PHUNT 2014

It's time again to start thinking about burning off the holiday lard...

So, your pals the TRAIL DAWGS are kicking off the new year with our

11th Annual PHUNT 50K

DISTANCE: 50K only

DATE: Saturday, January 4th, 2014

WHEN: Start time is 9:00 a.m. Race briefing is 8:45 am. Course-closure time is 5:00 p.m. We will intercept and redirect runners who may not make the cut-off.

WHERE: Fair Hill Nature Preserve

START/FINISH: Tea barn near the corner of RT 213 & RT 273. The tea barn is on Ranger Skinner Drive, Elkton, MD 21921 (39.701762,-75.867244 or

FEE: Zero, zilch, nada. We just appreciate your company. We do have more expenses than usual this year (barn rental, higher park fees, spendthrift RDs, plus the usual aid station supplies) so donations will be graciously accepted during on-line registration (via credit card) & on race day (cash). Thank you!

FIELD: Maximum 200 runners.

REGISTRATION: On-line only, now closed; no race-day registrations permitted.

Please note: The 2014 PHUNT run entrants lists and wait lists are full. There is no race day sign up. 

Unfortunately we have a hard limit on participant numbers because of insurance cost categories. Truly, it bums us out to turn anyone away... the Trail Dawgs are very sorry for anyone wanting to run but not signed up!

AMENITIES: Deluxe runner accommodations. The Tea Barn and Aid Stations.
  • The tea barn will be dry, relatively warm, and has indoor restrooms.
  • In addition, alcohol (byob), will be permitted at the tea barn.
  • Each major aid station, approximately 8 miles apart (8/16/24), will be stocked w/ water, electrolyte drink, gels, candy, cookies, & chips.
  • At approximately mile 12, 20, & 28 there will be self-serve water stops.
  • While ample parking will be available, please consider car-pooling. After all, you’re going to be running around in the woods for at least 4 hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fellow runner to commiserate with on the drive back home?

COURSE: That Fair Hill scenery we all love so much!

.....First pass on map is here.
.....Or, download a printable PDF here.
.....The Google Earth KML file is here.
  • In comparison to other parks in the mid-Atlantic region, Fair Hill is fairly tame.
  • The park has gentle rolling hills, intermingled with moderately steep climbs that will not exceed 150 feet.
  • The one loop course will start/finish on about 1 mile of asphalt/gravel road, which makes it 2 miles total.
  • In addition, there will be sections of grass pastures to run in that add up to approx. 2 miles.
  • The other 27.1 miles is single track. As a result, you should expect to be "lost" all day long.
  • In regards to difficulty, the first 8 miles is the easiest and the last 8 miles will be the hardest. Leave something in the tank until reaching the last major aid station (23.5 miles).

WEATHER: It’s the wintertime in the mid-Atlantic; expect anything mother nature has to offer.
Having said that, the average low is 24, & the average high is 42.

RULES: This is a USATF sanctioned event (insurance now necessary to meet park requirements). That means we must follow USATF rules -- no strollers, dinosaurs, or dogs will be permitted on the course with participants. Sorry -- the stroller and dinosaur rules are no big deal but we are dog lovers and sorry to insist.

FIRST-AID/EMS: Trail Run Medic, run by Keith Williams of Cecil County, MD.

PREVIEW RUNS: No markings. Print and bring your own map! Both start at Parking Lot #1, 4609 Telegraph Road, on Rte 273 across from the Fair Grounds.

Preview Run 1, Saturday, November 30, 2013, 8 am, 16.8 miles
Start at Parking Lot 1, Route 273, across from Fair Grounds
PDF map for Pre-Run 1
KML (Google Earth) file for Pre-Run 1

Preview Run 2, Saturday, December 14, 8 am, 10.5 miles
Start at Covered Bridge Parking Lot
PDF map for Pre-Run 2
KML (Google Earth) file for Pre-Run 2

WEBSITE: For further inquiries, email the Trail Dawgs group (, and somebody will respond to you.

This year's organizational fools?
Jason "The Spark" Sparkin, Race Director
Carl "Blue Suede" Perkins, Course Director


For PHUNT 2014, Hammer Nutrition® has kindly offered to supply HEED sports drink and Hammer gels. These will be available at all 3 major aid stations.

Stumpy's 2013!

The leg-liftin’, butt-sniffin’ TrailDawgs proudly present

Stumpy's XII

Our 12th annual 26.2 mile run for pack supremacy

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 9 am
Newark, DE

Stumpy breaks with tradition and sets a NEW start time! 9 AM

Registration is free, simply choose from the following portals to access the sign-up site:

1. If you look forward to reading Stumpy's smart aleck commentary on his birthday party race when you register, then check out his full "poop sheet" at this link: 

2.  Or, skip the poop sheet, declare yourself a liberal, and go directly to this registration link:

3.  Or, skip the poop sheet, declare yourself a conservative, and go directly to this registration link:

4. Or, finally, you can be really boring and just go to this link directly to register:

Stumpy's Marathon... because we can!

