Independence

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For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:
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Day 1 (Mon, May 1): Lums Pond State Park, Bear, Delaware
Day 2 (Tue, May 2): Fair Hills NRMA, Elkton, Maryland
Day 3 (Wed, May 3): Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
Day 4 (Thu, May 4): Port Jervis, New York
Day 5 (Fri, May 5): Stokes State Forest, Branchville, New Jersey
*NOTE: The order of days 4 and 5 has been reversed for 2017, making NY day 4 and NJ day 5.

Quick overview:
Series dates: Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5, 2017.
Race times: All races in this series will begin at 6:00AM EDT.
Packet pickup: Sunday, April 30, 4-6PM, Lums Pond State Park, Bear DE. Free pasta dinner will be served during packet pickup, at the same location.
Race day packet pickup/registration: One hour before start time on race day, at the start line.
Early Start: No, all races begin at first light.
Average temps: 69 high/49 low
Time limit: None. We have a “no runner left behind” policy, and we happily stay until the final finisher crosses the line. Walkers are always welcome!
Pets/strollers: Pets are not allowed, for the safety and comfort of our runners/walkers; you’re welcome to bring a stroller if you have small children.
Group dinners: See individual states’ pages times, dates, and locations.
Discounts: $10 discount on marathon/half marathon to active military, as well as members of any club that will list these events on their calendar. (Active.com requires a code to receive discount, which you can find on the club’s site or by contacting us.) We also offer a discount for local participants; contact us for details.
Food/aid stations: Due to our unique multi-loop course setup, we have one giant “aid station,” with more food and drink than you could ever need! Ask anyone who’s run at least one of our races; we’ve got everything from fruit to jelly beans to sandwiches, water to Gatorade to hot coffee, and everything in between. Way more than just Goo and bananas–we even have our very own chef and mobile kitchen. Check out Norm’s Kitchen to see what’s cookin’!
Closest Airports (see travel times below): Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), LaGuardia (NY) Airport (LGA), or JFK (NY) International Airport (JFK)
NOTE: Airport information is for reference only. Not everyone’s travel plans are the same; please do your own research to find the airport that best suits your needs.

Registration information is below. You may do any number of races; special medals are awarded to those who complete all five!

    Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL) Airport => Day 1 (DE): 33 miles, 0:36
  • OR New York, NY (LGA) Airport => Day 1 (DE): 147 miles, 2:25
  • OR New York, NY (JFK) Airport => Day 1 (DE): 142 miles, 2:36
  • Day 1 (DE) => Day 2 (MD): 15 miles, 0:28
  • Day 2 (MD) => Day 3 (PA): 56 miles, 1:26
  • Day 3 (PA) => Day 4 (NY): 119 miles, 2:39
  • Day 4 (NY) => Day 5 (NJ): 17 miles, 0:27
  • Day 5 (NJ) => Philadelphia: 127 miles, 2:29
  • OR Day 5 (NJ) => LaGuardia: 69 miles, 1:28
  • OR Day 5 (NJ) => JFK: 78 miles, 1:44

What about the bling?
We all know that’s the best part! Every participant (full or half marathon or 5K) will receive one t-shirt and other fun goodies.
All finishers will receive a separate medal for each day; in addition, we give a special medal to those who complete all races in a series.
We even give a special award to each person participating in his or her first full or half marathon!
The best part: The famous caboose, given to the final finisher of each marathon and half marathon!

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Delaware – Maryland – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – New York

May 1-5 2017
Race type By 12/1/16 12/2/16-3/1/17 3/2/17-4/12/17 After 4/12/17
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $110 $130
10K $40 $40 $40 $50
5K $30 $30 $30 $40
Register online:
Day 1:May 1 Day 2:May 2 Day 3:May 3 Day 4:May 4 Day 5:May 5
Bear DE Elkton MD Birdsboro PA Port Jervis NY Branchville NJ
Register online for the full series (all 5 days) at once!
You may also register during packet pickup or on race day (cash/check/credit card/PayPal). Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred or deferred.
Check out the amazing aerial video shot by a drone flown over our course in Clayton, NM, during the 2015 Dust Bowl Series!
Click HERE to video the full-sized video on our YouTube channel.

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Check out We're All in This Together, an insightful look into the very first 5-state, 5-day series, by author and series participant George Rose!

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