#OptOutside Trail Run
Friday November 26th 2021
Lake Hope State Park
Options Distances start times
5k - 3.1 Miles 10:00 am
Out and back - 7 Miles 10:00 am
1 loop - 17 Miles 9:00 am
2 loops - 34 Miles 8:00 am
*Please note* These distances are estimations based off of our mapped data. You distance may vary for longer distances up or down due to turns and twists and stops on the trails.
INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION!
1 sweet race
finishers woodal plaque and a Brokemans racing bib and an optoutside tri blend long sleeve shirt!
*New this year. Mugs will be an OPTIONAL purchase, but everyone get's a long sleeve shirt!!
- Post race party is BYOB+OTS (Bring your own beer + one to share)
**ALCOHOL MAY ONLY BE CONSUMED WITHIN THE SHELTER HOUSE AREA AND MUST BE DRANK FROM OUR PROVIDED CUPS**
Camping is highly encouraged. Lodging will fill up quickly.
Find lodging early at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/lakehope
"The biggest reward for a person's effort is not what they get for it, but what they become by it." -John Ruskin
The sunrise is at 7:30 am. If you intend to start the race before the sunrises, then you MUST have appropriate head gear/lights. The trails are technical and rooty and dark and you will NEED light to see. If you do not have appropriate head lights then you will be required to wait until 8:00 am to start.
Please remember that ALL of our races are cup free. Our water stations will NOT cups at them. Please bring something to carry your water in.
PACK OUT ALL OF YOUR TRASH.
DO. NOT. LITTER. AT ALL.
Deets on the course
This event will start and finish at the beach shelter house of Lake Hope State Park. The course will follow a 3.45 mile trail around Lake Hope, then cross the street into Zaleski State Forest. You will do a 9.9 mile loop in Zaleski, then head back around Lake Hope to the shelter house again. This is one loop. You will repeat this 2 or 3 times depending on the distance you sign up for. If you are doing the out and back only or adding onto the end of your 3 loops, you will run the 3.45 mile Lake Hope Trail out... and then back again.
We will have printed out and marked course maps on site for anyone who needs them. The OUT AND BACK course is from X to X on the map above and back again. If you are going longer you will exit Lake Hope Forest, run through a field where you will find bathrooms and and aid station. Then you will CROSS THE ROAD FIRST and then turn right on the road, run a few hundred feet against traffic until you see the entrance on your left for Zaleski Backpack trail. This will start you on your 9.9 mile loop through Zaleski. There will be vault toilets at every camp site. You will have 1 aid station located on Kings Hallow Rd, approx 10-11 miles in. There will be water, tang and snack food items here. This aid station may not be manned. PLEASE HAVE YOUR OWN HYDRATION ITEMS TO FILL UP.
Then you will exit the loop, CROSS THE ROAD FIRST, turn right and re-enter Lake Hope. You will find a fully supported aid station at the start with water, sports drink, hot foot and snacks as well as bathrooms and a fire to warm up.
Driving directions to the park and to the start
Google maps provides a GREAT way to get yourself from your house to Lake Hope State Park Lodge. But once you get to the park you will see brown signs. DON'T go to the lodge. Once you are on 278 (the road with all the brown signs) Follow the signs for BEACH. If you are coming fro the north, you will pass the Iron Furnace, and the beach will be the next road. If you are coming from the south, the beach will be before. When you turn into the BEACH entrance, follow the signs and the road to stay right. You will see the beach house on your right side. Keep driving and you will see an open shelter on your right. This is the race start!
Parking will depend on when you get there. There is a little bit of parking near the open shelter we will be at. If that is full turn around and you will see another lot. If that is full go back to the beach and you will see additional parking here!
WE ALWAYS ENCOURAGE CAR POOLING.
IT WILL BE DARK WHEN YOU ARRIVE! PLAN ACCORDINGLY.