Trick or Trail 5k
Saturday, October 23, 2021
PERMIT IS APPROVED
Runners at the 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.
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, not knowing what ghouls and specters might lurk around each corner! Costumes are highly encouraged the costume theme will be “Classic Disney”, and prizes will be given out for the best ones!
What people are saying about the 2020 Trick or Trail 5K and Spooky Sprint 1 Mile
“Trail run in a gorgeous location.”
“Fun, Halloween themed, family-friendly, low key running event with great socks!”
“Beautiful and kind of spooky.”
It’ll be dark out there! All runners must have a flashlight or headlamp to participate.
Course Type: Dirt and gravel service roads and double track trails
Stroller friendly? No
Dogs allowed? Yes on a leash
Want to be part of the race but not able to join us on race day? Run anytime, anywhere and get the awesome swag! Submit your results online.
What you get with Race Entry:
• Hunter Subaru Goody Bag
• Glow swag
• Custom-designed, color changing cup filled with yummy candy at the finish line
• Custom-designed, Defeet running socks
Post race party
• A bonfire with yummy s’mores,
• Hot soup and other fall favorite snacks
• Complimentary massages by Yoga and Massage
• Injury screenings and adjustments by PT Solutions
This is truly a one-of-a-kind course! Winding through the dirt paths and trails of DuPont State Forest covered in spooky decorations is surely an event that you don’t want to miss. There will be snacks and beverages at the finish line. Remember, headlamps or flashlights are required!
AWARDS & RESULTS
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. The course is marked impeccably with signs and course markings and volunteers will be along the way, so runners can easily find their way.
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
Turn Right onto Buck Forest Road to Finish
No strollers allowed due to the roots and gravel.
SUPER AWESOME SWAG
Trick or Trail Socks!
Every participant will receive a pair of custom Defeet Socks.
Pick up your bib and goodies up to 1/2 hour before your wave start time near the start line. There will not be a day before/ pre-event packet pickup for this event.
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.
IN-PERSON EVENT AWARDS
- Top three finishers, Overall (male and female)
- Top three finishers, Masters (male and female)
- Age group awards (top 3 male and female for each)
- 9 and under
- 10 - 14
- 15 - 19
- 20 - 29
- 30 - 39
- 40 - 49
- 50 - 59
- 60 - 69
PREVIOUS RACE RESULTS
RUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Running 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.”
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DEFERRALS, TRANSFERS AND CANCELATION POLICIES
Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you’re feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home and join us next year without feeling like you’re losing out. In order to make that happen, we are allowing everyone to transfer their registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you’ll run anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.
REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safe for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and we will not be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled due to the pandemic, weather, or an act of god.
TRANSFERS: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the day of the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events.
CANCELLATION: As we all know the pandemic changes things quickly! We ask that you be flexible and patient as we may have to adjust things for this event up until the event takes place. In the event that the U.S. or NC government declares a new stay-at-home order or places new restrictions on gatherings and we are not able to have the in person event, all in-person event registrations will automatically be converted to the virtual event. If it gets switched to a virtual event, you will have your swag mailed to you for free.