Norfolk Land Trust
The Norfolk Land Trust ("NLT"), an all volunteer organization, was created in 1982 to encourage the preservation of natural heritage and open space in Norfolk, Connecticut. Our resources include pristine water courses, beautiful wetlands, meadows and woodlands, and the plants and animals whose habitat it is.
A challenging and scenic race through picturesque Barbour Woods. The course is a mixture of single and double track. Climb up Beech Hill for a view of Haystack Mountain, run on carriage roads beside historic Killarney Bridge, descend down the dry dam to a flat stretch of railroad bed, ascend through woodlands and finally along a gladed wetland, known as the Swamp Trail to the finish. (Please see yellow route on map.)
Want to go a little longer? Try adding a challenging loop over Haystack Mountain. This course begins on the same route as the 5K, but jumps off of the Sunset Trail onto the South Dam, crosses Route 272N and ascends through a grassy meadow onto an intense single track to summit at Norfolk's iconic Haystack Mountain Tower. Descend down the mountainside on a carriage path to meet up with a single track winding along the mountainside bringing you back to the park's main entrance where you will cross over the South Dam and finish up the 5k course. (Please see map. The green route is added to the yellow loop for the 10k.)
NOTE: In the event of severe and dangerous weather, the races will be canceled 24 hours in advance. Please check the Norfolk Land Trust website for updates. Pre-registration for 2019 will be honored the following year.
The Important Stuff
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020 we have decided to take the Norfolk Land Trust Trail Races virtual. It was a tough decision but the race organizers feel it is the best course of action to help stop the spread of the virus. We will also be offering a sliding scale registration model. The race organizers understand that our community has faced hardships due to the pandemic. It is because of this that we will be taking a “pay what you can” approach. Please select the registration fee that you feel comfortable with. The Norfolk Land Trust trail race is a community celebration of our local trails and should be accessible to all.
Local time: 5:21 AM
Virtual Race Details:
We'd love for you to explore the established 5k or 10k course on your own! If you are able to run your race on the beautiful trails of Norfolk please see the course map in the event photos. Maps will also be located at the Barbour Woods trailhead.
We understand that not everyone will be able to run on the actual course. If this is the case you can create your own route based on where you feel the most comfortable - trails, roads, or even treadmill. When enjoying the outdoors, the Norfolk Land Trust asks that racers follow the social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all, in alignment with the state orders.
Registration for the virtual race will remain open until noon on 9/20.
Once registered you can run/walk your course anytime between sunrise on 9/12 and sunset on 9/20.
Results will be entered through self-reporting on Ultrasignup (see the "Record Results" button up top). You can do that via this website or through reminder emails that will be sent out periodically. The deadline for reporting your results is 11:59pm on 9/22.
Everyone who registers for the 2020 trail races will receive a commemorative sticker!