16th Annual

with a NEW 25K event

Saturday, September 6, 2014 

at 7:00 a.m.for 50K
and 9:30 a.m. for 25K
sponsored by the 

Veterans of Foreign Wars
 Post 9044



or register online at
Register for Groundhog Fall 50K

Confirmed Entries



Punxsutawney Community Center
220 North Jefferson Street, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
25K entrants will be bussed to the start from the Community Center at 8:30 a.m.
Plenty of free parking for participants, family and handlers.



             $60 before July 31
             $70 before August 31
             $80 until race day
Veterans may deduct $10

             $30 before July 31
             $35 before August 31
             $40 until race day
Veterans may deduct $5
(includes pre-race spaghetti dinner for 50K entrants only, $6 extra for 25K entrants)
ENTRY FEE REFUNDABLE, less $15, if request received by August 20, 2014


Bob Lott

(814) 938-4589


8 Hours (until 3 p.m.)
5:00 a.m. Trekking Start for Runners and Walkers who need a little more time
All participants complete the first Buck Run Loop by 10:30 AM in order to start the second loop.

        Packet Pickup will be on Friday, September 5, 2014, between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
      a pre-race Spaghetti Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m.at Gobbler's Knob
Packets may also be picked up on race day at the Community Center 
until 6:45 for the 50K and 8:15 for the 25K.
Directions to Gobbler's Knob:  Follow Highway 36 south through downtown Punxsutawney.  
A quarter mile past the left turnoff for US 119, turn right (south) onto Woodland Ave.
 Drive for up the hill one mile - the road bends sharply to the left, then bears right to the top. 
Gobblers Knob will be at the crest of the hill on the left and is well marked.
Packet Pickup and the Dinner are at the building behind the parking lot; the Gobbler's Knob stage is to the right.
GPS Direction:  1548 Woodland Avenue Ext., Punxsutawney, PA
Reservations for the Spaghetti Dinner for family or friends are requested in 
        advance. Request additional tickets above with entry. Packet Pickup on Race Day 
        will be between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m.at the Starting Line.
Last minute instructions will be reviewed and race questions will be answered.


The event begins at the Punxsutawney Community Center at 220 North Jefferson Street in downtown Punxsutawney. 
The 50K course is up and down hills, along country roads, on trails, logging roads, pipeline rightaways, 
and across streams. Bus transportation will be provided at 8:30 to the start of the 25K
at the junction of Buck Run Road and Graffius Avenue.  The course will follow the 50k course from there.
The finish for both events is downtown where the event started at the Community Center.
The course will be marked with white paint on rocks, the ground, or grass, and American flags. 
Race participants usually face a mild warm up in temperatures before finishing and 
may expect variable humidity running in the woods.  Conditions are unpredictable and 
pre-race precipitation varies from year to year, so be prepared.
Support personnel will sweep the course following the race
to pick up trash (please be kind) 


3.5 - 7 - 11.2 - 15.1 - 19.3 - 23.2 - 27.3 - 31.1 (MILES)

Support stations every three to four miles enable entrants to
participate without the need to carry additional fluids and gels.  
Support stations are provided with sport replacement drink, Water, Sodas, Fruit, 
& Snacks. Handler Crews have access to all stations. See Handlers' Map.
Medical EMT's and an ambulance are stationed at the Buck Run support station 
at mile markers 7, 15.1, and 23.2, and at the finish.


Pizza and and other refreshments


50K Age Group winners will receive professionally carved sandstone rocks
Under 30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, over 60
The first VFW eligible veteran who break the course record.
will receive paid life membership to Post 9044 - up to $425 value.
One Dollar per runner will go to a cumulative "Break the Course Record" Fund, currently standing at $300.
The Fund will be split equally by gender, with the first man to break 4:00:00 or woman to break 4:27:44 
being presented with a cash award equal to half of the Fund at the time. 
If no records are broken the Fund will continue to accumulate,.


Available until 4:00 p.m. on race day at the Community Center.  Bring your own towel.


Race start is at the Punxsutawney Community Center at 220 North Jefferson Street.  
To get there, enter Punxsutawney from:
Rt 36 South then turn right at second light.
Rt 36 North then turn left at third light.
Rt 119 South then turn right at first light to stay on route 119, 
then turn left two lights later.
Rt 119 North then turn right at first light to stay on route 119, 
then turn right at next light.
ACCOMMODATIONS As before, Free Housing is being offered to participants and their friends and family under a variety of arrangements. Bring your sleeping bag and a towel and we'll provide the roof, restrooms and shower. * * * Please let us know via email if you are requesting accommodations * * * Robert Lott [ralott@comcast.net] and we will respond to you by email or phone prior to the race to let you know where you will be staying.