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The Vertical Playground:

A new type of foot race. There is no course, no markings, you have a set of detailed trail maps, and a goal to bring back the most Vertical gain. A handful of base stations enable you to span multiple parks and 120+ trails in the rugged Appalachian mountains!

Tentative date:

  • April 14, 2018 / 2nd weekend of April


We are in the process of verifying with parks. We are looking into Frederick City Watershed, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Catoctin National Park, with a backup plan just over the border in PA.


For now, this is a date placeholder while we secure land permissions, website, and other aspects. Suffice it to say, we are working on it. A team of 10 rock-star volunteer / committee members have bought into this and are planning it together. We also have a handful of beta testers to test out these ideas in the flesh, beforehand - this entire concept is new and we wont leave anything up to chance. Contact us if you are interested to beta-test!

Sample Map

The event will provide premier maps, including GPS-verifying the hundreds of trails. You will likely get 5-10 pages of high-quality maps to break down the wilderness into sectors. The image on this page is a simple example of a zoomed-out version of one of these maps. The real maps will have much more information and be zoomed in considerably more.

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