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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 you run.

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.

Race 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.

Course Map

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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