This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 1, 2022

Joe English Twilight Challenge - Saturday October 1, 2022

Runners of all ages are invited to the Joe English Twilight Challenge. The dusk-into-dark challenge offers a choice of events on a moonlit night: First, a team-relay 6-hour ultra, (two or five on a team). Second, a 6-hour ultramarathon, as many 2.62-mile laps as you can do in 6 hours. You can run the half or full marathon individually.

Expect to experience a unique event featuring a festive music, food, and lighted horse barn serving as “Twilight Central.” Your spectator-friendly hosts, from the Amherst Land Trust and Freestyle Farm LLC, are donating all proceeds to land conservation.

The Twilight Challenge is a nighttime event run mostly in darkness, with the aid of moonlight, signal fires, and glowsticks. The running surface is dirt or grass groomed for runners. Moonrise is early on Saturday, October 1 (1:17 p.m.) so if the night is fair, expect bright moonlight on the course.

NEW for this year: A 2-lap open run, a must-do for sprinters and casual runners both. Other events include the Trail Half Marathon, Trail Marathon, 6 Hour Ultra, and the 6 Hour Ultra Relay (2 or 5 member teams).

NOTICE TO RELAY RUNNERS AND TEAMS: if you are interested in joining a relay team or need a runner to complete your team, send an email to with your details.

NOTE: If public gatherings are limited in number due to the pandemic, expect Twilight Challenge schedule changes to comply with health recommendations, including starting some events earlier in the day. If the total number of participants is restricted by state or local authorities or USA Track and Field, individual participation will be based on date of entry. Other restrictions may apply. In the case of the cancellation of the Twilight Challenge, entries will be refunded upon request or applied to the rescheduled event.

About the Amherst Land Trust Events

The goal of the Amherst Land Trust is to offer a night of distance races to raise funds for the preservation of land for public use. All proceeds from the Joe English Twilight Challenge benefit the Amherst Land Trust. The trust protects rural, scenic, and open-space lands for future generations. Since 1975, as educator and dealmaker, the trust has preserved hundreds of acres of New Hampshire conservation land for public enjoyment.

The Amherst Land Trust was responsible for the development and construction of Joshua’s Park in Amherst and donated the land, playground and community gardens to the Town of Amherst. This $430,000+ project has created community gardens and an amazing playground that will provide enjoyment for future generations. Your participation allows us to engage in other projects to benefit Amherst and surrounding communities in Souhegan Valley.

Local time: 11:18 PM


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