Groton Forest Trail Run
Rugged, remote, beautiful – these are the trails in Groton State Forest. Join us for this new trail event, aimed at bringing you back to the forest and providing you with an unrivaled running experience. Runners can choose from either a 26.5 mile course or a 15.2 mile course that are both technical, challenging and gorgeous.
Both courses are a mix of Hiking Trail: which is generally technical single track, Multi-use Trail: open to bikers and horses - mixed single and double track and Dirt Road: forest/park road, rail trail, and town roads. They were both designed to feature some of the best trails and most interesting spots of the northern end of Groton State Forest with as little overlap as possible.
This event has been made possible by the Vermont State Parks, staff of the Groton State Forest, Central Vermont Runners, Cross Trails Vermont and all of the other community support, which includes: My Farmer's Market, Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, Cabot Cheese, Misty Knoll, Tailwind, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Roam, Maple Valley Cafe, Three Penny Taproom, Farnham Family Farm Grassfed Beef and the Groton Ryegate FAST Squad. The total number of runners for the first year across both events is capped at 100 participants. When we reach 100 registered we will close registration.
Packet Pick-up & Registration
Our race is full and we have a waitlist, so there is no same-day registration.
We will have registration/packet pick-up on race day and on Friday night from 5-7PM at Boulder Beach. For the 26.5 mile runners, your race starts at 7AM and registration/packet pick-up begins at 6AM to 6:45AM at Boulder Beach State Park. For the 15.2 mile runners, registration/packet pick-up starts at 7:15AM to 8:45AM at Boulder Beach State Park. DIRECTIONS: Please plan on arriving a little early because at Boulder Beach you will be stopped at the Gatehouse - runners get in for free - so just tell them you are a runner. Family and friends it is $3.00 for the entire day.
What to Expect and Logistics
Both the long and the short course of the Groton Forest Trail Run start and end at Boulder Beach State Park, which is a beautiful lake, with a sandy beach with picnic tables and a pavillion building. Any family and friends who will attend the post-race celebration will pay $3 to enter the park. If possible, please let us know how many will be traveling with your party.
This is a technical trail run, so expect to take your time and enjoy the numerous views and work up an appetite. When you are finished running we will host a post-race celebration with a taco bar served by My Farmer's Market with local farm fresh ingredients. Runner's meals will be included in your registration and family and friends will be able to purchase a plate of food. There are not a lot of eateries within this area - so we advise all to plan on getting food. This is a Zero-Waste event - so everyone will wash their own reusable serving materials. Please help us by bringing your own water bottles and hydration devices.
The Kava Express a 70's rock cover band will play in the afternoon. We will have prizes for the top three male and female finishers and host an amazing post-race raffle with kick-butt prizes from the best local sponsors.
15.2 mile course
The short 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.
26.5 mile course
The long course is about 26.5 miles with 5000 ft. of elevation gain. This course is 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 the loops around Kettle and Osmore Ponds.
There will be at least 4 aid stations on both the long and the short courses. We are working with community partners like Cross Trails Vermont and Central Vermont Runners to operate aid stations stocked with trail noshing necessities. We will offer racing "fuel" and gel products and sweet and salty snacks. We will also serve plain water, pickle juice and sweet, bubbly soft drinks. 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: 11:40 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.