October 1st, 2023


The Blues Cruise 50K Trail Ultra race is suitable for first time ultra runners as well as seasoned runners. We are able to reach this goal by having a course that is very runnable, not too technical, but challenging enough to make it interesting for everyone. Our themed aid stations are well stocked and serviced by local (ultra) runners.

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We are greatful to be part of the Pagoda Pacers, a local (ultra) running club with more then 500 members.

Please welcome our new RDs Michael Whalen and Elaine Wilson Cook.

Michael has been a Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club member for nearly 10 years and volunteers at the Shiver series, works as one of our trailer coordinators and spends time at Blue Marsh doing trail maintenance. Michael began running in 1970 at a very young age. In the past few years, he competed in many 50 K races, often winning an age group award. He has completed (1) 100-mile race and more than 20 ultramarathons. In 2022 Michael achieved his running dream of completing the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru.

Elaine rediscovered running later in life. As a teacher she is confined to a class room most days, so trail running really appealed to her. Sharing trails with like minded people while spending time outdoors is her idea of a good time. While Elaine runs everything from a local 5K to some mountainous 100K, the ultra races appeal to her the most. She ran the Blues Cruise in 2015 and 2016 herself and is excited to be part of the race again, this time on the other side of the starting line.

When asked what makes Blues Cruise special we learned that they believe that both the Ultra community, and those incredible themed aid stations are the best! The best part of racing Blues Cruise is the varied terrain. As a hiller¯, Michael is very fond of the Ski Slope portion of the race. He looks forward to helping to keep Blues Cruise a fun but challenging event.

This race would not be possible without the support of the Pagoda Pacers. The club has years of experience organizing first class trail races and can draw from over 100 members who have completed an ultra. If you have any questions about our race or ultra running in general , please don't hesitate to contact us


In 2022 (2023 tbd) we will have:
- very durable 1/4 zip, micro fleece jacket with race logo on the front and Pagoda Pacer logo on the back
-Our 2022 (2023 tbd) Finishers Medal with nautical theme of course

Register now!
Sunday 10/1/2023 8:30AM
Blue Marsh Lake, Lakeview Pavillion
1420 Palisades Drive, Leesport, PA

Preperation for the Blues Cruise 50K is in full swing. Once again we expect 350-400 runners for one of the largest 50Ks in the country. Join us today. There will be an entry fee increase after August 31st, so register now. We will see you in October.

Age group awards will still be the 4 1/2 foot Canoe Paddles that everyone loves. Overall Male and Female awards will change this year to an engraved, mountable ship's bell. We have already received RAVE reviews for these! Also new for this year is a Blues Cruise Finisher's Medal.