Trail running series taking place on the east side of Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park pits each runner against the clock on a weekly basis. Tuesday nights in July & August just got a lot hotter with a wild & wicked race series welcoming all levels of runners. Park in nearby lots, not roadside please. A 3-mile hybrid course features a taste of the wide variety of trails Chestnut Ridge offers including dedicated, stable trails, rooty sections, slight climbs & descents in the forest, grass field crossings, some pavement and a beautiful canopy of trees. Test yourself on a weekly basis against the clock (same course is used weekly). Start time is 6:30 every race. Day of entry from 5:30 until start time. Entry Fees: $20 per race walk up, $15 per race if you register for the series in advance. You can only register for the series on-line, otherwise you pay the daily rate walk-up.
New this year: Wave starts will feature up to 15 runners (pods) at a time and "check-in" a few mintues prior to your start preference. We will have 15-second to 1-minute starting pods that are released until all runners have started. All races will be chip timed with results posted on-line after each event. Entrants will retain their bib for the entire series. If you lose, forget or need a new bib you can purchase a new one at registration for $5 the day of the next race (your old # will be retired from the system in this case). The start/finish line are at the same location once again this year. Bib transfers are not permitted.
Look for RACE signs as you enter the Park just past the Casino building. All levels of runners are welcome. Series awards based on your best four out of six finish times. Race one or as many as you like-individual race entry is always welcome. Runners & walkers are welcome-just bring your trail shoes and get ready for some great technical trail running. The Course: Starting & finishing near the XC Ski loop/orienteering trailhead runners or walkers take singletrack trails out to the main road, towards the lake, counter clockwise around the lake trail, back to the main road past fire training area where a hard right points you into a short section of single track and back out to the main roadway for the return on the XC Ski loop. Phew. Psyched yet? This is a terrific spectator friendly figure-eight style course with plenty of close-by parking. Park roads in this section close at 6:15pm promptly. Get there by then to park near the start/finish or plan on parking elsewhere and running to the start after the gate closes.
On a weekly basis we will be giving away one pair of Saucony running shoes & misc. sponsor prizes. Free stuff-Yes! Redeem your shoes at Runners Roost. Thank you Saucony! Hammertime!
A safe and healthy environment is critical to our community, family and friends. Covid safety protocols are in effect. All entrants are required to wear a facial covering/mask when staging and at initial number pickup and when in close groups. Given the constant changing landscape of safety practices we adhere to all Erie County Health Department requirements as will all guests at the time of the events. Water will not be served on-course this year. BYO water. Thank you for adhering and welcome back!
Awards to Overall Male, Female & Mastsers during the series finale' party and three deep in the following 5-year age groups: U10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29 & so forth through 70+ plus great door prizes at the final. More to come as we get closer to race-day on where/when/how awards will be issued.
Individual day-of walk up race entry is $20. Sign up for the entire series on-line and save plus order your Jackhammer Series tech shirt as well(pre-order only). Series entry is only available on-line. Pets are prohibited on the course. Safety for our entrants and pets is a priority. Number transfers are not permitted.
The Jackhammer series helps support HEART Animal Rescue of Western New York
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Can I race one or two if I don't give a hoot about the series? Yes. Is there a water station on the course? Yes-self-serve at around the 1/2 way point. Can someone use or transfer my number if I cant make a race? No. Transfers are not permitted. What if it rains? Then it rains. How to I find the start? Pass the Casino & continue on that main Park rd. You'll see the registration area just past the stone bridge. Can I wear headphones/earbuds? If you do you will need to leave one out-Seriously, safety, passing and awareness on tight trails is critical and your attention is needed for the safety of you and other competitors. What if it rains? Then it rains and you will melt. Are there weekly awards? No. Is there series awards? Yes. Will I be tired? Yes. Will I think about the race the entire next day at work? Yes. Is the course smooth? No. It's mostly trails with single-track & rooty sections, some gravel & some pavement with a few small ditch jumps that aren't too much to be concerned with right now. Anyone can do it. Can I sign up the day of any race if I don't register in advance? Yes-cash or check. What time do the races start? 6:30pm Eastern Time weekly. What will I do after the race ends? Stand around and chat with great people for a while then head to the Byrd House in OP for post-race festivities.