Important Race Information
BIB pickup. You can pick up your BIB numbers at the South Pond Recreation area in Stark on Friday night from 4-7pm. There is no race morning BIB pickup unless you make special arrangements. IF YOU ARE RUNNING THE 25 MILER AND GET DROPPED OFF AT THE START YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP YOUR BIB NUMBER THERE.
ROLL CALL: For safety reasons we need to check your gear to make sure you have the mandatory gear. There will be runner checkin/rollcall/gear check in the morning (on the bus ride for the 25 mile runners) f you don’t have the required gear you don’t race.
The 50 mile race will start Saturday at 5am.
The 25 mile race will start Saturday Sat 7am.
Shuttle Information: There is a bus leaving from South Pond Recreational Area at 5:30 am. You can get a ride to the start of the race but can NOT leave a vehicle there. We will be starting off Pool Road on 115 behind the Waumbek Country Club. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THE GOLF COURSE TO GET THERE
We need to check you into the race at the start to make sure all starters are accounted for so that we are not looking for you if you did not make it to the start. You must be there by 6:30 for the briefing and check in.
BIB punches: We are eliminating the bib punches so all you need to do is stay on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail so pay attention to the junctions.
Aid stations: There is one unmanned water station on Star King (about 3 miles from route 2). Please don’t waste the water as it will be limited.
Willard Notch is a backcountry aid station with limited food and water. t is about 10 miles from Route 2 (the start for the 25 mile race) miles 15 and 35 for the 50 mile runners
Unknown Pond is a backcountry aid station with limited food and water. It is about 19 miles from Route 2. 7 and 43 for the 50 mile runners
The 50 mile runners will have an aid station with the usual race food (chips, cookies, pretzels, etc), water and Tailwind.
Drops and DNFs: here is one place to drop and that is for the 50 mile runners. You can drop at the turnaround. f you drop at the backcountry aid station you will be waiting for several hours to get walked 3 miles out. Do not just walk out because there is no cell service at the trail heads and you will be screwed.
Drop Bags: 50 mile runners can bring drop bags Saturday morning. Please keep them small and mark them clearly with your name and BIB number. We will return them to the finish after 5pm
Time Cutoffs: 25 mile racers have until 5am Sunday to finish.
50 mile cutoffs: The turnaround Mile 25 - 10 (3pm)
Willard Notch: 14 hours (8pm ) you will need to wait for the volunteers to take you down)
Unknown Pond - 19 hours (12am) (you will need to wait for the volunteers to take you down)
There is no negotiation on these times.
We look forward to seeing you all!! If you have any friends interested in volunteering at the finish line or a backcountry aid station please have them register on Ultrasignup!
-A 25 mile out and back on the wild and remote Kilkenny Ridge Trail in its entirety. Runners will run from South Pond Rec area in Stark NH 100% on beautiful and rugged singletrack trail through pristine boreal forests, past mountain ponds, and soaking in endless views from scenic vistas! Along the way you'll be summiting two 4,000 ft peaks and a half dozen 3000 footers as well. There will be 15,000 ft of total ascent and descent. 25 milers will be shuttled to the southern terminus and will run north to South Pond Rec area.
Course Markings: This is not a marked course as you will be on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. We have a link to download the GPS track which you need to download to your phone and/or watch. The trail is very well marked with signs so you will need to pay attention. Due to trying to keep the trail as natural as possible for the hikers we do not mark then course. Please study maps before running the course. We will have maps available at the BIB pickup. For the 50 mile runners you will be taking a right onto Route 2 and then a left onto Route 115 to get to the aid station and reversing to get back to the trail. We are not allowed to have an aid station at the trail head. Do not run through the golf course as they are having a tournament that day.
This course is wild and wooly so expect it to feel very remote. This is not an entry level course!
Strava route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2872289621054884400
GAIA GPS route here https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=10.6/-71.4945/44.5077&pubLink=W532klHehiVaDEWNch9Gu4g5&trackId=2c5fa23b-668b-4dda-8800-ba78a3da9df2&layer=GaiaTopoRasterMeters this is great to load on your phone, download the ios or android app, you don't need cell service to use this.
GAIA GPS route click here https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=10.8/-71.4171/44.5070&pubLink=i0JxH0x2niwih9H4cToMUzde&trackId=9e36282b-f28f-4090-9881-941b07f6446b&layer=GaiaTopoRasterMeters this is great to load on your phone, download the ios or android app, you don't need cell service to use this.
We are sorry but we cannot provide transfers, deferrals or add people once registration is closed. There are no refunds given or deferrals given at any time so please be mindful of the rules when registering.
25 miler information
The course: A 25 mile point to point race on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail from Starr King Rd in Jefferson NH to South Pond Rec Area in Stark NH. Runners will traverse a high mountain ridge summiting 2 4000ft peaks and a half dozen 3000 footers as well. The Kilkenny is rugged and boasts 7000+ ft of vertical ascent. The course is also extremely beautiful! You will travel across miles of wild and woolly boreal forest that is unique to the higher elevations of NH. There are countless mountain views, ponds and streams to take in as well. This is truly a "backcountry" race..
Bus shuttle: There is no parking at the south end of the course. All runners MUST ride the bus to the start from South Pond Rec Area to race start at southern terminus in Jefferson, which is included in your race entry.
50 miler information
-A 25 mile out and back on the wild and remote Kilkenny Ridge Trail in its entirety. Runners will run from South Pond Rec area in Stark NH 100% on beautiful and rugged singletrack trail through pristine boreal forests, past mountain ponds, and soaking in endless views from scenic vistas! Along the way you'll be summiting two 4,000 ft peaks and a half dozen 3000 footers as well. There will be 15,000 ft of total ascent and descent.
Due to the remote nature of the course and lack of ANY road crossings there will only be two on course aid stations(that you'll pass in both directions) and another at the turnaround.
Qualifying: We require that you have finished a 50k challenging TRAIL race in order to enter. IF you think you have special circumstances(pemi loop, presi traverse or other crazy mountain adventures) that would allow us to let you run without the qualifier, reach out to us and we'll discuss it.
Mandatory Kits: We are sorry but for safety reasons you must carry all required gear and bring it the morning of the race to get checked for having it. This is a serious race that can result in very bad situations if you don’t have the proper gear. Fish and Game has been overwhelmed with rescues so let’s not have this happen at the race.
You must have the following:
1 liter of fluid (preferably 2)
Windshirt or rainshell
headlamp and extra batteries
course map with emergency numbers
Minimum 500 calories
OPTIONAL BUT RECOMENDED: Water Filter, winter hat, gloves
WEATHER IN THE MOUNTAINS CAN CHANGE VERY QUICKLY..BE PREPARED!!
Crews and Pacers
Crew Access: There is no crew access and nobody can meet you at the turnaround for the 50 mile race. If you want to have them help you then ask them to sign up to work at one of the aid stations or the finish line.
You absolutely cannot have anyone crewing or spectating you at the Starr King Trailhead. If caught the USFS will take your picture and you will be disqualified as this violates our permit.
Pacers: There are no pacers.
Race volunteers earn race credits!!
Volunteer at one of our events and earn $10 of credit to be used for race entry or swag!!
Local time: 3:32 AM