The biggest question we want to answer - whether you were going to ask or not - is "Why?" Why does Beast of the East Fork exist, and why should you, your family, and your friends participate? When we conceived of The Beast we wanted to create an event for our Eastern Cincinnati communities that was both adventurous and at the same time inclusive to anyone willing to try. We also wanted to do something a little different from the typical 5K. To bring the event full circle, we decided all proceeds will go directly to support work being done with our local adolescents. For more information on Young Life and their work with Southeast Cincinnati teenagers, visit our About page. Now, for a few more common questions:
When and where is The Beast?
Beast of the East Fork will be on Saturday June 8th, 2024. Check-in and walk up registration will begin at 8:15am, with heats starting at 9:00am. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your heat. As the name implies, The Beast will be hosted at East Fork State Park in Bethel, OH. Enter the park from State Route 125 and follow signs toward the beach.
How long is The Beast?
Distance or Time? The course is approximately 3 miles, so roughly the length of a 5K. The time it takes to complete is entirely up to you and/or your teammates.
Is this Beast family friendly?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage families to run together. What better way to kick off the summer together! There is no minimum age to participate; you are the parent, we trust your judgement. To help you decide; note the distance (~3 miles), there will be a few steep hills, and running along trails through the woods. However, most obstacles have varying levels of difficulty or can be bypassed all together.
Children too young to race can enjoy our Little Beast course free of charge.
For a full description of the race, see our Little Beast Course page.
Are there group discounts?
What if it rains?
Then we will get wet.