Sunday March 11th 2012, 8:00 AM



Times and places, keep your own

Qualifications - Be enough of a Buzzard to show up. RATS are welcome to participate also, you never know when a Buzzard might need a little trail food.


Aid - Bring your own, 2 or 3 bottles and some trail food recommended. We will try to have some minimal aid at the 15 mile point in Clark’s Valley. We might also have a vehicle there so that if you’re not up for the whole course you can catch a ride back to the start/finish. There is also the slight possibility that there will be no aid or no vehicle at 15, so come prepared. You will be informed as to the aid availability before we start the run. There is a reliable spring along the AT at Clark’s Valley so at the very least you will be able to refill your bottles


Course will be on the Horse-Shoe and Appalachian trails in the Clark’s Valley area north of Dauphin, PA. The course consists of single track trail, fire road, railroad bed and no asphalt.

Course can easily be shortened ( or lengthened ) to suit your desire, details on race day. There will be maps and directions provided, trails are well blazed. (That’s what we thought the first year, but it seems that RATS have trouble reading course descriptions.)

Distance for the full loop is actually 26.2 miles. Plan on at least 4 to 7 hours to do the full loop. There are five gentle hills which will provide ample opportunity to walk and rest. Total elevation change is over four thousand feet.



From the Harrisburg area go north on route 22/322 to the route 443 exit. Go north (away from the river) on route 443 for approx. 8 miles. You will pass the Fishing Creek School on your right, right after the school there will be a left turn onto a steep dirt road to the start/finish area. There is a Pa. Game Commission sign marking the turn but it's shrouded in nettles - look hard.  Need a point of reference?  Link to this map, see the red star? From the red star, the game land parking lot entrance is at the end of the T, a little to the right (entrance on left/north side of road).  Note: the address of the school is 1524 Pine Tree Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17112.  Also note that the school is not located within the city of Harrisburg.

We will carpool from the Manheim Mt. Joy exit of rt. 283. Meet at 6:45 A.M. Exit rt 283 and turn right towards Manheim, go a few hundred yards and park in the open area on the right side of the road across from Breneman Road.


For more info or specific directions email Harry Smith at  mailto:  or call 717-653-2015 Home 717-393-9641 ext. 1333 Work


The unofficial after used to be the The Thoroughbred, located in nearby Grantville but actually the parking lot proved to be just as much fun as guests of the run have included Mr. K. N. Creek,   Al's F-A Licorice Porter, Larry's darn good snausages and whatever other might show up (like what you the attendee shows up with). Make it a picnic, make it a tailgate & chalk up to what the hell else would you rather do on a Sunday in March?




1998 by Evan Sandt

2002 by John Dodds

2002 by Mike Erickson

2002 VHTRC blurb (incl pic collage)

2003 by John Mackenzie, Margie Hughes

2005 - Only 5 hills to go . . . forum on Buzzards

2006 - "one of the greatest fat ass runs on the planet"

2006 - Anne Daniels - Rest in a fine place, peacefully

See the collage, pictures, some chat and a report from a fine VHTRC member, 



Many on the Facebook Buzzards Marathon Appreciation Society page




GPS Stats compiled by Christian Taylor & his watch





Spend a night before/after: Holiday Inn, 604 Station Road Grantville, PA 17028 - closest option. Others: just search on Grantville PA ho/motels

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