The 2018 Trap Pond 50K, Marathon and Half Marathon set for Sunday April 8, 2018. The 50K and marathon start is at 7:30 AM, and the half marathon start is at 7:45 AM. The race takes place on the Bob Trail (formerly known as the Loblolly Trail) at Trap Pond State Park at 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956 about seven miles east southeast of downtown Laurel, DE.
To register, click here. Entrant fees: $65 for the half and $80 for the marathon and 50K. Online race registration ends at 5:00PM Friday April 6th.
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. The three 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 and does not start at the common finish line. All three 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.↑
Course Map/Map Link
The Bob Trail loop used for the three races can be viewed at this link.↑
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.↑
All finishers earn the finishers award pictured below. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards. Great thanks to Steel Images for producing the fantastic finisher awards.
The 2015 event raised $125 for the SPCA. The 2014 event raised $740 for Home of the Brave, $200 for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and $100 for the Outdoor Adventures – a Delaware State Parks outreach program.↑
Historical average high and low temperatures in Laurel, DE on April 8th are 65 and 44 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 needed.↑
Runners have nine hours to complete the 50K and marathon, and eight and a half hours to complete the half marathon.↑
A 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.↑