2021 GFTR Registration
We have extended the registration deadline, as there is still capacity and we think we can still squeak in our t-shirt order. Register by August 16th to ensure you get a t-shirt! We are thrilled to be back in the Groton Forest again this fall with 3 kickass run distances and can't wait for you to join us.
For any of you who rolled over your 2020 registration, you were sent an email asking you to re-register. Please use the same email you registered with in 2020 to receive your credit for the 2021 race.
Currently, each race distance is capped at 50 runners - which means our overall cap is 150 runners. If you cannot register for your desired distance please email the race directors and we will put you on our GFTR waitlist.
For everyone who has run either the 2018 or 2019 Groton Forest Trail Run - this year may look different, but we just confirmed that the band, the Kava Express, will be back to bring you home at the finish and we will have a sandwich bar with gluten-free, vegetarian and omnivore selections from the new Fox Market & Bar in East Montpelier!!! Yay for the modified party at the finish!!! Luckily Boulder Beach gives us plenty of space to socially distance!
Race Start and Registration
The 26.5 mile run starts at 7AM, the 15 mile run starts at 9AM and the 6.2 mile run starts at 10AM.
Registration and bib pick-up will most likely be open on race day morning, Sept. 11th, from 6AM - 10AM.
6.2 mile course
This new 10k course is about 6.2 miles with 1100 ft. of elevation gain. This course features the summit of Little Deer with views of Lake Groton. This course is about 75% technical single track and 25% dirt road. A map will be coming soon.
15.2 mile course
This course is about 15 miles with 3200 ft. of elevation gain. This course features the summits of Big Deer and Little Deer with views of Lake Groton, and Owls Head overlooking Kettle Pond. This course is about 50% technical single track, 25% multi-use trail, and 25% dirt road. Please look at the pictures on this page for a map of the course.
26.5 mile course
The long course is about 26.5 miles with 5,000 ft. of elevation gain. This course is approximately 60% technical single track, 10% multi-use trail, and 30% dirt road. In addition to Big Deer, Little Deer, and Owls Head this course features loops around Kettle and Osmore Ponds. Please look at the pictures on this page to find maps of the course.
The Groton Forest Trail Run is a fundraising event, with all dollars not used to put on the event donated to local partners Central Vermont Runners, Cross Trails Vermont and the Groton Ryegate FAST Squad. This event was created to introduce more people to Groton Forest and to inspire our community, especially our youth, to get active in the outdoors. Our previous events would not have been possible without the generous donations of area businesses - these businesses that now need our support in order to survive. Also thanks to all of the tireless volunteers that help make this happen - if you are a runner - thank a volunteer! If you want to volunteer - please let us know.
Local time: 6:58 PM