- We are sorry but we cannot provide transfers, deferrals or add people once registration is closed. There are no refunds given or deferrals given at any time so please be mindful of the rules when registering.
Course: This course follows the Kilkenny Ridge Trail from south pond to route 2 around 25 miles each way with approximately 7500 ft of gain for each direction. This will not be a marked course as the signage is very good along the ridge trail. We have a link to download the GPS track which you need to download to your phone and/or watch. The trail is very well marked with signs so you will need to pay attention. Please study maps before running the course. We will have maps available at the BIB pickup. For the 25 milers, you will start right at the bottom of route 2 and make your way to south pond. For the 50 mile runners you will running to the Jefferson Inn for the turnaround aid station. We are not allowed to have an aid station at the trail head.
This course is wild and wooly so expect it to feel very remote. This is not an entry level course.
Qualifying: We require that you have finished a 20 mile challenging TRAIL race for the 25 miler or a 50k challenging TRAIL race in order to enter the 50 miler.
If you think you have special circumstances (pemi loop, presi traverse or other crazy mountain adventures) that would allow us to let you run without the qualifier, reach out to us and we’ll discuss it.
BIB PICKUP - Friday night from 5-8pm at South Pond. If you need to make special arrangements please email us.
Aid stations: There is one unmanned water station on Star King (about 3 miles from route 2). Please don’t waste the water as it will be limited.
Crew Access: There is no crew access and nobody can meet you at the turnaround for the 50 mile race. If you want to have them help you then ask them to sign up to work at one of the aid stations or the finish line.
You absolutely cannot have anyone crewing or spectating you at the Starr King Trailhead. If caught the USFS will take your picture and you will be disqualified as this violates our permit.
Pacers: There are no pacers.
Drop Bags: 50 mile runners can bring drop bags Saturday morning. Please keep them small and mark them clearly with your name and BIB number. We will return them to the finish after 5pm
Drops and DNFs: There is one place to drop and that is for the 50 mile runners. You can drop at the turnaround. f you drop at the backcountry aid station you will be waiting for several hours to get walked 3 miles out. Do not just walk out because there is no cell service at the trail heads and you will be screwed.
Time Cutoffs -There is no negotiation on these times:
Mountain weather is subject to extreme changes and this course is very remote and rugged. You will be DISQUALIFIED if you do not carry the mandatory gear listed below and it will be checked upon bib pickup.
We will be hanging out at south pond recreation center, it is a beautiful spot in the north country and your family and friends are encouraged to hang out, enjoy the pond and wait for you to arrive. There will be a fire during the night and some music.
Camping, Lodging, food and supplies: Nearby Gorham NH (30 minutes from the race start) Has numerous camping and lodging options plus food option and a Walmart There won’t be any camping at the Start/finish area. Sorry.
Where to Stay:
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We are sorry but we cannot provide transfers, deferrals or add people once registration is closed. There are no refunds given or deferrals given at any time for any reason so please be mindful of the rules when registering. By registering for this event you agree to these terms. When a runner cannot attend we will donate the proceeds of your entry to the organization we donate to at the race you signed up for. Do not ask for a refund or deferral because you will not receive one.