The Algonquin 50k is a pancake-flat, fast, fun trail ultramarathon on The Eastern Shores of Maryland. Its unique terrain and amazing support makes it a must-run race on The East Coast. Join us in February and be ready to outrun The Goatman!

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   The Algonquin 50K is the longest 50K on the Eastern Shore. At least that is what the Race Dictator says. The inaugural race took place February 11, 2017 at 7am. It was an epic race! There was a lot of sand, sweat, water and briars. Everyone was racing to either beat the competition or beat the clock before the finish. The runners, the volunteers, and the sponsors all made this race a huge success. I could go on for chapters, but you have to run it to get a glimpse of what you missed if you weren’t there from the start.

   The race was first inspired by our infamous Race Dictator, Trent Swanson and his friends Chris Demone and Brian Swift. A group from the Pemberton Running Club (PRC), on a freezing cold day in February of 2016 ran in the Pocomoke State Park. They discovered beautiful trails, water crossings, and areas of soft Delmarvous sand. The Algonquin 50K takes you through the main vein of it all.

   The course is an out and back with a loop in the middle to break the course up. The course is a mix of single and double track. A few short roads and a lovely stretch of sand that will make you wonder what is wrong with the creators of this race. You can thank them afterwards.

   So what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation? Go sign up and start training!

Ultrasignup – Algonquin50K

ALQ50K Blog

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Race Course

Do you want to run, hike, walk, crawl the course? Then here is the 2017 Algonquin 50K course map. Now if you use a Garmin you can upload the course thanks to TERPFAN09 on Garmin Connect

ALQ Course V3

Here is a great video that highlight the course put together by one of our great Runners Robert Buecker.


We also have a Strava Group. Join by clicking below:

ALQ50k Strava Group 

Race Details

Ultrasignup – Algonquin50k

Start Date: February 10th 2018
Start Time: 7:30am
Distance: 50k, 31ish miles

Cost: $55 until August 1st, $65 August 1st until Feb 1st @ 11:59pm.

Cutoff: The final cutoff time for this event is 8 hours (3:30pm). Runners will be expected to carry the slowest pace possible throughout the entire course. If a runner falls significantly behind pace, The Algonquin Crew reserves the right to pull a runner from the race at anytime and anywhere on the course.

The Course will be a modified out and back, the middle portion will be different going up and returning. This course is 95% trails. Some of the trails are single track and some are wider horse trails. It is completely flat, which should make for a relatively fast 50k. There are a few miles that are sandy and some points there might be water covering the trail. The race will begin and end at Milburn Landing area of The Pocomoke River State Park.

There will be well-stocked aid stations every five to six miles with water, electrolyte drink, soda, boiled potatoes, something sweet and something salty.

Be prepared for cold, rain, snow, mud and possible frozen conditions. There will be a few road crossings, be aware. Most crossings will have volunteers and the traffic is minimal to nonexistent in the area during February. Horses will follow the last runners to ensure a safe return to the finish line.

There is no rain date. We will run in the rain, snow, and sleet.
Only a “force majeure” which makes EMS, Aid stations and support staff unable to function will be cause for cancellation. In the event of a cancellation, no refunds or credits will be applied to future events.

Handmade local Ceramic Mugs will be given to all the finishers….That means you have to cross the finish before the 8 hours are up. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

Awards for the top 3 men and top 3 women… And I mean big trophies!

The Algonquin 50k is a community-based, eco-friendly, volunteer supported, non-profit event whose mission is to promote Delmarva Trails. We worked closely with Maryland Parks and Maryland Forest to provide a safe, fun, exciting race.

Additional information:

  1. NO bib transfers or bandits
  2. Bib numbers should be visible at all times
  3. NO littering. Pack in, pack out.
  4. Runners should stay on the established course
  5. Runners who drop out should turn in their bib to the first ALQ crew member
  6. NO pacers, but runners may have friends and/or family run with them from the end of the Algonquin trail to the finish line
  7. No deferrals
  8. Refunds: Entry refund until 60 days before the event (12 DEC 2017) is $30. No refunds after DEC 12th.
  9. No dogs for runners (sorry but there are horses on the trail)
  10. No early or late starts
  11. Runners’ crews may meet and assist runners only at aid stations.

Training Plans

If you are looking to start your first 50K or any distance and do not want to spend a ton of money, check out these sites that offer great plans. If one doesn’t work for you just go down the list and see what does. After all it is about adapting and overcoming challenges.



You could also join our Strava Group by clicking the link below:

ALQ50k Strava Group 


Fellrnr – This site is a wealth or resources and training plans.

Kevin Sayers’ Ultra Running Resource

Runners 4 Wellness

Ultra Marathon Running



Do you have a question for the Race Dictator or the ALQ50K Crew? Then contact us. Do not worry your info is kept safe under lock and key, and watched over by the Goatman. It will not ever be sold or give to a 2nd or 3rd party. We are selfish that way.