Friday, October 2, 2009

This Weekend On The Trails

Autumn is my favorite running season in New England. Not only is the air cool, crisp and clear but there is an abundance of trail races on the calendar. This weekend is no exception. The battle of the trail series takes place on Sunday as both the Grand Tree and Eastern New England series are hosting events.

GT Series - Breakneck 20K, Union Ct. Starting in Bigelow Hollow State Park the course follows the Ridge trail to Breakneck Pond. Circle the pond via the Pond View and Nipmuck trails and then back onto the Ridge trail to the finish. About 2200 feet of elevation gain.

ENE Series – Houghton Pond 10K, Milton MA. A rolling course over dirt roads and forest paths in the Houghton’s Pond section of the scenic Blue Hills Reservation, a 7000-acre state-owned park just south of Boston. The course avoids steep hiking trails, but this IS a trail race, with plenty of small rocks and tree roots along the way!

Several other lesser known races are being held as well and may be worth checking out.


Millennium Park 5K, West Roxbury MA. A great first time trail run.

Twilite Hoot Owl Run 4K, Nashua NH. Runs on the well groomed and flat trails of Mine Falls Park. The first 200 runners get a colorful owl tee to add to their critter collection. (That means you Pixie!)


Ready, SEF, Go 5K, Shirley MA - This 5K run leads you through the beautiful trails of the lovingly maintained Holdenwood. The trail is simply gorgeous. Past runners have referred to this trail as the “Wimbledon of Trail running”! Come see for yourself!

Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross Country Race, Smithfield RI. A 5k run through the Bryant University cross country course. This highly competitive course features a variety of terrain ranging from flat grassy stretches to rolling hills in the forest. Music and Barbecue too!

Graig LeClaire-Rich Vacca Memorial Trail Race 5K, North Grafton MA. The trail is mostly rolling hills with a few steep climbs.

The Laura Foundation 8K, East Madison NH. Trail run at King Pine Ski Area. This has to mean HILLS!


  1. You have races all over the place, I'm so jealous!

  2. Dan, colorful owl shirt?! Drat. I just donated a whole bunch of race T's today...NONE OF WHICH were from my growing critter collection.


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