3 Days at the Fair May 12-15, 2016

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72 / 48 / 24 / 12 / 6 Hour Races
at the Sussex County Fairgrounds

May 12 - 15, 2016

2016 will sell out at 300 Runners

The Saturday 50K, the 24 Hour and 48 Hour race
will all be the USATF-NJ Championships
You must be a USATF member to be eligible

Click here if you are looking for the 24 hour Fall alternative.
Nov 7-8, 2015, same location, same course, same setup

Course Description:
  • Certified  NJ13501JHP, NJ13502JHP, NJ13503JHP 1.000 miles flat loop on pavement and crushed gravel (approx 5% gravel)
  • Course is EXACTLY a 1 mile loop, with a special start line for a Marathon or 50K finish.
  • Certified Marathon Course (NJ13502JHP) Boston Qualifier
  • Certified 50K Course (NJ13503JHP)
  • Certified 50 Mile Time - will be exactly 50 laps
  • Certified 100 Mile Time - will be exactly 100 laps
  • Lit course at night - no need for headlamps!
  • Live display showing laps completed and position
  • Heated bathrooms with shower facilities on course
    • You don't run though them but the course goes in front of them
  • Full kitchen to provide hot and cold food at Aid Station
    • Access to Kitchen to cook your own food
  • Plenty of parking
  • Access to electric, 6 outlets on every pole.  Bring extension cords to bring it closer to your tent.
  • Grassy areas for tents, close to the aid station, Start Finish area or further away for quieter nights
  • Spots available for RV Parking - $50 for full hook up, no charge if not using hook ups
    • RV84- is the closest RV rental place.  They will drop off and pickup the RV so you don't have to worry about it.
Address is 37 Plains Rd. Augusta NJ 07822


Course is in RED
Food and Aid Station are located at the large building in the center of the photo marked by the blue arrow
Registration is done at the side of the aid station

Bathrooms and Showers are marked by the purple arrow
START / FINISH area is located just below the timing marked with the pink arrow
Camping is allowed on almost any grassy area seen on this map.

Packet Pickup is in the main food area and starts 1 hour before your race.

Previous Runners thoughts or write ups about 3 Days at the Fair:
John Fegyveresi's write up 2013
George Nelsen's write up 2013
Joseph Naura's writeup Part 1 and Part 2
Clifford Lange Top 10 Lists 2013
Article covering Phil McCarthy's American RECORD in 2011
Phil McCarthy's 2011 write up
Sabrina Moran's 2011 writeup
Tom Haines 2011 write up
Frank Colella's write up 2010

Photos from 2013
More Photos of 2013
Even more Photos 2013

Photo of the oldest and youngest to hit 100 lifetime miles

72, 48, 24, 12 Hour Races will finish at 9:00 am on Sunday morning.
The 6 Hour Race will end at Midnight Saturday night. (12:00am Sunday)
Awards for ALL races will take place at breakfast Sunday morning.

72 Hour race begins at 9:00 am on Thursday Morning
48 Hour race begins at 9:00 am on Friday Morning
24 Hour race begins at 9:00 am on Saturday Morning
12 Hour race begins at 9:00 pm on Saturday Evening
  6 Hour race begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday Evening
Marathon or 50K can begin with ANY other race and must be finished by the time the next race starts.

Runners doing the 6 Hour, 12 Hour, 24 Hour or 48 Hour may also start earlier with any other race.  There will be a limit of 300 runners on the course at any one time.


Any runner that hits the USATF Qualifying Standards in either the 24 hour or in a 24-hour split in the 48 Hour or 72 Hour events will be issued a check for the opening entry fee upon completion of the event.

3 Days at the Fair is NOT a qualifying race in 2015 but WILL BE in 2016

One Day is a qualifying race in 2015 and 2016

Day of Registration is available.

