We Get To Do This!
We're back again for 2023 and can't wait to see you! We will have the original one-loop 10 miler and the three-loop 50k. We have increased registrations to 300, hoping for our biggest year yet. This is a loop trail race with a nice mixture of paved, rail trails, single and double track. The course is great for people looking to explore trail running for the first time with enough challenging parts to test more seasoned runners. There will be three aid stations along the way with water, sports drink, and snacks. All paces are welcome, we love walkers and hikers, too! (Generous 9 hour cut off for 50k)
Long sleeve tech t-shirt to all participants, register by 9/25/2023 to guarantee shirt size. 10 miler finishers will receive a Womp Romp Patch. 50k finishers will have a choice of a finisher mug or finisher hat.
Awards - Top 3 overall for all genders. In addition top age group finisher for each gender.
Once again we are asking for runners to bring food or beverage to help stock our aid stations. We had great participation last year and donated the extra food to Safe Harbor, a great resource that focuses on reducing underage substance use and addiction. Please bring one of the following to packet pick up
Savory - Chips, pickles, potatoes & salt....
Sweet - Candy, baked goods, PB, fruit, Gu.....
Liquid - Coke or Ginger Ale only, please
Your donations allow us to give more to our charity partners
Why are we doing this
We have been running in Wompatuck State Park for years, even more so during the pandemic. Often during runs we would say "someone should put on a race." Instead of waiting for someone, we decided to do it ourselves. Wompatuck is an amazing park with great trails and we want more people to know about it so they can enjoy it. All profits will be donated to our charity partners. Current partners
Friends of Wompatuck
Free to Run
About Friends of Wompatuck
The Friends of Wompatuck State Park (FOW), an all volunteer, not for profit group, was incorporated in early 2006 for the purpose of educating the public about the park's uses and historical value, as well as helping the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation preserve, maintain, and enhance the assets, history, and other features within the park. For more information https://friendsofwompatuck.org
Wompatuck State Park is located in Hingham, MA - just 35 minutes from downtown Boston. Rich in history, this land was originally the property of Indian chief Josiah Wompatuck who deeded the land to English Settlers in 1665. During WWII and the Korean War, it served as an ammunitions depot for the U.S. military. Today, it is a 3,526 acre park that extends from Hingham into the neighboring towns of Cohasset, Scituate, and Norwell.
About Free to Run
Free to Run’s mission is to drive change in community gender norms in conflict areas by supporting adolescent girls and young women to advance their leadership and wellness through running. We do this through providing deep, progressive leadership and wellbeing programs in conjunction with running experiences - typically to refugees, internally displaced people and girls’ and women who identify as ethnic minorities. While we work closely with communities and individuals, we are working towards a systematic shift in gender equality with a specific focus on the expansion of access to public space and leadership opportunities for girls and women.
Races are only possible with super awesome sponsors. Please stop by our local sponsors when you come for the race and check out our online partners as well. Grab a coffee at Seabird Coffee before the race (24 S. Main St, Cohasset, opens 7 AM). After the race, head on over to Anchor and Sail for great sandwiches, prepared meals, ice cream, and scrumptious delights (85 South Main St, Cohasset). Another great lunch option is Locales Tacos y Tequila (6 Crow Point Lane, Hingham), which opens at noon. Fish tacos are the best! Check them out race day or head on over before and thank them for their support! We are also excited to welcome back Move Free as a race sponsor. Move Free was founded by local ultra runner Patrick Caron. Move Free makes the best running hats, sweatshirts, and buffs. Their goal is to connect their products with the people who are passionate about running and the environment. Check them out at https://www.movefreedesigns.com. Anderson Fuel is back as a sponsor in 2023. They provide the best heating and cooling service and supplies for homeowners and businesses throughout the South Shore. The Arbella Insurance Foundation was a top sponsor last year and is again in 2023. The mission of the Arbella Insurance Foundation is to engage in activities and support nonprofit organizations that have a significant, positive impact on the people and communities served by the Arbella Insurance Group. Freetrail is a new sponsor for the 2023 race (https://freetrail.com/). Freetrail media network includes three popular podcasts, film production, and written publishing from some of the great minds in the sport. Our Freetrail Pro community is comprised of hundreds of trail runners around the world who share a passion for personal improvement and personal connection, both online and IRL. Hingham Savings Bank is a local bank that supports grassroots events like the Womp Romp. Also new sponsors this year are Forward Motion Run Coaching and TA Fitness Weymouth.
Footprints is a registered 501c(3) U.S. non-profit that exists as an incubator for climate action.
10 miler: $40
When is the race? Saturday October 21st at 8:00 AM
Event's current local time: 10:35 PM ET
What is the course? The 10 mile is one loop, the 50k is three loops plus a mile
What should I bring? Besides the obvious like sneakers and clothes, please bring something to carry fluid: this is a cupless race so a hand-held or collapsible cup. If you could bring some food to share, that would be awesome too. Details above.
Can I leave a drop bag? For those running the 50k you will pass the start area to begin loops 2 and 3 (miles 10.5, 21), so you can retrieve items from your bag, car, tent whatever you want.
Can I set up a tent? sure
Can I build a campfire? no
When is packet pick up? Friday October 21st Time and place still TBD; Saturday starting 7:00 AM at race site
How do I get there? Set your GPS to Wompatuck State Park Vistor Center and continue on for two miles to signs that tell you to turn right for the Womp Romp and then follow signs another mile to South Field.
Can I park at the Vistor’s Center? Sure, but you will have a three-mile hike to the start, so leave plenty of time.
How long does it take to get from the Visitor’s Center to South Field? 15 minutes DRIVING, One hour walking.
What’s the cutoff?? 9 Hours (5 PM) you can do this!!!!
Where does all the money you collect go? Race fees are used to buy or rent things to put on the race, those lovely blue porta-potties are not cheap. No one involved in the race is paid in any way, everyone from Race Directors to the people handing you water are 100% volunteers. Any extra money is given to our charity partners.
Who are your charity partners? This year we welcome back Friends of Wompatuck who help keep the trails you run the race on in great shape. We have also added Free to Run, which helps girls and women engage in outdoor activity in conflict-affected regions.
Will there be mud?? Yes
Is the trail paved? 2 miles per loop paved (each loop is 10ish miles)
Will the trail be marked? Yes we have purchased 300 pink flags to be put in the ground plus a few hundred more arrows. We will make it very hard for you to get lost. If you try really really hard, you will be able to get lost, but if you can follow arrows and pink flags you should be fine.
You mentioned porta-potties? We will have the typical beautiful blue porta-potties at the start and there are bathrooms at the visitor’s center at mile 6. For those doing the 50k, you will return to the start to begin loops 2 and 3. You will pass the visitor's center at miles (6, 16.5, 27)
Where are the aid stations? At the start finish area (bathrooms); mile 3.141592 (no bathroom) and mile 6 (bathrooms). For those doing the 50k, you are doing three loops so you will pass all the same aid stations each loop, we promise not to move them.
What will be at the aid stations? Water, Gnarly tropical drink (Vegan and Caffeine free), Halloween candy, mini cliff bars, and some random flavors of GU. Plus whatever you guys bring.
What will not be at the aid stations? cups? it’s a thing trail race people do to avoid having thousands of cups strewn around the park.
What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything? 42