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Bobcat Trail Marathon
The Year of the Dirty
Nu-Race Trail Run
Bigfoot 50K
WRTR Event Registration Updates
Spotlight Runner - Craig Butler
Towpath Volunteers Needed
Burning River 100 Merchandise

2012 Bobcat Trail Marathon
Sunday, November 4th - 7AM 



The Bobcat Trail Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 4th at Burr Oak State Park in Glouster, OH.


Check out our race website at www.bobcattrailmarathon.org for more information and to register. You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2012BobcatTrailMarathon 


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The 2012 Bobcat Trail Marathon is designed to be a low key, fun endurance event emphasizing the beauty of the course and camaraderie of trail runners!






Only Three 2012 Dirty Races Remain!

Two races in the Dirty Trail Series remain before the series culminates in the Dirty Dirty Championship on November 24th. 


Next up in the Dirty Trail Series:


Dirty Dozen 12K

Sunday, September 23rd at 8AM

Ledges Shelter in Peninsula


Dirty Feet 8K

Sunday, October 14th at 9AM



Dirty Dirty Championship 5K

Saturday, November 24th

Howe Meadow, CVNP



Complete race results and information on upcoming races are available on the Dirty Trail Series web site: www.dirtytrailseries.com


Check our the event page on Facebook for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/371689379510445/.




Nu-Race Trail Run

Saturday, October 27th - 8AM

Registration Open!


Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 8am we invite you to come out for a trail run the nu-way. We have run the trails and designed courses ranging is distance from 3.2 miles all the way up to around 25K....oh and dropped in some distances in between. Bring your friends and family for an exciting day in the Mohican State Forest.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Nuhop - a residential summer camp for all children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders. What started out as a one-week program years ago with eight counselors serving 27 children has blossomed into a camp that serves 500 children during six weeks. The camp has grown to 45 staff members and five directors.

This will be an adventure away from ordinary running for some and just another day in the park for others but a good time for everyone!


Visit our website for registration information: http://nuracetrailrun.blogspot.com 



Bigfoot 50K

Saturday, December 1st


The Bigfoot 50K takes place at Salt Fork State Park in Lore City and consists of three (3) loops of the permanently marked 10.4 mile course.


Or you may be interested in running the full loop 10 Mile Trail Challenge.


More info and registration for both races is available at: www.oneworldtrailrunning.org


Registration Update


The Dirty Trail Series

- Registration now open

- Click here for more information


Run With Scissors Double Marathon, Marathon & 10K

- Sunday, October 28, 2012

- Registration now open!
- Click here for more information


Bobcat Trail Marathon
- Sunday, November 4, 2012
- Registration now open!
- Click here for more information


Bigfoot 50K & 10 Mile Trail Challenge
- Saturday, December 1, 2012
- Registration now open!
- Click here for more information
Run for Regis 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon 
- Sunday, January 13, 2013
- Registration opens soon!
- Click here for more information
Green Jewel 50K
- Saturday, March 2, 2013
- Registration now open!
- Click here for more information


Complete WRTR race and registration information can be found at wrtr.org.


Ohio Race Calendar

Volume 5: Issue: #8
September 2012 

Spotlight Runner

Craig Butler




1. Tell us about yourself outside of trail running:


I moved to Ohio in 1990 from rural PA to get my Masters Degree from Ohio University in Environmental Science.  I have worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in various technical and management capacities since then.  My most recent post was the Chief of the Southeast District.  I am currently working as Governor Kasich's Policy Director for environmental, natural resource, energy, and agriculture issues.  This job is challenging but fantastic at the same time.  It also has me working very long hours that often wreck my training schedule.  But that is one of the joys of running.... throw on shoes and a headlamp and you are off on a training run.

My Wife Tammi, Daughter Hanna and I are Ohio University Bobcat basketball and football fans and enjoy attending the fall and winter games as much as possible.  Tammi and Hanna are  huge supporters of my crazy activities and I would not want to do these activities without them.  When not competing in some run, ride or race, we love to hike and picnic in our state parks, which are some of the best in the country. Larry, our yellow lab, also loves to run and hike.  In the fall and winter, the whole family hits the trails and if we get enough snow, we break out the snow shoes.



2. What/Who got you started trail running?


I have always been active in sports.  As a kid growing up in rural Pennsylvania, it was easy to be outside and active.  I participated in football and team sports in high school.  Outside of school, I got interested in mountain biking and with trails just out the back door, its a time I fondly remember.  You could ride forever and not ride the same trail twice.


