This Event Took Place Fri. Aug 22, 2014

Course

The MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race is a grueling 80-mile race with almost 13,000 feet of elevation gain. Competitors will race as a Solo Competitor or in Teams of Two.

The race predominantly follows a gem of a 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee in Western/Central, NH called the SRKG Greenway (Sunapee Ragged Kearsage Greenway or Emerald Necklace). It also uses a 2 mile section of the Northern Rail Trail to access the SRKG trail from the Start line and the same 2 mile stretch to reach the Finish (the only time you will go over the same trail twice).

Competitors will complete point-to-point trail of approximately 23.5 miles in Stage 1 (summiting Mt. Ragged & Mt. Kearsarge), 24.5 miles in Stage 2 (summiting Mt. Sunapee) and 31.5 miles in Stage 3.

Stage 1 & 2 will end at race designated accommodations (Schools) with access to showers, bathroom, the gym and electricity. At the end of the first two stages, spend your free time recovering for the grueling day ahead and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow competitors, family, and friends (a unique and the most special part of a stage race format).

This will be one tough race and more adventurous than your typical ultra. The terrain is a combination of technical single-track, double track, fire roads, dirt/gravel roads and a limited amount of pavement. The course can be tough to follow at times as some of it is lightly traveled with ferns obscuring the path. There is a greater likelihood than most ultras that you will go off trail. It can be very technical and rocky. Footing can be difficult even without wet and muddy trails.

Photos of the 2014 event can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/madathleteconnects/sets/ - notice the SMILES and sense of accomplishment. Detailed trail maps and trail descriptions course can be found on the SRKG website at http://www.srkg.com/.

The 2015 event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Chad Denning Memorial Fund. Chad was the visionary and Race Director of this event who tragically died just two weeks afterwards. He will be sorely missed.

For those wanting a different type of challenge...one that is sure to kick your butt, we look forward to seeing you in August, 2015.

Race Itinerary

OVERVIEW
* Who: Solo or Teams of Two (Single or Mixed Gender) - Teams DO NOT need to travel together the whole race (each must have a Map & all mandatory gear). The time of the slowest team member will be used for both team members. This is not a relay.
* When: Event check-in is 4:30pm - 7:30pm Thursday, August 20st, 2015 at Whipple Town Hall in New London, NH (429 Main St, New London, NH 03257)
* Race Start: 7:00am Friday, August 21, 2015
* Race End: 7:00 pm Sunday, August 23, 2015
* Time Limit Each Day: 12 hours
* Parking: You can leave your cars at the Start/Potter Place for the duration of the event

STAGE 1 (23.5 miles) - Friday, August 21, 2015:
* Race Start Location: Park & Ride at Potter Place, Andover, NH (Depot Street, Andover, NH 03216)
* 6:00-6:30am: Competitor Check-In
* 6:30am – Deadline for Duffel Bags to be loaded onto truck for transport to overnight location. Each competitor will be allowed up to one 90 Liter Duffel Bag. Please limit weight to less than 40 lbs.
* 6:30am –Deadline for Stage Drop Bags to be placed in designated location
* 7:00am - RACE START - Competitors will ascend Ragged and Kearsarge Mountains to overnight location at Kearsarge Middle School
* 7:00pm – 1st day cutoff at Kearsarge Middle School (32 Gile Pond Rd, Sutton, NH 03257)

STAGE 2 (24.5 miles) - Saturday, August 22, 2015
* 6:15-6:30am: Competitor Check-In (Note: Competitors must sleep overnight in the accommodations provided by the race)
* 6:30am – Deadline for Duffel Bags to be loaded onto truck for transport to overnight location.
* 6:30am –Deadline for Stage Drop Bags to be placed in designated location
* 7:00am - RACE START - From Kearsarge Middle School, competitors will travel approx. 24.5 miles on the SRKG trail up and over Mt. Sunapee to overnight location at Sunapee Middle High School
* 7:00pm – 2nd day cutoff at Sunapee Middle High School (10 North Rd, Sunapee, NH 03782)

