Patuxent River 10K Trail Run

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February 26

Patuxent Park trail

Have a great time at QOC's Patuxent River Trail 10K run, and you'll be supporting conservation efforts at this fine park. Profits from the race will be donated to the park to directly support a variety of conservation activities and wildlife projects including wetland restoration, invasive species removal, wildlife monitoring activities, river clean-up events and environmental education programs. And yes, it is a "straight" trail run - no orienteering or even map involved! - so spread the word to all your compass-avoiding friends!

The Course: A 10 km loop on the park’s natural surface trails and fields. The course is relatively flat but like anywhere else around here in late February it could be muddy, snowy or icy on race day. Want to see the course map? Click here.

The Awards: As if supporting the Park and getting a freebie towel wasn't enough? In addition to some random draw prizes (for which you must be present to win), including merchandise donated by REI, there will be awards for the top 3 men and women overall ($50, $35 and $25 Pacers Running Store gift certificates) and in each of the following 10 year age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 & over ($10 gift certificates for the top 3 in each category). Manual timing will be used.

Refund policy: no refunds will be given for any reason. In the event of a cancellation due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled in March. Participants may apply their fee to enter other QOC events in 2011 if the rescheduled date isn’t convenient for them. Details are on the registration site itself.QOC


Patuxent River Park, Barn parking area, Upper Marlboro, MD (10K Trail Run)


Online Registration is now closed: Cost is $20 until February 2, 2011, then $25 to Feb. 23. Registration will be offered online through February 23rd with payment online or by mailing a check; race day registration ($30) will be offered on site if the race hasn’t already reached the maximum number of permitted participants (200). Update: We will be allowing 25 day-of registrations. The commemorative towel will not be available for day-of registrants, but all runners who registered online should receive one.

Packet pick up will be held from 9am until 9:45am at the race arena. Please arrive early to ensure you aren’t rushed getting ready for the start.

and then click the big ORANGE button to begin registration.
ScheduleSaturday, February 26
9:00 am - 9:45 am10K Trail Run: Packet Pick-Up
10:00 am10K Trail Run: Race Starts
Event Director:Jon Torrance
Location Details

10K Trail Run, 10K Trail Run
Patuxent River Park
Barn parking area
Upper Marlboro, MD
Google Map

From the MD. Rt. 4 Capital Beltway exit, head south/east on Rt. 4 for 3 miles. Exit onto Woodyard Rd (Rt. 223) south. Immediately turn left at the light onto Osbourne Rd. After 3 miles you'll reach a traffic light and a junction with US Rt. 301. Turn left on 301 then immediately turn right at the next light onto Croom Rd. (Rt. 382). Signs for Patuxent River Park begin at this turn. After 3.5 miles, turn left on Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles to the park entrance, passing the junction with Duvall Rd. on the way. At the park entrance, continue straight towards the Group Camp Area (do not turn left towards the park's visitor center). Turn right onto the driveway leading to a barn and picnic pavilion when you reach a large field on the right hand side of the road. The parking, registration, start and finish areas are shown below on the arena map.

Alternatively, from the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 11A, (Pennsylvania Ave), Route 4 east for 8 miles. Take Route 301 south for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Croom Station Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left on Croom Road (Route 382) and proceed for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Croom Airport Road and proceed to the park entrance as described above.

From the junction of Route 50 and Route 301, take Route 301 south for 15 miles. Turn left onto Croom Station Road and go 3.5 miles before turning left again onto Croom Airport Road. Follow it to the park entrance and proceed as described above.

Course Details10K Trail Run
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
10K Trail Race