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These trail races follow rolling courses over dirt roads and forest paths in the Houghton's Pond section of the scenic DCR Blue Hills Reservation, a few miles south of Boston. The routes avoid steep hiking trails, but these ARE trail races, with plenty of small rocks and tree roots along the way! Both courses are entirely on dirt.
The 7-MILE RACE will follow the same route as in 2017 and 2018.
NEW FOR 2019! A.3.7-MILE RACE has been added, which will follow portions of the 7-Mile race course.
Both races will start and finish adjacent to the Houghton's Pond Visitor Center, overlooking Houghton's Pond.
The races are directed by Colonial Road Runners. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Blue Hills, which helps to maintain trails in the Reservation and serves as an advocate for the Reservation's protection.
The registration fee is $25 through September 27, and $30 beginning September 28. (Members of Colonial Road Runners receive a $5 discount, which is applied automatically at checkout.)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to DCR permit restrictions, REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 300 RUNNERS combined for the two races, and there will be NO race-day registration.
Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
FOR SAFETY'S SAKE: Due to the narrow trails, dogs are not allowed, and we strongly urge that you do not use headphones.
SHORT-SLEEVE COTTON RACE SHIRTS are guaranteed to all runners who register by September 10th. NEW FOR 2019: Men's AND Women's sizes are available!
There will be three staffed water stations on the 7-mile course, and two on the 3.7-mile course.
Post-race refreshments will include bagels, bananas, and juices or sports drinks.
Awards will be given to the First Overall Male and Female finishers in each race, and to the top three Male and Female finishers in each age division: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. First Overall finishers will also receive MARATHON SPORTS gift certificates.
In the event of severe weather or environmental conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the races or modify the courses, to ensure the safety of race registrants and volunteers, or to protect the trails from damage. (Examples of potential reasons to cancel the races are high winds, lightning storms, forest fires, or flooding of trails due to extremely heavy rainfall. Rain alone would not cause us to cancel the races.) In the event of cancellation, the races will not be rescheduled, due to the long lead-time that is required to obtain a DCR park-use permit. Because most race expenses will have already been incurred, it will not be possible to offer a refund if the races are cancelled, but we will offer a partial discount towards the registration cost for the following year’s races. We appreciate your understanding of this policy.
From Route 93 (Rt. 128), take Exit 2 to Route 138 North ("Milton"). Turn right at the first full set of traffic lights onto Hillside Street. Drive one mile to stop sign, and continue straight ahead for 0.2 miles to the Houghton's Pond main parking lot. Bib number pick-up, and the race start and finish, will be in front of the Visitor's Center between the parking lot and Houghton's Pond beach. (See the map below to create directions from your location.)
Thanks to DUNKIN' DONUTS and MARATHON SPORTS for their support!.