Race at Capacity-Waitlist Closed
The 2014 TARC Spring Thaw 6 Hour is at maximum capacity. The waitlist is closed. There will be no more participants added to the event. Not even my mother! Don't beg. "Yeti no like begging."
Clearly excitement for trail running and the TARC races grows each season! Please check out the other TARC races in the series and be mindful of when the events go live for registration.
Run or hike a 3.5-mile loop as many or few times as you wish in 6 hours! Enjoy single-track trails through AVIS’s largest reservation, the Harold R. Rafton of 226 acres, and its surrounding forest. The course includes sections of The Bay Circuit Trail and Conservation Commission Lands, and passes along the Fish Brook, through stonewalls and over streams. The trails are rocky and root-riddled and could be muddy, snow or ice-covered in mid-March. It might also be in the mid-70's. This IS New England. Under clear conditions the loop is fast with one reasonable climb and a few little “rollers.” In this natural oasis, there are no road crossings, few visible houses, and fewer Yeti sightings. We run—rain, snow or shine.
NO REFUNDS —NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — NO BIB TRANSFERS.
Only severe lightening or blizzard will cancel.
Runner check-in will be 7:15 to 8:30 am with a mandatory briefing at 8:45 am. Race starts promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Timing will be NTS (Norm's Timing System) backed by hand-held, human-powered clip-boards.
Local time: 6:42 PM
The NEW Starting Line for 2014 will be about 1/2 of a mile farther back from the wood's entrance on asphalt. This is ONLY for loop #1 for the start of the race. Hopefully it will spread out the field and ease bottle-necking in the first single-track sections. This additional distance in Loop #1 will be accounted for in your results. Subsequent loops (#2, #3, etc.) measure 3.5 miles with approximately 200 feet on asphalt—leading to/from the trail head and loop check-in. For returnees, it will be the same loop as in 2012 and 2013.
If you finish in over 6 hours—even if by less than a minute— this last loop will not be counted in the official results ( you know you ran it). We need to draw the line somewhere. Finishers with distances over the marathon will be sent to Ultra Running Magazine.
After expenses, remaining funds will be divided and donated to the land organizations that own, preserve and maintain these woods for our enjoyment. Information about and memberships to land organizations will be available as well.
For photos from the 2013 race, please visit Scott Mason's Site:
For report and photos from the 2012 race, please visit Scott Livingston's site: