The Barkcamp Race

The Barkcamp Race

October 1, 2016
Barkcamp State Park

Full or Half Marathon Trail Race

The Barkcamp Race will feature a well-marked Half Marathon and Marathon course throughout Barkcamp State Park's trail system. The terrain promises lots of up and downs. The course will be marked with orange ribbons, arrows, and signs. These races are 99% on trails. Participants can take two laps for the Marathon distance. There is a half marathon walk available to the hikers among you who want to support our park. The race begins and ends at the beach.

There will be 3 aid stations spaced evenly throughout the course and at the Start/Finish line for those brave souls taking the second loop. Aid stations will have Hammer Nutrition products, water, pretzels, potato chips, cookies, PB&J sandwiches, pickles, candy, and soda. We ask that you bring a water bottle to lessen paper waste. All aid administered to runners by family, friends, and crew must take place within 100-feet of an aid station.

Restrooms are available at the Start/Finish line area and about the 11-mile mark. Volunteers will be at aid stations with communication if you require that kind of assistance beyond their ability to help.

We will have a drop bag location near the Start/Finish line.

The park has a campground area that is free to participants for Friday and Saturday night (contact us to reserve a spot — not ODNR), and there are many hotels in our area, Sleep Inn Belmont being the closest and offering a discount to you.

A challenging course with lots of ups and downs through the beautiful park. Finishers will receive a medal, lunch by Ye Olde Alpha, and a tie dyed tech T-shirt. These 3 items have a value of over $55 if bought individually. 10K participants will have access to their finishing time but there will be no awards. Everyone that completes the course to the best of their ability is a winner — for themselves and by benefitting our local State Park!


Register online at Vertical Runner or at packet pickup the night before the race or the morning of the race.

Full Marathon (run)
$60 up to August 30th, $70 in September, $80 in October on race day.

Half Marathon (run or walk)
$50 up to August 30th, $60 in September, $70 in October on race day

10K (run or walk)
$35 up to August 30th, $40 in September


Half or Full Marathon: Both races start at 8:00am, early start at 7:00am with no awards for the early birds.

10K: Race starts at 9:00am.


Friday, September 30th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Barkcamp Beach, and Race Day morning after 6:30am.




Finisher's medal; gender specific quality tied dyed shirt by Sport Science; full HOT meal post race with chicken, salad, rolls, butter, roasted redskins and dessert from Ye Olde Alpha.


Massages available by Matt Bashline, the Misfitz Licensed Massage Therapist, from 7:00am until 4:00pm. Matt can be reached by phone at 740-782-1913


Never drop out of the race by abandoning the course between aid stations and going “home.” If you have to drop out, let us know at an aid station. Thanks!


The race cutoff of 8 hours and the 18:20 min/mile pace on the course is strictly enforced. The aid stations close accordingly. If a runner is unable to keep the appropriate pace and is in danger of missing the 8 hour cutoff they will be asked to remove themselves from the race. If a runner refuses to do so they will be immediately disqualified and will be on their own for all aid on the race course as well as the finish line should they choose to continue. This cutoff is enforced for the safety of the runner as well as the rescue team who would need to search for runners on the course. An early start option is available for those who do not feel that they can complete the course in the allotted time. Choosing the early start extends the cutoff to 9 hours and a 20:45 min/mile pace. If it is determined that any runner cuts the course in any fashion, whether intentional or not, they will immediately be disqualified from the race.


The Sleep Inn & Suites in Belmont is proud to be this year’s host hotel. They are offering race participants a 20% discount on room reservations. Call 740-782-1298 and mention Discount Code “RACE” to receive your discount.

Camping is available in Barkcamp State Park.

The group camping area is free to participants of the race. For reservations call Rod at 740-359-7533 or Cindy at 740-391-1236

Here’s a link to the campground map, we can get you in the group camping area ONLY for free.

And, if you ask early, we have a few couches and floors available!


Check out the other fun things to do in Belmont County while you are there!


Course Previews or Trail Training: Join our Facebook group! We have a few dozen folk that run at our park all the time. Hook up with someone and they will gladly show you around! Our usual scheduled group runs are Sunday mornings. Meeting times and places are pinned to the top of our Facebook page.

Contact Info: Rod @ 740-359-7533 or Cindy @ 740-391-1236 or email

Best time to call...6-8 AM or PM

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