The North Face Endurance Challenge - Massachusetts

Saturday 9th June 2018

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area: 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, United States

Distance running, Running, 5K, 10K, Ultra, Marathon, Half marathon


Activities

  • 50 MILE - Individual Registration
  • 50K - Individual Registration
  • Marathon - Individual Registration
  • Marathon Relay - Relay Team Captain - Create Your Team
  • Marathon Relay - Relay Team Member - Join a Team
  • Half Marathon - Individual Registration
  • 10K - Individual Registration
  • 5K - Individual Registration

Description

Wachusett Mountain provides an ideal setting for the NEW ECS Massachusetts event on June 9-10.  Runners will navigate the trails of Wachusett Mountain, summiting on multiple occasions before hopping on the Midstate Trail to Leominster State Forest, home of scenic ridge lines and lakeshore views. The terrain ranges from rolling unpaved fire roads to more technical, single track and multi-use trails. On a clear day runners will encounter views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east.

Choose from trail running distances of 50 Mile, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay on Saturday and Half Marathon, 10K, 5K on Saturday.

Event details and schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

10:00 AM: Packet Pickup Begins 
     The North Face - Boston
     326 Newbury Street

     Boston, MA 02115
     (617) 536-8060

     The North Face - Natick
     1245 Worcester Street

     Natick, MA 01760
     (914) 644-1750

     Marathon Sports - Shrewsbury
     50 Boston Turnpike

     Shrewsbury, MA 02545
     (508) 425-3030

7:00 PM: Packet Pickup Ends at The North Face - Boston
8:00 PM: Packet Pickup Ends at Marathon Sports - Shrewsbury
8:00 PM: Packet Pickup Ends at The North Face - Natick

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

10:00 AM: Packet Pickup Begins 

     The North Face - Boston
     326 Newbury Street

     Boston, MA 02115
     (617) 536-8060

     The North Face - Natick
     1245 Worcester Street

     Natick, MA 01760
     (914) 644-1750

     Marathon Sports - Shrewsbury
     50 Boston Turnpike

     Shrewsbury, MA 02545
     (508) 425-3030

     Wachusett Mountain Ski Area      
     499 Mountain Road
     Princeton, MA, 01541
     (978) 464-2300

6:30 PM: Packet Pickup Ends

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018

3:45 AM: Packet Pickup & Gear Check Opens for Saturday Racers
5:00 AM: 50 Mile Race Start
7:00 AM: 50K Race Start
9:00 AM: Marathon Race Start
10:00 AM: Marathon Relay Race Start
11:00 AM: Finish Line Festival Begins & Packet Pickup Opens for Sunday Racers
3:30 PM: Overall Awards Ceremony presented by Dean Karnazes
4:00 PM: Kids' Race hosted by Dean Karnazes
4:30 PM: Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes Begins
5:30 PM: Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes Ends
7:00 PM: Finish Line Festival Ends

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

6:00 AM: Packet Pickup and Gear Check Opens for Sunday Racers
8:00 AM: Finish Line Festival Begins
8:00 AM: Half Marathon Race Start
9:00 AM: 10K Race Start
9:15 AM: 5K Race Start
10:30 AM: Overall Awards Ceremony presented by Dean Karnazes
11:00 AM: Sierra Nevada Beer Garden Opens
11:00 AM: Kids' Race hosted by Dean Karnazes
12:30 PM: Finish Line Festival Ends

PARKING & SHUTTLES

Ample parking is available at the Start/Finish Area for all participants and spectators.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN SKI AREA

From Worcester (20 minutes)
Take Rt. 290 East to exit 19 (which is 190 North).

Take Exit 5 off 190 North, which will put you onto 140 North. Follow 140 North for approx. nine miles. Take a left onto Mile Hill Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Ski Area entrance on the right.

From Boston (1 hour)
Take Rt. 2 West to Exit 25 for Westminster/Princeton. Take Rt. 140 South to a right onto Mile Hill Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Ski Area entrance on the right. 


From Providence (1 1/4 hours) 
Take Rt. 146 North to Rt. 290 East to Rt. 190 North. Take Exit 5 Rt. 140 North nine miles to a left onto Mile Hill Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Ski Area entrance on the right. 


From Hartford, CT (1 1/2 hours)
Take Rt. 84 East to the Mass Pike East to Exit 10 Auburn to Rt. 290 East to Rt. 190 North to Exit 5 Rt. 140 North nine miles to a left onto Mile Hill Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Ski Area entrance on the right.

From Nashua, NH (1 1/4 hours)
Take Rt. 130 West to Rt. 13 South to Rt. 2A West to Rt. 140 South or Rt. 3 South to Rt. 495 South to Rt. 2 West to Rt. 140 South to a right onto Mile Hill Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Ski Area entrance on the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

In conjunction with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), participants and spectators from Boston can take the commuter rail from Boston’s North Station to Fitchburg (10 miles from Event) or Wachusett (6 miles from Event). See schedule and fares at MBTA.

*NOTE: Participants must take the commuter train on Friday prior to race day in order to compete. All distances start prior to 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday. See our list of hotel partners for accomodations in Fitchburg adjacent to the shuttle pick up area.

SPECTATOR ACCESS

Aside from the Start and Finish Festival, spectators are able to see runners at Mountain Road Aid Station (walking distance from Start & Finish Area) and Summit Aid Station via SkyRide. The distances that impact this aid station are 50 Mile, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 10K.

COURSE OVERVIEW

OVERALL DIFFICULTY : ★★★★

TECHNICAL TERRAIN : ★★★★★

ELEVATION CHANGE : ★★★★

SCENERY : ★★★★★

Runners can expect technical terrain and rocky footing that cuts to the chase, with some trails heading steeply uphill rather than zigzagging at a gentler grade. Descents end in wooded hollows before the next rapid climb exposing breathtaking views. Make no mistake; this will be a true test of off-road endurance. View your race course guide here: https://bit.ly/2r2aD6X

 

Organised by

The North Face Endurance Challenge Series

2828 Routh St Ste 300, Dallas

Phone: 888-888-8888

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