About the event
Local time: 3:14 AM
I suppose you may be wondering what’s happening with the Drummer Hill Trail Race in the midst of Covid-19. Fair question. We met last night to talk about just this.
Currently, the state of New Hampshire has a stay at home order in place until May 4th. With the race slated for mid June, we feel it’s a little early to say if the race is still on or not.
As we approach the the May 4th end to the stay at home order, we will assess the current outlook on the virus and make a decision at that point based on current state and local guidelines.
We really want you to be able to come out and enjoy your day on the hill, but above that, we want you to stay safe and healthy! Look for a final call on the race the first week of May.
JUST LIKE LAST YEAR - WE ARE STILL CUPLESS. As most of you already do, please plan to run with some form of personal hydration. This will help us cut down on waste created by the race.
The race will be run on the same 12.5 kilometer loop as last year. In the spirit of choosing your own adventure, runners may choose the number of 12.5k laps they would like to complete. If you are new to trail running and just want to check out the Keene scenery, a single loop is a great option. If you want more of a challenge, try your hand at a few more. If you’re like me and the thought of calling it a day after a few laps is just unthinkable, run the full 4 laps for a 50k day out on the hill! No runner will be penalized for not completing the number of laps they sign up for and if you want to run more than you signed up for, well, good for you! We’ll record your finish accordingly!
The terrain of Drummer Hill can vary from technical single track to old jeep roads. And seeing that the term “hill” is in the race name, you can expect that there will be a fair amount of elevation change. I can’t express enough that this is a trail race on technical terrain. This is not paved. This is not renovated rail trail. This is not for whiners. This is the woods, where there are a lot of rocks, roots, fallen trees, stream crossings, scenic beauty, and if you’re lucky, some nice wildlife sightings.
Awards: We'll have the classic DHTR drumsticks again… And most likely a raffle, too.
All race distances will start EXACTLY at 8am. Participants need to start their last lap by 3:15.
Also to be noted this year: There will be no refunds or deferrals. The proceeds from this race help Scores Running Club provide for youth runner initiatives and local youth running scholarships.
Parking will be at Fuller Elementary School, 422 Elm St, Keene, NH 03431 and the race start is just a short walk away on Drummer Rd. Please, no parking on Drummer Rd as we would like to keep all the neighbors on the street happy!
For those who would like, drop bags for all your gear may be brought to the start/finish area to access between laps. Port-a-potties will also be available at the start/finish area as well.
Aid will be available at the start/finish area, as well as at a midpoint in the race course. Offerings will include, water, Tailwind, soda, gels, cookies, bananas, chips, candy…. You know, just imagine the spread at a 3rd grade Halloween party! Oh yeah... Frank will be making his pulled pork again! And as always, if you want to bring something to share, go for it!
Chris Casey RD