In-person trail racing is back! Join Midcoast Conservancy for the 10th Annual Race Through the Woods trail race, sponsored by First National Bank and Trail Monster Running, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.
Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race. This single-loop course brings runners over steep hills, through the woods, past beautiful ponds and has about 1,000 feet elevation with lots of technical single-track.
“We may be biased, but it's one of the most fun (and hard!) trail races you'll run,” says Race Director Keri Lupien. “We’re so excited to be able to get the running community together again for an in-person race- races have been missed by so many athletes.”
All proceeds from the race are directly donated to Midcoast Conservancy to support their mission of protecting vital lands and waters on a scale that matters and to inspire wonder and action on behalf of all species and the earth. “Hidden Valley Nature Center offers so many ways for people to engage with the natural world,” says Andy Bezon, director of HVNC and Community Programs. “Running, biking, skiing and camping opportunities mean there is something for everyone there.”
Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 5.5 miler. This race is currently capped at 125 entrants, with a waitlist. There will be no day of registration. Prizes will be given to overall men's and women's winners at the finish line; no age group prizes.
To ensure the safety of all volunteers, racers and spectators, there will be two start times: half-marathon racers will start at 9 a.m., and 5-milers will start at 10 a.m. Midcoast Conservancy is asking that runners wear a face covering at the start/ finish and while passing other runners, and strongly encourages that runners be vaccinated.
Attendees can purchase beer from Sheepscot Brewing and food during the event. A limited number of long-sleeve technical shirts will be available for purchase when checking in on race day.
Refunds will be allowed up to seven days before the race. In the event of a full race cancellation, all registered participants will have the choice of full refund, deferment to 2022, or donating their race fee to Midcoast Conservancy. To learn more and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/race-through-the-woods-3/