Humdinger Trail Races
Saturday, March 7, 2015
ARE YOU A ‘DINGER?
The Humdinger and the Half-Dinger are 7.1 and 3.5 mile-ish trail races that have been designed to test your early season stamina while shaking off the cabin fever. New for 2015 – the Double Dinger! For those looking for the most serious ‘Dinger challenge yet, the Double-Dinger offers the distance of a half marathon but run over some truly challenging early March trails.
What could be more fun than running around snowy and muddy central PA fields and forests with 350 or so costumed friends and family? The ’Dingers are meant to be big on both fun and challenge. Whether you’re in it to win it or just to have fun with your friends, you’ll find a ‘Dinger that’s just right for you.
Join us at the Danville Borough Farm on the first Saturday of March to see if you just might be a ‘Dinger too!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:00am Humdinger, Half-Dinger and Double-Dinger combined start
the ‘Pig Barn’, State Hospital Dr, Danville, PA 17821 USA
Danville Area High School / Danville Area Primary Center, 600 Walnut St, Danville, PA 17821 USA
MAXIMUM FIELD SIZE
350 Humdinger/Half-Dinger/Double-Dinger combined
11:59pm EST February 7, 2015 (NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION)
8:00am – 9:30am at the pig barn
- mud/snow/water/farm fields/wooded hillsides/obstacles…… late winter fun!
- slip & slide!!!!
- costumed critters (the insult bears live on!) carefully positioned to provide maximum racer ‘support’
- custom t-shirts
- professional medical support by the Geisinger Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine team, just in case
- pre-race snacks and post-race hot food from Chef Willie’s Creamery
- sports drink/water/snack stops along the courses
- Old Forge Brewing Company beer at the Pig Barn for anyone over 21
- professional chip timing
- unique trophies for overall male/female winners of each race
- finishers’ medals for all finishers
- inclusion in the 2015 River Towns Race Series. The series is FREE and all racers qualify for cash prizes and other really cool stuff! All proceeds benefit the Montour Area Recreation Commission.
WHAT THIS RACE IS NOT
We call the Humdinger and its offspring ‘trail races’. These are not well-maintained cross-country style courses. Neither are they extreme obstacle type courses. You’re not in for a run in the park here, nor are we going to try to make you cry like a little girl. We want you to get outside in central PA in early March, shake off the cabin fever and have fun running around with 350 or so like-minded friends. We’ll challenge you and make you sweat, but we’re not going to put anything out there that the average person can’t do. Every difficult obstacle on the course has a work-around for those who are not up to the challenge. You will get muddy, you’ll likely get a boo-boo or two and you might even be sore the next day, but hey – that’s half the point of it!
We welcome groups of friends, co-workers and/or family members to come out and race with us as a ‘team’. The Humdinger is all about having fun and getting outside with friends. We want you to come out and have a great time together and we’ll reward the teams who show the best team spirit or the best costumes. The reward will be light on the ‘fortune’, but heavy on the ‘glory’ side of things. Please note that team names and results are not tracked as a separate category in the race results. Each teammate will have his/her own bib number and timing chip and will be listed in the individual male or female results for each race.
Please note, most of the Humdinger/Half-Dinger/Double-Dinger course is on land that is closed to the public except on the day of the race. No matter how tempting it is, do not attempt to check out the course in advance. Doing so will not only cause problems for the race organizers, it is very likely to lead to the end of the race. Please, do everyone a favor and get your pre-race practice runs in at some other park or trail. Thanks for understanding.
In roughly 7.1 miles of happiness, you’ll get all the steep slopes, daunting climbs, mud, water, bush-whacking and other ‘fun’ you have grown to know and love in the Humdinger. We’re bringing back the adventures at the Pig Barn again this year too. If the past is any guide, you can expect some new stuff this year to keep you on your toes. Come prepared for anything!
The Humdinger course changes slightly from year to year to take full advantage of whatever winter brings to central PA. Generally speaking though, you can get a rough idea of the course here. Consider this more of a hint than an exact map.
Roughly half the distance (3.5 – 4 miles, more or less), but all of the fun! Not sure you’re up to the full Humdinger challenge? No problem! We have created the HALF-DINGER with you in mind. This course incorporates all the features that make the Humdinger great, without the ‘hard-core’ race distance. Flatter and shorter and ‘doable’ by anyone that puts their mind to it. Want to have fun in the ice, mud, water, fire, etc with a lesser degree of suffering? The Half-Dinger is the race for you.
New for 2015, the Double-Dinger will offer two loops of the Humdinger hillside trails. Expect 13.2 miles (maybe slightly more or less, depending upon the trail conditions) of the same happiness found in the Humdinger with an extra dose of suffering! There will be a 3:00pm cut-off time (5 hours) for the Double.
Dave Walker (yes, the same one who caught many at the foot of ‘suicide hill’ and reigned victorious in the Dark-Dinger) managed to also find time to get some great photos. You can find them online at http://giantsmile.zenfolio.com/humdinger2014. Thanks Dave.
More pictures to follow as we get them. Do you have photos to share? If so, please contact Bob at MontrRec@ptd.net to share.
If you’re reading this, then congratulations on surviving what is almost certainly the most challenging Humdinger in history! I can’t say enough good things about the many volunteers, partners and racers who made the 2014 race possible. We worked very hard to put on a challenging, yet safe, race for our returning friends and new River Towns Race Series racers and I’m extremely pleased with the results. Congratulations to everyone who dared to brave the wintry outdoors and kick off the 2014 racing season. I hope you went home with a smile on your face and a bunch of great memories and new friends.
