I really love running small marathons where race directors maintain a personal touch on every aspect of their race. I enjoy gathering in a small circle of a few dozen runners before the start to listen to a race director go over the course. My March, 2018 marathon (30th overall) was one of those races - the Naked Prussian trail marathon in Leesport, PA. The race was on March 31st, barely getting it in before the month’s end!
I told myself I wasn’t going to do a trail marathon this year, but I had to skip the marathon I was planning to do on March 24th due to a small sprain. This trail marathon was my backup.
The welcome party is a guy playing the accordion. How great is that?!
The race took place on the Blue Marsh trail system. It’s really well-maintained.
The start/finish was right on the shore of the lake and next to the parking with plenty of parking.
There were 2 race lengths going on concurrently, a marathon and a 50 miler. Most of the course was covered trails, but occasionally went through open fields and along a couple of roads.
The weather that couldn’t have been better and I just loved the view along the lake.
More trees. They’re everywhere! As I was running, I thought about an article I once read on Dr Jack Schultz, Professor at the University of Missouri, who said that’s plants are just ‘slow moving animals’ that see, hear, smell and respond. Fascinating.
I finished the race in the middle of the pack, which was ok by me since I was still a little sore from my injury a week earlier.
Award winners received these fun growlers.
They had a ton of warm, delicious savory food for finishers!
I got this nice finisher’s mug
Overall I would recommend this race if you live in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey or even NYC and are looking for a trail marathon you can drive to and get back home the same day. It’s a beautiful time of the year to be out in that part of Pennsylvania. Check them out and sign up for next year’s race!