STAGE 3 (31.5 miles) - Sunday, August 23, 2015
* 6:15-6:30am: Competitor Check-In (Note: Competitors must sleep overnight in the accommodations provided by the race)
* 6:30am – Deadline for Duffel Bags to be loaded onto truck for transport to overnight location
* 6:30am –Deadline for Stage Drop Bags to be placed in designated location
* 7:00am - RACE START - From the Sunapee Middle/High School, race approx. 31.5 miles along the SRKG trail to the Northern Rail Trail to designated Finish line at Potter Place in Andover, NH.
* 7:00pm - END OF RACE - Park & Ride at Potter Place, Andover, NH (Depot Street, Andover, NH 03216)

Mandatory & Recommended Gear

Given the rigors and format of this event, EACH COMPETITOR (even if on a Team) will be required to carry a small amount of gear at all times. This is subject to change depending on race conditions.

MANDATORY GEAR
* Cell phone (one can generally find cell phone coverage on this course – text message is the most reliable) - this is to be used only for the purposes of contacting race staff in the event of an emergency
* Hydration Pack sufficient to carry all mandatory gear
* Hydration Reservoir or Bottle capacity to carry a minimum of 70 oz of fluids
* Waterproof Jacket - a fully waterproof, fully seam sealed (seams must be covered in waterproofing tape). Windbreaker or water resistant jackets are NOT acceptable
* Course Maps – PROVIDED BY RACE
* Map Case – waterproof preferred but Gallon Size Ziploc is acceptable
* Compass - as a safety precaution should you lose the trail. Watch or Phone Compasses meet the requirement
* Emergency Whistle – Backpack whistles are not preferred but will be accepted
* 15 Electrolyte Tablets like Saltstick or Hammer Endurolytes or 6 servings of Electrolyte Replacement Powder like Powerbar Endurance or Hammer HEED. ONLY 5 tablets or 2 servings of Powder are required PER DAY
* Water Purification (Chlorine Dioxide, Iodine, Filter or UV) - remember, there is only 1 aid station per stage and most will need to refill at streams
* Medical Kit / Blister Kit to include a minimum of:
- 5 Alcohol Wipes
- 2 Safety Pins or 1 Hypodermic Needle
- 1 Roll of Elastic Tape (e.g.. Kinesio) – minimum of 1 inch wide x3 ft long
- 4 Second Skin or Compede pads
- 1 Compression Bandage - minimum size is 3 inches wide x 414 ft long

RECOMMENDED GEAR
* Trekking Poles (for the hikers)
* Sunglasses
* Sunscreen
* Lip Sunscreen
* Insect Repellant
* Sleeping Bag
* Sleeping Pad
* Tent – unless choosing to sleep on Gym Floor
* Camp Towel
* Camp Chair
* Eye Shades –if sleeping in Gym
* Ear Plugs
* Headlamp – for nighttime use
* Short Sleeve Technical Shirts (2-3)
* Shorts (1-2 pair)
* Trail Running Shoes – preferably with good treads for technical terrain
* Flip-Flops for around camp
* Socks (3-4 pair) – fresh pair recommended for each stage
* Compression Socks
* Running Cap - to protect against the sun
* GPS Watch
* Camera
* Gaiters
* Food - race fuel, breakfast, snacks, dinner (Breakfast/Dinner package can be purchased separately). There will be food provided at the end of each Stage (like pizza, subs, fruit, etc.) with a bigger spread at the end of Stage 3
* Utensils / Eating Cup (if providing own food)
*Recovery Drink like Endurox R4

