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25kTrailRun + Hike + Beer&BBQ = MD HEAT Race Ultra Signup - Register Online Now! 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN now for Sat Aug 15th, 2020

We will email out detailed instructions a few days before the event. Pardon the flux here with covid. Info at the link above trumps any info on this webpage;
Start anytime, anywhere; Masks at Aid Stations; No formal after-party; Socially distanced

Date: Saturday August 15th, 2020. Mark your calendars!

MD HEAT: A 25k or 50k all-trail running and hiking challenge and after party in Patapsco Park outside of Baltimore, MD. H.E.A.T.: High Endurance Adventure Test

Goal: To FINISH (run, hike, walk, crawl) and have a GREAT time afterwards. Timing is secondary. The PARTY after is your prize!

Volunteers: See Volunteer signup page. Will pay in BBQ and Beer :-)

Race Reports:


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Course Description

25k (16 miles) all trail. No loops. The 50k option is two loops. One long trail on varying terrain, mostly forest shaded. Everything from rock scrambling uphills to single track downhills, to mountain bike havens and as few fireroads as possible in order to get you back on lovable dirt enlightenment. Elevation gain is estimated at 2000 ft. The trails are very technical and challenging. A great course to hike, run, or both. It's really an adventure and a beautiful park. You won't know you are 8 miles outside Baltimore. 3+ Aid Stations with plenty of water and some food. Course markings and detailed maps are planned to be included.

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Past race results, for all years, are held on . Click link below. See the small box with each year (2012, 2013, etc) - on the right for Desktop and by scrolling down if on Mobile.

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CANCELED After-party

NO PARTY THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID! The running portion of the event is still on in modified fashion, but the start/finish line party and BBQ is cancelled in order to discourage group gatherings.

Unlimited beer bottles and cans (30+ varieties), pulled pork, burgers, hotdogs, Vegan offering. Horseshoes, Music, and Games. Race winners get bragging rights. We are renting the largest Patapsco Avalon Shelter, which have bathrooms nearby, a pit for bbq, and plenty of space to enjoy ourselves.

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  • Event Date: August 15th, Saturday 2020
    • 25k
      • Start anytime you like on the event date
      • 7:30 am get to parking lot (we need to shuttle hundreds of people in) * 9:00 am 25k race start * No time limit (though we will stop you if everyone else is done) * 7:00 pm party finish's (or until people stay)
    • 50k
      • Start anytime you like on the event date
      • 6:00 am get to parking lot (you need 30 mins to be bussed and checked in ) * 7:00 am 50k race start * 10 hr time-limit (we will be flexible, though we will stop you if everyone else is done) * 12 noon 50k cutoff @ half way mark (start/finish line)(5 hrs to make one loop would not be enough to finish in 10 hrs) * 7:00 pm party finish's (or until people stay)
    • Rain Date: Sunday August 16th, 2020 (next day)

Location, Buses, Parking

COVID UPDATE: You will find your own parking spot and starting location this year, either just outside the park or inside. We will be supplying an email a handful of days before the event with details on advised locations and advised timing.

Please do not park at Startline. All runners, attendees, spectators must shuttle in from the exterior parking lot, or we might not have our race next year!

50k Info

There is an ultra 50k option. It will be two 16 mile loops (same loop), with fewer aid stations during the beginning and an encouraged 10 hour time-limit (we will be flexible within reason). Aid would be @ miles 8, 16, 24 and 28 - meaning you need to self-sustain for 8 miles at a time. Start time is 7am. This means getting to the parking lot and boarding the bus extra early! There is an enforced 12noon cutoff at the 16 mile (halfway start/finish) mark.

Stuff you can get

A freebie / goody table will replace goody bags (which were wasteful). Stuff from the likes of REI and yummy runner food companies will fill the table near registration in the morning.

Shirts can optionally be purchased when you register online. We are attempting to make the event cheaper for those who do not need a shirt for every race… however, we think that our shirts are unique and high quality (I run test them and only get athletic gear).

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Sponsors Etc

Causes / Charity

See our detailed Donation Log

This is a not-for-profit race that has benefited multiple causes over the years:

The event is operated as a nonprofit affiliate of the RRCA, doing business as '4Life'. 4Life pays for any services and goods that the event entails, and donates the remainder to the charities above.

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