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Bull Dam Trail Runs

September 3, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

By signing up for the race you understand that we will do whatever we must to have this race, onsite, or virtual. If the race is cancelled by things beyond our control, there will be no refunds.

This is a local trail running event with combined wide trails and single-track trails.

Your choice of three trail events.

1.) 5k trail walk/ run (1 lap) wide gravel and grass trails

2.) 10k trail run (1 lap) wide grass gravel along with dirt single tract no major water crossings.

3.) Half Marathon trail run (2 lap 10k+ course) same as the 10k course no major water crossings.

All monies raised will go to support local youth/ Boy Scout development activities.

Only the 5K walk run permit dogs and strollers.

There will be no refunds for this race should events be cancelled beyond our control.

First and foremost, we have every intention of hosting the Bull Dam Trail Run, scheduled for September 5, 2021. Onsite.

That said, there are two reasons it could be canceled, changed significantly, or postponed that are out of our control:

1.)       Cancellations by government agency (think Covid restrictions)

2.)       If there is extreme, inclement weather. (Lightening, high winds, hail)

Note that we are subject to all restrictions put in place by the Pennsylvania State Government, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the North East Area Emergency Management Agency. We will follow their guidelines.

Also note that we will try to have the post-race pancakes-and-sausage breakfast we have had in the past. We are required to have a health department permit to serve food. As of 07/01/2021 We have not heard if we are able to get a food serving permit from the Health Department this year. We will have some sort of post-race refreshments that will meet safety guidelines – perhaps local fruits and prepackaged snacks. (We want to do pancakes and sausage again)

Here are some specific details on the Bull Dam Trail Run, which is made up of three events:

1.)       A 5K Trail Run/Walk

2.)       A 10 Trail Run

3.)       A 13.1 Mile Trail Run (two loops plus a little of the 10k course plus a little more.)

Timing the events:

We will have a timer on site.

The start:

1.            Something new this year. All events will start at the same time. 7:30 AM.

2.            The start of all events will be a “Soft Start or Rolling Start,” no “horn” or “gun” start.

3.            All events will start in the same start window. (See starting note below)

4.            The start will be video recorded.

5.            The bibs are Radio Frequency chipped and read at the start.

The Finish:

1.            The finish will be video recorded.

2.            The Bibs will read the RF chips at the finish and are yours to keep.

3.            Results will be calculated based on your start time and your finish time. The recorded chip times differential is the official time that the race will be scored on. The video is simply for back-up if the chip result does not record.

Start Note:

For example, you can start between the hours of 6:45 AM and 7:45 AM (these are not the official start times. These are just an example explaining the concept.) Your registration will determine your event. You will not be able to change your event the day of the race.

1.                   Each event start window will be 15 minutes.

2.                   Once you cross the start line, your event starts for you.

3.                   There will be no horn blast or gun start.


Use of water stations and porta potties.

The “Soft Start” is intended to spread out crowding at the water stations, the trails, and porta potties.

This should enable you as a participant to socially distance yourself from other runners.

The water stations will be manned for refill work only.

The water station will be self-serve only.

The folks at the water stations are to restock supplies, do minor clean-up, and to let the race officials know if there is a runner in need of assistance.

There will be an official start line with RF sensors and video

There will be an official finish line with RF sensors and video

The 5K Run/ Walk Course:

The 5k course is around the reservoir and will be unflagged for most of the course. It is one lap of the reservoir. Always keep the water to the same side it is on when you start. If the water is behind you or on the opposite side you are probably going the wrong way.

The 10k & 13.1-mile Course:

The 10k & Half Marathon is in the woods and will be fully flagged with flags about 30-50 feet apart. There will be caution tape up to guide participants in confusing areas.

Course tear-down will start at 11:30 AM as we are required by the North East Borough to have flags and caution tape removed within 48 hours. This takes a lot of manpower and time as we approximately 6,000 flags on the course as well as caution tape.

Onsite registration:

1.)    Registration/ Payments must be done online via Runsign-up either on your smart phone or online.

2.)    There will be some bibs on-site for same day registration.

Online Registration available here.



September 3, 2023
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Event Categories:


Event Type
Run / Walk
Event Distance
5k / 10k / Half Marathon


Bull Dam
9762 Black Road
North East, PA 16428 United States
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