BATONA 55 MILE/33 MILE RACE INFO

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The 55 miler starts at 6am on October 10th, 2020 at the northern terminus of the Batona Trail in Ong's Hat .


The 33 miler starts at 8am on October 10th, 2020 at Carranza Memorial in Tabernacle, NJ.

Race Day Parking/Directions

All participants will park at the Lake Absegami Day Use Parkng Lot in Bass River State Forest and will be transported to the start via shuttle. Participants can be dropped off at either start line, but there is NO PARKING at the start areas.


 Directions to Parking

From the Garden State Parkway:
Take exit 52 for New Gretna. Turn right onto Route 654/E Greenbush Road. After 1 mi, turn right onto Stage Road. Continue on Stage Road for 0.8 mi, then turn left into the Bass River State Forest. Drive straight back for .4 mi and park in the Lake Absegami Day Use Area lot on the right .


From the North by US-206:

Head south on US-206 and make a left onto 530 E. After 2.7 mi, turn right onto Magnolia Road. At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto 72 E. After 3.5 mi, turn right onto 563. After 13.7 mi, you will reach a fork in the road. Make a slight left onto 679. Go 5.7 mi then make a slight left onto 653/Leektown Road. After 1.1 mi, continue onto Stage Road. Drive 1.2 mi on Stage Road, then turn left into Bass River State Forest. Drive straight back for .4 mi and park in the Lake Absegami Day Use Area lot on the right .


From the West by NJ-70:

Take NJ-70 East to intersection with US-206.  At traffic circle take the 1st exit onto US-206 South.  After 14.7 miles turn left onto Middle Road (Route 613).  After 1.3 miles turn left onto Myrtle Street.  After 0.2 miles make slight left onto Columbia Road (Route 693).  Follow 693 for 2.7 miles then turn left onto Nesco Road (Route 542). Follow 542 for 13.5 miles.  Bear left on Leektown Road (Route 653) and follow it for 2.7 miles.  Merge onto State Road and follow it for 1.1 miles to a left turn into Bass River State Forest.  Drive straight back for .4 mi and park in the Lake Absegami Day Use Area lot on the right .

Shuttles

 To help facilitate transportation logistics for this point-to-point run, shuttle buses will be provided the morning of the race.  Shuttles will transport the runners from the finish line area to the start lines.  

  • 55 miler - Shuttles will leave the finish area at Lake Absegami Day Use Parking Area at 4:30am to transport runners to the start.
  • 33 miler - Shuttles will leave the finish area at Lake Absegami Day Use Parking Area at 6:30am to transport runners to the start.

  There will be NO shuttles back to the start from the finish at the end of the race.  

Course Marking

The entire Batona Trail is marked with pink blazes. 


At the southern terminus of the Batona Trail (approximately mile 53.0) tape, flagging  and race signs will be used to direct participants along a 1.5 mile stretch to the parking lot at Lake Absegami Day Use Area in Bass River State Forest.

Aid Stations

There will be eight well stocked aid stations with standard ultra fare including, but not limited to: water, Gatorade, soda,  pretzels, candy, chips etc. Also on course will be Carbo Pro and Thermaltye Metasalt!


Click here to see a map of the aid station locations.


Drog Bags

 Drop bags will be available at 2 aid stations along the  course: Carranza Memorial/Start of the 33 miler (mile 21.5) and Evan’s Bridge (mile 43.1 of the 55 miler/mile 21.6 of the 33 miler).  Participants should clearly label their drop bags with their NAME and AID STATION / MILEAGE and leave them at the Start.  All bags will make their way to the Finish line as aid stations close down.  

Pacers

No pacers are permitted for this event.

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Cutoffs/Time Limits

 Time limit is  14 hours for the 55 miler and 12 hours for the 33 milers. All participants must be finished by 8pm.
Cutoffs

  • 11:25 am - Aid Station 4/mile 21.5  (start of the 33 miler) 
  • 2:30 pm - Aid Station 6/mile 33.9 (55)/mile 12.4 (33)
  • 4:50 pm - Aid Station 7/mile 43.1 (55)/mile 21.6 (33)
  • 8 pm - Finish

Cutoff times have been implemented for the safety of participants and volunteers. No participants will be permitted to leave an aid station after the cutoff has passed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

55 Mile Elevation Profile

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 The 55 Mile course has an elevation gain of 750' and a loss of 821'. It is nearly pancake FLAT with the high point being at Apple Pie Hill (mile 17.5) at an elevation of 176'.  

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 Click here for a live 55 Mile course map. 

33 Mile Elevation Profile

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  The 33 Mile course has an elevation gain of 483' and a loss of 539'. It is nearly pancake FLAT with the high point being at 79' just before the 1 mile mark. 

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  Click here for a live 33 Mile course map.  

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Awards, Swag Etc.

 Race Swag for all registered participants, Finishers item and Top 3 Overall Male & Female in both distances will receive custom awards 

Qualification

All participants wishing to run the 55 mile distance must have completed at least one official trail race of 50k or longer. Participants must enter their qualifying race, date and distance at the time of registration.

Accommodations

 Near the Start: Camping is available in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, which is located approximately 15 minutes from the start of the 55 miler. Tent campsites and yurts are available. Click here for more information. Near the Finish: Camping is available at Pilgrim Lake Campground and Bass River State Forest.  

Refunds, Deferrals, Distance Changes & Transfers

 NO REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS.

Transfers and distance changes allowed until 9/10/20.

Last day to cancel without showing a DNS on ultrasignup is 10/6./20.