Friday August 22 - 25, 2014

MadAthlete Emerald Necklace 3-Day Stage Race

Andover , NH Solo, 2-Person Teams

Registration closes: Wed, Aug 20 @ 11:59PM

Course

The SRKG Greenway (Sunapee Ragged Kearsage Greenway or Emerald Necklace) is a gem of a 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee in Western/Central, NH. Competitors will race as a Solo Competitor or Team of Two in this 3-day, 75-mile Stage Race that follows the SRKG loop. Competitors will complete approximately 25 miles a day of point-to-point trail...ending each stage at race designated accommodations (schools) with access to showers. 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. One of the most special facets of a stage race like this is the opportunity to develop deep and meaningful friendships as you hang in camp.

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. There is approximately 12,000-13,000 feet of elevation gain as you summit and descend Mounts Ragged, Kearsage, and Sunapee.

Detailed trail maps, trail descriptions and photos of the course can be found on the SRKG website at http://www.srkg.com/.

For those new to ultras, we encourage you to enter as a team of two because of its difficulty.

For those wanting a different type of challenge...one that is sure to kick your butt, we look forward to seeing you in August, 2014.

Race Itinerary

OVERVIEW
* Who: Solo or Teams of Two (Single or Mixed Gender) - Teams must travel together the whole race. This is not a relay.
* When: Event check-in is 5pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH
* Race Start: 7:00 am Friday, August 22nd
* Race End: 7:00 pm Sunday, August 24th
* Time limit each day: 12 hours

DAY 1 - Friday, August 22nd:
* 6:00am - Competitor Check-In at 6am
* 6:30am - Box truck loaded with competitors' gear to be transported to designated overnight location. Each competitor will be allowed one duffel bag (specific size requirements will be disclosed at a later date)
* 7:00am - RACE START (competitors will ascend Ragged and Kearsarge Mountains) 23 miles
* 7:00pm - First day cutoff at Kearsarge Middle School

DAY 2 - Saturday, August 23rd
* 6:15am - Competitor Check-In at 6am (competitors must sleep in the accommodation provided by the race)
* 6:30am - Box truck loaded with competitors' gear to be transported to designated overnight location. Each competitor will be allowed one duffel bag.
* 7:00am - RACE START - From Kearsarge Middle School, competitors will be traveling approx. 24.5 miles on the SRKG trail up and over Mt. Sunapee to overnight location at Sunapee Middle/ High School
* 7:00pm - Second day cutoff

DAY 3 - Sunday, August 24th
* 6:15am - Competitor Check-In at 6am (competitors must sleep in the accommodation provided by the race)
* 6:30am - Box truck loaded with competitors' gear to be transported to finish line. Each competitor will be allowed one duffel bag.
* 7:00am - RACE START - From the Sunapee Middle/High School, race approximately 32.5 miles along the SRKG trail to the designated Finish line at Potter Place in Andover, NH.
* 7:00pm - END OF RACE

Rules & Regulations

CANCELLATION POLICY
If notice of cancellation is received 60 days or more before the event, you will receive a refund of the total fees you have paid less US$100. No fees will be refunded for any cancellation received less than 60 days before the event.

AID STATIONS & SUPPORT
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 (details to come).

* Each competitor will be allowed 1 duffel bag (specific size will be communicated later) 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
* There will be an option to purchase access to a Food Truck (vegetarian options available) - we are working on the details but cost will be approximately $50
* 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,

MANDATORY GEAR
Given the rigors and format of this event, competitors will be required to carry a small amount of gear at all times. This is subject to change.

* Cell phone (one can typically find cell phone coverage at all times on this course) - 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
* Water purification (tabs or liquid) - remember, there is only 1 aid station per stage and most will need to refill at streams
* Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 Kit
* Maps/ compass - as a safety precaution should you lose the trail
* Food
* Waterproof jacket

Race Staff

Race Director
Chad Denning is the visionary and RD for the event (and local to the area). Chad is the creator and RD for the popular New England Winter Wild Series. As an athlete, Chad has a number of ultramarathon wins or podium finishes including 1st at 2012 Vermont 100k, 2nd at 2013 Hampshire 100, 1st & 3rd at Stone Cat 50-Miler, and 2nd at the 2011 Finger Lakes 50. He is also a two time USARA Adventure Racing National Champion.

Assistant 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.

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Chad Denning
Race Director