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Welcome to the TARC Ghost Train Rail Trail Races Website!

(Now in full color!)

Here be the website:


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 20, 2019
  • 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 200 runners. Race day registration available.

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

  • Date: October 20, 2019
  • 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: $25.00
  • Limited to 50 runners (25 relay teams). Race day registration available.
  • Runners are responsible for their own transportation.

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

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 ELEVENTH 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!!!!

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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?