Macedonia Trail Race
About 90 minutes north of NYC lies the Litchfield Hills and town of Kent. Near the Appalachian Trail just a few miles outside of Kent is Macedonia Brook State Park. With its unparalleled singletrack and lush forest trails, challenging climbs/descents and two amazing viewpoints on course, the race offers trail runners a one of kind experience in the northwest part of Connecticut, the NEW Macedonia Trail Race brought to you by Steep Endurance! NEW this year we will offer 25K/50K distances in addition to the original 7.25M race.
The Macedonia Trail Race is part of the Blue Blazed Trail Running Series in CT. The Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series is a sequence of races in Connecticut that are run entirely or in part on the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails (BBHT). The BBHT are maintained by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).
Registration starts on Friday, March 15.
A portion of your entry fee and/or proceeds from the race series will go to Connecticut DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) for trail maintenance.
Refund Policy: There will no refunds and/or no transfers of your registration or bib to any other person. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date--including course preparation, race supplies, permits, and administration.
Hikers/walkers are welcome to do the 7.25M race, but must be able to complete the course in approximately 3 hours.
The Macedonia Trail Race starts on Macedonia Brook Rd., near the pavilion/ranger station. Runners will proceed south until reaching the blue-blazed trail entrance on the left. The first 4/10 of a mile is on the road to help spread out the runners before entering the single track. Runners will then run the blue trail in the counter-clockwise direction. The first section of single track is not super steep, but it’s a grinding climb until the first major descent just over 2 miles into the race. From there it’s rolling with some pretty technical sections of single track with a few short road crossings. A little before mile 5, runners are faced with the challenging climb up Cobble Mountain and it’s amazing viewpoint to the west, where on a clear day, you can see the Catskill Mountains in NY. From there it’s a long technical descent back down to a left hand turn onto Macedonia Brook Rd. and a quick sprint finish on the grass near the pavilion.
The 25K course will consist of 2 loops of the 7.25M course, plus a small out and back at the beginning of the race. The 25K course will have 3500'+ of elevation. The 50K course will be a 3 loop course utilizing some additional trails in the park, but will include 3 trips up and over the famous Cobble Mountain. The 50K course will have 7,000'+ of elevation.
Awards will be presented in the following age groups for both men and women in the 7.25M race
Overall, 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up.
Runners in the 25K/50K will receive special finisher awards with additional awards to the top 3 podium finishers in both overall and masters divisions.
Post Race Celebration
You’ve just finished a super challenging one of a kind course! Enjoy your accomplishment, sit back, relax, and don’t forget to cheer on all the runners coming in behind you! We will have the usual spread including bagels, bananas, pizza, non-alcoholic hydration options. We may even have some live music for you just like last year!
**There is no alcoholic beverages of any kind permitted in the Macedonia Brook State Park.
For more info and course maps, please go to www.steependurance.com/macedonia-trail-race.html
Local time: 8:42 AM