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FAQ's

1. Can I register on line?

2. Where are the Half Marathon trails?

3. Can I start hiking earlier than September 1st.

4. Is there an entry fee to register?

5. Is this marathon a race? Is the time taken to hike the trails important?

6. Is a hiker is allowed to hike the trails at a time different than the guided hikes listed on the website and still get credit for marathon?

7. Are the T-shirts in men's sizes?

8. Can a Half-marathon be 13.1 miles on any trails?

9. If I do not quite complete all the trails in time can I still get a T-shirt?

10. Do dogs have to complete all the marathon trails in order to get a bandana?

11. Which trails are easy and which are difficult?














1. Can I register on line?

Answer: Yes. Click on the "Register Now" button on the home page. (Registration opens on August 1st, 2017.)



2. Where are the Half Marathon trails?

Answer: This year things are a little different. Any combination of trails that exceed 13.1 miles is acceptable for the Half Marathon.



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3. Can I start hiking earlier than September 1st.

Answer: No. Only hikes completed in September are valid for the marathon.



4. Is there an entry fee to register?

Answer: No. There is no charge to enter this marathon.



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5. Is this marathon a race? Is the time taken to hike the trails important?

Answer: No. You are only competing against yourself. The only similarity to a marathon race is the distance of 26.2 miles.



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6. Is a hiker is allowed to hike the trails at a time different than the guided hikes listed on the website and still get credit for marathon?

Answer: Absolutely yes. You can hike the trails anytime in September (....in dayllight hours and when the facilities are open.) to get credit for each hike. The guided hikes are just offered for those hikers who prefer not to venture into the woods on their own.



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7. Are the T-shirts in men's sizes?

Answer: Our T-shirt supplier, Mark Elmore, tells me that the shirts are "unisex" sizes. The shirts are 100% cotton, but it is pre-shrunk fabric and the shirts are cut a bit bigger to allow for the slight shrinkage that might occur. This link shows the measurements: https://www.americanapparel.net/sizing/default.asp?chart=mu.shirts



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8. Can a Half-marathon be 13.1 miles on any trails?

Answer: Yes. Any combination of Marathon trails identified on the Log Sheet that exceed 13.1 is acceptable for the Half Marathon.



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9. If I do not quite complete all the trails in time can I still get a T-shirt?

Answer: Yes, if you complete at least 13.1 miles of trails. The main purpose of this marathon is to encourage people to get out and explore these trails in order to discover new parts of the county that they have not seen before and to get a little exercise. As long as you make s sincere effort to hike we will give you a T-shirt at the "Hit the Trails Festival.

The patches are a little different. We really want to to preserve the integrity of the patches and we will only give them to people who have genuinely completed all the Full Marathon Trails.

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10. Do dogs have to complete all the marathon trails in order to get a bandana?

Answer: The bandanas were introduced to add a little more fun to the event. Dogs do not need a log sheet! We will take the owners at their word. As long as the dogs are registered and have completed at least one trail they will get a bandana.



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11. Which trails are easy and which are difficult?

Answer: There is no particular agreement on which tails are easier than others. It may help just to get the John Conrad ranking. These are all the trails listed in order from easiest to hardest in "my opinion."

Easiest

#6 Paved Central Trail
#5 Amherst Trail
#2 Glastowbury Trail
#10 St Raphael Church Trail
#9 Woodlawn Loop
#8 Plantation Trail
#11 Cumberland Trail Black Mountain
#7 Soldier's Beach Trail
#4 Stonehenge Trail
#3 Seven Bridges Trail
#1 Overlook Trail
#12 Cumberland Trail Hebbertsburg South
#13 Byrd Creek Trail

Most Difficult

I am sure no else will agree with my ranking but hopefully it will give an idea about the relative difficulty of the trails.

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