Prices are as follows:

72 Hour or Quadzilla: $315

48 Hour: $265

24 Hour: $215

12 Hour: $190

6 Hour, Marathon and 50K: $165


72 Hour race $250 until November 29.

48 Hour race $200 until November 29.

24 Hour race $150 until November 29.

12 Hour race $125 until November 29.

6 Hour race $100 until November 29.

Marathon or 50K $100 until November 29.

There will be 4 Different Marathons; Thursday 9:00am, Friday 9:00am, Saturday 9:00am and Saturday 9:00pm

Run ANY 2 Marathons for $150 until November 29.

Run ANY 3 Marathons for $200 until November 29.

QUADZILLA - Run ALL 4 Marathons for $250 until November 29.

November 30 until February 29 – All races increase $25

March 1 until May 5 – All races increase another $25

After May 5 online registration closes.

Please email njtrailseries@gmail.com for information regarding day of registration.

SWAG is not guaranteed after April 1


List of those who earned coins from previous years

Best All Time Performances

**For ALL races; you can receive a 50% refund until 8 weeks before race date.  After that NO REFUNDS. 
** If you transfer your bib to another runner, please contact us with the new runner's information ASAP.


Laps will be tracked for each runner using MyLaps ProChip timing & scoring system. As each runner crosses over the mat to mark a “split,” the system will record it. Since the mat will be passed each time the runner circles the course, each split is thus equal to one lap.  One word of caution regarding the counting of laps; Only completed laps will count towards your overall total mileage.

Pacers: This is a very runnable course and pacers will not be allowed.  You would have to work hard to get lost and in the spirit of competition try to do your best on your own efforts.
Any two or more registered runners though can run together as much as they desire.  This is true no matter which race you are entered, all runners will be using the same course.

Trekking Poles:  No Poles Allowed.

One aid station will be open from 8:00am on Thursday through Sunday morning.  The aid station is run by the finest crew of ultra running cooks.  They will prepare an array of food that keeps you full of energy and your palate entertained.  Special Veggie / Vegan foods are available through out the entire event.  It will also be stocked with the usual ultra fare as well as hot and cold food for the entire event.  Participants and crew will have access to prepare their own special concoctions.  Access to the walk in refrigerator is available to everyone as well.  Please notify Race Director if access to kitchen is wanted.

Sussex County Fairgrounds has public restrooms located just a few steps from the course. There are also Shower facilities located inside the rest rooms. 

Local pottery will be presented on-site to the TOP 3 male and TOP 3 female completing the greatest number of miles for ALL timed races. Winners of each time category will be recognized at the breakfast/awards ceremony.  Finishers of the set distance races will receive finishers awards.


Coins will be given out to runners at the Sunday Awards ceremony for lifetime miles.  Awards will be given for Marathon, 50K, 100 Miles, 250 Miles, 500 Miles, 1000 Miles and each successive 500 Miles.

Sussex County Fairgrounds does allow pets, as long as they’re on a leash.  By all
means, please bring your pet(s) along if you like; there will be plenty of space for them. Please be careful when crossing the course.  Also be aware that there will be many other animals on the property.  If your pet is uncomfortable around horses, cows, poultry or other animals it may be best to leave them home.

Please be aware that the course will be closed to the general public while we’re using it. Having said that, Sussex County Fairgrounds is an active Fairground and will have a horse show, a poultry show, a garden show, a farmers market and possibly other activities going on away from the Race Course.  Your friends and family are more than welcome to explore the property while you run.  There is plenty to do on the Fairgrounds as well as close by off property.


Holiday Inn Express in Newton has offered a discount to all 3 Days at the Fair runners and their families. The May group runs from 5/14-5/19 with a discounted rate of $129.00 for a standard room and $159.00 for a suite.  The block code for May is NJ3 to be used when reserving the room.

2013 Results
2013 Lap Splits



2010 RESULTS   Don't forget the results list LAPS, convert using the LAP SHEET

3 Days at the Fair 2010

Racetwitch com video of RD description of course

Rick McNulty,
May 16, 2011, 8:58 AM
Rick McNulty,
May 19, 2013, 6:11 PM