One more time!
We had such a great time, we want to do this again. Bigger, better and longer. This year we will have three distances: a free 1k kids race, the classic 10 miler and our first ultra a 50k! We increased the number of spots, so hopefully no wait list needed this year. The 50k will be three loops of our 10 mile course (plus a special 1 mile loop at the start). Planning has already begun, more details to come!
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 Friends of Wompatuck (501c3 charity).
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 the Race
This is a 10 mile loop trail race with a nice mixture of paved, rail trails, single and double track. The 50k is 3 loops plus a special 1 mile loop. This 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! This is our second year and our first year doing the 50k, so while we may not know exactly what we are doing, we're going to try really hard to create a fun event for all.
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/
We are now accepting registration. We look forward to seeing you in October 2022!!! We have 300 spots for the race. If we exceed 300 you can join the wait list.
Register by October 1 to be guarantee a shirt in your size. If you wait, you'll probably still get a shirt, but it may not be your size. We are hoping to get some goodies from our sponsors to be provided at the start. Awards for top finishers overall. Special prizes for division and age group winners too. When you register you'll notice our divisions and age groups are a little different, because we are hoping to put on a race that is a little different.
Races are only possible with super awesome sponsors. Please stop by our local sponsors when you come for the race and check out our onlines 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, opens at noon. Fish tacos are the best! (6 Crow Point Lane, Hingham). 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 2022. 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 2022. 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.
FAQs from 2021
It's almost race day and we have been getting lots of questions so here are some answers.
When is the race? This Saturday at October 23rd at 8 AM
When is packet pickup? This Saturday October 23rd at 7 AM
How do I get there? Set your GPS to Wompatuck State Park Vistor Center and continue on for 2 miles to signs that tell you to turn right for the Womp Romp and follow signs another mile to South Field.
Can I park at the vistors center? Sure, but you will need to run over 3 miles to get to the start
How long does it take to get from the visitors center to South Field? - Leave at least 15 minutes to DRIVE from the Vistors Center to South Field
Will there be mud - Yes!
Is the trail paved - about 2 miles is paved the rest is trail
When will the course be marked - Friday starting at noon
Will the course be well marked, I'm afraid I will get lost? The course will be very well marked with over 100 signs, 100s of confidence markers, you would have to try very hard to get lost. We will have people on bikes looking for wayward runners just in case
Will you have bathrooms - Yes the start finish will have porto potties and there is a bathroom at the visitors center at mile 6
Will there be aid stations - Yes at mile 3.141592 and mile 6
What will be at the aid stations - Water, candy and mini cliff bars
What will not be at aid stations - cups- this is a cupless race, for those new to trails, this is a thing we do to avoid having cups all over the trail. We suggest a handheld waterbottle you can refill or a crushable cup you can put in your pocket
What is the answer to life the universe and everything? 42
Local time: 10:38 PM
1k kids run - Free
10 miler - $40
50k - $60