The Walpack Wildeness Challenge…What is it about this race that everybody loves so much??? We had to find out, so we made our way to Sussex County last summer for this event. And WOW, were we impressed! We felt like we were in the wrong time zone.
Besides being so rural and so remarkably beautiful, it was one of the most exciting races we did last year. It’s a strong candidate for our Top 10 Races in NJ feature coming soon.
Others love the gorgeous country setting. “I feel like I’m in Montana.” one runner told us last year.
Others appreciate the isolation of it. After all, there is nothing more soul searching than climbing a big hill alone!
Whatever the reason, it’s become a favorite for many runners who want something exciting, challenging and of course…..fun! This year, the event features two incredible races.
The Walpack Wilderness Challenge presents a unique distance, with a 6k run/21k bike/2k run. And do not underestimate the world “Wilderness” as the course meanders from the town of Walpack through the Delaware Watergap National Recreation Area. That means breath-taking views & tons of great wildlife. Don’t be surprised if you get a glimpse of a Black Bear too.
The other option is the Wild Walpack 5-Mile Run. It takes place on a perfect mix of paved roads and dirt trails and you can expect some elevation as well. It’s a beauty of a course and unlike one you may have ever run before.
Be sure to sign up early for this race as it will give you some serious bragging rights. More info can be found on their website here.