Matter of fact, there is only one other "official" ultra in New Hampshire.
Distance: Run any multiple of 15 miles: 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, or 100 miles.
"Bonus Miles" Challenge: after running 100, go out for more 15 mile out-and-backs in the 30 hour time limit at no extra charge!
There are some major benefits to this race as an ultra, particularly if you are looking for 100 miles (and maybe a bit more, even):
1) Elevation Gain/Loss: There is very little elevation gain apart from one hill. There is none of that 15,000 plus feet nonsense here. That being said, if you only walk hills then you are in for a lot of running!
2) The Course: The course is very easy to follow. The entire trail has white blaze mark. Note that there is about one mile of road on the 7.5 mile end-to-end course (1/2 mile on Camp Tevya property and 1/2 mile along route 13).
3) The Company: You won't be all alone, since you will pass people on the out-and-backs. There are three aid stations every 7.5 miles. In addition, there might be secret helpers out on the course with goodies, and maybe even a mysterious ghost-like aid station...
4) Crew Access: There are three spots which a crew can easily access along the 7.5 mile trail:
First, the starting line.
Second, there is a road crossing on Scabbard Mill Brook road in Brookline just off route 13.
Third, at the turnaround point.
All of those roads are directly off route 13. Basically, this is a very crew friendly trail. That's three easily accesible crew spots in 7.5 miles.
If you don't have a crew, there are spots for drop bags at the start and at the turnaround point. Bring all drop bags to the start line and we will take care of the rest (please label the bags for the "Start" or the "Turnaround" at mile 7.5).
Note: since we don't know when people will be finishing, we will not bring drop bags back to the starting line during the race. To get them you only need to drive about 7 miles to the turnaround point straight up route 13. When the turnaround aid station closes at 1:30pm, the drop bags will be returned to the race start by 3pm.
We ask that all crews respect local residents when cheering for their runners, particularly on Scabbard Mill Brook road.
5) New Hampshire Charm: Again, this is New Hampshire's only 100 mile race!
6) The Ghosts: In the spirit of Halloween, expect to see some interesting things along the trail. We don't call it the "Ghost Train" race for nothing. This is possibly the only race in the world that guarantees it will be haunted.
7) The Trail Animals: This race is a part of the Trail Animals Running Club (TARC) 2013 Trail Race Series! This means that we will have experienced trail animals helping out at the race this year, and GU products. Check out the race series at: http://www.trailanimals.com/. Note: it is rumored that at TARC races in the past there have been bigfoot sightings...
8) The Price: In the spirit of TARC, the philosophy of this race is to keep it simple. This race is for people who love running in the woods and are pretty self-sufficient and can take care of themselves. For swag, there will be a 100 mile unique finisher's prize. It won't be a medal, but it will be cool (in my opinion). There is also a participation award. Besides that, this is a low-key race for those who just want to run! (Swag available at: http://www.cafepress.com/ghosttrainemporium.)
10) Weather warning: This is New England. It gets pretty cold here in the evening, and since the sun will set at 5:45pm and rise at 7:15am on race day, you are looking at over 13 hours of cold and dark. Please plan accordingly. We will do our best to have a warm fire at each aid station, weather permitting.
11) Aid Stations:
1) Starting Line
2) Power Lines: at about miles 4 and 11
3) Turnaround point at mile 7.5
Pro: You won't have to go more than 5 miles to an aid station.
Con: There are spots to drop out every 5 miles. :)
12) Nourishment: TARC races are sponsored by GU, so there will be GU Brew, gels, and chomps. Information at: https://guenergy.com/
For hydration, we will have water, GU, and soda. During the night there will be hot coffee, tea, and hot cocoa (as well as soup).
For food, there will be the standard cookies, candy, chips, pretzels, fruit, etc. There will also be salted potatos, turkey and cheese sandwiches, and PB&J's. In the spirit of a Fat Ass race, feel free to bring your favorite treats to share!
13) Medical: We will have the basics- ibuprofin, tums, wet ones, and vaseline. We do not have medical checkpoints or medical personnel at the aid stations, so be sure to monitor yourself constantly during the race. All local emergency services will be on standby. If your health is in question, please remember that "DNF" can mean "Did nothing fatal."
14) Pacers: Pacers are welcome to any runner once they have completed 30 miles. Muling is allowed if the person muling also carries 80 pounds worth of sharp rocks in a laundry bag.
15) Guidelines: If you are dropping out, please let a race official know. Per USATF regulations, we discourage the use of headphones since there are five road crossings end-to-end. It goes without saying that no ultrarunner would ever litter. And as long at no one gets stabbed, trekking poles are permitted.
16) Safety: When running along route 13 or at the road crossings, be very aware of cars. When running at night, wear reflective clothes and lights.
17) Information Cheat Sheet: Check out the ultrarunner and crew guide at the bottom of the page.
Race Swag available at: http://www.cafepress.com/ghosttrainemporium
We have a limited number of camping spots available. See the camping information under the "Directions" tab. Please note that it will probably be very cold and no fires are allowed. Also, it is haunted. Have a good night...
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Chris Casey tearing up the course!