Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Norfolk Land Trust Trail Races

31 Lovers Lane

Norfolk, CT Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 10, 2022

Norfolk Land Trust

The Norfolk Land Trust ("NLT"), an all volunteer organization, was created in 1982 to encourage the preservation of natural heritage and open space in Norfolk, Connecticut. Our resources include pristine water courses, beautiful wetlands, meadows and woodlands, and the plants and animals whose habitat it is.

Important Details

Race day registration available - $25 (5k/10k), $35 (Half), $55 (Family)


Bib pickup starts at 8am and goes to within 15min of your start time:
Half-Marathon STARTS 9:30am (pick up bib by 9:15)
10k STARTS 10:45am (pick up bib by 10:30)
5k STARTS 11am (pick up bib by 10:45)

COVID Precautions:

Each race is capped at 100 runners.
We will have chip timing and will do a spaced-out rolling mass start (not waves) using chip time for your finish.
Cupless event. Bring your own water bottle.
There will be water available.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the bib pickup and aid stations.
Porta-Potty will also have hand sanitizer at the start.

Aid Stations:
There are a total of 4 aid stations for the half-marathon (2 for the 10k and 1 for the 5k).
There will be snacks for the half-marathon runners at each, individually packaged.

Half-Marathon Aid Stations:
Start/Finish (3mi)
Summit 1 (8mi)
Summit 2 (10mi)
South Dam (11.5mi)

Finishers will receive a special race treat.
The first overall man and woman from each race will receive a delicious pie.

We will have a gathering with food under pop-up tents at the start/finish.

Weather Cancellation: In the event of severe and dangerous weather, the races will be canceled 24 hours in advance. Registered runners will be notified. Please check the Norfolk Land Trust website for updates. Registered runners will have free entry into the 2022 event.

Family Registration

You can register UP TO 4 members of your immediate family for $50 total.
You must register for the same distance.
When registering please select the "Family" option for the desired distance and enter one runner's name (this should be an adult).
Then email with: first name, last name, age, gender, email address (this can be the same) of other runners.
These runners will be manually added to the roster FOR THE SAME DISTANCE.


A challenging and scenic race through picturesque Barbour Woods. The course is a mixture of single and double track. Climb up Beech Hill for a view of Haystack Mountain, run on carriage roads beside historic Killarney Bridge, descend down the dry dam to a flat stretch of railroad bed, ascend through woodlands and finally along a gladed wetland, known as the Swamp Trail to the finish. (Please see yellow route on map.)

Note: This course usually measures at about 3.3mi.


Want to go a little longer? Try adding a challenging loop over Haystack Mountain. This course begins on the same route as the 5K, but jumps off of the Sunset Trail onto the South Dam, crosses Route 272N and ascends through a grassy meadow onto an intense single track to summit at Norfolk's iconic Haystack Mountain Tower. Descend down the mountainside on a carriage path to meet up with a single track winding along the mountainside bringing you back to the park's main entrance where you will cross over the South Dam and finish up the 5k course. (Please see map. The green route is added to the yellow loop for the 10k.)

Note: This course usually measures at about 5.9mi.


The Haystack Challenge is an exciting new addition to the Norfolk Land Trust Trail Race series. With 2000+ feet of elevation gain this course is built around the 10k route with the addition of some lesser known trails adjacent to Barbour Woods and Haystack Mountain; including special access to private paths only allowed during the event.

The course includes a run along scenic Lover’s Lane and a descent down winding single track back to the start. From there you follow the 10k course to Haystack and break off onto public and private trails not previously used in the event. Two trips up and down Haystack link you back into the 10k course to the finish.

No map is provided for the privacy of property owners.

There is a cutoff (2hr 8min ~ 16min pace) at approximately 8 miles on the first ascent up Haystack. If you get to the volunteer in over that time you will be asked to take a route to the finish that forgoes the two summits up the mountain or there will be the opportunity for a ride back to the start.

Event's current local time: 3:31 AM ET


Ask a Question

Top Performances