Run for St Roch 2013

Summer Running Fun!

The Trail Dawgs Holy Day of Obligation, The Run for St Roch, is coming up on Saturday July 13 at 8 am.

The Faithful will remember that Roch is the patron saint of dogs, knee injuries, and skin problems; there could not be a more appropriate patron for this trail run. We will be running around that 5600 acres of rolling awesomeness called Fair Hill State Natural Resource Management Area starting at the South Appleton Lot. The route will offer around 25K of winding, rolling fun in the woods and some kind of shortcut for those who might like something in the 15K or 7K range (same basic course design as Phat Phil's originals!). Feel free to take your pick on the day of the race. Full immersion baptism (creek crossing) is included.  We will have two basic aid stations (miles 6 and 11, +/- 2 miles) with fluids, ice chests, and a perhaps few morsels to fend off starvation. But, it would be a challenge to make it between aid stations without your own fluids, so please bring a hydration system of some sore (water bottle, hydration pack, etc).

This race has no registration fee and is run in the spirit of a "fat-ass" event, so you are mostly getting an opportunity for a race on well-marked trails -- with water stops -- in this awesome park. Though most past TrailDawgs races have just been a "show up and run" format, we now are required to be a bit more business-like to use parklands. This means registration, a finishers list, and signed waivers. So, let's call it a semi-fat-ass run, or a fat-ass-wannabe.

A link to registration for our formally Sanctified Trail Run is now available at::

Insurance and permit costs leave us with a couple hundred bucks of expenses so donations will be happily accepted! If you find online donation easier, feel free to choose $10 or $20 register+donate options on RaceIt. If you prefer cash donation, register for the free option there and look for the beggar's tin cup at the start. Or, register online or onsite and run for free.

Any extra proceeds above costs will be donated to the Save Fair Hill fund. The good news is that the parking fee is covered by our park arrangement! So, registered runners will receive a parking pass.

Though we'll have basic aid station fluids, ice chests, and a little food, feel free to bring a snack or some soft drinks to share at the finish if you plan to hang around afterwards in the shade with us to brag about your run or show off your yellowjacket stings.

Questions? Don't bother Phat Phil, who's enjoying retirement running from gators in the Corkscrew Swamp these days. Email Pete at He might or might not reply.

Map to the start:

Approximate race course map, but please keep in mind that this may change a bit as we mark the course (click for full page PDF with aid station locations):
st roch map

See ya at Fair Hill!

2013 PHUNT Results

Hunt has just completed the tedious task of translating the chicken scratch of delirious runners, on sheets smudged by sweat droplets and dawg drool, and has compiled a best stab at the self-reported results from the January 2013 PHUNT runs at Fair Hill, MD.

Please keep in mind that these are the results written down by the runners themselves and not verified by any type of chip timing (corn, potato, or otherwise). Many may be fictional, some may reflect a day lost wandering random trails more or less than the specified distance, and a tiny minority may be accurate times from the full and actual course.

So, don't take these too seriously. Above all, we hope all runners had a blast running around in the woods!

Hunt's official race summary and PHUNT 2013 Results Here

2013 Triple Crown Trail Races

The Big Dawg of the Trail Dawg event calendar is coming soon: 

The Trail Triple Crown Races!

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Delaware's White Clay Creek State Park.

The best thing to happen to running since the invention of those Vibram Five Fingers Footie Thingamabobs.

Join in our 16th annual home-grown, half-baked, deep-fried and sanctified one-day trail race series for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

All event proceeds are donated to four local homeless shelters.  

What other event gives you so many options? Run one race, or two! Run the Delaware Trail Marathon, or run our patented Triple Crown endorphin-fest--the Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K in sequence--all in one morning!

Please visit RD John Mackenzie's Triple Crown page for race information and registration link:


On Saturday, May 18th, 2013 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon would be honored because the line created 250 years ago that bears their names where it intersects 3 states is the key to a trail race:

