Planning my race schedule and considering the below races…. I am signed up for Boston, planning on entering via lottery for Mount Washington and the rest is still for discussion and planning with my training. Hoping to connect with my friend and past running partner Tina Naimie for some variety in racing in the mountains and on the trail!
April 19 – 26.2 mi – 10 AM start – Boston MA
Mount Washington Road Race
10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010
|WHITE MOUNTAIN MILERS
4 of 50 in age group
189 overall out of 917 finishers
The below races are selected from the Grand Tree Trail Series from the WMAC running site:
May 2nd – 12 mi – 9 AM start – Amherst, MA
20th Annual 7 Sisters Trail Race
Sunday, May 2, 2010
For the Benefit of the Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range
and Sugarloaf Mountain Running Club
Twelve (12) very hilly, rocky miles
An out-and-back roller coaster ride along the ridgeline of the Mt. Holyoke Range on a single-track trail. Very scenic overlooks of the Pioneer Valley with views of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the Town of Amherst, as well as a beautiful view of the Connecticut River and Northampton to the west. Extremely hilly with 3,700 feet of climb consisting of many steep hills with hazardous footing in places due to the many sharp basalt rocks the comprise the elevated ridge of Mt. Holyoke.
The first mile of the 24k travels along a slightly downhill dirt road before turning sharply onto a more ‘traditional’ hiking trail. From there it starts a slow accent towards Soapstone Mountain. After crossing the first road, the trail makes another sharp right where participants are challenged with the first difficult climb – a very steep 1/2 mile trail named “Killer Hill”. Once at the top of the hill, runners travel by the Soapstone Mountain observation tower and then run down a steep descent. Following the downhill, the trail becomes a series of switchbacks and rollers through the woods – though it’s challenging, the rollers aren’t steep enough to dramatically alter one’s overall pace. There are brook crossings and a muddy stream decent. There are lots of rocks and roots to twist ankles on. Watch your footing! Towards the latter half of the race, the course has one more significant climb up a single track, followed by a steep descent on a dirt trail continuing on dirt road and finishing on single track to end the race in a grassy field surrounded by friends and family. The entire course is marking with painted white dots on rocks and trees. In areas where the trail splits or is tricky there will be additional flagging.