-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.
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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 Kit: (we will be doing a gear check at race morning check-in) YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF CAUGHT RACING WITHOUT THE MANDANTORY KIT, ELITE OR NOT YOU MUST CARRY IT AS OUR PERMIT WITH THE USFS REQUIRES RUNNERS TO CARRY THIS GEAR
-Mountain weather can change unexpectedly and with long distances between aid stations we want all runners to be prepared.
-1 liter water carrying capacity minimum (2 liters recommended especially if you are a mid to back of the pack runner) Even if you carry a filter, there aren't many opportunities to filter on the high ridgeline
-emergency blanket or emergency bivy
-Headlamp (extra lamp or batteries suggested if you will be slower or riding the cutoffs)
-extra nutrition (have some emergency calories with you that don't get used unless there's an issue)
-course map w/ emergency #'s and emergency protocol (provided) PLEASE CARRY THE MAP IN CASE THE COURSE GETS VANDALIZED.
-windshirt or rainshell( it's september in the mountains..It could be cold or wet or both! maybe some extra clothes in a drop bag at the turnaround are a good idea?)
Awards: Top 3 men and women (overall) Top man and woman Masters (50+) No double dipping you sneaky old devils
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