Norfolk Land Trust Trail Race Series/Haystack Mountain Challenge

Sun October 6, 2024 Norfolk, CT 06058 US Directions

Events

5K Trail Race

$25 $20 11:00AM EDT Registration Opens April 6, 2024 at 2:07pm EDT

10K Trail Race

$25 $20 10:45AM EDT Registration Opens April 6, 2024 at 2:07pm EDT

Half Marathon

$35 $30 9:30AM EDT Registration Opens April 6, 2024 at 2:07pm EDT

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.norfolklandtrust.org.

Place

75 Lovers Lane
Norfolk, CT US 06058

Description

Join us for our 11th Annual Trail Race Series. 

Race Fees

  • Registration is via this online portal only, including on race day.
  • 5K - $20 before Sept 24, thereafter $25
  • 10K $20 before Sept 24, thereafter $25
    • Groups of 4 registrations for 5K or 10K - $60 (Registrations must be made within the same transaction. This discount only until Sept 24)
  • Half Marathon - $30 before Sept 24, thereafter $35
    • Groups of 4 registrations for Half Marathon - $75 (Registrations must be made within the same transaction. This discount only until Sept 24)

CLASSIC 5K

  • A challenging and scenic race through picturesque Barbour Woods. The course is a mixture of single and double track. Climb up Beech Hill for a view of Haystack Mountain, run on carriage roads beside historic Killarney Bridge, descend down the dry dam to a flat stretch of railroad bed, ascend through woodlands and finally along a gladed wetland, known as the Swamp Trail to the finish.

Note: This course usually measures at about 3.3mi.

HAYSTACK 10K

  • Want to go a little longer? Try adding a challenging loop over Haystack Mountain. This course begins on the same route as the 5K, but jumps off of the Sunset Trail onto the South Dam, crosses Route 272N and ascends through a grassy meadow onto an intense single track to summit at Norfolk's iconic Haystack Mountain Tower. Descend down the mountainside on a carriage path to meet up with a single track winding along the mountainside bringing you back to the park's main entrance where you will cross over the South Dam and finish up the 5k course. 

Note: This course usually measures at about 5.9mi.

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE HALF MARATHON

  • The Haystack Challenge is an exciting and grueling half marathon. With 2000+ feet of elevation gain this course is built around the 10k route with the addition of some lesser-known trails adjacent to Barbour Woods and Haystack Mountain; including special access to private paths only allowed during the event.
  • The course includes a run along scenic ascent and a descent down a winding single track back to the start. From there you follow the 10k course to Haystack and break off onto public and private trails. Two trips up and down Haystack link you back into the 10k course to the finish.

No map is provided for the privacy of property owners.

Note: There is a cutoff (2hr 8min ~ 16min pace) at approximately 8 miles on the first ascent up Haystack. If you get to the volunteer in over that time you will be asked to take a route to the finish that forgoes the two summits up the mountain or there will be the opportunity for a ride back to the start. This race is part of the USATF-CT MUT Grand Prix.

Race Day Schedule

  • Check in from 8:30 am
  • Half Marathon start - 9:30 am
  • 10K start - 10:45 am
  • 5K start - 11:00 am

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