Firebird Trail Race is a challenging and wicked fun 13M & 50K race, that runs on donations, positive vibes, and a crushingly technical course in Cumberland, Maine.
Our goal with this race is to celebrate community and accomplish great feats together, cheering each other to the finish, for the first time or the millionth time.
Unlike other races, to compete here you must donate to a non-profit of your choice in addition to paying the low cost registration fee. Instead of some mega race conglomerate taking the profits, we ask that you pay it forward and contribute to a non-profit that aligns with your values. The donation must be made between September 19, 2020 and September 17, 2021, and we must have proof of the donation (a receipt, confirmation letter from the recipient, image of your check) by September 17, 2021 in order to confirm entry. We would appreciate donations of at least $40, with a $20 minimum requirement.
- 50K - 7:30 AM
- 13 Miler - 8:00 AM
We plan to hold the event in person as envisioned on September 18th, 2021, although we will be incorporating a number of safety precautions for volunteers and runners, including a 100 participant cap. We will be closely monitoring CDC, local, and state guidelines, and will adjust as necessary, but we feel confident that this event will go forward as planned. Please see our Facebook page for more info.
It's technical and challenging, with lots of rocks and roots on mostly single track trail. The course is largely on the Cross-Falmouth Trail from Windham, Maine to Falmouth, Maine. The course will be marked with pink ribbon and white chalk. *The 2021 course will likely make a few changes from prior years due to private land use, official course will be set by January 2021*.
- 13M Course: Starts at Lowell Preserve in Windham and runs through Blackstrap Hill Preserve in Falmouth then doubles back to Windham. Map: http://bit.ly/35CDUe1
- 50K Course: Starts at Lowell Preserve in Windham, goes through Blackstrap Hill Preserve then up to Knight's Pond Preserve, then doubles back to Windham. Map: http://bit.ly/2Bh3wzg
The course will be well-marked with orange pin flags, "WRONG WAY" signs, and arrow signs. Three orange pin flags indicate a TURN and arrow signs will be at critical turns. One pin flag and/or pink ribbon, every 1 - 2 minutes of running will indicate that you are ON COURSE.
Refunds / Cancellations / Dropping
This is a grassroots event benefiting the local trail systems. Accordingly, event management will not issue any refunds associated with this event, under any circumstances. Any residual profits will be donated to a local land trust of the event organizers choosing.
Runners in the 50K may drop down to the lower distance through the morning of the race. Please notify a race director or start line volunteer prior to the start of the race if you plan to drop down to the 13 mile race. Those dropping down to the lower distance will not receive a refund.
Top male and females will in each race will receive top finisher awards, a six pack of Athletic Brewing beer, and a Firebird trucker hat!
50k overall cut off: 9 hours 00 min at 17:20 min / mile pace
Local time: 2:48 PM
Hadlock Road Aid Station - mile 8.4 - 2 hr, 22 min
Range Road Aid Station - mile 9.9 - 2 hr, 51 min
Greely Road Aid Station - mile 13.7 - 3 hr, 57 min
Greely Road Aid Station - mile 17.4 - 5 hr, 01 min
Range Road Aid Station - mile 21.3 - 6 hr, 09 min
Hadlock Road Aid Station - mile 22.8 - 6 hr, 35 min
Blackstrap Road Aid Station - mile 26.5 - 7 hr, 39 min