The Amherst Land Trust invites you to Find Your Inner Wild on a rugged trail course that is not for the faint of heart. For 2015 we will offer you the option of the original 25 kilometer course or the new 12.5 kilometer distance.
Local time: 5:42 AM
The 25 kilometer 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.
The 12.5 kilometer short course is run on the equestrian trails for the first 2 and last 2 kilometers. After leaving Freestyle Farm the course enter Joe English Reservation and follows the Hammond Brook trail to the Peabody Mill Environmental Center where it ascends Hemlock Trail to the top. The course then picks up the newly named 4 kilometer Denning Loop and returns to Hemlock Trail. There are steep ascents and descents and three stream crossings on the Denning Loop. Hemlock Trail returns runners to Hammond Brook and back to Freestyle Farm and the finish.