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 will be needed this year. The 50k will be three loops of our 10 mile course (plus a special one-mile loop at the start). Planning has already begun, more details to come!
We are asking all runners that can to please bring some food to share with your fellow runners. We will have tables at the start/finish area. Think of it as a pot luck for runners. If it is home made, please list ingredients on a note card taped to your container. What should you bring?
If your FIRST name starts with letters
- A-J: Bring something sweet (candy, Gu, brownies, cookies, fruit....)
- K-Z: Bring something savory (chips, pickles..)
If your name is Mary and you really want to make cookies, go for it, we're not going to actually check. The above is just a guide. Any leftover, unopened packaged goods will be donated to a food pantry, so they will not go to waste.
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 three loops plus a special one-mile loop. 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! 2022 will be 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!!! There are 200 spots available for the race. If we exceed 200, you can join the wait list.
Register by September 26 to be guaranteed 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 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 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.
When is the race? Saturday October 22nd at 8:00 AM
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
1k kids run: Free
Local time: 5:10 PM
10 miler: $40