Friday, Sep 22, 2023 @ 5:05 PM
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Paine Mountain Anchor Challenge Trail Race

The NEW Paine Mountain Trail Race will kick-off the Norwich University Homecoming Weekend celebration with the "Anchor Challenge" 6k trail race including a Team Competition and Youth Trail Races. The Friday event is a fundraiser for the Northfield Town Forest and the Norwich University Cross Country Teams. A portion of the funds raised will go to the Town of Northfield designated for trail management for the Northfield Town Forest and the Norwich XC program for the development of a new home XC course introduced in the Fall 2023.

As a fundraiser event, Paine Mountain Trail Race branded tee-shirts will be available for purchase. Pre-order online during event registration to reserve your size. Limited inventory will be available on race day at the Shaw Outdoor Center. The proceeds from the sales of the race merchandise will go towards the Norwich XC program.

Race Updates!

We are excited to announce our race partnerships from local Northfield, Vermont and New England organizations and businesses supporting the fundraising event.

Awards partners:

Good Measure Brewery - to overall and age group runners
Darn Tough Socks - to overall and age group winners
Saucony Trail Shoes - to top overall finishers

Special awards for the Top Norwich Military M/F finishers

First 50 participants to sign-up are guaranteed to receive a custom designed slate coaster with the PMTR logo.

Uniquely designed, limited edition "Anchor Challenge" Next Level branded tee-shirts provided by Cardinal Point Screen Printing and Embroidery available to purchase online or on race day.

Thanks to our partners and all of the supporting cast to make it a successful event.

Vermont Floods Fundraiser

In early July, Vermont and other areas of the Northeast were hit with devastating flooding affecting many. While the town of Northfield was spared much of the damage, parts of Norwich University property, including the future Norwich XC home course on the Rugby pitch, and the trails on Paine Mountain on both the Norwich and Northfield Town Forest sides were heavily damaged by flash flooding. Fortunately, the trail racecourse for the Paine Mountain Anchor Challege was spared from significant damage and the race is still on! The proceeds for the race will go towards current and future trail repair and management. Your support in either participating or donating to the event would be greatly appreciated. Please come to the event, buy a tee-shirt, or donate through the race website or at the event to support the recovery efforts.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 21
Early bib # pick-up: 5 – 7pm at Good Measure Pub & Brewery, 17 East Street, Northfield, VT
Runner's gift for the first 25 participants to pick-up their bib # and $3 drafts by Good Measure

Friday, September 22
3:30 p.m. – limited race day registration (based on remaining spots) and race bib # pick-up at the Shaw Outdoor Center, 165 Paine Mountain Drive, Northfield, VT
5:05 p.m. – Anchor Challenge Trail Race start – challenging 6k course up to the Norwich “Anchor” and back down
5:15 p.m. – Youth Races from 200m up to 800m
6:30 p.m. – Awards followed by campfire post-race celebration

Event Details

Race amenities and awards:
Pre-race sponsored energy products
Post-race sponsored food and beverages
Participant Goodie Bag with local Vermont and New England products
Raffle prize drawing for all registered participants
Awards in the following categories:
Anchor Champions (first female and male to reach the Anchor)
Top 3 Overall for Men/Women Finish
Top 3 Overall Age Category in 10 year divisions
Top Overall Team Competition (Men/Women/Co-Ed) between Norwich Military, Norwich Clubs, Norwich Sport Teams, and Community Running Clubs (4 person teams scored)

Registration Online and In-person:
Online Registration: July 28 through Wednesday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. through
In-person Registration: at Good Measure Pub & Brewery on Thursday, September 21 from 5-7pm or on race day at the Shaw Outdoor Center Friday, September 22 from 3:30 pm until 4:45 pm
Youth Races are free!

Race participation fees:
Online registration through 9/20/23: $30 (plus registration fee)
In-person registration on 9/21 and 9/22: $40 (cash or check)

Course map: links to be provided when finalized (subject to change on race day)

Friday night Trail Race Training Runs meeting at Shaw Outdoor Center at 6pm on 9/1, 9/8, 9/15

Additional event details and course description will be made available at a later date on and participant email updates to registered participants.

Course Map & Description

Contact for Questions

Michael McGrane
Norwich Head Cross Country Coach

About Paine Mountain & The Anchor

Named after Elijah Paine, a settler in central Vermont in the early 19th century, Paine Mountain is located just East of Norwich University campus in Northfield, Vermont along Route 12 between exits 5 and 6 on Interstate 89. The summit of Paine Mountain is 2’408 feet with part of the western slope of the mountain on the Northfield Town Forest side and part on Norwich University property.

Visible from the Norwich campus is the Anchor at the top of the old Norwich downhill ski slope dating back to the mid 1930’s until 1991 when it was permanently closed. The Anchor and the pathway up the old ski slope are all that remain. The Anchor is the large cement structure that has become a symbol for Norwich University students with one side as an unofficial memorial to Norwich’s Navy Seal and Special Operations Master Chief Brian R. Bill ‘01.

About the Norwich Shaw Outdoor Center

In 2010, Norwich alum Larry Costa donated $1.4 million to the school in the memory of classmate Sgt. 1st Class John Shaw to develop the Norwich University SFC John Shaw Outdoor Center and a network of multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The Shaw Outdoor Center provides free use of outdoor recreational equipment as a service to the Northfield and Norwich communities. To learn more, visit:

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