Watch a video of the course, one time around the 16 mile loop: Course Video
BBU Course Video from Trail Monster on Vimeo.
Download course map HERE.
We will be taking proper COVID precautions to protect our runners and volunteers with a goal of reducing impact on your race experience. We will post more details on our website race page, keep checking in. Since these are unusual times, our normal policy of no refunds/deferrals will be suspended if we are forced to cancel; we will offer a choice of 80% refund or deferral into the 2021 event. A very detailed runner's email will go out once registration closes. Please make sure to read it carefully so you know what to expect.
We will also NOT have race day registration this year.
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 nineth annual Big Brad Ultras on October 11, 2020 on the trails of Bradbury Mountain State Park and the surrounding area.
Get ready for a beautiful challenge. Runners start each 16.2 mile loop with a gauntlet of great Maine singletrack, then journey over Tryon Mountain, Chandler Brook, and back into Bradbury Mountain State Park. The course has tough hills, rocks, roots, and very little flat including a1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 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 entrants will run a short loop (just over 1 miles) of Bradbury Mountain and then complete 3 laps of the 16.2 mile course. Consider the 50K Pounder as a still ambitious alternative - 2 laps of the same 16.2 mile course. The courses themselves are tough, but there are also strict cutoffs: 12.5 hours for the Punisher, 9.0 hours for the Pounder. Headlamps will be required at the 50 mile start.
There are 4 aid stations in each loop, with the longest distance between aid stations about 6.5 miles. 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 6/1/2019
$87.50 after 6/1/2019
The Pounder - 50 kilometers
Start: 9:00 AM
Cut-off: 9 hours
$67.50 before 6/1/2019
$77.50 after 6/1/2019
Sorry, no refunds. transfers, or deferrals.
The race start and finish will be at:
Bradbury Mountain State Park,528 Hallowell Rd, Pownal, ME
Registration will start at 5:00 AM and outhouses and portapoties will be available.
50k runners will complete 2 laps of the 16.2 mile course, 50 mile runners will complete a 1.1 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain followed by 3 laps of the 16.2 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 1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 mile of dirt road on the 16.2 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 first few miles.
Runners will pass 4 aid stations in each 16.2 mile loop, with about 6.3 miles being the longest distance between aid. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area aid stations.
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!
In 2016 we 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!
Local time: 11:32 AM