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THIS IS A TRAIL RACE!
BEAR BROOK TRAIL MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
A very fun trail "marathon" and half marathon at Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire! The marathon is always more than a marathon and exact mileage is never shared, it can be anywhere from 27 miles to 30 miles. Be prepared and let us know what you got at the end of the race!
The half marathon is 13 miles and will stay that way.
We strive to be as earth friendly as possible. We do not have cups at the aid stations, we have re-usable water jugs and bowls at aid stations, we do not place flyers or give out swag bags full of advertisements. You will receive your bib number, meal coupon and deerfly patch at registration. If you purchased ad-ons such as shirts or cups you will receive those too at registration. We will have a fun finishers award for all finishers as well as prizes for the top three guys and girls in each race. We also will have various raffle prizes and an incredible post race barbeque to help you refuel after your run-grill master Robert Liang will be back to run the super grill! Please be prepared for hot weather and bring enough water with you. Some aid stations may take you a while to arrive at and we would prefer to not have any medical emergencies from not carrying water.
This is a TRAIL race, there are rocks, roots, sticks, animals, mud, deerflies, ticks, porcupine, bear, moose, squirrel, chipmunk, turkey, streams, mountain bikers, hikers, horses, horse poop, bobcat, trees, singletrack, double track, dirt roads, the most incredible aid station workers around, wacky race directors, great swag, prizes, finisher awards that are unique, post race barbeque included in entry, raffles, smiling runners, bloody knees and so much more!
If you have never run on trail you are welcome to try but please expect to get your shoes and yourself dirty. There are plenty of things to trip on. Runners attempting to run a marathon in all 50 states be prepared, this is not a road marathon and it is not easy!
You could get hurt, it will be hot out and you will need to be capable of taking care of yourself. Our aid stations will have basic first aid supplies as well as tons of great food and lots of fluids. Please do not swear at volunteers, you will be permanently banned from any future race and immediately disqualified from the race. These people are spending their precious time helping you. They will be battling deerflies, heat and possibly crappy weather while filling packs and feeding you. Without them races do not happen and I expect them to be treated with respect and kindness.
If we want to continue to hold this race we must not have litter on the course at any time. This is not a road race and there is not a sweeper to pick up trash. Respect the wilderness and the park rules. Dogs must be on leashes and there is no alcohol consumption within the park. IF WE CATCH YOU LITTERING YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED AND BANNED FROM ANY RACE WE HOLD.
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MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION: PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE RUN IN REVERSE OF WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE!
[course may be moodified due to trail conditions and closures]
Starting out from the snowmobile parking lot runners will head down the Snowmobile Trail toward One Mile Trail then bear left onto Bear Brook Trail.At the junction of Bear Brook Trail and Little Bear Trail runners will turn hard right and run Little Bear Trail toward Hayes Field. Runners will cross Hayes Field and gain the Bobcat Trail. Staying on Bobcat Trail to the junction with Broken Boulder Trail and turning left then veering right onto Pitch Pine Trail. Runners will reach AID STATION #1 (AS#1) at Campground Road at Mile 6.Leaving AS#1 competitors will cross the road and continue on Pitch Pine Trail and then bearing right at Y intersection out in a logged area. This will lead to Hemlock Trail where runners will bear right. Runners will follow Hemlock Trail to the end and turn left on Snowmobile Trail just before paved road. Follow Snowmobile Trail to pavement at campground and turn left toward beach. Cross the beach and bear right on to Beaver Pond Trail singletrack. Follow Beaver Pond Trail to its junction with the Lynx Trail-turn left at first junction after a short climb turn right to stay on Lynx Trail follow Lynx a short distance and bear left onto short singletrack section then rejoin Lynx Trail bearing left climbing to AID STATION #2 (AS#2) at Podunk Road at approximately Mile 10.9. Leaving AS#2 join Hall Mountain Trail climbing over Hall Mountain and Follow Hall Mt. trail to JCT with Ferret Trail at 4H camp right onto Ferret Trail stay straight through the row of boulder and follow edge of field to far end and turn right onto singletrack to then turn right onto Hall Mountain singletrack. Follow Hall Mountain singletrack to end at AID STATION #3 at Podunk Road at approximately Mile 15.9. Leave AS#3 and run west down Podunk Road to junction with Broken Boulder Trail. Turn right onto Broken Boulder Trail then left onto Chipmunk Trail. Follow Chipmunk Trail to junction with Spruce Pond Road and turn left climbing up to and crossing Podunk Road onto Bear Hill Trail. Right on Bear Hill Trail then sharp left at junction with Hedgehog Ledge Trail. Follow Hedgehog Ledge Trail to end and take right onto Ferret Trail. At junction turn right onto Lowland Trail. Follow Lowland Trail to AID STATION #4 (AS#4) at Hayes marsh at Mile 23.5. Leave AS #4 continuing on Lowland Trail and take left onto Carr Ridge Trail at 4 way Jct. Follow Carr Ridge Trail down to junction with Cascade Trail. Left on Cascade follow Cascade to jct with Catamount Hill trail Cross bridge and head uphill follow Catamount Hill Trail over Catamount Hill summit and descend to One Mile Trail. Turn left and head to finish at snowmobile lot.
Elevation Gain: 2342 ft
Minimum Elevation: 307 ft
Maximum Elevation: 926 ft
HALF MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION: PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE RUN IN REVERSE OF WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE
Start / finish snowmobile lot. One mile Trail. Right on Catamount Trail. Right on Cascade Trail. Straight on Bear Brook Trail. Straight through Hiker lot. Straight on Snowmobile Trail. Left on Pitch Pine Trail. Left on Hemlock- section #1, #2,#3. Right on Snowmobile Trail. Left on Pitch Pine Trail. Right on Bobcat Trail. Right on Podunk Road. Left through Hayse Field. Straight on Carr Ridge Trail. Left on Cascade Trail. Left on Catamount Trail. Left on One Mile Trail.
Crews and Pacers
Runners not able to complete the race due to physical or mental circumstances must check-in solo or aided to the nearest aid station, notify aid station volunteers, and turn in their bib number to aid station personnel. This policy is to ensure that all runners are accounted for during the race and is for the safety of all participants. Runners failing to notify race organizers or volunteers of a dropped status or who fail to turn in their bib numbers will be banned from future races.
Pacers will not be allowed.
Access to all aid stations will be by foot or bike. Crews are to provide assistance to runners only within 200 meters of an aid station. Catching runners outside of aid stations is strongly discouraged. Supplies present at aid stations are for the use and consumption of athletes only. Driving directions for crews will be handed out at registration on race day. THERE ARE NO CREWS ALLOWED AT THE HALL MOUNTAIN AID STATION. YOUR RUNNER WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU GO THERE.
How to get there
157 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, NH
Look for the snowmobile lot, we will have race day signs at entrance. If you come in from route 28 it will be on the right (if you see the toll booth you went too far) , if you come in from the other side of the park it will be on your left (past the toll booth). You are looking for a dirt driveway going into a large dirt lot.
There is no cutoff for the half marathon but there will be a 9 hour cutoff for the marathon. We will be enforcing a aid station cutoffs that will be determined and emailed to you in your pre-race email. This is to ensure the safety of everyone.
Where to stay
You can camp in the park, please book early to ensure a campsite. There are places to stay in Concord, NH which is about 20 minutes away from the race. Concord and Manchester are the closest major towns near the race start.
Local time: 10:59 AM