Groton Forest Trail Run
As of May 3, 2020 the Groton Forest Trail Run is still accepting registrations for our 26.5 mile, 15.2 mile and 6.5 mile courses through the rugged, remote and beautiful trails of the Groton State Forest in Groton, Vermont. BUT, at this time we honestly do not know IF we will be able to hold our event. We are waiting for more guidance from our host, Vermont State Parks, and plan on putting your public health and safety first. What we do know is IF this event can proceed it will look very different than the first two years.
First off, if you registered and do not plan on running this September we will offer you three options: to defer your registration to 2021, to get a mostly full refund (except the ultrasignup reg. fee) or to donate your registration to our local, community supporters.
And, we cannot imagine what food service will look like in September. We cannot ask local businesses who are struggling to stay open to donate food at this time and also do not want to put our runners or volunteers at risk. Therefore, we anticipate this event will mostly be self-supported. We will provide water and other endurance beverages for all runners - as long as you BRING YOUR OWN CUP:) We think the safest step now would be for each runner to be responsible for their own race fuel/food and post race food.
And, we will most likely not be giving away schwag - again, we cannot ask businesses to donate at this time. But, we will make every effort to celebrate every runner!
And, we are suggesting that we take the money that would be used to purchase t-shirts and instead use it to donate to our local, community supporters that have made this event amazing for the last two years.
Lastly, THANK YOU for your understanding and for your support!!! We are so inspired by all of your enthusiasm and your love of the trails. We will get through this and hopefully be able to have a big, yet isolated, trail party in the Forest in the near future. Stay tuned Groton Forest Trail Runner friends, keep running and believing in yourself and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
The Groton Forest Trail Run is a fundraising event, with all dollars not used to put on the event donated to local partners Central Vermont Runners, Cross Trails Vermont and the Groton Ryegate FAST Squad. This event was created to introduce more people to Groton Forest and to inspire our community, especially our youth, to get active in the outdoors. Our event would not have been possible without the generous donations of area businesses - these businesses that now need our support in order to survive. We plan on donating back to these businesses in 2020 - Onion River Outdoors, Burke Mountain Resort, the Cabot Village Store, Misty Knoll Chicken, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Positive Pie, Farnham Family Farm Grassfed Beef, Cross Trails Vermont and the Groton Ryegate FAST Squad. Also thanks to all of the tireless volunteers that help make this happen - if you are a runner - thank a volunteer! If you want to volunteer - please let us know.
Race Start and Registration
The 26.5 mile run starts at 7AM, the 15.2 mile run starts at 9AM and the 6.5 mile run starts at 10AM.
Registration and bib pick-up will be open from 5-7PM on Friday, Sept. 11th at Boulder Beach State Park and on race day morning, Sept. 12th, from 6AM - 10AM.
6.4 mile course
This new 10k course is about 6.5 miles with 1100 ft. of elevation gain. This course features the summit of Little Deer with views of Lake Groton. This course is about 75% technical single track and 25% dirt road. A map will be coming soon.
15.2 mile course
This course is about 15 miles with 3200 ft. of elevation gain. This course features the summits of Big Deer and Little Deer with views of Lake Groton, and Owls Head overlooking Kettle Pond. This course is about 50% technical single track, 25% multi-use trail, and 25% dirt road. Please look at the pictures on this page for a map of the course.
26.5 mile course
The long course is about 26.5 miles with 5,000 ft. of elevation gain. This course is approximately 60% technical single track, 10% multi-use trail, and 30% dirt road. In addition to Big Deer, Little Deer, and Owls Head this course features loops around Kettle and Osmore Ponds. Please look at the pictures on this page to find maps of the course.
There are 4 aid stations on our race courses. Cross Trails Vermont We will serve plain water, endurance drink, pickle juice and Coca-Cola and Ginger Ale. Tailwind is our endurance drink sponsor - to learn more click here: https://www.tailwindnutrition.com
Places to Stay
Groton State Forest is in a remote area of Vermont, but there are plenty of camping options and camp rental opportunities, if you make your reservations early. Vermont state parks: Seyon Ranch State Park within Groton State Forest. For information and reservations, see http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/seyon.cfm. For summer camping accommodations, see Ricker Pond Campground (http://www.vtstateparks.com/ricker.html ) and Kettle Pond Campground has group lean-to sites, that can accommodate larger groups.
Local time: 7:40 AM
In addition to the state parks, there are several places listed on airbnb in Groton and nearby towns. Seyon Lodge is certainly the best place. There is the Marshfield Inn, and Danville Inn and the Groton Forest Road Campgrounds (private). Also there is a list of camp rentals on Lake Groton at http://grotonpond.com/Classifieds.htm - most are weekly and fully booked in summer but since it is after Labor Day there likely are openings. Beyond that Wells River/Woodville (NH) motels are about 35 minute (closest to 91), and Barre, Montpelier (Closest to I-89) and St. Johnsbury are all about 45 minutes.