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Sunday, September 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

** This is a painful decision, but we will not put on the Fall Wapack Trail race in September 2020.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 in the US has not been brought under reasonable control through nationally coordinated mask and social distancing requirements, disease and antibody testing, and contact tracing.  As a consequence, very few, if any, race participants would know with any certainty on race day whether they have been infected, and if so when, and thus whether they could infect others.  This means that not only would all runners be put at risk of infection, but all race volunteers and non-participants who happen to be hiking on the narrow trail would be at risk as well.  The risk of transmitting a serious illness to even one person is simply too high to justify holding an event that is purely for fun. We hope that an effective vaccine will be provided universally within the next year so that we can all "return to normal" and so that we can hold the Wapack Trail Race in September 2021. **


- This race is put on by the Squannacook River Runners

- Early Start Option:  If you need a bit more time to meet the cut-off times, you can start before 9:00 am, but only if you arrange your start time with the Race Director before you pre-register (by August 28).

- 2-person Relay Team Option:  Watch your teammate start the race at the Windblown XC Ski Area in New Ipswich, NH and then drive to the turnaround point (Mt. Watatic parking lot on Rte. 119 in MA).  When your teammate gets there, give them the car key and be sure to have your bib number on.  Your teammate will then drive back to Windblown to wait for you to return.  It's that simple!  Overall and age-group M/F prizes will be awarded in all categories with 2 or more teams.  Same time cut-offs apply as described below.


 Course Description:

The Wapack race course is 18.0 miles. The route is an out-and-back that follows the Wapack Trail between New Ipswich, NH and Ashburnham, MA.  There are four major mountains in between: Barrett, New Ipswich, Pratt, and Watatic, from north to south.  Total climb and total descent are each at least 3,000 feet over the 18 miles.  On a clear day, you can see for miles, including stunning views of Mt. Monadnock to the northwest, if you have the presence of mind.    This is a very tough trail race.  Please don’t attempt it unless you are in excellent shape.  Because much of the trail is inaccessible by vehicles, medical aid could take a very long time.  For this reason, there are cut-off times for the safety of runners.  The Wapack is generally well marked by yellow triangles that you will need to follow using your own powers of observation. 

Registration and Prizes

You can either apply on-line until 11:00 pm, September 3rd, using SignMeUp (click on the SignMeUp logo on the upper right of this page), or you can mail in the registration form from this website (get it from the menu to the left).  Registration is $25 through Sunday, Aug. 23rd (mail must be postmarked prior to this date) and $30 after that (including race day).  You can register on race day, but please do so before 8:45 am.  Please note that all registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

There will be prizes for overall winners, 10-year age group winners (M/F), and second place age group finishers (M/F).

The Wapack Trail Race is part of the WMAC's Grand Tree Trail Race Series.



On-line registration has been suspended until the COVID-19 epidemic is under control and social isolation is relaxed.


Aid, Refreshments, and Cut-off Times

There will be a water, electrolyte drinks, and some snacks at the stop on Binney Hill Rd. (a very rudimentary dirt road 5.5 miles from start/finish and 3.5 miles from the turnaround).  There will be water, electrolyte drinks, and some more snacks at the turnaround point (at Rte. 119 in Ashburnham, MA), as well as basic medical supplies (bandaids, Vaseline, tape, etc.). 

Runners who do not reach the turnaround point (9 miles) before 2 hours and 45 minutes will be given a ride back to Windblown XC Ski Area.  Note that on the 5.5 miles back to the finish line from the Binney Hill Rd. water stop there are no road crossings and the course is very difficult.  Runners who do not reach the Binney Hill Rd. stop before 4 hours will be given a ride back to Windblown XC Ski Area.  You are strongly encouraged to carry your own water/gels/electrolyte supplements, etc.  There will be a "sweep" that will follow behind the last runner to assist anyone who is having difficulty finishing the race and to contact EMTs, if needed.  However, be aware that it could take skilled medical care well over an hour to reach some parts of the race course. 

No finishing times will be recorded after 6 hours unless an early starting time is coordinated with the Race Director in advance of Race Day.

There will be plenty of food (pizza plus) and refreshments at the finish line.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the Race Director by clicking below:

You can click on the link below to confirm your on-line registration with SignMeUp.  It is not necessary to do this, but it will give you peace of mind if you want to be sure the registration process worked properly.