Get spooky in the quaint town of Norwich, Vermont! This scenic, single-loop course features rolling hills, sweeping views, and small town Vermont charm. There will be family-friendly activities at the finish and costumes are encouraged!
2018 race photos here
Course map & elevation profiles available HERE
All distances will feature a rolling single-loop on paved and dirt/gravel roads. Please refer to the course map for all details.
Challenging in true Vermont tradition, with approximately 1400' of gain in the Half'witch, 3050' of gain in the Full'witch, and 3550' of gain in the Ultra'witch! The course is not, repeat, NOT certified! Being hilly, you can also expect to run between 30-45 minutes slower than your average flat marathon time making a BQ pretty unlikely for many if not most. The Half'witch time limit of 6-hours and gentle downhill final portion of the course are a great combination for walkers, even with all those 1,400 feet of hills thrown in! You'll feel like Superman or Wonder Woman at the finish line!
The course is NOT closed to all traffic! There will be "RUNNERS ON ROAD" signs and very selective closures or traffic modification, but it's a good idea to wear something hi-vis if your costume isn't already lesser-known Superhero "Reflective Safety Vest Man.'"
We strongly discourage headphones, but if you will be running with music we ask that you use only one ear and listen at a volume that allows you to hear cars, other runners, and instructions form Race Officials. You will find staggered starts to minimize bunching on the road and give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. You can expect local traffic only, which you will find is eeeerily, ghostly, hauntingly quiet on a Sunday afternoon. Still, be careful! We're all out here to have fun, be safe and look super fly! No dogs, strollers, or motorized/wheeled costume elements, please.
Runners and Zombie-walkers will find DEAD and UNDEAD aid stations along the course every 3-5 miles. At the DEAD aid stations, you're on your own. We think you can handle it, don't worry! At UNDEAD aid stations, our crack team will take care of you. If you're nice, they'll even let know how far back the monster is that's chasing you! Expect HOT CIDER at select aid stations, along with water, Hammer Heed electrolyte beverages, Hammer gels, fruit, and plenty of candy at all others! Getting hangry after your run? You can find bagels, sandwiches, baked goods and snacks at the finish. Grab a hot coco or some soup and some spooky pastries for the warming tent! Notice the race was a little short on UNDEAD aid stations in 2018? We've got you covered for '19! More hands = less time spent on course self service trick-or-treating!
FREE Photos & Swag
*The Nor'witch will be photographed by renowned sports photographer Joe Viger. All participants will take home FREE web-sized downloads of their photos, courtesy of Nor'east Trail Runs! Make sure your cape is just right, fix your tiara, and stay on-point! Higher resolution prints and downloads are also available - support your amazing photographers!
*FREE custom 2019 Nor'witch Mens/Women's fit long-sleeve Tech Tee for all pre-registered runners, just in time for Trick-or-Treat or layering for your reverse taper! Use it to dress your scarecrow or snowman, large dog or small horse, whatever you want, they're made of high-performance wicking fabric with creepy-cool designs, so you probably won't want to give them up. Sign-up before October 1st and you're guaranteed your choice of shirt size PLUS your name in big shiny letters on your custom Nor'Witch race bib!!!
5 PM HARD cutoff for the 13.1 & 26.2, 6 PM cutoff for the 50k. This gives the Half'witch a very walker-friendly time limit of 6 hours, 7 hours for the Full'witch and 8 for the Ultra. This makes the Ultra'witch a very do-able first 50k -- plenty of time to stop and take some photos!!! (You might want a headlamp if you think you're going to be cutting it close, the sun will set at 5:47 PM)
All finishers will receive a cool custom witchy finishers medal (that moves!) Awesome, useful, handmade-in-Vermont creepy awards for top 3 guys and ghouls at each distance! The winners at each distance will take home beautiful 12'' slate cheese servers with smaller copies going to the other spots on the podium. PLUS, Spirit of the Witch and Best Costume will be named! The cheese servers look so good, you risk the unknowable horror of having to choose between using them... or displaying them....!!!! OooOOo. Some people even... DO BOTH!!! : o
Volunteer to help Mila the Nor'witch stir her cauldron and earn credit for future Nor'east Trail Runs race entries or swag ($15 of credit per hour of volunteering)! Sign up using the button at the top of this page for shifts before, during, and after the race.
Local time: 8:44 AM
****NEW: VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE****
Want to earn money for your charity or club while you have fun supporting runners? Join our volunteer challenge! All organizations that volunteer for 8+ man-hours total get a $100 donation from Nor'east Trail Runs for each 8-hour block! Be sure to bring your A game, because whichever group wins Runner's Choice in the post-race survey gets $250!
Each individual volunteer also earns race/merch credits and a sweet hat if they help out for 4+ hours!
Sign up HERE and be sure to include the name of your organization and "volunteer challenge"!
Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.