Get ready for the Christmas in the Pines 4 Miler, a thrilling 4-mile loop trail race in the charming Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood, NJ. The park's trails offer a mix of terrain, from pine trees to packed trails and even a bit of sand. Don't worry, it's no obstacle course – the course is designed to be runnable, and some speedy runners have achieved fast times in the past. No matter if you're a seasoned racer or a first-timer, this event is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones. Picture this: a festive atmosphere with holiday music and decorations, a custom finishers ornament for all participants, and post-race snacks and drinks to recharge. Packet pickup is a breeze – just swing by on race morning between 7:30am-8:30am at the starting area. Let's talk about the course. It's a 4-mile loop trail race, well-marked, and conveniently starts and finishes in the same location. You'll start your journey downhill on a trail, then transition to a mix of single-track paths and wider sections. The terrain is varied, with pine needles, packed dirt, and even some sand to keep things interesting. The course is mostly flat, with only a few gentle climbs and descents, and no major technical sections to worry about. Don't forget to check out the course map here: \[Course Map\](https://caltopo.com/m/JF46) Now, let's talk about the awards ceremony. It'll take place at 10:15am, so stick around to see if you've earned some glory. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male, female, and non-binary finishers, as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Speaking of age groups, we've got you covered from under 20 all the way to 70 and beyond. One important note: awards will only be presented in person during the event – we won't be able to mail them afterwards. So make sure to be there to claim your well-deserved recognition! The Christmas in the Pines 4 Miler isn't just for the grown-ups – it's a family-friendly event. And if you have little ones, they can join in the fun too with the 1/2 mile fun run at 8:30am. We can't wait to see you at the Christmas in the Pines 4 Miler. It's going to be a blast!