The Amherst Land Trust invites you to Find Your Inner Wild on a rugged trail course that is not for the faint of heart. The Joe English Challenge begins in the fields of 300-acre Freestyle Farm, a private equestrian facility. In the first 4k, the course loops around the hilltop pond on wide equestrian trails. The course descends a short 30% grade and enters the backcountry of the 558-acre Joe English Reservation. At approximately 6k, the course begins 15k of moderate to steep ascents and descents on mostly single-track trails with multiple stream crossings. At least two ascents are too steep to run. At 15k, the course leaves Joe English Reservation and traverses a challenging 4k-loop on private property on which you will begin the first of a series of rugged climbs back to the Freestyle Farm hilltop. The race ends by rejoining the Freestyle Farm trails and circling the pond where it began.
Local time: 10:29 AM