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Trick or Trail 5K

Trick or Trail 5K

Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru

The Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru is back in DuPont Forest for 2021!


Runners will experience the beauty of DuPont State Forest in a unique nighttime racing format. Participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward.  Costumes are highly encouraged, and prizes will be given out for the best ones!

For more information HERE. 

2021 Trick or Trail 5k Results

2021 Trick or Trail 5k Results

Congrats Runners! You ran through the dark Dupont trails tonight! Thanks for joining us for the annual Trick or Trail 5K presented by Hunter Subaru. The race is such a unique and fun night-time running experience and ya’ll are what makes it such an awesome, fun event! This year the race was a fundraiser for the Friends of Dupont. 


Results

Awards categories are here.   Results are here!


  

 

Trick or Trail 5k Sponsors
2021 Trick or Trail 5k | Event Guide

2021 Trick or Trail 5k | Event Guide

We are so excited for another thrilling, halloween-themed, Trick or Trail 5K presented by Hunter Subaru. The race is such a unique and fun night-time running experience! It is a fundraiser for the Friends of Dupont, so give their volunteers lots of air high-fives out on the course and say hello and ask them how you can get involved with their non-profit organization.

Here is what you need to know for the race on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at Dupont State Forest: 

Important Info

  • It’ll be dark out there after 6:30pm. PLEASE WEAR VISIBLE CLOTHING, A HEADLAMP AND BRING A FLASHLIGHT! HAVING BOTH WILL BE GREAT TO HAVE A BACK-UP!
  • No strollers allowed due to the roots and gravel

  • Sorry no dogs allowed to take place during this run! They are a tripping hazard for this event. 

  • Dress up! It’s Halloween season and the theme this year is ‘Classic Disney.’ Costume contest prizes will be given for the following categories: Funniest, Overall Kids and Disney
  • There is construction happening on Sky Valley Road and the road is down to one lane. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the race.

Parking at Trick or Trail 

There is plenty of parking at Guion Farms and overflow parking available at the race hub - start/finish area. Click HERE for directions. The address is: 3045 Sky Valley Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739.  You will see parking/race signs and volunteers directing you to the parking areas.


Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will take place starting at 6pm at the idaph and First Bank tent near the picnic shelter. There is no packet pickup before event day. We will also be handing out free glow necklaces, bracelets when you check in!


Race Start Course

This is a mass start race at 7:15pm. We have limited the field to 150 participants this year. All runners will start together at 7:15pm. We will not allow ‘late’ starts for this race.


Course

The route is very simple and easy to navigate in the dark. The race is on non-technical wide service roads and double track trails, making it a perfect race for all abilities of runners, joggers and walkers. The course is marked impeccably with signs and course markings and volunteers will be along the way, so runners can easily find their way. 

  • We have one water station on the course this year. Green Moose Fuel will be at the water station at Buck Forest Road and Thomas Cemetary intersection at approx mile 1.25. There will be water and Green Moose Fuel!

The 5k Course is run entirely through the wooded Dupont State Forest. Start Buck Forest Road, Continue on Buck Forest Road for approx. 1.25 miles, Left onto Thomas Cemetery, Stay on Thomas Cemetery until approx. mile 2.75, then Turn Right onto Buck Forest Road to Finish. 

 VIEW GPS ROUTE 

Trick or Trail Map and Cue Sheet HERE

No strollers allowed due to the roots and gravel.

Sorry no dogs allowed to take place during this run! They are a tripping hazard for this event.


Post Race Happenings
  • Halloween wouldn’t be a holiday without candy! At the finish pick up your color changing, Run Local cup filled with candy!
  • Vote for your favorite Disney themed costume
  • Yummy soup provided by the Hendersonville Community Co-op
  • Settle in by the warming fire and make yourself a s’more!
  • Awards ceremony will take place shortly after all have finished at approximately 8:30pm at the picnic shelter.

