The course is mostly single track trail with a mix of open fields, dirt road and some paved road. The course features nearly 4,300 feet of climbing. There is a starting loop of 3 miles followed by two identical loops of 14 miles. There are 4 stream crossings that can be challenging depending on the water level – there is always the chance of getting wet feet.
The starting field is limited to 500 runners. A waiting list will be maintained for entrants 501-750. Entrants will be added on a first come first served basis as the original entrant pool is reduced by withdrawals.
We do not defer or transfer entries.
Withdrawing from the race can be done through UltraSignup.
Entry refund until the first monday of January is $50. Entry refund until the first Monday of March is $40 unless the waitlist is cleared, then no refunds at that point. The field will be locked one week in advance of race day.
Normal Year: Entry refund until 2 JAN 2020 is $50. Entry refund until 1 MAR 2020 is $40 unless the waitlist is cleared, then no refunds at that point.
Forces beyond our control can lead to the cancellation of the event. If the HAT Run is canceled, it is possible that you will receive no refund of your entry fee. We will, however, endeavor to issue refunds or make other compensation to the extent funds are available to do so. The occurrences that can cause a race cancellation are not predictable. Cancellations will occur when there is a serious threat to the safety of runners and volunteers such as forest fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, or in the event of a national emergency. These generally occur with little advance notice. As run organizers, we are at the mercy of these events. The HAT Run is a volunteer-supported, non-profit event. The HAT Run is expensive because we provide quality support, apparel, and awards. The costs for this are supported by entry fees – not sponsorship. We cannot absorb all of these costs and take the risk of cancellation by ourselves. Consequently, the effect of our policy is that the entrants to the HAT Run must share in the risk that it will be canceled. Please understand this when you enter.
Here is the policy we expect to follow when the run is subject to cancellation. Each situation is different so these are only guidelines.
We will try to keep entrants informed when there is a potential for cancellation. We will use the web site primarily and use the HAT Run Facebook page to supplement.
In the event that a race is canceled, we cannot promise any refund. We will first pay all outstanding bills associated with the event that we cannot cancel or legally avoid. If there is money left over after paying the expenses we have incurred, we will try to make a reimbursement to runners from the remaining entry fees available to us. The closer the cancellation is to the race date, the less likely there will be any reimbursement and if a race is stopped while in progress, there will be no reimbursement. If the amount of the refund is small, we may not bother with it, or we may only give credit toward future entry fees.
Rescheduling the event is unlikely given the complexity of coordinating with the various County, State Park Service, the Steppingstone Museum and the State of Maryland.
Packet pickup is held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the garage near the back of the parking lot. If you are new to the event this is a good time to familiarize yourself with the start and finish areas as well as asking any questions you may have about the event or shopping for technical running gear.
|Time of day|
|6:45||Steppingstone gates open for parking|
|7:00 – 8:00||Race registration and packet pickup (Near Parking Lot)|
|8:15||Move to the pavilion and begin to assemble in the starting field|
|8:30||Start of the HAT Run. Begin 3 mile “small loop” back to the start at Steppingstone|
|9:00 - 9:15||From Steppingstone, begin first 14 mile trail loop|
|9:30||First runners arrive at Aid Station # 1 (picnic area 7.7 miles)|
|10:15||First runners arrive at Aid Station # 2 (picnic area 11.8 miles )|
|10:30||First runners arrive at unmanned aid station (15 miles)|
|10:45 - 11:00||First runners finish 1st loop at Steppingstone. First cut-off time is 1:00pm (4h 30m) for those completing the first loop. (17 miles) You must be out of the aid station before 1:00pm.|
|11:15||First runners arrive Aid station # 3 (picnic area 21.6 miles)|
|11:45||First runners arrive at Aid Station # 4 (picnic area 25.7 miles)|
|12:15||First runners arrive at unmanned aid station. 29 miles|
|12:30||First finishers complete race. 31 miles|
|2:35||Aid station # 3 closes (5 hrs 50 mins for 21.6 miles) Any runner arriving after 2:20pm will be asked to skip the next section and return to the finish by car or via trail and will be a DNF|
|3:50||Aid station #4 closes (7 hrs 20 mins for 25.7 miles)a runner arriving after 3:50pm will be asked to skip the next 5-mile section and return to the finish by car and will be a DNF.|
|5:30||HAT Run closes|
|6:00||Park closes. Runners should be out of the parking area before the park gates are locked.|
|Aid Station||Type||Section Milage||Total Milage||Cut Off Time (Hours)||Cut Off Time of Day|
|Picnic Area I||Full||4.7||7.7|
|Picnic Area II||Full*||4.1||11.8|
|Unmanned Water Stop||Water Only||3.2||15|
|Start/Finish Pavilion||Full*||2||17||4:30||1:00 PM|
|Picnic Area I||Full*||4.6||21.6||5:50||2:20 PM|
|Picnic Area II||Full*||4.1||25.7||7:20||3:50 PM|
|Unmanned Water Stop||Water Only||3.3||29||8:20||4:50 PM|
|Start/Finish Pavilion||Full*||2||31||9:00||4:30 PM|