The Big Dipper

Event Date

Sat, Jul 18, 2015


Mechanicsburg, PA

About This Activity

The Big Dipper is a trail race that includes part of the Messiah Cross-Country Team's course as well as other trails that run through Messiah's campus. The event is open to the community as a way to involve others with our team and to share what we love: running and dipping. Our team has traditions of dipping in the Yellow Breeches once a month, every month including the winter ones. Luckily, we invite you to join us for our dip after the race during the summer month of July. The proceeds of the race will go towards supporting the cross-country team and aiding in expenses we accrue over the year.
About the race: This is a great race for beginners in the trail racing scene, cross country athletes looking for a challenging 4-mile course to test their training, and experienced trail runners wanting a hilly tune-up for larger trail runs. It is a no-frills kind of race (like most good trail races). There are no finisher's medals (just prizes for first place man and woman) or chip timing; just you, your competitors, and the course. There is also a CASH PRIZE for the first non-amateur male and female! If you like to challenge yourself on multiple types of surfaces and terrain and are not afraid to be adventurous or enjoy the great outdoors up close, this is your kind of race.   
About the course:   The course begins on the Starry Athletic fields and stays entirely on Messiah College property. After crossing the covered bridge, it joins the Fit Trail (gravel at first, then dirt double-track), then hops on a single-track trail before a drop onto the path following the perimeter of the back 40 field loop (grass) and passing a water station and climbing up the double-track water tower hill. These middle miles will test even the strongest of runners as you drop down to creek level on winding single-track, climb up the bluffs beside the Breeches, and take a harrowing single-track descent back to the Fit Trail. The last mile on this side of the creek is downhill and fast! The finish is back in Starry Fields, where we will also hold awards and have post-race snacks available.
We look forward to seeing you on the course!

Event details and schedule

Event date and time: July 18th at 6:00pm

Parking: Parking will be in Starry Parking Lot. Enter Messiah at the main entrance with the display sign. Turn right and drive down the hill past the central campus buildings, all the way to the stop sign at the creek. Turn left, then drive to the next stop sign and turn right to cross the covered bridge into the lot.

What to Bring: Bring your waivers if possible or we may have you sign the waiver again once you arrive. Also bring your ID and extra clothes or a towel if you plan on taking a dip in the Breeches after the race.

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