Costume Contest

Each year the race has a fun theme, which is a great chance for kids, youth and kids-at-heart to have their own fun at a Halloween themed event and break in costumes early! “We all grew up watching the classic Disney movies, so this year it’s time to embrace your favorite Classic Disney character and get dressed in Disney style,” said Kirkwood. Costumes are highly encouraged, and awesome prizes will be given out for the best ones that tie into this year’s theme.


Results

Awards categories are here.   Results can be found here during and after the race.


  

We look forward to Saturday and seeing you all!

 

Trick or Trail 5k Sponsors
Duke it out in the Dark

Duke it out in the Dark

The 7th Annual Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru returns to DuPont Forest

Runners at the 7th Annual Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru get to once again experience the beauty of DuPont State Forest in a unique nighttime racing format. Participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward in this one-of-a-kind, trail race at dark. 

The Trick or Trail 5k takes place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:15pm at Dupont State Forest. To eliminate congestion on the course, we are limiting this year’s race to 150 participants. We expect this highly-anticipated and one of our most popular fall events to sell out prior to race day.  “We are thrilled to be able to host this race again at Dupont State Forest. It is a local favorite, and the trails and 5k loop in the forest are ideal for this night-time style event for our community of runners. The route is easy to navigate in the dark and is on non-technical wide service roads and double track trails, making it a perfect race for all abilities of runners, joggers and walkers.” said Race Director, Daphne Kirkwood. Participants will light up the trail with their own flashlight or headlamp, and are required to participate. The course is marked impeccably with signs and course markings and volunteers will be along the way, so runners can easily find their way. 

Trick or Trail 5k

 

Gasp-worthy Swag

All pre-registered Trick or Trail 5k participants receive a pair of our participant favorites, custom-designed,  Defeet running socks, glow swag and a loaded Hunter Subaru goody bag. Run your way through the dark and receive a custom-designed, color changing cup filled with yummy candy at the finish line! At the post race party a bonfire with yummy s’mores, hot soup and other fall favorite snacks, with complimentary massages by Yoga and Massage and injury screenings and adjustments by PT Solutions await the finishers. 

Halloween Theme Announced!

Each year the race has a fun theme, which is a great chance for kids, youth and kids-at-heart to have their own fun at a Halloween themed event and break in costumes early! “We all grew up watching the classic Disney movies, so this year it’s time to embrace your favorite Classic Disney character and get dressed in Disney style,” said Kirkwood. Costumes are highly encouraged, and awesome prizes will be given out for the best ones that tie into this year’s theme. 

Friends of Dupont State ForestRunning for a great cause

Friends of Dupont Forest has been named as the 2021 non-profit partner for this event. Donations are accepted during online registration. The mission of the Friends of Dupont align with idaph events core values of preservation and conservation of our WNC land. “We believe DuPont Forest should be protected forever. Join us and help keep the water clean, the wildlife safe and the trails awesome.” 

Registration is Now Open. For more info or to sign up visit HERE. 

 

Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint

The 2020 event is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th. Registration opening soon!

Trick and Trail and Spooky Sprint participants! Typically this time of year we have registration opened up for the event in October. But due to the pandemic and it’s impact on all aspects of this event, we wanted to ensure that we could still secure the same location and provide you a socially-distanced and safe, run experience before we opened up registration. The 2nd part we have covered, as we have been producing a brand new format of run events that are socially-distanced and safe over the past couple months. The location has been the tricky part for this event.

We received word from Dupont that the State Forest is not allowing any events to start/finish or run through Dupont this fall/winter. They have been severly impacted by the pandemic and aren’t able to host events and happenings there. We are bummed, but completely understand that these are wacky and difficult times for everyone, everywhere!

 

We are working diligently on finding an alternate location that would allow for a small, social-distanced, rolling start format event with plenty of space and room for the event to take place. We will keep you posted. We will only open up registration when we have a location that is 100% confirmed for the event.

Thank you all for your continued interest in this run. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can find an equally awesome location so you can enjoy this experience again in 2020 (socially-distanced of course!). Keep watching our website for updates regarding event registration.