The Pawpaw 4 Miler will be back in 2021!
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The 5th Annual Pawpaw 4 Miler and 1 mile fun run/walk will take place in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival that takes place every September at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio -- the race will be Sunday of the festival, and start at 9:00am.  

The Pawpaw 4 Miler is a classic cross country style race run on a mixture of grass, trails, and gravel surfaces, with potential for a few more fun obstacles along the route!  Whether you are in it to run fast, or to simply enjoy the scenic Southeastern Ohio park, this race will be a great event for all levels, including a 1 mile fun run/walk for children, families, or those who just want to take it easy. 


You'll be treated with the unique and colorful "running pawpaw" logo on your race t-shirt, a casual and comfortable tri-blend short-sleeve shirt.  And when you cross the finish line you'll be handed a cold pawpaw popsicle!  We encourage you to come for the entire weekend and visit the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, before running the race on Sunday morning.  This weekend is all about the pawpaws!

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Basic Details

Date:  Sunday, September 21, 2021

Location:  Lake Snowden

Start Time:  9:00 am 

Distance:  4 miles and 1 mile fun run/walk

Parking:  at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Lake Snowden


Registration will open:  TBD

4 Mile Distance:  $20 + small online processing fee

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk:  $10 + small online processing fee

Online registration will close the Friday before the race @ 11:59pm.

In-Person registration will be at Ohio Valley Running Company Saturday before the race, 3:00-6:00pm.  We can accept cash, checks, or cards.

Race-Day registration will be at Lake Snowden where the race starts starting at 7:00 am.

Early Bib and T-Shirt Pickup will be at Ohio Valley Running Company (20 Station St. Athens, Ohio) Saturday from 3:00-6:00pm.

*Please do not go into OVRC prior to this time period asking for your bib and shirt.  

T-Shirts are optional this year

We know the Pawpaw 4 Mile Shirts are cool! But, we've had runners who don't want another race shirt, so, this year we're going to decrease the race cost and allow those that want a shirt to add it to their registration when they check out.  If you initially don't select a shirt when you sign up, you can always add it later before race day.  

What You Get​

*t-shirts are optional starting in 2021, and are not part of the registration fee.  You can add a t-shirt when checking out, and you may also add a shirt later by clicking the "store" tab on UltraSignup. 

A pawpaw popsicle to all runners once completing the race! 

All participants will receive $5 off a day pass and $10 off a weekend pass to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. 

  • To use discount at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival on Friday evening or Saturday day, for the weekend pass or day pass, you can mention "Pawpaw 4 Mile Race" and show the ticket attendee's when entering the Pawpaw Festival gates your email confirmation from the race for your discount.

  • To use discount at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival on Sunday after the race, show the ticket attendee's when entering the Pawpaw Festival gates your race bib-number and tell them you ran the Pawpaw 4 Mile Race.  

  • The 4 Miler will be held outside of the gates and you do not need to attend the festival to run the race! 

this is a no-frill, low-key event so there will be no awards.  feel free to run your heart-out & compete-hard --- we'll even have bibs, times/results, but if you win you may only get a pat on the back and a popsicle!  oh, and I bet there will be a pawpaw along the way somewhere!

*you do not need to enter the Pawpaw Festival to run the Pawpaw Race*


Course Map

Click the orange button below to see course map and elevation profile.

The 4 mile course will feature a mixture of grass, dirt surfaces, as well as the trails that are on the Lake Snowden property.  To race is a true cross country style race with short hills, uneven footing, and potential for a big dteam crossing!  The course is for not just for experienced runners though, as it can easily be completed by beginners as well!

The 1 mile fun run/walk course is perfectly suitable for children, families that wish to participate together, or those who may want a relaxing stroll along Lake Snowden. 


All proceeds of the Pawpaw 4 Miler and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk are administered through Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners who has a mission to promote trail running in the area as a healthy activity to be enjoyed by all.  SEOTR is also involved in the promotion of local HS cross country teams, maintenance and upkeep of local trails, and other trail related activities!

SEOTR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.