Wapack Trail Race
Sunday, September 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
- This race is put on by the Squannacook River Runners
- The technical t-shirts will be reserved in the order in which registrations are received. Be sure to register as early as possible to ensure getting the t-shirt size you want.
The Wapack race course is 18.0 miles. The route is an out-and-back that follows the Wapack Trail between New Ipswich, NH and Ashburnham, MA. There are four major mountains in between: Barrett, New Ipswich, Pratt, and Watatic, from north to south. Total climb and total descent are each at least 3,000 feet (GPS watch says it's 5,300 feet) over the 18 miles. On a clear day, you can see for miles, including stunning views of Mt. Monadnock to the northwest, if you have the presence of mind. This is a very tough trail race. Please don’t attempt it unless you are in excellent shape. Because much of the trail is inaccessible by vehicles, medical aid could take a very long time. For this reason, there are cut-off times for the safety of runners. The Wapack is generally well marked by yellow triangles that you will need to follow using your own powers of observation.
Registration and Prizes
You can either apply on-line, using SignMeUp, by clicking the SignMeUp logo on the upper right of this page, or you can mail in the registration form from this website (get it from the menu to the left). Registration is $25 through Aug. 28th (mail must be postmarked prior to this date) and $30 after that (including race day). You can register on race day, but please do so before 8:45 am. Please note that all registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
There will be prizes for overall winners, 10-year age group winners (M/F), and second place age group finishers (M/F).
Aid, Refreshments, and Cut-off Times
There will be a water and Gatorade only stop on Binney Hill Rd. (a very rudimentary dirt road 5.5 miles from start/finish and 3.5 miles from the turnaround). There will be water, Gatorade, and some snacks at the turnaround point (at Rte. 119 in Ashburnham, MA), as well as basic medical supplies (bandaids, Vaseline, tape, etc.). Runners who do not reach the turnaround point (9 miles) before 2 hours and 45 minutes will be given a ride back to Windblown XC Ski Area. Note that on the 5.5 miles back to the finish line from the Binney Hill Rd. water stop there are no road crossings and the course is very difficult. You are strongly encouraged to carry your own water/gels/electrolyte supplements, etc. Runners who do not reach the Binney Hill Rd. water stop before 4 hours will be given a ride back to the Windblown XC Ski Area. No finishing times will be recorded after 6 hours.
There will be plenty of food (pizza plus) and refreshments at the finish line.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the Race Director by clicking below: