St. Roch Info and FAQ

It's time to prepare for that holiest of TrailDawg Holy Days Months of Obligation: The Feast of St. Roch!

The Date: Any day you wish, July, 2020.

Assembly time & place: Anytime you want in July, 2020; Fair Hill NRMA Lot #5, 2000 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921

Distances: 15, 10, and 5 mile options. LINKS FOR GPS TRACKS ARE PROVIDED BELOW.

St. Roch is Patron Saint of Dawgs, Knee Injuries, and Poison Ivy Rashes and, as such, a fitting patron for this trail run.


The Saint

The "Course"
  • Free VIRTUAL race on a ribbon-marked trail course following a GPS track or map. This is a fun run, not a race or real event, but we are keeping real times, so run fast.
  • You will get wet, you will get lost and probably shed a few tears. Think of St. Roch's suffering and suck it up, buttercup. 
  • The Rev. Wayne has kindly provided course GPX files that you can use! Strava routes are also available though Strava kind of tweaks these to what it thinks the route should be so they may be a little bit off.
           1. The Saint Roch 25K: GPX or Strava
           2. The San Rocco 10-ish miler: GPX or Strava
           3. The São Roque 5-ish miler: GPX or Strava

Aid Stations
  • Bring enough hydration for your chosen mileage on a hot day.
  • Bring a few gels or snacks if you need to eat while you run.
  • We will have a stash of bottled water and snacks at around the halfway point for anyone who is feeling faint or has the vapors.

The Picnic
  • We will supply watermelon and have a few ice chests at the assembly area (in the shade in the woods).
  • Please feel free to bring a snackie (baked goods, fruits, or junk) or drinkie (soda pop) to share with your trail-running pals. No booze, please.
  • Bring a camp chair or something to sit on if you plan to hang around to swap tales and brag.

The 2020 Special Edition: The St. Roch Challenge!

Sadly, Covid issues make an organized non-event a non-option for 2020. However, we know you love the experience of sweating, getting lost, and enjoying DIY baptisms in Fair Hill every July so hope you will enjoy the courses on your own! Let's make this a social virtual non-event... please share your times and send us photos! We'll set up a St. Roch 2020 Challenge page on Facebook where you can share them. 

This is a DIY virtual challenge but we have a few recommendations that seem appropriate for this non-event:
  • Maintain six-foot distancing from other runners and trail users – there is plenty of trail!
  • Carry a mask in case of emergency need for close contact with someone. 
  • It's a risky idea to broadly share your food and drinks with others. If you stash something, please consider labeling it as just for you.
  • We also ask you to please be a responsible runner and honor any guidelines or regulations in effect in the State of Maryland or applicable to their state parklands
Want to have your time counted and compared to others who run the course? Here are the key points for us to count and post it:
  • Basic runner info: Please send the results of your run to us with your name as you would like it listed in the official results, city and state, and email address.
  • Calculating time: Document how fast you ran. Time and date when you started and finished. The clock starts at the beginning of your event and does not stop until the end. We will count “elapsed time,” not “moving time.”
  • GPS route data: Document you did the route. Record your route on a GPS watch or Smart phone and email to us or share a link to your activity on Garmin Connect, Strava, etc. or the original data file, usually in TCX, FIT, GPX, or KML format.

As in the last few years, brought to you by RD Wayne Heffelfinger, a guy so swell that the Trail Dawgs and Trail Squirrels fight over his affections.

And, hey, if you are one of those race listing websites, don't list this -- it's a picnic!