Dirt Days Trail Series

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Dirt Days Trail Series Overview:

The 2018 Dirt Days Trail Series will consist of eight dates and ten events. Events will include trail runs of varying distances from about 3 to 11 miles, including a night trail run. One thing that is for sure: with this variety, there should be something for everyone! Complete four events and you will qualify for the dirtiest dozen competition (top 12 males and females). Complete five events and you will receive a super participation award.

Sign up for all of the events or pick and choose your favorites. Sign up for each race individually.

Special Package Price: $120 for all 8 dates. We will also include a FREE 2018 Dirt Days Trail Series: a $15 value. Valid until Ault Park Event.

The Dirt Days Trail Series is brought to you by Running Time Race Services.

We are pleased to announce the Fleet Feet Sports is once again teaming up with us to present this classic series.

The Nitty Gritty

If you are familiar with the series, all  events should have the same look and feel as in past years. We may tweak the events a little based on your recommendations. If you would like to give your input, send me an email.

Chip Timing:

All races this year will be chip-timed.

Individual Event Awards:

Each event in the series will have its own awards. There will be prizes for overall male and female winners. Some events will have age group awards and some will have awards based on age-grading.

Random Drawings:

There will be opportunities to win randomly-drawn prizes.

You must be present to win any random drawing and you cannot accept for someone else, so stick around!

Trail Series Awards:

In addition to individual event awards, there are also Dirt Days Trail Series Awards. There will be awards for the Dirtiest Dozen Males and Females. There will also be participation awards for the series.

Dirty Dozen:

Complete at least four events and you will be eligible for the Dirtiest Dozen competition. The top twelve male and females based on points will receive a special award!

Points are based on your place within your gender for each race based on your BEST FOUR finishes.

For 2018, the winner by gender of each event will receive 250 points. Second place will receive 249 and so on. The highest point total win. 1000 points is the highest possible point total (250 x 4). The top 12 Male and Females with the highest point totals will earn the right to be called the Dirtiest Dozen for 2018. We will update points standings after each event.

Here is the link to the Dirty Dozen Points Standings.

Participation Awards:

Complete at least five (5) races and receive a 2018 Commemorative Dirt Days Participation Award at the end of the series. We hope to update after each event.

Here is the link to the Participation Points Standings.

All Series awards will be announced after the final series event. Awards will be available for pick up as soon as they become available. We will let you know.


Registration Fee: $15 Early registration per race. Late registration, when offered, will be $17. Race Day registration is $20.

Early online registration usually ends on the Thursday before each event. Check each event to be sure. It was determined that not enough folks were pre-registering so the race day fee was raised to $20 to "encourage" pre-registration. 

The backpack trail run handicap event registration closes early to give us needed time to create handicaps.

Register Online. See individual events for specific deadlines.

Register by mail. Print and mail a paper registration form. Make sure that we have it by Wednesday prior to the event.

Register on Race Day.


Dirt Day Trail series Tech shirts will also be available for purchase both online and at the race. These shirts are being sold by Fleet Feet and are $15 each while supplies last.

Several races offer optional race-specific t-shirts. At these events, Series shirts will not be sold.


We will have a variety of treats for you at each event. We will have a variety of sponsors depending on the event.

Tri-Health is back with us this year and should be available at most events to offer Pre and Post-race stretching and to help us with potential medical issues.

Race Day Registration and pick up:

There is no early packet pick up for these races. Check in on day of race is from 7:30 am through 8:45 am at morning events and  1 1/2 hours before other events.  

There is a race-day registration restriction for the East Fork Handicapped race. Check the race information page for details.

Series Package

We are offering you a one-time chance to sign up for the entire series.  

This is intended for those of you who plan to do most of the events and would like to pay one time and be done with it!

This is a one-time charge of $120 for all eight events. 

This option is available through the Ault Park Switchback which is the second event. 

We will include a commemorative 2018 Dirt Days Trail Series Shirt (a $15 value)

Click this link to go to Register

The Races

Follow the links to the individual races for complete details and registration.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:00 am - Run for the Green 3+ Mile Trail Run - Landen Deerfield Park. Kick off St. Patrick's Day celebrations with this unique race. This is the first in the series and features run and walk age group awards other prizes. Sponsored by Deerfield Township. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:00 am - Ault Park Switchback 3.6 mile Trail Run. This event is scheduled to be the same as in past years. This course features many twists and turns with a few hills mixed in for good measure. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:00 am - Mt. Airy Ridge Run 5.4 and 10.6 mile Trail Runs.  Special Mothers Day edition for 2018. A perennial favorite! Mt. Airy Forest is the largest park in the city and features extensive trails. Choose the one loop or the  two loop course. Each race will count toward Series points.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 9:00 am - French Park Creek Crossings 3.4 mile Trail RunFrench Park is one of the city's most picturesque parks.The 3.4 mile course will take runners through almost everything that the park has to offer. This is one of our shorter courses but don't be fooled. This is Fathers Day so we may do something special for the Dads out there...Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:00 am - East Fork Lake  5.6 and 10.8 mile Trail Runs. Known as the Backpack Trail Run because it uses portions of the backpack trail, This is our most unusual run. Our classic 5.6 mile run has a handicapped start where everyone has a chance to win.  There is also  a 10.8 mile traditional race with a mass start. Note: there are early sign up requirements for the handicapped run.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:00 am - Powder Keg 5K Trail Run at Kings Mills. Sponsored by Deerfield Township - The same people who brought you the Run for the Green. Explore the many trails behind the Historic Kings Mansion. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00 PM - Glenwood Gardens 5K Night Lights Run. Unique Night Run. Course is smooth and well-marked with flashing beacons.

Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:00 am - "West Side, Best Side" 5K Trail Run at Shawnee Lookout. This event was new in 2016 and is quickly becoming a popular favorite. This is the last race of the series and the last chance to earn points for the Trail Series

Dirt Days Trail Series on Facebook:

Follow the Series on Facebook. We will post updates, photos and other items there.