($40)!!
                    
Course Description:
  • Runners get ready to Scramble!  You will hope to have the luck of the Irish on your side as you navigate the varied terrain surrounding Blue Marsh Lake.  Starting just across the street from the toasty confines of Ganly's Pub, the race begins with a short downhill warm up before you take a sharp right to join the Blue Marsh Multi-use trail.  A wide trail of hard-packed stone and dirt, leads eventually to Tulpehocken Creek.  From here, you will scamper through twisting single track along the hillside overlooking the creek.  As you emerge from the woods near Blue Marsh Dam, 6k and 15k runners will part ways.  6K skip to below.  15K only continued: After crossing the creek just below the dam, you are greeted by a short section of road before making a left to rejoin the multi-use trail. You're in for mile long steady climb, which takes you past the Park Office before reaching the crest of the hill near the Dry Brooks Day Use Entrance.  Your quads will be thankful, as the next 2.5 miles are mostly flat and downhill starting with more hard-pack trail passing along open fields and cutting through the woods.  The trail then drops you along the shore of the lake at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area.  You will follow the water's edge for .75 mile before merging with the trail to head back past the Park Office and return to the Dam.  You may struggle to stay focused on the trail with the distraction of picture perfect views which include lake vistas, Blue Marsh Dam, Tulpehocken Creek, Berks County Prison, and even the Pagoda.  Just past the Dam, you rejoin the 6k course. 6k and 15k course continued: A short climb takes you past the Dam and across a service road.  1.5 miles of wide, rolling dirt trail leads to a hard left, where you will face your final .25 mile climb to the Finish.  You will have no problem pushing yourself to the Finish Line as the smells and sounds of the post-race party at Ganly's Pub grow closer and closer.
  • Click here for 6K Course Map
  • Click here for 15K Course Map

   
6K & 15K Awards:
  • Age Group- top 3 male and female finishers in each age group
  • Overall- top 3 male and female finishers. Overall winners are removed from Age Group awards.
  • Age Group Breakdowns- 19U, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


Timing: Pretzel City Sports

Mapquest Info/Directions:
                      
                       Ganly's Pub
                       500 Brownsville Rd
                       Sinking Spring, PA 19608

                        From South and East:
                        422 W
                        222 N
                        Take Spring Ridge Dr. Exit
                        Take L at end of ramp
                        Make R at second light onto State Hill Rd.
                        Follow State Hill Rd. until it ends (about 2.2 miles)
                        Ganly's Pub is on L
                                                
                        From North:
                        222 S
                       Take Spring Ridge Dr. Exit
                        Exit ramp is tricky. Continue straight through ramp onto  
                        Paper Mill Rd.
                        Make R at first light onto Spring Ridge Dr. (about 200yards)
                        Follow State Hill Rd. until it ends (about 2.2 miles)
                        Ganly's Pub is on L
    
Parking:
  • For early arrivers, there will be parking at Ganly's Pub and across from Ganly's in the Western Berks Fire Company Parking lot.  For additional parking, head past Ganly's Pub on Brownsville Rd.  Enter Blue Marsh Lake at State Hill Boat Ramp on right.  Park in upper and lower parking lots.  A shuttle will be provided from 9am-10am to take racers to Ganly's Pub.
  • After the awards presentation, the shuttle will run for one hour taking racers back to the State Hill Boat Ramp parking lot.