What is Included in the Registration Fee

* Camping at Kearsarge Middle School the night BEFORE the Race (not required)
* Overnight Accommodations at Schools during the race (bring own Tent or sleep on gym floor
* Course Maps
* Camp Kitchen with double burner Coleman stoves (ready to go), pots and pans, large utensils, water, prep tables and a dishwashing station. You will need to provide your food, dishes and personal utensils. Two microwaves will also be available for your use
* Technical Race Shirt
* Incredible Swag / Nightly Raffles - we gave away at least $5000 in gear in 2014
* Fully Stocked Aid Stations - 1 in Stage 1, 1 in Stage 2, 1 full & 1 partial in Stage 3
* Kiddie pools with ice after Stage 1 & 2 (NEW)
* Smores cooked around a communal fire pit (contingent on Fire Permits which are only issued just prior to the race)
* Camp Showers at Finish Line (NEW)
* Post-Race Food immediately following each Stage
* Post Race Celebration with Food & BEER
* Unique Awards for top 3 Men & Women and Top Teams in each category
* Framed Photo (taken at Start of Race)
* Lots of encouragement and support
* Access to Race Photos via Flicker (no charge)
* OPPORTUNITY FOR A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE (yes, we heard this repeated many times after the race)

Rules & Regulations

CANCELLATION POLICY
If notice of cancellation is received 60 days or more before the event, Solo Registrants will receive a refund of the total fees paid less US$100. Teams will receive a refund of the total fees paid less $200. NO REFUNDS for cancellation received less than 60 days before the event.

AID STATIONS
This is a limited support event. Competitors must carry enough food and electrolytes to be self-sufficient for each stage. We will have a midway CP each day to symbolize the half-way point of the stage and to provide, water, food and first aid. Stage 3 has one minimal aid station and one fully stocked aid station

SUPPORT
Each competitor will be allowed one 90-Liter duffel bag that we will transport from the beginning of each stage to the end of each stage. The duffel bag should include additional food, electrolytes, clothes, sleeping bag and other items you will need during the course of the event

We encourage family & friends to gather at the end of each stage to cheer you on and hang-out during the day. We will identify a few other locations that family & friends can cheer you on during the stage. Please note: there is NO OUTSIDE support allowed during each stage.

PAID FOOD OPTION
There will be an option to purchase access to a Breakfast and Dinner Package (vegetarian options available) – in 2014, the cost was $55 for 2 breakfasts (Saturday & Sunday mornings) and 2 dinners (Friday & Saturday). Most racers took advantage of this package. We expect to have a similar menu as 2014.

Menu Breakfast 5:30 – 6:30am
* Assorted Muffins, Bagels w/ Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter or Butter
* Fresh Fruit
* Oatmeal Bar with Granola, Dried Fruit, Brown Sugar, Maple
* Breakfast Sandwich –Scrambled, Potatoes, Sausage, Vegetables
* Coffee, Juices, Powerade, Water

Menu Dinner 6:00/6:30pm – 7:30pm
* Mixed Green Salad and Dressings
* Rice Bowls with Beans, Lentils, Meats, Tofu, Vegetables, heat with a Broth
* Different Sauce Flavors – Soy, Teriyaki,
* Fresh Fruit – Fudge Brownies
* Juices, Powerade, Water

Race Staff

Race Director
Tom Flummerfelt is the founder and President of MadAthlete.com. Tom is a veteran stage racer which includes a 3rd place finish at the 2013 Racing the Planet Iceland 250km, 7-day Stage Race. Tom’s ultra results include 6th at the 2014 Zion 100, 10th at the 2012 Vermont 100, 1st at the 2013 Table Rock 50k, 4th at the 2014 San Diego 50, 6th at the 2013 Gold Rush 100k and 6th at the 2013 Avalon 50-Miler. Tom is racing the Coastal Challenge 6-Day, 230 km Stage Race in Costa Rica in Feb. 2015.

Race Director (in Spirit)
Chad Denning was the visionary and original RD for the event. Chad tragically passed away only 2 weeks after our 2014 Stage Race and was greatly looking forward to the 2015 event. The 2015 race will be held in Chad’s honor and the net proceeds will go to the Chad Denning Memorial Fund.

Camp Manager/Volunteer Coordinator - Mike Sarnowski

Aid Station Captain - Brandon Baker

Medical Director - Lori Richer

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