I regret to inform you that we have decided not to hold the Naked Prussian 26.2 & 50M on March 28th.
While our permit has not been revoked by the Army Corps of Engineers, we feel that it would be unsafe for our volunteers & runners to hold this race and possibly contribute to the spread of the Corona Virus.
I know this decision will disappoint a lot of people who have trained all winter to get ready for the race, but I truly believe holding this race would send the wrong message.
This is all very new to me, as it is for many of you, and I'm learning as much as possible about the Corona Virus. I hope I'm wrong, but it appears to me that we are only at the beginning stage of the spread of
the virus and the number of confirmed cases will be exponentially higher in 2 weeks.
The decision not to hold the race might appear overly cautious today, but most likely very reasonable in 2 weeks.
We prepare for these races many month in advance, and many of the costs for things like permits , insurance... already occurred,
therefore we are not able to offer refunds for the race.
However, we are able to offer every preregistered runner a free entry to the 2021 race. This will be an automated process. If you are currently registered for the March 28th 2020 date, you will be automatically preregistered for the 2021 date.
I hope you can view this as a fair compromise.
Please be kind to each other, take care of yourself, your family and our elderly, but also keep running.
Trail running and ultra running is growing fast. As races start to sell out across the country, entry fee's for these
races seem to go up almost as fast as we have seen the last couple of years in the road running scene. Some bigger ultra trail runs
are now owned and operated by bigger for profit corporations and fee's for these races are now hundreds of dollars. Running some of these big name destination races
might be cool, but it is something most of us can only afford once or twice a year. Many trail-runner do enjoy racing often throughout the year. So where can you race the rest of the year, preferable locally and for little money? The Naked Prussian is a great option
to run/race locally for a very low entry fee. If you sign up early enough your fee will be less the $1 per mile for the ultra and less the $1 per k for the marathon.
This is only possible because we chose a location that does not slap us with big permit fees, we don't give you expensive swag ( hence the Naked Prussian) because most of you don't need another race shirt or a flashy 3 pound medal (we will give a little finisher memento)and we are not
hiring some aging rockband to entertain you along the course .
The Naked Prussian takes place on the trails around Blue Marsh Lake. These trails are not very rocky or difficult but are true single track trails that require some attention. These trails are great for beginners and the speedy runners alike. The rolling elevation of the trails
will keep everybody occupied. The course is not flat or super easy but is doable for most with proper training. Join us next spring to start the new trail running season.
50 Miler Trail Ultra
Starts at 6:00AM
At the Lake View Pavillion, Day Use Area , Blue Marsh Lake
approx address: 1420 Palisades Drive, Leesport, PA 19533
50 Miler 7:00 AM
Marathon 7:30 AM
approx address: 1420 Palisades Drive, Leesport, PA 19533
There are numerous entries to the park along Palisades Drive, we start the race at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area (look for Day use park sign)
$35 till 2/27 $40 after for the Marathon
$39 till 2/27 $45 after for the 50 Miler
online till 3/27 11:59PM
Mail us a stamped self-addressed envelope to receive a refund minus $5
all entries are final (RD allows bib transfers up to 1 week prior, must email RD to approve and finalize bib transfer
Top 3 overall and winner age group 39&under, 40-49, 50-59 & 60 plus
A nice finisher award for all runners, tbd
All runners have to finish before 8PM, which makes the Marathon very hiker friendly (we do offer a 6:00AM early start for 50M runners upon request)
The average temp at the start is in the upper 40ies. Average high is 60.
This race will take place even if there is a little snow on the trails (unless there are unusual circumstances and the snow is too deep to run)
Old fashion tear-off bib timing. Keep your bib visible on font at all times. Race will start in 3 different waves depending on your distance. You have to finish the distance you signed up for , you can not drop to a shorter distance during the race.
Aid Station located at:
Trail runners usually carry a bottle to keep hydrated between
aidstations. Gatorade and water will be available at all the
aidstation. There will be the usual snacks and carbs to keep you fueled at the race (bring your own gels, if you rely on them).
the trails of Blue Marsh Lake. Basic course is a lollipoop. 6.5 Miles out, 5 mile out and back on skinners loop then a 7 Mile loop on the skislope loop and finally 6.5 Miles back. 50 Mile runners do it twice ( access to your dropbag at mile 25) Marathoners will add on a 1.2 Mile section at the beginning of the race
90% of the course is single track trail, the rest features some gravel roads and an old abandoned road section.
The trails are not considered difficult by trail running standards, are very runnable but there will be the occasional rock or root. However this time a year the trails might either be be a bit muddy which will increase difficulty quite a bit.
26.2 Miler aprox 2500ft
50 Miler aprox. 5000ft
Driving Directions to aidstations for your fans
We will hand out the awards as runners cross the finish line. Post race food provided by a chef and a pastry chef.