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_ The 2019 NYARA Trail Series - Steep Rock:
THIS YEAR WE ARE CHANGING THE RACE! READ ON...
No course markings?! We are adventure racers. Adventure racers use maps. Maybe you want to try this too? We are hard at work taking pictures, marking distances, and making maps so this alteration is more fun than fear. The trails in both parks are well established, color coded, and marked often. The entire course loosely follows a river and/or old railroad bed to follow back in the case anyone gets off trail. Course maps/directions/instructions MUST be downloaded and carried be all runners. These will be made available once the snow melts and the trails look closer to what they will later in the summer. They will NOT be available at registration and please do not rely on downloads kept on your phone. Orienteering flags will be set out in strategic places along the course. Runners will need to punch in as proof that they stayed on course. No punch = no proof. Winners will be determined by punching every checkpoint and then by fastest time. If the slowest person to come in is the only person to punch all the checkpoints, they win. Each checkpoint is unique and cannot be bypassed of faked. These checkpoints will also serve as reference points to reassure runners they are on course.
Big thanks goes to the Steep Rock Association (steeprockassoc.org) and the Roxbury Land Trust (roxburylandtrust.org) for opening up their parks to us for the NYARA Trail Run Series at Steep Rock Preserve. Please help support those that support us. These organizations exist through private donations and volunteers.
Event details and schedule
There are four distances to choose from:
10K, 25K, 50K and 50 Miler (80K)
Course: Suspension bridge, old railroad tunnel, 19th century iron ore mines, blast furnaces, granite quarry, scenic overlook, tranquil established trails…yeah, got that! The sights and scenery of the full course are worth pushing yourself to run at least the 25K.
This year we have moved our aid station to the entrance of the Carter/Mine hill Preserves off Judd's Bridge Road. Runners will now have access to food/drink on the way in and out of the preserve. That's right, we are getting soft. Two aid stations for the price of one. Still no water for 10k. Please bring a camelback or hydration bottle for the 10K.
The loop in the Carter/Mine Hill area will go in the opposite direction this year. Traveling counter-clockwise allows for less technical descents. Of course it makes the ascents more technical but we gave you another aid station to make up for it.
10K: NO WATER STATION. Entirely contained in Steep Rock Preserve, the 10K starts off fast on a section of old railroad bed before funneling into a short section of singletrack/goat path on the side of the river. Regain doubletrack, cross the suspension bridge, thru the tunnel, and run along the river on the “clam shell”. Cross the bridge again and head up to the pinnacle to see why it’s called the “clam shell”. Make a quick descent down moderately technical trail and wind your way back on flatish trail. NO WATER STATION, bring what you need to survive. Overall not very technical and fairly flat with most of the up/down coming from the pinnacle. Should be some fast times.
Distance: 6.2mi Elevation Gain: 891ft
25K: Same start as the 10K but continue on the railroad bed after the tunnel. A sharp left then right finds you heading out of Steep Rock on Tunnel Road/ power line access road. Following that out lands you on a dirt road that crosses the river, thru a farm, and up Judd’s Bridge Rd. Only on the dirt roads a short stint, hop on the singletrack trails of the Carter Preserve to the Mine Hill Preserve. The trails here are more technical with more rocks and roots. The trails are maintained, traveled and so very peaceful. The old quarry and blast furnaces are on the way to the aid station (just past mile7). After refueling, make your way back up the landscape, hitting the vertical and horizontal shafts of the old mines for a cool breeze as you go. Back down the road as you came and just prior to the tunnel jump back onto the 10K course to finish.
Distance: 16.7mi Elevation Gain: 2448ft
50K: It is 53.6K. Two loops on our 25K course. The remote Aid Station will be hit around mile 7 and 24. The Start/Finish area will also serve as an Aid Station. Your only access to drop bags will be when you finish the first loop so please plan on packing essentials.
Distance: 33.4mi Elevation Gain: 4896ft
50 Miles: Three laps on our 25K course. The Aid Stations
will be hit around mile 7, 24, and 40, your drop bags will be seen around 17 and 33. Please plan on taking a pack of some sort.
Distance: 50.1mi Elevation Gain: 7344ft
Aid Station/Drop Bags: The aid station in the Mine Hill Preserve parking lot will have the essentials. There will be water, sweet things, salty things, bananas, and a Port-a-let. Gels, drink mixes, and other specialty items should be carried with you. There are NO drop bags at this station. Drop bags should be placed at the Start/Finish area for your access at the end of each 25K lap. This area is also an Aid Station.
Directions/Parking: There is limited parking at 2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794 so please carpool. People running 50’s will have precedence. Park and ride from the Washington primary school or Washington town hall areas. It is just down the road. More info on parking will be posted as we get closer to the event.
When getting directions to 2 Tunnel Road, you must enter via River Road or Lower Church Hill Rd. Those are the ONLY options despite what your phone/GPS/computer may say. You can copy and paste this link into Google Maps for the parking location:
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