Independence Series: June 5-9, 2021

Day 1: Lums Pond State Park, Bear, DelawareIndependence Update
Day 2: Fair Hills NRMA, Elkton, Maryland (New course for 2021!)
Day 3: Union Township Recreation Area, Douglassville, Pennsylvania (New location for 2021!)
Day 4: Stokes State Forest, Branchville, New Jersey
Day 5: Port Jervis, New Yorkseriesgroupfb

Quick Overview
Series Dates: Saturday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
Race Times: All races in this series will begin at 6:00 AM (ET).
Early Start: Yes, for 50K, marathon, and half marathon only. One hour before regular start time, every day.

Packet Pickup: Friday, June 4, 4-6 PM, 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 starters may pick up packets on race morning, beginning 30 minutes before early start time.)
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, hotels, and airports: Check Independence Series Facebook Group.

Hotel Searches: DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY
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. ( 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 granola bars and bananas–we even have our very own mobile kitchen, Loony Lunchbox!

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

Race Locations:

  • Day 1: Delaware
    • Lums Pond State Park (Start will be at Area 1)
    • 1042 Howell School Road
    • Bear, DE 19701
    • GPS (map): N 39.55878, W 75.71463 (Park entrance; park roads not on Garmin)
    • Terrain: Mix of hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel, and pavement with lots of shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 39′
    • Tentative Course Laps: 14 laps for Marathon.
    • Course Lap Preview

Lum's Pond, DE

  • Day 2: Maryland
    • Fair Hills Natural Resources Management Area – New Course for 2021
    • Blackridge Rd and Appleton Rd
    • Elkton, MD 21921
    • GPS (map): 39.716305, -75.822083
    • Terrain: Asphalt, medium gravel, and fine gravel with moderate shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 140′
    • Tentative Course Laps: 14 laps for Marathon.
    • Course Lap Preview (Not applicable to 2021)


  • Day 3: Pennsylvania
    • Union Township Recreation Area – New location for 2021
    • 100 Campbell Ford Rd
    • Douglassville, PA 19518
    • GPS (map): 40.260061, -75.781695
    • Terrain: Shaded.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): TBD
    • Tentative Course Laps: 12 laps for Marathon.

PA Course

  • Day 4: New Jersey
    • Stokes State Forest
    • 1 Coursen Road
    • Branchville, NJ
    • GPS (map): N 41.20631, W 74.77500 (Go 1.8 miles down Coursen Road from park entrance)
    • Terrain: Smooth asphalt rolling through dense forest (lots of shade).
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 89′
    • Tentative Course Laps: 12 laps for Marathon.
    • Course Lap Preview

Independence - NJ

  • Day 5: New York
    • Riverside Park and Recreation Area
    • 4th Street
    • Port Jervis, NY
    • GPS (map): N 41.37161, W 74.69205
    • Terrain: Asphalt, crushed gravel, and some dirt with little to moderate shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 24′
    • Tentative Course Laps: 14 laps for Marathon.
    • Course Lap Preview

Independence - NY


Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Day 1 (DE) => Day 2 (MD): 11 miles, 0:14
  • Day 2 (MD) => Day 3 (PA): 60 miles, 1:26
  • Day 3 (PA) => Day 4 (NJ): 107 miles, 2:17
  • Day 4 (NJ) => Day 5 (NY): 22 miles, 0:30
  • Day 5 (NY) => Day 1 of New England Series (PA): 2 miles, 0:03

Independence Map 2


What about the bling?
We all know that’s the best part! Every participant 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!



Delaware – Maryland – Pennsylvania – New Jersey – New York

June 5-9 2021
Race Type By 2/28/21 3/1/21-3/31/21 4/1/21-5/31/21 After 5/31/21
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $115 $130
10K $45 $45 $45 $55
5K $35 $35 $35 $45
Register online: Click HERE!!
Mail-in Registration Form: HERE!!
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 to another participant.

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