Watch a video of the course, one time around the 15.5 mile loop: Course Video
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Maine's got some BIG BAD ULTRAMARATHONS: races with single-track trails, big hills, and gnarly terrain. Trail Monster Running is proud to present the fifth annual Big Brad Ultras on October 16, 2016 on the trails of Bradbury Mountain State Park and the surrounding area.
Get ready for a beautiful challenge. Runners start each 15.5 mile loop with a mile-long climb to the summit of Bradbury Mountain followed by a gauntlet of great Maine singletrack, journeying over Tryon Mountain, Chandler Brook, and back into Bradbury Mountain State Park. The course has tough hills, rocks, roots, and very little flat including a ¼ mile of paved road and 1 mile of dirt road. With the fall foliage at it’s peak, there are sure to be many fantastic vistas along the route. Be sure to check out our website for a more detailed description, including a slideshow of the course!
The 50 Mile Punisher probably isn’t for first timers - entrants will run a 3.5 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain and then complete 3 laps of the 15.5 mile course. Consider the 50K Pounder as a still ambitious alternative - 2 laps of the same 15.5 mile course. The courses themselves are tough, but there are also strict cutoffs: 12.5 hours for the Punisher, 9 for the Pounder. Headlamps will be required at the 50 mile start.
Aid stations are found every 3-4 miles along the course. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area.
The Punisher - 50 Miles
Start: 6:00 AM
Cut-off: 12.5 hours
$77.50 before 9/1/2016
$87.50 after 9/1/2016
The Pounder - 50 kilometers
Start: 9:00 AM
Cut-off: 9 hours
$67.50 before 9/1/2016
$77.50 after 9/1/2016
The race start and finish will be at:
Pownal Elementary School, 587 Elmwood Rd. Pownal, ME
Registration will be held in the school starting at 5:00 AM and bathrooms will be available
A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the school.
50k runners will complete 2 laps of the 15.5 mile course, 50 mile runners will complete a 3.5 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain followed by 3 laps of the 15.5 mile course. (Please note that some parts of the race course as detailed above are provisional and are pending review from the State of Maine, any required changes are likely to be minimal.)
50 mile elevation: 7,500′ gain (equal loss)
50 km elevation: 4,500′ gain (equal loss)
The race course is primarily single-track trails over hilly, technical terrain. There is approximately 1/4 mile of paved road and 1 mile of dirt road on the 15.5 mile course.
50 mile runners will be starting before sunrise and will be required to run with a headlamp or flashlight for at least the initial 3.5 mile loop before returning to the start area.
Four aid stations are located on the course with another at the start/finish of each lap. Runners will pass an aid station every 3-4 miles. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area.
You've got options!
A little worried about the 50 mile cut-off? Don't let that hold you back. Remember we do have a drop down option. Anytime after you have completed 2 big loops, you will have earned yourself a Pounder finisher's hoodie (of course, there will be a DNF in the Punisher). Also, there is the option of having a pacer for your final loop of the 50 miler. Pounder or Punisher, both Big Brad Ultras!
We've raised the prices by $2.50 in order to raise awareness and funds for the Royal River Conservation Trust. Please take a look at their website http://rrct.org/ to see all the great work they are doing to ensure there are trails to enjoy. Remember to think of them and the landowners they work with each time you're powering up Lunch Break Hill!
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