Come join the CT Trailmixers and the Southington YMCA for the fourth annual Fall Fling 400 trail ultramarathon!
You can run as many loops as you’d like of a two-mile trail course as long as you're done within 400 minutes (six hours 40 minutes). You’re not required to run an ultra distance - at least 28 miles (or 14 loops) - although many people will. Whether you want to try your first trail race, or go for an ultra distance, this event is for you.
The CT Trailmixers welcome people who are new to trail running! This is a great opportunity to give it a try. We make it fun, with a well-marked course that offers a great variety of terrain and scenery. And you’ll get plenty of cheers and high-fives along the way - along with what some past participants have said is the best aid station spread they’ve ever seen.
YMCA Camp Sloper
1000 East St, Southington, CT 06489
Start Times and Schedule
6:00 am ET: Race-day check-in begins. Please arrive and check-in by 7:45.
7:45 am: Pre-race briefing
8:00 am: Race begins.
2:40 pm: Race ends.
Trail and Course Description
The main course is a roughly two-mile loop with moderately rolling hills. It's run mostly on single-track wooded trails, but includes some dirt / gravel road sections. Parts of the course are covered with rocks and roots, while other sections are smoother. You’ll experience a wide variety of terrain and scenery. The course will be marked with flags and ribbons.
To help reduce waste and costs, we are a cupless race. Please plan to bring your own cup or mug to use throughout the day.
Registration Fees and Club Membership
Online pre-registration (closes on November 14, 2018): $40 for non-members, $20 for members.
Race-day registration: $50 for non-members, $25 for members.
Interested in becoming a member of the CT Trailmixers? $20 a year gets you a discount off both race entries ($20 off the Fall Fling - pays for itself) and CT Trailmixers gear. To become a member, register here and we’ll send you the discount code.
There will be one aid station at the main pavilion start / finish area. Runners will have access to traditional trail ultra food, such as fruit, baked items, potatoes, baked items, chips, baked items, candies, water, baked items, and electrolyte drink. Plus we’ll have plenty of baked items because the CT Trailmixers love to bake. We’ll also have a few surprises throughout the day. If you have specific nutritional needs, please bring your own stuff.
You’ll be able to set up your “shop” and drop bag right at the main start/finish area and aid station.
Free massages will also be available all day. And you’ll have access to real bathrooms just a few hundred feet from the aid station.
No pacers are allowed on the race course. Only people who have registered can participate.
The race will be timed, and your laps will be counted, using chip timing. You can check your lap counts on a large monitor that will be on display at the start/finish area.
Only laps completed within the 400 minutes will count. If you finish your last lap and it’s past 2:40 pm, it won’t count.
The course will start and finish at the main pavilion at Camp Sloper. When you’re done with racing, please tell the volunteers so we know you’re leaving the course. You can take breaks during the day - take a nap, get a massage - and rejoin the race whenever you like.
I know that running in and volunteering for organized group runs, social events, and races with this group are potentially hazardous activities, which could cause injury or death. I will not participate in any group organized events, group training runs or social events – including the CT Trailmixers Fall Fling 400 trail race – unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform all activities associated with the group and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I assume all risks associated with being a member of this group and participating in group activities, which may include: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or roller blades are prohibited. Having read this waiver, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the CT Trailmixers, the Southington Community YMCA, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation with the group, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record for any legitimate promotional purposes for the group.
Prizes and Goodies
All participants will get a CT Trailmixers-branded gift and a handmade finisher’s medal upon completing their race.
Additionally, we’ll recognize the top male and female who complete the most full loops in the shortest time within 400 minutes. If more than one runner completes the same longest distance, the winner will be the runner who finishes that distance first.
Race proceeds will go to a variety of local organizations, including the Southington YMCA and the Connecticut Forest & Parks Association. They will also go to the CT Trailmixers Shoe Scholarship Program, which gives free shoes to kids in need who want to run cross-country or track in school.
About the CT Trailmixers
The CT Trailmixers are a trail running club based in central Connecticut. Our members are passionate about sharing Connecticut’s many wonderful trails with friends and visitors, and the trails at Camp Sloper offer a wide variety of beautiful terrain with varying difficult levels. For more information on the CT Trailmixers, visit www.cttrailmixers.com. And special thanks to the Southington Community YMCA for their partnership!
Holiday Inn Express Southington
120 Laning Street, Southington, CT 06489
Residence Inn Marriott Southington
778 West Street, Southington, CT 06489
Connecticut weather in mid-November tends to be pretty cool. Keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately!
Local time: 7:46 PM