Wapack Trail Race
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
- This race is put on by the
Squannacook River Runners (link)
- Early Start Option: If you need a bit more time to meet the cut-off times, you can start before 9:00 am, but only if you arrange your start time with the Race Director before you pre-register (by August 28).
- 2-person Relay Team Option: Watch your teammate start the race at the Windblown Camping in New Ipswich, NH and then drive to the turnaround point (Mt. Watatic parking lot on Rte. 119 in MA). When your teammate gets there, give them the car key and be sure to have your bib number on. Your teammate will then drive back to Windblown to wait for you to return. It's that simple! Overall and age-group M/F prizes will be awarded in all categories with 2 or more teams. Same time cut-offs apply as described below.
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 4,000 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 to look. 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 apply on-line for $30 until 6:00 pm, Friday, September 2nd, using RunReg.com (click on the RunReg logo on the upper right of this page). You can also mail in the registration form from this website (get it from the menu to the left). Mail-in registration is $30 through Friday, August 26 (mail must be postmarked prior to this date) and $40 after that. You can also register in person on race day morning, for $40, 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).
The Wapack Trail Race is part of the WMAC's Grand Tree Trail Race Series.
Aid, Refreshments, and Cut-off Times
There will be a water and electrolyte drinks, and a first-aid kit at the stop on Emerson Hill Rd. (a very small dirt road 6.7 miles from start/finish and 2.5 miles from the turnaround). There will be water, electrolyte drinks, 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 Camping. Note that on the 6.7 miles back to the finish line from the Emerson Hill Rd. water stop there are no road crossings and the course is very difficult. Runners who do not reach the Emerson Hill Rd. stop before 3 hours and 45 minutes will be given a ride back to Windblown Camping. You are strongly encouraged to carry your own water/gels/electrolyte supplements, etc. There will be a "sweep" that will follow behind the last runner to assist anyone who is having difficulty finishing the race and to contact EMTs, if needed. However, be aware that it could take skilled medical care well over an hour to reach some parts of the race course.
No finishing times will be recorded after 6 hours unless an early starting time is coordinated with the Race Director in advance of Race Day.
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: