2021 TRAIL PARTIES
January 1 - December 31, 2021
"The 7 Summits Traverse" has been referred to as the "Pemi Loop of Bear Mountain". And rightfully so -- This loop packs 7,500 ft of elevation gain in 27.5 miles of very technical terrain, with breathtaking views at each summit. This traverse includes summiting The Timp, West Mountain, Popolopen-Tourne, Anthony's Nose, Bear Mountain, Bald Mountain and Dunderberg Mountain. RUNNERS/HIKERS CAN EITHER COMPLETE THE TRAVERSE IN ONE OUTING, OR DO MULTIPLE TRIPS TO SUMMIT EACH OF THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS! If you're up for a challenge and ready to make some incredible trail-memories, start planning your 7 Summits Traverse!
January 14-18, 2021
Join us for the Frosty Fat Sass; a fat-ass event for runners who love the cold (or runners who hate the cold but need to sign-up for an event because they need the accountability to keep running through the winter). The $25 registration fee goes directly to the South Mountain Conservancy, an awesome local non-profit that preserves the South Mountain Reservation and provides great educational and recreational opportunities for the community. With you registration, you will become a member of the South Mountain Conservancy!
January 1-31, 2021
Join us at the Delaware Water Gap during the month of January for the first event in our RunVenture Series! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces are welcome to join us for this semi-virtual event. Each month we will "host" the series at a different location, rotating between technical mountain trails one month and then more runnable flatter trails the next month. We are supporting the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference with our RunVenture Series! First up: The Delaware Water Gap! We have 4 different courses that you can choose from: Mt Tammany 5K-ish, Mt Minsi 5 Miler, Tammany+Minsi 12-ish Miler, Tammany+Minsi+Sunfish 19-ish Miler. Each of these courses are technical and have a lot of climbing, though not super runnable for many folks (think *power-hiking*) - each course is FUN, FUN, FUN!
February 6, 2021
That's right-- come run/hike a 5K in a ONESIE! We will meet at the NYNJTC Headquarters in Mahwah, NJ and run around the Ramapo Valley County Reservation. We had over 80 runners dressed in their best onesies in 2020! We are supporting our friends at the NYNJTC with this event!
February 1 - March 31, 2021
Join us in North Jersey at the Wanaque Trails during the month of FEBRUARY AND MARCH for the second event in our RunVenture Series! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces are welcome to join us for this semi-virtual event. Each month we will "host" the series at a different location, offering distances ranging from 5K to ultra. We are supporting the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference with our RunVenture Series!
March 14, 2021
Storytime: traditionally we have our two-day Double Squatch trail party the second weekend in March at Stokes State Forest.... Unfortunately, the NJ State Parks are not currently issuing permits for events, so we are going with Plan B and hosting this new "substitute" single day event! Join us at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah, NJ on Sunday March 14, 2021 for the "Substitute Single Squatch"! Come squatch 5.5 miles or 11 miles with us! We are proudly supporting our friends at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference with this event! As always, our trail parties are open to runners and hikers of all ages and paces!
April 10, 2021
There is the Mayapple, the Febapple and now THE SQUATCHAPPLE!! Join us on Saturday April 10, 2021 for the Squatchapple Trail Race at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ! With distances for everyone, this trail party is open to runners and hikers of all ages and paces. Runners/hikers can sign up to squatch 11 miles, 20 miles, 33 miles or 50 miles! We will be supporting the South Mountain Conservancy with this trail party!
May 1, 2021
It's time to GET STOKED AT STOKES! The next Sassquad Trail Party is at the beautiful Stokes State Forest in Branchville, NJ. Join us on Saturday May 1, 2021 for the Thunder Chicken Squatch! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces can sign up for the 7 mile loop or the 17 mile loop. The month of May is National Military Appreciation Month and we will be celebrating the men and women who have sacrificed so much to service our country by offering 50% off entries to all Active-Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves and Veterans! If you are in the Military or are a Veteran, please use the code THUNDERCHICKEN to save 50%! We will recognize all of our military runners/hikers before the race.
June 27, 2021
An ultramarathon that begins at midnight? YES, YES, YES! Join us at the Burlington County Fairgrounds for the Midnight Squatchapalooza! Runners can sign up to squatch for 12 hours, 9 hours, 6 hours, 3 hours, or a 5K. Don't miss out on the biggest Sassquad Trail Party of 2020! his is the perfect event for both newbies and veteran trail runners! The flat and fast course is ideal for new trail runners who are jumping into the squatchtastic world of Ultra Running AND for the veteran runners looking to push their limits. We are supporting our charity partner NJCASA with this event.
July 10, 2021
Runners can sign-up for a 5K (3 loops) 3 hours or 6 hours! The 1.1 mile loop with 300 ft elevation gain starts and finishes at the Locust Grove Picnic Area off of Glen Ave in Millburn, NJ at the South Mountain Reservation. The funds raised will be donated to our friends at “Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors”, an awesome local non-profit that assists local families in need.
July 13, 2021
We are excited to support MEND NJ again by hosting one of their 10 Days of 10K's! We will use our Frosty Fat Sass 5K race loop at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ. This event is donation-based and raises funds to support local families in need.
July 31, 2021
Sassquad Trail Running and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference are proud to present the Harriman Big Bear SquaTCh at Harriman State Park in Tuxedo, New York! Join us at 9am on Saturday July 31, 2021 for this historic trail half marathon and 7 miler. All runners and hikers will experience non-stop trail beauty on this single loop course through Harriman State Park! Your race registration is directly helping the Trail Conference restore the 100 year-old Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. (The capitalized "TC" in SquaTCh stands for "Trail Conference"!!)
August 28, 2021
A trail party with no definitive end?! YES, PLEASE!! Join us on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Stokes State Forest for New Jersey's first backyard ultra... THE BACKYARD SQUATCH! Every hour on the hour, runners will complete the 4.166667 loop. This will go on every hour on the hour until there is only one runner left standing! This trail party is capped at 80 runners, so snag your spot by registering ASAP!
So what is the Squatch Hunt? First of all, this event is open to runners and hikers of all ages and paces! We want you to get the whole family involved - this is a very kid-friendly event. So, the Squatch Hunt is basically a combination of an epic scavenger hunt and "Flat Stanley". All participants will have their very own mini Sasquatch. You can print out a paper copy and decorate your own, OR order a handcrafted wood Squatch from us!
September 18, 2021
As proud partners of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, we are one of the sponsors for this event! Sign-up to run a half marathon through the amazing trails of the Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, NY!
CANCELED FOR 2021
Join us at the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, New Jersey for THE SQUATCHUNG SURPRISE! Inspired by legendary RD Sherpa John's TommyKnocker Ultra in Golden, Colorado, The Squatchung Surprise will test your endurance, speed and mental fortitude as your fate on the course is determined by the luck of the draw... There are 4 different trail loops and a bucket of golf balls that match the color of each loop. Runners will reach into the bucket and pull out a golf ball to determine which loop they will run! Running for 3 or 6 hours hours not your thing? Don't worry, the Squatch has you covered! You can sign up for the 5K! We are supporting our charity partner Operation Chillout with this race!
October 16, 2021
The South Mountain Conservancy runs this event as their annual fundraiser. As proud partners, we sponsor this run by providing the chip timing! Join us as we support the Conservancy -- sign up to run/hike 10 miles, 20 miles, 50K, 40 miles or 50 miles!
October 30, 2021
Test your speed, endurance and mental toughness as you race to be crowned THE LAST SQUATCH STANDING! The 1-mile loop starts and finishes at the Turtleback Rock Picnic Area at the South Mountain Reservation off of Walker Road in West Orange, NJ. Complete each mile in the allotted time or get eliminated! Do you wish loop races could be more like a roller derby? We are supporting our charity partner Soxcess with this event!
November 27, 2021
The Thanksgiving feast is over, Black Friday is done; now it's time for you to get off the couch, leave the stores and head over to the trails! Join us on Saturday November 27, 2021 at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ for The Squatchy Leftovers 5K & 10K trail run! We are supporting our charity partner Operation Chillout with this race!
December 18, 2021
It's about time. The weathaas finally turned. SWEATAA WEATHAA! SWEATAA WEATHAA! SWEATAA WEATHAA! Join us for an epic night of trail running under the moon and stars! The December Squatchayanda is a UGLY SWEATER party! That's right, embrace the SWEATAA WEATHAA and bring your favorite ugly sweater. Ugliest sweater will take home a squatchtastic award! U.G.L.Y., you ain’t got no alibi, you’re ugly, hey hey, you’re ugly! Join us at Central Park in Morris County for this 5K/10K night trail race!