The lore of Foxcatcher Farms continues...
Throughout the decades, the hills and hollows of William duPont's storied estate have tested the limits of thoroughbreds. Barbaro trained for his Triple Crown; Olympic swimmers and wrestlers grappled for glory; and generations of duPonts out-foxed their furry foes.
This year, as the sun rises on the summer solstice, you can follow in the footsteps of greatness.
Whether foal or filly, we invite you to trod the grounds of Fair Hill for the Big Elk Marathon & Half-Marathon. You're in for 26.2 miles of rollicking terrain, on which jockeys have ridden and stallions have stridden. Get the jump out of the gate if you must, but remember: It's a marathon, not a sprint.
And at the height of summer, this race has all the trappings of a sweat-stained steeplechase -- except instead of sipping a mint julep, you'll have competitors nipping at your heels.
In Cecil County, exit 100 off Interstate 95 North toward Rising Sun on Route 272 North. Take a right on Rt. 273 and follow to the intersection of Rt. 273 and 213, proceed through the traffic light - Fair Hill entrance to fairgrounds, race barns, Walls Hall and riding stables is 300 yards on the right.
Click map above to download an interactive Google Earth course map
The course will be marked withpink survey flagsandRace Coursesigns with arrows. Follow the arrows and follow survey flags through turns and/or straight past intersections.
There are 50+ miles of trails throughout Fair Hill.
The moment you just start following the person in front of you and stop paying attention to the trail is the moment you and that whole group realize you're way off course.
This course is crazy awesome and super diverse so it is imperative that you pay attention to your footing, direction, and the trail at all times. Again, the moment you zone-out, will not only be the moment you get off course but you'll also be missing out on the rush, sights, sounds, and feeling you can only get from trail running.
MARATHON CUT OFF TIME
Full marathon participants must complete their first 13.1 loop by 11am (4 hours). Those unable to complete their first loop by then will be stopped and scored as a half marathon participant. Our course clean up team will start riding and cleaning up the course at 11 behind the last marathon runner.
The course outlined on a Fair Hill N.R.M.A. map. The black circles indicate water/aid station locations. Each aid station will have water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance, and PowerBar samples. Each table is 2-3mi apart.
Injuries & Emergency Scenarios On The Trail: We must look out for each other.
We will have one or more course sweepers on mountain bikes riding behind the last runner(s) picking up course markings. They will have radio or cell phone coverage to call base camp for a pick up in case of a minor injury or 911 in case of a major medical emergency.
If you're suffering from minor injuries and do not wish to continue the course but can continue to walk, please advance or reverse the course to the nearest aid station. Inform the volunteers that you're discontinuing and we'll send someone to pick you up.
If you are the first person to approach an extreme emergency on the trails stay with the person and instruct the next person to advance or reverse on the course to the nearest aid station to call 911 if you don't run into our course sweeper(s) or someone else on the trail first with a cell phone. Always call 911 first then base camp.
Bet on it being hot and humid.
We're giving everyone 12oz Adventure Geek water bottles with an adjustable handheld case with a front pouch big enough to stash your car key, some PowerBar gels, and your cell phone.
Top Three Male and Female over all.
Top 3 in each age group (every 5 years)
Finisher medals for everyone!
These bottle opening full color metal medals will certainly stand out on your race bling shelf!
Your race packets will be prepacked with your t-shirt, timing chip, and as many goodies as we could add. The only thing not in your race packet will be safety pins and twisty ties which will be in a box on the check in table. Please attach the chip to your shoe either by tying it on with your shoe laces or with the twisty ties. Failure to attach your chip to your shoe may result in not receiving an official race time. NO CHIP, NO TIME.
Help out our back up timers by placing your race bib visibly on the front of your body.
After you've completed your race, please allow some of the finish line volunteers to assist you in removing and recollecting the timing chips. Any chips not returned after the race will make us very sad...and broke.
Use #XterraBigElk to stay up to date on all the race news. All the race updates, results, pictures, and videos will be posted on our Facebook page first.
What is better than a trail race? Trail racing with friends!
Simply sharing the event to your social media page(s) and inviting your friends to run with you goes a long way. We really appreciate everyone spreading the word about this awesome event!
We're always looking for exceptional staff and volunteer groups to help us put on a good show. Drop us a line if you or your club is interested in jumping in to help out. We reward volunteers with free race entry promo codes and generous donations to their organizations.
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