Tall Tales, Adventures, Announcements

Mason-Dixon Trail System: Several TrailDawg events (Mason-Dixon Longest Day, Trail Triple Crown among them) use the Mason-Dixon Trail, a long distance hiking trail that extends from the Appalachian Trail south of Carlisle, PA, south along the Susquehanna River, across northeastern Maryland and northern Delaware, and ending near Chadds Ford, PA. The trail is maintained by an all volunteer organization named the Mason-Dixon Trail System -- and they deserve our support! Please visit their web page for more information on activities, very nice maps, and how you can help.

White Clay Creek State Park: A gem of parkland in the Newark, DE area, this park has over 3,000 acres of undeveloped space at around 30 miles of trails. It is connected to the county-owned Middle Run Natural Area, also a great undeveloped space with plenty of trail. It is essentially "home base" for the TrailDawgs and where we hold help organize the annual Triple Crown Trail Races. The park website provide park information and trail maps.

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area: Making up much of the northeastern corner of Maryland, Fair Hill seems to offer nearly limitless miles of trails. The parkland is more than 5,000 acres, much of it a former du Pont family estate. More than 80 miles of winding trails pass through a variety of landscapes. This is the second home of the Traildawgs and the site of the PHUNT runs, as well as other TrailDawgs misadventures.

Other items of interest:
  • My First PHUNT: Tales from the trail side.
  • "Original 13 Colonies Marathon!" race report: Droolin' Dawgs Dave R, Billy O, and Eric B ran 2 miles in each of the 13 original colonies in under 24 hours on July 30, 2011, setting a course record of 23 hours and 37 minutes. Yep, that means they drove from New Hampshire to Georgia and ran their paws off in each state!
  • Pawl Melzer's MDT193: an incredible and successful journey running the entire Mason Dixon Trail continuously!
  • Awesome pix from Dave Bursler's 2006 Badwater Ultra
  • TD Marathon Training Tips from our pal John Mack