Thursday, April 10, 2008

Eastern New England Trail Race Series

The series is inspired by the popular and successful Grand Tree Trail Race Series run by the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club. The Grand Tree series includes races located in the western portion of Massachusetts as well as New York State. Trail runners in the Eastern and Central parts of Massachusetts were looking for a similar challenge that would extend throughout the calendar year but was within easy driving distance. A small number of trail race directors began communicating with each other and with the encouragement and guidance of the directors of the Grand Tree Series contacts were made with many established trail races and a schedule of twenty trail races was compiled for the inaugural running of the Eastern New England Trail Race Series.
Distances range from 3 miles (Trav’s Trail Run) to 17.5 miles (Wapack 17.5M Trail Race). While most races are located in Massachusetts there is one being run in Rhode Island, the Lil’ Rhody Runaround 8M Trail Race. The title of the series leaves room in the future for additional races being added from throughout New England. Scoring for the series will be a calculated percentage of the winner’s time. A yet to be determined number of races to qualify will be an accumulation of series points from each participant’s best finishes of those races. Results of each race as well as the series standings will be posted on the series website and recorded by the North Medford Club. Awards will be presented to several age and gender groups at the conclusion of the series. Applications for each race can be accessed on the series website. Some online registration will be available.

The average trail runner is unique among the running community in that the environment that they run in is as important as the activity itself. The series hopes to provide new venues for our fellow trail runners as well as an opportunity to participate in a structured race format. The first race of the series is the Merrimack River 10 mile trail race to be held this Saturday in Andover, MA at 9 AM.

Race Schedule and Applications.


  1. Hi, I've gone looking for the New England Trail Race Series, and Google doesn't seem to know what I'm talking about.

    Does it still exist? Is there a new site?

    Thank you!

    1. The series no longer exists but the races that comprised the series are still run. Check out the North Shore Trail Race Series for local races.


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