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The Race

Schedule on Sunday October 8

7:00-8:15am: Bib Pickup/Race-day Registration*

8:30 am: Start of all events

12:30 pm: 4-Hour Challenge Cutoff

4:30 pm: Ultra-Challenge Finish Cutoff (no exceptions)


*Assuming the 300-runner field has not been filled, online registration will be open through race day.  If you plan to register on race day, please register online from home or from your own device at the race venue.

Race Notes


  • The course will consist of farm lanes and grassy trails cut through hay fields just for us; some, but not much, gravel; and we are even hoping to get some wooded trails worked into the mix

  • The course will still be hilly, but sadly, not nearly as hilly as the traditional course.

  • Unfortunately, it seems as if you'll have to really try to find any rocks to kick this year.

  • Oh, did we mention a brewery will double as race headquarters?

  • The mass-start (all events) single loop will be used for FSRC Grand Prix scoring purposes.

  • The "David Hartman Special" aid station will be ready to serve you as they've done since the inception of Rick's Run.

  • There will be plenty of room to set up your own aid station close to the course.

  • In the spirit of having the event at Milkhouse Brewery, we giving out a special, race-branded pint glass to our participants


  • More details to come

Race Course
The course is a 5-mile loop. A single loop for the 5-mile event and multiple loops for the challenges.

Take a look at this great video of the course to get an idea of the terrain and the beautiful rural setting.

5.22 Mile Trail Run
8-Hour Ultra Challenge

5 Mile Trail Run

The 5 Mile Trail Run is a single loop of the course.  Awards in the spirit of the run will be given to the first, second and third place overall male and female finishers in the 5 Mile Run.  For Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club members, this event and the first loop of the Challenge events is scored in the FSRC Grand Prix series.  If you're not a Steeplechaser, we invite you to join up and start having fun with us! 

4-Hour Challenge and 8-Hour Ultra-Challenge

The Challenges are for those who wish to run more than one loop.  Within the allotted 4 or 8 hours, run as many approximate 5-mile loops as you'd like, as slow or as fast as you wish.  Run 6 laps (or more!) to log an ultra-distance finish.  The top three male and female runners logging the most mileage (quickest time tie-breaker) in each event will receive awards.  The cut-off times are hard limits and the last loop must be started at least one hour before the cutoff unless the previous loop was completed in under one hour.   No exceptions and no whining about this; Rick wouldn't complain or try to bend the rules and you shouldn't either!


Typical aid station food and drink will be provided and a drop bag area (uncovered) will be set up for those forging on after the initial loop.  Since the only aid station on the course will be at the start/finish, be prepared.  It is highly recommended for those running multiple loops to carry at least one water bottle. 

Runners competing in the Rick's Run Challenges will have will have their results forwarded to for inclusion.  


This year's Rick's Run premium includes a tech shirt and a pint glass.  

Shirt size selection is not guaranteed for registrations after September 17.

2023 Ricks Run Shirt.png

Our awesome volunteers make this event possible. If you would like to join in the fun on race day, please consider joining our team of volunteers.


Race Policies
  • No outside alcohol

  • No refunds or deferrals

  • For your safety and the safety of those around you, headphones are discouraged.

  • ​Dogs are not allowed.

  • No Bib transfers and No Refunds (See here for FSRC Policy)  

  • FSRC has adopted the guidelines outlined by USATF regarding Transgender and Transsexual Athletes. (See here for FSRC policy)

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