Somewhere along the way, my rural roots joined with my running desire and I started running local and regional trails.  And while road running can be great, there is no comparison to a good trail run.  To smell the dirt as you run along ..... heaven. And as my friends will tell you, be it on foot or a bike, there is not a hill I don't love to punish myself or others on.

I am still a novice at how to run trail races.  My first was the first Bobcat Trail Marathon at Burr Oak State Park (my Favorite).  I've run Bobcat each year and continue to improve.  Last fall I ran the 50 mile run in State College, PA.  This gave me the confidence to run 100 miles.  I was supposed to run the Burning River this year, but with my work schedule, I wasn't ready with my training, so I chose to go back to my hometown and run the Pine Creek Challenge.



3. Tell us about your experience at Pine Creek Challenge this year:  


This is a great 100 miler for the novice. Located in Tioga County PA, the course is flat and runs along rail-to-trail from near Wellsboro to Lock Haven, through the PA Grand Canyon. This area still today is very remote and with spectacular beauty. It is not uncommon to see eagles, bear, and lots of other wildlife, including an occasional rattlesnake.


This is basically a down and back course. My race goals were to: 1. Make sure I finish within the 30 hour limit. 2. If all went well, to finish close to 20 hours. The weather, except for a few hours of rain, was perfect: overcast, some rain, cool/chilly temps.


My first 50 miles were good. Tammi, Hanna, and friends, Luke and Michelle, were a great team meeting me at aid stations with food, clothing, and liquids. After 60 miles my lack of a strict eating plan (plus the upset stomach I had from 20-50) started to catch up with me. Luke, who ran from mile 60 - 95 with me, really stepped in at mile 60 and made me eat and drink. Feeling better, we hit the trail and as it got dark we were really motoring along. Running through the most remote part of the canyon at night was special. The Milky Way was visible and we got to see stars that you don't see anywhere else.


We hit mile 95 and my wife joined me for the last few miles. We walked and ran some. It was a perfect way to end. We could have moved a little faster, but no one was behind us and it was fun to walk in the dark at 2:30 in the morning together, reflecting on the race and life. We have not been awake, let alone out in the woods at that hour since we were teenagers. I finished 4th overall with a time of 20 hours and 32 minutes.



4. What advice to you have for runners just starting out on trails?


An expert I am not. My advice for longer runs is that it is critical to know some technical data about yourself; like your sweat rate and calorie burn rate. Or have a good idea. So you (or your data crazy friends) can develop a race eating and drinking plan that will have you hydrated and not starved. I'm not good at this, but I know people that are. Oh, and follow their advice. I'm not good about that either. My other advice is something that others say too ... break up any running distance into smaller chunks. Thinking about running 100 miles makes me want to sit on the couch. But planning my run around laps, or aid station distances, makes this manageable. Last but not least, one of the most important things for me is to have my family there for encouragement. Without them I couldn't do half of what I do. I am a blessed for their help and support.



5. What are you looking forward to on the trails for the remainder of 2012 or going into 2013?


For the rest of 2012 I plan to at least run the Bobcat again. As for 2013, a more challenging 100 is likely. I also will learn to swim better this winter and probably start doing some tri's.













Volunteers Needed!
Towpath Marathon - Sunday, October 7th

Kathy Cole from the Ohio Canal Corridor is looking for help this year at the Towpath Marathon on Sunday October 7th. 
There are 2 aid stations that do not have captains this year: Valley Picnic and Lonesome Lock/(10K Turnaround) located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
There are a number of volunteers that are willing to help staff the aid stations (though more volunteers are welcome), but Team Captains are especially needed.
All volunteers will receive a complimentary Towpath Marathon souvenir tee. 

Help is also needed at the Expo on October 5th and 6th, located at the Boston Mills Ski Resort.  The Expo hours are Friday October 6th from 2:30pm until 7:30pm and Saturday October 6th from 8:30am until 5pm.  


Also seeking course marshals and parking attendants too. 


Volunteers can contact Kathy Cole at 216-520-1825 or by email at



See additional info at



Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run



New Burning River Items for Sale!

Check out the new Burning River 100 baseball caps and the return of the black tech tees, now available for sale through the race's web site.


You can go directly to the store at http://burningriver100.org/store.


New this year! Hats!

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Western Reserve Trail Running, Inc. is a nonprofit organization registered in the state of Ohio.  The organization's first event was the 2007 Burning River 100 Mile Run held on August 7-8, 2007. Our mission is to promote trailrunning in the Northeast Ohio region through the development and management of new events (races, fun runs and training runs) within local park systems and municipalities.  Questions?: contact info@wrtr.org