Without exaggeration, we could not possibly have raced this year without weeks’ worth of hard work by Dave Decoteau and the Riverside Adventure Company, Elijah Evans of Elijah Evans Excavating, and our unbelievably dedicated trail volunteers including John Maize, Larry Ryan, Joe Ward, Greg Kovalick, Kenneth Klose and Dave Walker (yes, the same Dave Walker who saved everyone as they slid down the hill at Hopewell Park, then went on to dust the field at the Dark-Dinger!) Thanks also to our fantastic partners at Old Forge Brewing Company and Chef Willie’s Creamery for keeping us well-hydrated and well-fed, the Borough of Danville, Montour County and the Danville Area School District for allowing us to use their lands and parking areas, Bloomsburg University’s fraternities and sororities for providing plenty of racer ‘encouragement’, and the always exceptional staff of the Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Program for patching us up to go out and play again. Finally, thanks to you, our racers, who looked out for each other and willingly disregarded your personal finishing times, fortune and glory to help other racers in need. To all those who put other racers’ well-being ahead of your own ambitions, it’s an honor to race with you.
We spent this morning beginning the tear-down and cleanup of the course and have found a number of things left behind yesterday. To see our ‘lost and found’ list, please visit our River Towns Race Series Facebook page. We’ll also be posting the first batches of pictures and racer feedback to that site as the day goes on. We hope to have the larger batches of pictures available by later this evening. Please check back here for updates today and through this week as needed.
Finally, the first draft results are now posted on our Facebook page. I’ll be working this afternoon to compile the results into River Towns Race Series format and will be making corrections as needed. Because of the large number of racers who switched from the Humdinger to the Half-Dinger yesterday, we know there are quite a few racers listed in the wrong category. We’re working to correct any errors as we find them. As a result, the results posted to our Facebook page are considered preliminary. The semi-final results should be posted to this website later this evening. Once posted, the results will also be considered preliminary for a period of 72 hours. During that time, I will make any corrections as needed. If you find your results are incorrect, please email me at MontrRec@ptd.net and I’ll make sure we get your results corrected. I will post the final, official results to this website after the 72 hour period has passed and corrections have been made. Results will be considered official at that time and no further corrections will be made.
On behalf of the Montour Area Recreation Commission’s River Towns Race Series and our many partners, sponsors and supporters, thank you again for choosing to race with us and best wishes for a great 2014 racing season. We’ll hope to see all of you again in Danville on Saturday, May 3rd, for the River Towns Marathon and Half Marathon and the Danville Business Alliance’s Spring Fling. Go forth and race knowing that you too are tough enough to call yourself a Humdinger!
More racers, more costumes, more glow stuff, more Old Forge, more pigs……………. the 2013 Humdinger was a race to remember for a very long time! We’re pretty sure we’ve never before seen so many full-grown men in tutus. Thanks for racing with us ‘Dingers. There’s nothing quite like racing with 500+ friends in the early March Danville mud.
To join in the post-race discussion and see tons of great race pictures, please visit our RTRS Facebook page.
Thanks ‘Dingers for making it a great race. We’ll hope to see you again soon.
Can I pre-run the courses?
No, most of the Humdinger/Half-Dinger course is on land that is closed to the public except on the day of the race. Please, no matter how tempting it is, do not attempt to check out the course in advance. Doing so will not only cause problems for the race organizers, it is very likely to lead to the end of the race. Please do everyone a favor and get your pre-race practice runs in at some other park or trail. Thanks for understanding.
I’ve already registered, but now I can’t make it to the race. Can I get a refund?
Refunds are given only if the race in cancelled by the organizers. Otherwise, once fees are paid, they will not be refunded for any other reason.
Do you allow athletes to transfer their entry to another person (allowing for a substitution of athletes)?
Yes, provided this transfer is made at least 10 days prior to the event. If the substitute person does not attend on race day, no refunds or credits of any kind will be available. To request a transfer, contact Bob Stoudt at MontrRec@ptd.net
Are races ever cancelled, and if so, how do I find out the latest news?
Yes, it’s possible to have a cancellation or weather related postponement, though it’s extremely unlikely. Any cancellation or postponement will be posted on this website and will also be emailed to all race registrants.
I left something at a race. What should I do?
Either contact us or wait a day or two and check the race website. We’ll likely post a “Lost and Found” page on the race updates page. There you can browse photos of items left at the race and see if your missing item is among the photos.
What if I get hurt?
Racing can be dangerous! No person should enter a race of any type without carefully considering the risks involved. Your consideration should include factors that are completely out of the normal range of consideration. You could be hit by a car. You could fall. You could run into another runner or be run into by them. You could be hit by lightning. Although the organizers of the race spend months putting systems in place to make the race as safe as possible, there are ALWAYS RISKS. You should participate in each race at a level that keeps you in control of your safety. Always exercise caution and restraint on the course. Any racer found by the Race Director to be behaving irresponsibly will be disqualified immediately and asked to leave the race. WHEN YOU SIGN-UP FOR THIS RACE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY AS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE. You are saying that you alone accept this potential risk and are willfully participating at your own risk. You are accepting ANYTHING that could happen on the race course regardless of events leading to the dangerous condition, including negligence. YOU ARE AGREEING TO HOLD ALL PEOPLE, GROUPS, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATION HARMLESS AND AGREEING NOT TO SUE, IN THE EVENT THAT YOU BECOME INJURED.
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