New York > Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon & Squirrelly 6-Miler
Voorheesville, NY • Sunday, October 28, 2012 • Course Map
A Halloween-themed trail race that takes runners through the foothills
of the Catskill Mountains in eastern New York State, the Hairy Gorilla
Half Marathon and Squirrelly Six-Mile Run have something for everyone
when it comes to trail running races -- plenty of challenging hills,
deep woods forest lands to run through, wet and inclement weather
conditions at times, and plenty of natural beauty surrounding you as
Organizers caution that this isn't a race you should be
looking to set any personal records at -- the course will take much
longer to complete than a road race.
The event's three races -- it also includes a half-marathon relay --
follow an out-and-back loop course through John Boyd Thacher State
Park, whose Helderburg escarpment is known as one of the richest
fossil-bearing rock formations on earth, and whose trails offer
runners, hikers and backpackers panoramic views of the nearby Hudson
and Mohawk River valleys. The first mile or so of the race takes
runners through a grassy field, followed by a fairly easy trail section
with some rocks and roots.
From there, the remainder of the course follows the park's Long Path,
which contains some technical sections as well as a mile-long incline
between miles 1.5 and 2.5. Along the second half of the course, runners
should expect to encounter muddy terrain, so race organizers
encourage participants to wear sturdy trail shoes. Just over 590 runners crossed the finish line for both races combined in 2010, and the scheduled starting time for the race is 9:30 AM.
Weather & Climate
Located in eastern New York state, about 10 miles west of Albany and roughly 160 miles north of New York City, Voorheesville typically sees October temperatures that average between 60°F and 40°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 28), the average high is 55°F and the average low is 36°F.
View the race route map for the Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon
$25 for the individual half marathon, if registered by October 17, 2012
$30 after Oct. 17, through the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the fall 2012 running of Voorheesville's Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon or 6-Mile race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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