Beginning at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve parking area in Toboso, the race winds through various trails at Blackhand Gorge, climbing hills, crossing streams, bridges, and deep gorges, leading uphill and down, through old canal locks and tunnels, and ending with a peaceful jog beside the Licking River. The Blackhand Gorge Trails Through Time race is a race that you won't want to miss.
Packet Pickup / Same registration begins at 8 am!
The 20K Run (12.4 mi) steps off at 8:30 am
The 10K Run (6.2 mi) steps off at 8:45 am
The 5K Run (3.1 mi) steps off at 9:00 am
All runners must check-in at the cabin before starting their race. This means that 20K runners, should try to be there well before 8:30 am in order to receive their bib number and be checked in before the race starts.
Same day registration and check-in for pre-registered runners for the race both begin at 8:00 am. All races begin and end at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve cabin at the Toboso parking lot. Refreshments will be available for runners after the race.
Walkers are also welcome!
Runners begin at the cabin head towards to the Toboso bridge toward the Canal Lock trail. Once on the Canal Lock path, runners will run through the old Erie Canal lock and continue towards the old Railway tunnel. Before going through the tunnel, the runners will turn around and head back towards the cabin entrance near the Toboso parking lot. Runners will continue running onto the bike path. Once on the bike path, runners will turn left at the first trail head entrance, Button Bush Trail. This trail dead-ends into the Quarry Rim Trail, where runners will turn left, up the hill. Following Quarry Rim trail, runners will see all of the old quarry pits that were dug back in the early 1900's. Quarry Rim trail will bring the runners back out onto the bike path. Runners will then turn right and run strait back to the start/finish line on the bike path.
First one to cross the finish line wins. :)
The 10K course is the very similar to the 5K course, except that runners will NOT turn around at the tunnel on Canal Lock path. Instead runners will continue through the old train tunnel and pass Council Rock. Eventually runners will be instructed to turn right onto a little goat path that leads up to Marie Hickey trail. Once on Marie Hickey trail, runners will turn left and complete a 2.5 mile loop around the path. The views from up here are simply amazing, you won't be disappointed! There is a water station at the parking lot about half way around the loop.
About 1 mile past the aid station, runners will will turn left back towards Canal Lock trail. Once they reach Canal Lock trail, they will continue through the tunnel and back towards the Toboso parking lot. Similar to the 5K course description (above), runners will do a quick loop around Button Bush trail and Quarry Rim trail.
Once runners get back onto the bike path, turn right and make a mad-dash to the finish line!
20K Race Course
This year's 20K course is expected to be one for the books! All runners will follow the 10K course up until they arrive back at the bike path from Quarry Rim trail. Instead of turning right, runners will turn left and continue down the bike path, towards Chestnut Trail path. Runners will turn left onto Chestnut Trail and do a 2 mile "out-and-back" trail. When returning back to the bike path, runners will turn left again and head towards the final aid station / turn around.
Once you've refueled at the aid station, turn around and sprint back to the finish line!
This year, we are considering having an award ceremony. Previously, runners were given their awards as they crossed the finish line... However, we are working on an electronic timing system to replace our old paper system. This will not only improve efficiency at the finish line, but also allow the time keepers to focus on the runners times as they finish.
Regardless if we have the ceremony or not, we encourage everyone to stick around and cheer on other runners, or take a hike on some of the other trails that Blackhand Gorge has to offer.
Online registration is still not an option, but we hope to make it available in the future. For now, you must print out the registration form and mail it in. Your registration must be post-marked before September 6th to ensure an event t-shirt in your size. You can also register on race day, before the race. Sign up sheets will be at the cabin before the race begins. Note that race-day registration does not guarantee an event t-shirt in your size.
For more details on the Trail Series call (740) 763-1009 or email Luc@FoBHG.org
Visit our About Us page, and click the 'Directions...' link on the map.
Registration Form: Print and fill out the registration form and send it in the mail.
Waiver Release Form: Feel free to print and fill out the waiver release form. You will need have this filled out before running the race, so be sure to bring it with you on race day! Waiver release forms will be provided before the race on registration day, but filling out ahead of time will make your check in process much faster.