February 1 - 2, 2020

TARCtic Frozen Yeti Trail Races

80 Carby Street

Westwood, MA 30hrs, 15 Miler

This Event Took Place Sun. Feb 2, 2020

The nICEst Trail Race!

Above photos credit: Chris Wristen from MassUltra.com.

Punxsutawney Phil won’t be the only trail animal out of hibernation on Groundhog Day. Come run with all your Trail Animal Running Club friends in the latest version of the TARC 100, The TARCtic Frozen Yeti Trail Races.

Sign up today and come Run Like A FROZEN Trail Animal with all your TARC friends!

Runner's Guide

Runner's Guide can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l3YFCqEg-Y3Digzl-EOaeOiVgJH6cciBTm0a6Dcao8U/edit?usp=sharing

A copy of the final race email can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18du-avVPi2lmwhzzHd26_pJRAelJv-k5ns_A7zkT6yc/edit?usp=sharing

A GPX link of the course can be found at https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3277610029


There will be two categories to choose from, “Ultra” or “15 mile.”
In the “Ultra” category, you will have 30 hours to run the 15 mile tri-lobe course as many times as you want, 30 to 100+miles. Minimum distance for the Ultra category is 30 Miles to count as a finish, but the completion of any additional ~5 mile loop will count towards accumulated mileage. The course (see detailed description below) must be run in the designated loop order, no skipping of loops will be allowed to accumulate miles. The Ultra race starts SATURDAY MORNING at 8AM.

For those who want to join in the fun for a single time around the course, we offer a “15 mile” race starting SUNDAY MORNING at 8AM.

Race Dates and Times:
“Ultra” Race: SATURDAY, February 1st, 2020, 8:00am on Saturday to 2:00pm on Sunday (30 hour time limit)
Check-in: 6:00am-7:30am
Distance: A minimum of 30 miles must be completed to finish the ultra. The course is in the shape of a clover leaf and each ~5 mile leaf will count as accumulated mileage. We will email you leading up to the race to find out how far you think you may be running so we can plan accordingly, but you can run however far you want.

NO CUPS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HOT OR COLD BEVERAGES! PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE CUP FOR HOT AND COLD DRINKS/FOOD. This has a huge impact on the amount of trash generated over the course of this event, so thank you in advance for your help!

Pacers are allowed for the ultra after 60 miles or sundown.

15 Mile Race:
Date: SUNDAY, February 2nd, 2020, 8:00am to 2:00pm. (Six hour time limit)
Check-in: 6:00am to 7:30am
Distance: 15 miles (one full lap of the tri-loop).

NO CUPS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HOT OR COLD BEVERAGES! PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE CUP FOR HOT AND COLD DRINKS/FOOD. This has a huge impact on the amount of trash generated over the course of this event, so thank you in advance for your help!


Note before you register: All TARC races maintain a NO REFUND policy. There will be NO refunds, deferrals or bib switches for ANY reason. Any requests for a refund will be politely ignored. Seriously. In the event of inclement weather that forces the Hale Reservation to close its gates, the race snow date is February 8-9th. In the event that there is additional inclement weather on February 8-9th, the race committee will do its best to come up with another alternative, but there are no guarantees. Again, there are no refunds, even in the event of race postponement or race cancellation.


The course was created by our very own Josh Katzman and is a tri-loop design with a heated lodge at the center (think of a cloverleaf). With each leaf of the clover being about ~5 miles, you will never be more than 2-2.5 miles from a heated Lodge as you explore the varied terrain and scenery of Hale reservation. Josh has had a ton of fun incorporating trails never before used in TARC races, so you can look forward to a whole new experience at Hale! Please note that the course must be run as designed, and no skipping of loops will be allowed to accumulate miles.


There will be ONE centrally located aid station (the heated Lodge) with food, water, and your drop bag.


Are allowed beyond 60 miles or sundown, and encouraged for anyone going through the night.


You will be able to have 2 drop bags, an INSIDE and OUTSIDE drop bag.


February weather in New England can be anywhere from cold to deadly. Every runner is ultimately 100% responsible for themselves out on the course and must know their own cold weather running needs and limitations. That being said, we are taking safety VERY seriously as you will be in below freezing temperatures for extended periods of time and an injury can quickly turn into a life or death situation without the proper supplies. There WILL be required gear every runner MUST carry at ALL times during the event. You can expect this list to contain logical items that most of us would carry on a long, long, long run alone on winter trails..

A required gear list for BOTH races will be finalized as we get closer to race date but will most likely include common basic cold weather race requirements like: 2 pairs of gloves, 2 hats, midweight warm layer, waterproof shell, hand & foot heaters, 2 emergency blanket, whistle, headlamp, front & rear red blinking lights etc. In the event of extremely cold weather predictions, the decision to implement an “Extreme Cold Weather Required Gear List” will be announced within 36 hours of the event, which might include: full change of clothes (pants/long sleeve insulated top/socks), emergency bivy, sleeping bag rated 15F or below, etc. YOUR GEAR WILL BE CHECKED AT CHECK-IN AND YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED GEAR.


We will periodically post links on the TARC100 Facebook page, to useful articles regarding cold weather training and racing to help you prepare for your successful race.


We’ll probably have some stuff. It’ll probably be pretty awesome. But we haven’t figured this part out yet. 100 Mile finishers will be able to purchase a TARC100 buckle to commemorate their achievement for $55 (please bring cash).


Available for prepurchase , until November 29th, while you are registering. Unisex sizes. These items are only available for prepurchase during registration , until November 29th, and pick up on race day. Any items not picked up by Sunday at noon will be donated or sold. No items will be mailed. If you drop from the race and have purchased anything, you still need to pick it up. We will not mail it. We will not be purchasing any extra to sell on race day so order yours during registration.


The existing TARC100 Facebook page will soon be updated to reflect this 2020 version and will be the main source for race related information, questions, and updates. A runner’s manual will be released closer to race day. (Click on WEBSITE at top to link to this FB page).

Local time: 9:14 PM


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