Location and Date
Saturday Aug 1.
360 Gulf Rd Somers, CT - the Shenipsit State Forest parking lot.
Parking is available at the base of Soapstone mountain, volunteers will direct runners to additional parking at the top of Soapstone or across the street from the entrance on Sodom rd
Based on current state guidance for Covid 19 restrictions, the Assault will return as an in-person event this year. Please be aware that while the state is relaxing their guidance, that guidance may be subject to change. There will be a staggered start with the first wave starting at 8:00 am. Runners should be present for 7:45 pre-race safety briefing. Runners will complete the “classic” 5.5 mile course with 1500’ climbing going up each marked trail and returning down the same route then preceding to the next climb. First 2 climbs end at the fire tower and do not have aid station access. There will be a cupless water stop accessible from climbs 3,4, and 5. The “finish line” is at the base of the tower after the final climb up Killer Hill (powerline trail). This is a challenging course and is not recommended for novice runners.
The course is at Soapstone Mountain and has a length of 5.5 miles with 6 ascents of Soapstone Mountain. A map of the full route can be found here: Assault Course
A video of the route and further route details will be posted to our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/ShenipsitStridersEvents/
The “start line” is the trail head sign, just before the blue-blazed trail entrance. Runners circumnavigate the base of Soapstone Mountain in a counterclockwise direction and each time they encounter a trail heading upwards, they take it to the peak. Once at the top, they take the same trail back down to resume the circuit around the base of the mountain. This up-and-down sequence is repeated for the first 5 different trails that runners come across. The 6th trail to be encountered is the infamous Killer Hill.
The race course includes a number of steep, rocky, slippery, or otherwise treacherous areas. Though injuries have been few and minor during past races, a serious injury is possible. Because parts of the course are relatively inaccessible, it is possible that an injured runner might have to wait an hour or more for emergency medical care. Please do NOT enter this race if you are not prepared to accept responsibility for yourself and these risks.
Results and Awards
Awards are undecided at this point but all participants will earn serious bragging rights.
Online registration is required. Paid members of the Shenipsit Striders will receive a discount code which must be entered during registration. Registration will close at midnight on July 24
Proceeds will go to trail stewardship organizations in Connecticut, such as the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Joshua’s Trust, and Northern Connecticut Land Trust.
Local time: 6:56 AM