The “TriHUMPf” Runs
TrailDawg supported Half-Marathon, 8 mile, or 4.5 mile races

Do you miss the old HUMP Run 50K+++? Come on out for this new but shorter event at the same bat time, same bat channel!
  • WHO: Anybody who likes to run lots and lots of trails, interspersed with a little history
  • WHAT: Join the Friends of Pa White Clay Preserve on a ½ Marathon trail run at Pa’s scenic White Clay Preserve with 4.5 and 8 mile shorter options. The course is a loop with an added loop to the TRI STATE Marker where Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware meet making it feasible to run in three states.
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2013. Orientation at 7:45 AM ; race start at 8:00.
  • WHERE: Start/finish is at the PA White Clay Preserve Office parking lot, at the intersections of London Tract, Sharpless and Southbank Roads in London Britain Township, several miles north of Newark, DE.
  • WHY: Because if you're reading this, you're the sort of person who will truly enjoy a unique nature jaunt.  The course is a loop with two cut-offs for lite versions of the run, and is mostly hilly single-track trail with one moderate stream crossings, and just a teensy bit of gnarly stuff to satisfy the trail-running purist. Its roughly measured the but it's 90% trail with something like 1600 ft. of aggregate vertical climb and has some great views including the Federally designated “Wild & Scenic Stream” of White Clay. This run is meant for moderately experienced trail runners, but anyone who wants to try and promises not to whine if they get tired and dirty is welcome. We will have snack/water refill stations. The course will be marked by tape, flags, spray chalk or some creative combination of the three. We hope to have maps and course instructions.
  • COST: We're collecting $0, zero, zip, nada. . Additional donations to defray costs will be graciously accepted, with leftover monies donated to the non-profit PA White Clay Friends. All participants are encouraged to bring 1 gallon of water for aid stations or the post race festivities.

Registration: Opens on March 1, 2013 using and will be limited to 200 runners. Click here to register:

Schwag: Most likely some, plus an optional Friends of White Clay Preserve technical shirt may be purchased when registering.

Awards? Most likely! And we are planning to have a post race barbeque at the finish.

CONTACT Hunt Bartine; 267-273-6885 Or check out:

This is an semi informal fun race, completely free. You participate strictly at your own risk, and are solely responsible for your own safety. You must complete and sign a WAIVER OF LIABILITY.

And, don't believe the course distances. This is a Hunt-designed™ TrailDawg race, after all!

PHUNT 2013 Update

Here is an update on the 2013 edition of the TrailDawgs' dead-of-winter day of multimiled craziness, the PHUNT 50K Trail Run. 
  • Date: Saturday January 5, 2013
  • Time: Race starts at 0900, orientation at 0845
  • Place: Fair Hill NRMA, 1987 South Appleton Road Lot (map here)
  • The course: PHUNT 2013 (updated Friday before race)
  • Registration link for wait list: (limit of 300 runners)

Entry: Unfortunately, we are well over our intended limit of 300 runners so registration is closed. Hunt is keeping a wait list for those still interested, in the off chance there is space (link above). If you are registered but not going to run, will you please email Hunt to allow a wait-lister in?

The Race: PHUNT 50K is run in the standard FatAss format -- no fee, no frills, just 50K of fresh air and plenty of single track trail at beautiful Fair Hill State Natural Area in northeastern Maryland, just a few miles from the Delaware and Pennsylvania state lines. We might mark some of it if we have time. Just in case, bring a map! Print one, or load the race track into your SmartPhone or GPS, from the files on the maps page (updated Friday before race).

Additionally, PHUNT would not be possible without committed volunteers and the gracious staff of Fair Hill NRMA who we have worked with us to make this happen. PLEASE respect the recreation area, DO NOT litter, and realize there may be other non-running Fair Hill users on the trail who should be treated with the utmost courtesy.

Race Amenities: The race is free but you expect amenities? Well, you are in luck -- we'll have just enough to keep you from keeling over from dehydration or starvation. Runners will be have access to fluids and snackies every 5 or 6 miles -- to help in this, we would appreciate it if each runner could bring one drink (preferred) or a snack item to contribute to the aid station tables. Best of all, Brother Phil gave us his barley lentil soup recipe before he left us for Florida, so you can probably expect some hot soup at the finish-line tent.

Parking: Parking space will be very tight for the numbers signed up. Please, please car pool as much as possible to help!

The Canned Food Drive: Please Participate in the PHUNT X Run Food Drive! The "2013 Runabundance for Philabundance" is once again coordinated by TrailDawg Alex Osterneck. As Alex notes:
Food-insecurity is a sad, unfortunate reality in America. In the greatest country in the history of the world, an astonishing 47-Million people collect food-stamps. That is 1/6 of our national-population. And there are millions more who go hungry that do not benefit from food stamps. Grown adults, children and senior-citizens in DE, MD & PA need your help – please donate canned-goods and non-perishables at PHUNT X. As in years past, all donations will be distributed to The Elkton Relief Shelter, The Delaware Food Bank, and Philabundance.

Thanks to the generosity of the 2012 PHUNT runners, 2012 was a huge success with ~1000-lbs of donated food brought to the race for distribution. Help break the TD record in 2013!! The participant who donates the most (canned goods, macaroni & cheese, breakfast cereals, no perishables,) will be crowned 2013 King or Queen, win personal-satisfaction, and be awarded a $50 gift-certificate to Trail Creek Outfitters.

Race Supporters: Thanks to the generosity of area merchants Trail Creek Outfitters, Delaware Running Company, and Chester County Running Store Pottstown, there will be giveaways at the start and merchandise awards for top finishers. Many thanks to these fine businesses for their generous support of this trail event!