Altis Endurance Sports seventy annual race on the flat and fast Trap Pond Bob Trail is planned for Sunday April 19, 2020. The 50K and marathon start is at 7:30 AM, the half marathon start is at 7:45 AM, and the inaugural 10K start is at 7:50AM. If you would like to race through some beautiful Delaware forest join Altis Endurance Sports for the race at Trap Pond State Park located at 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956 about seven miles east southeast of downtown Laurel, DE.
Registration for the 2020 race will open around October 1st.
Runners can also register for the race at packet pickup on Saturday night or at race morning packet pickup.↑
The races take place on the Bob Trail at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE. The Trap Pond State Park is located at 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956. The races start on the trail from different locations (please see race start locations on the map in the Parking section below) near the Bald Cypress Nature Center. All four races finish at the same location also near the Nature Center.↑
Saturday pre-race packet pickup will take place from 6:00PM-7:00PM at the Holiday Inn Express, 24058 Sussex Hwy, Seaford, DE 19973.
Race morning packet pickup will commence at 6:45AM in the parking lot near the finish line.↑
There is a park entry fee is $4 per vehicle for DE residents and $8 for out-of-state vehicles. The two large parking areas in the vicinity of the Trap Pond Nature Center can be viewed at this link. Race entrants are requested to park in the southeast lot which is located close to the finish line and packet pickup.
Use this link to obtain directions to Trap Pond.↑
Use this link to view the airports closest to Laurel, DE. The Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Airport (SBY) is 20 miles from Laurel. US Airways Express serves SBY. BWI is 92 miles from Laurel.↑
There are a number of hotels in the cities in the vicinity of the Trap Pond State Park; the race directors are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, 24058 Sussex Hwy, Seaford, DE the night before the race. Also, there are numerous campsites along with several cabins and yurts available for rental on the park grounds. Make your camping reservations online click here or call the Campground Reservation System at 1-877-98 PARKS.
The other chain hotels in Seaford, DE include the Hampton Inn, the Days Inn and Suites, Comfort Suites, and Motel 6.↑
The races take place on the flat and wide crushed stone surfaced Trap Pond Bob Trail. The 50K runners will run a counterclockwise out and back on the trail and then run six clockwise trail loops. Marathon runners run a counterclockwise out and back on the trail and then run five clockwise trail loops. The half marathon runners run just short of three clockwise trail loops. The half marathoners start at the bridge. 10K runners will run a counterclockwise out and back and then one clockwise trail loop. All four races finish at the same finish line located near the parking lot southeast of the Nature Center. A detailed map showing the start and finish lines is posted above in the Parking section of this web page. The course is flat and fast with no hills!!!↑
Course Map/Map Link
The Bob Trail loop used for the four races can be viewed at this link. 3.3 miles of the Bob Trail loop is shown in red on the map, and 1.2 miles of the Bob Trail loop is shown in red with yellow dots on the map. The reason for marking the loop in two different “colors” is that the portion of the trail marked as red with yellow dots allows horseback riding.↑
If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at email@example.com. Volunteers earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race and/or donations to a favorite charity/non-profit organization.↑
The design image for the 2020 finisher award is above. Great thanks to Markus Mueller for designing the finisher award!
Historical average high and low temperatures in Laurel, DE on April 19th are 69 and 47 degrees.↑
The 2017 50K results are linked at https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=41967, the 2017 marathon results are linked at http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=41968, and the 2017 half marathon results are linked at https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=41969.
2016: It was a great day for running! The weather was ideal with the high/low temps right a their averages for a Laurel, DE April 24th. 92 super runners recorded a race finish, and zero DNFs were recorded. The runners enjoyed running the trails and eating the aid station food/water/gatorade provided by the fantastic volunteers. Many runners said that they looked forward to returning in 2017!
2015: It was a cold and windy late March day at the second annual Trap Pond 50K, Marathon, and Half Marathon. Temps were 20 degrees lower than average for the day with the high being 43, and the low being 24 degrees. With the race moving to late April, warmer weather is forecast! 82 runners enjoyed a finish on this cold day. Shaun Baker and Melissa Woodruff lowered the men’s and women’s marathon course records, and David Luppens lowered the men’s half marathon course record on this chilly day.
2014: It was a fantastic day on the outstanding Trap Pond Loblolly Trail! 38 super runners started the inaugural Trap Pond 50K, Marathon, and Half Marathon and 38 excellent runners finished their respective races. It just doesn’t get any better than a 100% finish race. CONGRATULATIONS! to all the Trap Pond runners. Great thanks to the race volunteers and the Trap Pond staff for making the race a success. Altis looks forward to conducting the second annual trap Pond 50K, Marathon, and Half Marathon in late March 2015.↑
Each loop has three aid station almost spaced about a mile and a half apart. The aid stations will have the usual race food, ie. cookies, chips, water, and Gatorade. It is recommended that runners bring their own energy gels, electrolytes, and water bottle to the race as desired.↑
Runners have nine hours to complete the 50K and marathon, eight and 45 minutes to complete the half marathon, and eight and a half hours to complete the 10K.↑
A high quality soft cotton short sleeve shirt will be provided to entrants. All finishers will receive quality finisher medals.↑
As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. This event is limited to 200 entrants. There will not be a waiting list if the event fills.↑
If you have any questions please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.↑