Welcome to the TARC Ghost Train Rail Trail Races Website!

(If you are looking at this on your phone or iPad, click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner to navigate to the numerous pages of information )

Ghost Train 2021

October 16 - 17th

This year all TARC races are going to be using RunReg as their registration site.

Here is a link to register for Ghost Train.

We are planning on moving forward with GT2021!

Now, a word of caution, we will be doing everything we can to host GT2021. However, we are at the mercy of two towns, property owners, and insurance. We will make every reasonable effort but there still may be a chance of cancellation and even if we are able to host the event, it may (potentially) have to look significantly different. We will communicate on a regular basis but please know that this is still very much a moving target.

The current date for GT2021 is October 16/17. We will be opening up registration for the people that donated last year's race fee (THANK YOU) in February for two weeks. The registration will then open to everyone on March 14 (PI day for all you math geeks).

One other change, TARC races have moved their registrations to RunReg. I will send out more information as the time nears.

The best places to get information about the race is by joining the Ghost Train Facebook Group or check this website.

I am hoping that you are all staying safe and healthy and that we can see many of you riding the Train! We have so much to see with the new tunnel!


Assume that everything is subject to change


Bring Your Own Cup. We are proud to announce that, in keeping with the TARC tradition, we will be cupless! This means there will be no paper water cups available between the start and the finish line. This helps keep the Granite Rail Trail beautiful by reducing waste, while also ensuring that all participants and volunteers are safe.

The Basics:

15 Mile Race: Starts at Milford DPW (298 South Street)

  • Date: October 17, 2021

  • Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm. (Four hour time limit).

  • Check-in: 6:00am to 7:50am.

  • Distance: 15 miles (7.5 miles from the start to the turnaround, then 7.5 miles back.)

  • Cost: $25.00

  • Limited to 120 runners. There is no race day registration.

Relay Race: Starts at Milford DPW (298 South Street)

  • Date: October 17, 2021

  • Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm. (Four hour time limit).

  • Check-in: 6:00am to 7:50am.

  • Distance: 7.5 miles each (7.5 miles from the start to the turnaround for runner #1, then 7.5 miles back for runner #2).

  • Cost: $30.00

  • Limited to 50 runners (25 relay teams). There is no race day registration.

  • Runners are responsible for their own transportation.

Ultra Race: Starts at Camp Tevya in Brookline (1 Mason Road)

  • Date: October 16, 2021

  • Time: 9:00am on Saturday to 3:00pm on Sunday (30 hour time limit).

  • Check-in: 7:00-8:50am

  • Distance: Any multiple of 15 miles. Run 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 or 100 miles, with an option for "bonus miles" over 100. After you complete 100 miles, you may go out for as many 15 mile loops that you can complete before the 30 hour time limit. For those special few that want "bonus miles", runner must hit 100 miles using standard 10 mile turnaround. The runner can then go for 15 mile bonus increments as many times as you can up until the 26th hour. Between the 26th and 27th hour (11am-12:00pm) you can only for a 10 mile loop, this would align with the standard 10 mile last loop cutoff of 12pm.

  • Choose your distance on race day- there are no DNF's! (We only use the distance you register under for ordering supplies, victuals, num-nums, whatnots, and various sundries of that ilk).

  • Cost: $55.00

  • Limited to 400 runners. No race day registration available.

Calling all VOLUNTEERS

All - Aboard!!!!!!!

Or know someone who wants to support you by volunteering for the race? It takes a village! We will be needing help at the following locations, please click on the links below to signup for volunteering:

Milford Aid Station (289 SouthStreet - Rt 13, Milford, NH)

PowerLine Aid Station (nearly midway between the two ends)

Brookline Aid Station (1 Mason Road - Camp Tevya, Brookline, NH)

Bike Support (check in at 1 Mason Road - Camp Tevya, Brookline, NH)

Note: there will be no refunds, deferrals or bib switches as it has gotten completely out of hand.

If you register and thereafter cannot make the race, please consider your entry fee to be a donation to the Conservation Commissions to help maintain and improve the trails. We thank you!

The Spiel:

Join us for the TWELFTH annual Ghost Train Rail Trail Race to run 15 miles (or more) along the Milford and Brookline rail trail.

Race along the old railroad tracks that were used in the late 19th and early 20th century to ship granite from Milford and ice from Lake Potanipo to Massachusetts (The rails themselves were removed for scrap metal during World War II, but a few of the railroad ties are still in the ground and can be seen on the trail).

The trail itself is mostly straight, flat, and pretty well groomed. There is only one hill. The race will consist of one or more 7.5 mile trail out-and-backs (for 15 total miles). The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Approximately two miles of each 15 mile out-and-back is paved.

All proceeds go to the Conservation Commissions. Every dollar gets put back into the trails, and returning runners can see the improvement each year!

Total raised: over $100,000!!!!

Please join our Facebook page for more news, info, support, and excitement!

Ghost Train Logo designed by Jeff Lane, RD of the world-famous "Nougat 100k"

Race Swag available at: http://www.cafepress.com/ghosttrainemporium. This year we will be offering a limited number Ghost Train hats for sale on site. There will be a runner hat and a fleece hat (great thank you gift for your crew!). More information soon! See picture of the fleece hat below.

Are you afraid?