Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Weekend on the Trails

A very busy weekend coming up with several races to choose from in four different states. Distances vary from 6K to 100 miles so there's something for everyone. Power down the laptop, lace up your shoes and get a move on!

Saturday, September 19 - Broken Boulder 6K Trail Race, Allenstown, NH - A fast course through beautiful Bear Brook State Park. With over 10,000 acres it is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there are forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds.

Saturday, September 19 - Trapp Family 10K Trail Run, Stowe, VT - A 10K loop beginning and ending in the Trapp Family Lodge Meadow. The trail winds through 800 vertical feet of idyllic forest, bubbling streams, and wild flowers with racers reaching the Cabin before turning around for the last half of the run.

Saturday, September 19-20 -Iroquois Trails Ultras 50 & 100 miles, Virgil, NY - Approximately 38/75 miles will be run over hilly single track trail, with 9/19 miles of dirt/gravel forest road and 3/6 miles of asphalt. Elevation gain and loss is roughly 9,000/18,000 feet. The hills are constant and the terrain technical at times.

As an added bonus, "Born to Run" author Christopher McDougall is going to visit the Iroquois Trails Ultras on Friday, Sept. 18 to talk about his book, his travels, and of course, running barefoot. All entrants, their crews, volunteers, friends, and guests are welcome to come listen to his talk for free, which will follow the pasta dinner and the pre-race briefing.

Sunday, September 20 - Kismet Cliff 5M Trail Run, North Conway, NH - Race # 13 in the Eastern New England Trail Race Series. A challenging, five mile race around beautiful Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges in Echo Lake State Park. Come for the steep climbs and descents, technical singletrack, and stunning views, with approximately 1,100 feet of elevation gain.

Sunday, September 20 - Mad Dash 10K, Waitsfield, VT - The race is located in the nationally recognized Mad River Valley Rural Historic District. The race course is on farm lanes, country roads and the Mad River Greenway, a natural cross country course with scenic views of the Valley and Vermont's Green Mountains.

Sunday, September 20 - Curly's Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Pittsfield, MA - Race # 17 on the Grand Tree Trail Race Series. The 13.1 mile loop course through Pittsfield State Park has 2200' of elevation gain. The race will be utilizing many new trails, some of which were built by Berkshire NEMBA and will include several miles of singletrack trail and some ATV trails.

If that's not enough to get your competitive juices flowing check your pulse. You could be dead.


  1. Man...Curley's sounds tempting...but I really should be tapering!

  2. The iroquois trail is beautiful yet it sounds so difficult to run on even for 10 miles, let alone 50.

  3. Wow, I wasn't even aware of all these races! Thanks for pointing them out. The only 2 on my radar were Curly's and Iroquois. I briefly toyed with the idea of running the Iroquois 50 since I'm busy the weekend of the VT 50, but unfortunately, I've been struggling with a knee injury similar to yours since mid July, and 50M is still beyond my comfort zone at this point. Curly's sounded a bit boring (too many ATV and jeep roads), but I read that they rerouted the course this year to include a lot more single track and the picture you posted looks absolutely gorgeous, so now I'm tempted again.

  4. Stephanie, I may be running the 50M relay but not the entire race. I have another 50K in October.

  5. Dan, what a great spread of runs! Such is the wonderful conflicting schedule curse of trail running's popularity!
    See you--hand off to you-- in VT!!!

  6. Wow, you have a lot to choose from, I'm jealous! Which one are you going to do or should I ask, which ONES?
    Thanks for the kind encouragement on my blog...a friend told me the exact same thing to told me...thanks!

  7. Meg, I'm reluctantly passing on all of them :-( I'm just going to go out for a long training run and then I'll be doing the VT 50 relay next weekend.


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