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EVERY RUN IS A TRAIL PARTY!

ABOUT US: FAQ

WHO ARE WE?

The trails are better with friends. That's why Sassquad hosts trail races, group runs, trail work days, and clinics throughout New Jersey and New York. Our community is open to all ages, paces, and peoples, and is a safe space for newbies to try out trail running.

 

We're proud that women consistently make up over 50% of the starting line at our events. We've created a family-friendly environment and offer discounts to families registering together, as well as discounts for Military, Veterans, Frontline Workers, and Teachers.

 

We believe in giving back. Sassquad has a non-profit/charity partner for each race and since starting up in 2018, we've donated over $40,000 to our charity and non-profit partners in NJ and NY.

There's an event for everyone at Sassquad. From 5K up to 100 miles, we have one race every month throughout the year. Check out the full list of events here and join us on the trails!

WE WELCOME ALL PEOPLES

At Sassquad Trail Running, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy the trails. That's why we've partnered with Stride for Stride and the Trail Mix Fund to make trail running and hiking more accessible. Donations cover the cost of registration to help people who are under-served, under-resourced, and under-represented. This includes people of color and LGBTQ+, but is not restricted to those communities. 

We welcome all ages, paces, and peoples at our trail parties and work hard to make everyone feel like a part of the Sassquad family. No matter your sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity, or gender expression, you're welcome here. We're thrilled to see UltraSignUp adding more gender options, and if you don't see your desired pronoun listed, just shoot us an email at trailpartydirector@sassquadtrailrunning.com  and we'll make sure our records reflect your identity. We encourage all peoples to register as the gender that they identify with (no additional info is required on our end for Transgender Athletes). 

Squatchers over the age of 60 and AWD (athletes with disabilities) can have a pacer/guide at any time. Please register your pacer prior to the start of the event! We also extend a discount to our Elder Squatches who are over the age of 60; please email us for the discount code!

WE ARE FAMILY-FRIENDLY

We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email us before you register so we can give you the code! 

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS

Our Volunteer Dream Team makes the Trail Magic happen! Join the Dream Team and give back to this amazing trail community. We'll sign off all all volunteer hours if you have required hours for another race or a community service project. Oh, and we LOVE having families volunteer at our events!  Email us if you want to volunteer at an event!

WE PROUDLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, VETS,  FRONTLINE WORKERS & TEACHERS

Sassquad Trail Running is proud to offer 20% off all events to all active duty military and Veterans. We also extend a 20% discount to all Frontline Workers (this includes all hospital workers, EMS, Police, Fire) and Teachers. Please email us before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code.

WE LOVE OUR LOCAL CLUB MEMBERS

We love to team-up with other local running clubs. We currently offer discounts to the following organizations: the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the South Mountain ConservancyEssex Running Club, SOMA FoxNJ MUDCRO, Basecamp 31Raritan Valley Road Runners, Patagonia NYC Camp Cutz Fitness Bootcamp, North Jersey Masters Running Club, Jersey Women Strong and Penny Pack Trail Runners! Please email us before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code.

WE GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

We have an official local charity partner for every Sassquad event! To date, we have donated over $43,000 to our charity and non-profit partners. Some of our giving highlights include: 

WE HAVE A FACEBOOK GROUP 

Looking to connect with other local runners and hikers? Check our our inclusive Facebook Group! This is the place to ask questions, make trail plans and get plugged in with our awesome community.

OUR EVENTS ARE TRAIL SISTER APPROVED

All of our events are Trail Sister Approved. This means that we have Equal Podiums & Awards, we offer women's specific swag/apparel, we have menstural products at our aid stations, our starting line will always be big enough for women and we have a pregnancy and postpartum policy. 

REFUND & DEFERRAL POLICY

Like many other race organizations, we do not offer refunds for our events. Please take the time to double check your calendar before registering for a Trail Party. Please understand that we do not offer refunds under any circumstances.

  • If you notify us via email (not through social media, text or phone call) more than 45 days from the date of the Trail Party, we will extend a deferral to any of our events that fall within one calendar year of the Trail Party that you were registered for.

  • If you sustain an injury less than 45 days from the race date, we will extend a deferral if you come to that race to volunteer for at least 4 hours.

  • If the race that you want to drop from is sold-out with an active wait-list and if you notify us via email (not through social media, text or phone call) at least 3 days before the race, we will extend a deferral to any of our events that fall within one calendar year of the Trail Party that you were registered for.

The race credit is the amount that you paid for the race (not including UltraSignUp fees) so you will need to cover any difference in fees; refunds will not be issued if the deferred event costs less than your race credit. You can only defer one time so please doublecheck that you can make the race you're deferring to. 

PREGNANCY, ADOPTION & POSTPARTUM POLICY

Whether planned or unplanned, the beginning or end of a pregnancy requires healing and recovery time. We are committed to supporting you in this regard. If you are experiencing a pregnancy or postpartum healing and recovery, or have adopted a child, we are pleased to offer a deferral of up to two years from the current event. Simply send us an email and we will arrange the deferral for you. This deferral policy includes partners and spouses and is also extended to folks who are going through the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. 

PETS

Participants are not allowed to run or hike with their four-legged friend. The only exception is service dogs. Spectators can bring a pet but the pet must be leashed at all times.

BANDITS

Any individuals caught banditing a race will be banned from Sassquad events. Banditing means that you are on our race course without registering. Please do not bandit our Trail Parties or any other event!

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