June 24th, 2023
Bretton Woods, NH

8:30am Elite Wave
8:45am Intermediate Wave
9:00am Chill Wave

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Stats: 2.75 miles, 3500ft of gain

The course starts at the base station at the Cog Railway in Bretton Woods, NH.  Runners will take the path alongside the tracks to the summit of Mount Washington. The course begins on dirt/gravel where is gradually becomes steeper as you approach Jacobs Ladder which is about a 37% grade. From Jacobs Ladder the runners will begin to experience the large boulder fields that make the Presidential Range one of the most technical areas in the country.  The race ends on the summit of Mount Washington alongside the Cog.

The weather can be extreme and temperatures can be in the 70’s at the base and snowing at the top.  Winds can be intense.

The views from the course are incredible as you look at the entire Presidential Range from both sides of the course.

Interactive Map:

Race The Cog on CalTopo

Course Map:

Elevation Profile:


BIB pickup

  • BIB pickup will be Saturday morning before the race. It will be from 5am to 8am.  Pre race briefing will start promptly at 8:15

Start Times:

  • Elite Wave – 8:30am
  • Intermediate Wave – 9:00am
  • Chill Pace Wave – 8:45am

Spectators: Spectators may book Cog Railway tickets for our three race waves to cheer on your runner. Book Tickets Here

Aid: There will be water at Waumbek Station which is about a mile up the course.

Crew: No Crew allowed

Pacers: No Pacers are allowed


  • Your family and friends are allowed to meet you at the top but the Auto Road will be closed for ATV day for the 2023 race so they will either take the train up, or hike.

Mountain weather is subject to extreme changes and a large portion of the course over the mountain is fully exposed to the elements. Be responsible.

We don't have mandatory gear but here is our recommended list:

  • 1 liter of fluids
  • 200 calories
  • Windbreaker/rain shell
  • Space blanket or emergency foil blanket

There are many hotels and camping areas in the area of Bretton Woods.

There are private and USFS campgrounds in the area.

Camping near the race start

Hotels near the race start

Race Results



  • If you withdraw from the race within 7 days of the event you will receive 50% of your entry fee towards the next years race.  Within 7 days of the event you will not receive a credit.
  • We will be enforcing Leave No Trace Ethics and we will disqualify anyone caught littering or being rude to hikers.
  • This is a very special event and we expect every runner to respect the volunteers, the trail users, the property owners and the mountain.

Can I opt out of the train ride to lower my entry?

  • We are not offering an option to not take the train as we have to pay a per person fee based on entrants.  Your gear will be brought to the summit and the race does impact the Cog Railways business operations and we want to make sure they are compensated for allowing us to block trains and adjust their schedules.

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Take a ride through history on the Cog Railway!

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