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Bobcat Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Sat, November 9, 2024
Burr Oak State Park
Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Part of the Ohio Endurance Series – Hikers welcome in the Half Marathon!

DESCRIPTION

Prepare to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of Burr Oak State Park at the Bobcat Trail Marathon & Half Marathon. This event offers a unique opportunity for trail running enthusiasts and hikers to experience the wild and challenging terrain of Ohio wilderness. The marathon’s single-loop course provides a diverse and scenic adventure, featuring rolling hills, several creek crossings, and portions of the Buckeye Trail. The half marathon offers an equally thrilling point-to-point experience on the same trails as the marathon.

This race is all about embracing the untamed beauty of Burr Oak – 90% of the course is pure trail! Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner, a hiker, or new to the trails, all are welcome and encouraged to come and experience the Bobcat adventure at your own pace. The Bobcat Trail Marathon & Half Marathon is your chance to get wild, be challenged, and reconnect with nature on an extraordinary course in one of Ohio’s most pristine state parks.

COURSE

The marathon is a single loop course that is 90% trail and 10% asphalt. The half marathon is a point to point on the same trails. It will be well marked!

Click here to view the Marathon course map

Click here to view the Half Marathon course map

LODGING

Burr Oak Lodge offers great rooms at reasonable prices and features a restaurant, indoor pool, and plenty of outdoor activities. To get the special race discount, you must call the reservation line at 740-767-2112 and ask for the Bobcat Marathon room block (you will not receive this discount if you book online). The lodge typically sells out on race weekend and requires a two-night stay. Click here for more Bobcat lodging options.

DONATIONS

Donations support Burr Oak Alive!
Burr Oak Alive!

SWAG OPTIONS

Choose One:

  • Triblend Tee with Bobcat Trail Marathon logo and a Finisher Medal
  • OES Ultra-light Packable Rain/Wind Jacket and Finisher Medal – $20 premium

2024 Bobcat Trail Marathon Swag Options

AWARDS

Awards for each event:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Top 3 Male and Female in the following 5-year age groups:
    24 & Under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & Over

ENDURANCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Participate in 4 events to qualify and have a chance to be an Ohio Endurance Athlete of the Year! Qualifiers receive a trading card with your photo and Ohio Endurance Series race stats. Awards will be given for the Top 5 Overall, Top 1 Masters, Top 1 Grand Master.
OES Athletes of the Year trading card

REGISTRATION

  • EARLY REGISTRATION (through October 9)
    • Marathon – $80
    • Half Marathon – $70
  • REGULAR REGISTRATION (October 10-29)
    • Marathon – $85
    • Half Marathon – $75
  • LATE REGISTRATION (October 30 – November 9)
    • Marathon – $90
    • Half Marathon – $80

RACE DAY DETAILS

  • PACKET PICKUP
    • Friday 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Burr Oak Lodge
    • Saturday 7:30-9:00 A.M. at Shelter House at Dock 4 Marina (Half Marathon only)
    • Saturday 6:30-8:00 A.M. at Burr Oak Lodge
  • START TIME
    • Marathon: 8:00 A.M. (8 hour cutoff); Burr Oak Lodge, 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd, Glouster, OH 45732
    • Half Marathon: 9:00 A.M. (7 hour cutoff); Shelter House at Dock 4 Marina, 5250 Beach Rd, Glouster, OH 45732
    • Course Closure: 4:00 P.M.
  • AID STATIONS
    • Marathon aid stations are located at Miles 4.9, 10.5, 13, 18.75, and 21.5
    • Half Marathon aid stations are located at Miles 4.9 and 10.5
    • Aid Stations will serve water, pop, sports drink, and a variety of sweet and salty snacks (such as pickles, chips, and cookies). An additional food item will be served at the finish line. Participants are encouraged to carry water.
  • DROP BAGS
    • Half Marathon participants may leave a drop bag at the start and we will have it waiting for you at the finish line. Mark your bag with your name and bib number.
    • There is no drop bag service for Marathon participants.
  • HALF MARATHON TRANSPORTATION
    • The start of the Half Marathon is at the Dock 4 Marina located at 5250 Beach Rd in Glouster, about a 25 minute drive from the lodge. Half Marathon participants should park (or be dropped off) at the Marina. There is plenty of parking. You can take the lodge shuttle back to the Marina after you finish but note that there can be up to an hour wait.  You may want to pack a drop bag with a change of clothes for the finish line. Only lodge/cabin guests may take the lodge shuttle in the morning to the start of the race; lodge guests must reserve morning shuttle (reservation link to come).
    • Marathon participants start and finish at the Lodge and will not require transportation.

MORE INFORMATION

  • Bobcat Trail Marathon & Half Marathon is part of the Ohio Endurance Series, featuring fully supported trail races of varying distance and difficulty in the best parks throughout Ohio.

Ohio Endurance Series

 

ARCHIVED RESULTS

2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results

2013 Results

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