The Connecticut Ultra Traverse (#CUT112) is a 112 mile trail running event following the Blue Blazes of the New England Trail from the MA-CT border to the Long Island Sound in Guilford, CT. This will take place on Friday May 31 starting at 8:00AM. Some will run and CUT through the entire State of Connecticut and others will CUT in and CUT out as pacers. Although we will have aid stations on the course, ultimately all runners are expected to provide or arrange for their own support, and to respect the landowners along the trail. There is no charge for running this event, however it is a “Fun Razor”! So we ask that each runner make a “generous” donation directly to Connecticut Forest and Parks through our special link that will allow us to track the total amount raised.
These blue blaze trails are all maintained by Connecticut Forest and Parks Association and this run is being done to help raise funds to help support the trails we love and this great organization. This is a low key event that we would like to grow over time. Eventually this event may, or may not grow to become a more traditional race. For 2019 the runners may choose to run together or race, and try to set a new FKT.
There are no formal prizes, but may be some random swag provided by some awesome local trail folks.
We have a strong group of volunteers, but if you are running the CUT112 or the MUT (60 Miles) we will need you to have a least one person who is willing to take on a 10ish hour shift of driving a rolling aid station vehicle for the gear of approx 4 other runners. They will meet us at the road crossings with our gear, and tell us good jokes as they watch us devour junk food. Special bonus points, and social media accolades are awarded to any overnight crews! We may even help post bail if you get arrested for loitering or disturbing the peace. We will work out the details on our face book page after we know exactly who will be running. You should plan on bringing enough food and drink to survive and to share with others. But I know you would do that anyway, just because...
This route strings together some of the best trail running in Connecticut including Suffield Mountain, Peak Mountain, Hatchet Hill, Wilcox Park, Penwood State Park (Traprock 50k), Heublein Tower, MDC Reservoirs, Rattlesnake Mountain, Pinnacle Rock, Crescent Lake, Ragged Mountain, Castle Craig, Lamentation Mountain, Chauncey Peak, Mount Higby, Powder Ridge, Tri-Mountain State Park, Bluff Head (Bimblers Bluff 50k) , Cockaponset State Forest, East River Preserve, and the Guilford Point waterfront. https://www.strava.com/activities/1032755139
Please know that this is not an easy course last year more than half of the experienced field DNF'd. The traprock ridges of Connecticut will test the feet and ankles with miles of challenging technical singletrack. Runners must be experienced at traveling on trails at night, and will need to be well versed in following the blue blazes of the New England Trail. This course has 16,722” Ft of Vertical gain and is pure Beast coast. And even has 2 elevators! Runners will be asked about their past trail ultra experiences to support a finish time of the CUT112 in around 45 hours or less. RD reserves the right to deny entry to anyone for any reason.
Local time: 6:14 AM