Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon & Squirrelly Six Mile
Sun, 10.30.2022 · Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY

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WHAT A DAY!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who was part of it! Conditions were fantastic, as were the costumes, the energy, and the fun!


6M Results

13.1M Results

ABOUT

The Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon & Squirrelly Six Mile is part running race, part costume party, and is truly among the most unique events you'll ever do! Be on the look out for gorillas that have gone bananas, nutty squirrels, graves with your own names on them, and other inanity to keep you smiling and enjoying the beautiful views that await!

In 2022, join us for our 18th year of festive running mayhem at an event that has been dubbed the Best Costume Trail Race in America by Runnersworld!

WHEN

Sunday, October 30, 2022
8:00AM: Packet Pick-up Starts (until 9AM)
8:55AM: Costume Contest and Gorilla Impersonation Contest Line-up
9:00AM: Start of the Gorilla Chase Kids Race (~Half Mile for 12 and under)
9:30AM: Start of the HGH&SS
10:48AM: Cut-off for 13.1M to continue past 5.75M (otherwise you are switched to the 6M)
11AM: 6M Awards Ceremony
12PM: 13.1M Awards Ceremony
12:45PM: Entire Course Cut-off / Event Over

WHERE

Thacher State Park*
1 Hailes Cave Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186

*The park charges a $6 fee per vehicle. We encourage that you carpool.

ENTRY FEE SCHEDULE

ARE Members save $5 here.
6M13.1M 
$25$40through 12/31
$30$451/1 to 4/30
$35$505/1 to 8/31
$40$55in September
$45$60in October
The kids race is $5/child.

AMENITIES

Get ready for a great time! It's all about Halloween at this event - you are highly encouraged to dress up. Our volunteers will be costumed, we make a grave yard with the names of many of our pre-registered runners, and the course is even decorated in sections to be very spooky!

Post race, you'll receive a sweet finisher's medal and AWESOME post race food! Do note that there is not a merchandise item included with your registration.


Our kids race is always a treat!

KIDS RACE

Want to see something adorable? Check out this ~Half Mile kids event! While open to children 12 and under, most who participate range in age from 3 to 6 and always come in costume. Entry is $5/child and includes a custom finisher medal and post race snacks.

PETS & STROLLERS

While you may have them on-site at the event, you are not permitted to participate with pets or strollers.

VOLUNTEER

Be part of the Halloween fun! We welcome you to join us as a volunteer and help make it a true Halloween delight!

COURSE

COURSE PHOTOS
The course is absolutely gorgeous!

OVERVIEW

This is a trail race, run entirely on the property of John Boyd Thacher State Park. Both the six mile and half marathon are run simultaneously on the same course. It is nearly identical to the 10K/Half Marathon courses from the Thacher Park Trail Running Festival.
THE FIRST 6 MILES
The race begins with a 600 meter loop around the field and then heads north along the Escarpment towards Hailes Cave Pavilion. It then runs on the wide grass field parallel to the Long Path before joining the Long Path and running a loop in the north section of the park. The first 1.25m is the same as the final 1.25m.
The LAST 7.1 MILES
The second part of the course begins with a beautiful stretch along the fence line of the park. It then heads up the hill by the Paint Mine trailhead to Beaver Dam Rd. After that nearly mile long ascent, the rest of the race is mostly flat or downhill.

CUT-OFFS

The following requirements are in place based upon our permit and for the management of course volunteers and event operations.

COURSE MAPS

Full Course Map (Shows all races on a single map)
Map My Run Version* (with elevation)
*Disregard the distance this map shows.

Water/Aid Station Information

Water and cups are available at these locations. Note: We encourage you to use your OWN water containing device (ie. Bottle, hydration pack, etc.) to assist us in our mission of reducing litter and waste.
A*
End of Hailes Cave Rd
B*
Ryan Road
C*
-Same spot as A-
D*
Paint Mine Lot
G*
-Same spot as D-
0.75m3.75m5.5m7.5m12.0m
*Aid Stations provide water refill. And also candy. If taking candy, we PREFER that you leave the wrapper at the aid station. Your only other option is to PACK IT OUT. Do NOT litter.

RESULTS

Event Records - Male
6m: 37:55 set by Eamon Dempsey in 2010
13.1M: 1:22:03 set by Ben Nephew in 2007
Event Records - Female
6M: 41:43 set by Karen Bertasso in 2014
13.1M: 1:33:55 set by Kelsey Allen in 2014
2021
Six Mile Results
Half Marathon Results
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Photos and Media provided by Ed Gillen, Josh Merlis, and David Newman
2020
Six Mile Results
Half Marathon Results
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Photos provided by Armon Benny and Josh Merlis
2019
Six Mile Results
Half Marathon Results
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Photos provided by Christine Bishop, Leon Shelhamer, and Armon Benny
2011
The New York State Parks Department canceled the event the day prior due to the 'Noreaster.

Finisher Counts

Year 6M 13.1M Total
2005 81 107 188
2006 104 111 215
2007 107 158 265
2008 178 214 392
2009 193 272 465
2010 314 282 596
2011 - - -
2012 253 261 514
2013 263 208 471
2014 281 239 520
2015 247 218 465
2016 206 226 432
2017 263 137 400
2018 226 160 386
2019 165 114 279
2020 172 115 287
2021 215 148 363
2022 232 127 359

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