The first Tunxis Trail Ultramarathon is in the books. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially the runners, volunteers, and spectators, you were all wonderful.
Online registration closes at midnight Wednesday, August 23rd!
Race Day registration will be $70 for the 18 miler and $80 for the 32 miler.
Inaugural race: August 26th, 2017 at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
The Tunxis Trail Ultramarathon is a challenging, technical trail race through the Tunxis Trail system in Burlington, CT. The Tunxis Trail is part of the Blue Blazed hiking trail system managed by Connecticut Forest and Parks Association. We, the Burlington Land Trust, is holding the race as a fundraiser. There are options for an 18 mile “fun run” (called that in honor of the Barkley Marathons) and a 32 mile Ultramarathon. This year’s inaugural race starts at 7 am on August 26th, 2017.
The course consists of two loops, the second being a shortcut of the first. If folks think the course is too short and the green dot trail is boring (it’s quite pleasant, but not challenging), maybe next year we will re-use the first loop for the second lap.
- Loop 1 (18-ish miles): Clockwise from Sessions Woods
- Loop 2 (14-ish miles): Counterclockwise from Sessions Woods
The course consists of lovely double track, single track, half track, off track, a little bit of road (because that’s how CFPA rolls around here) and maybe some prickers, if we don’t get to brush hogging some bits of the trail. This course takes you to all of the “world famous” landmarks of Burlington trails: Sessions Woods, the Great Wall, Mile of Ledges, Tory Den, Johnnycake Mountain, the CT State Trout Hatchery, Perry’s Lookout, Nassahegan State Forest, and Devil’s Kitchen.
What are the course limits?
The time limits will be 6.5 hours for the 18 mile loop, and then 4.5 hours for the second 14 mile loop. If you miss the 6.5 hour cutoff, you will still get a fun run finisher’s medal, but we won’t let you back out to do the final loop.
How will the course be marked?
The course markings will be minimal, with directional signs at trail changes and at a few confusing points. Runners will be expected to pay close attention to trail markings, and the race bib will feature the trail blaze sequence they should run.
Where are the aid stations?
The aid stations will be at least every 3 miles along the course, placed as feasible near road crossings.
Where are the cups?
This is a cupless race. Please bring your own hydration gear! We are trying to minimize the impact of the race on the forest and community, and the easiest way to do that is to not leave cups lying around.
|Online Registration Closes:||Midnight, August 24th|
|Race Day checkin/Registration:||6 am|
|Registration Closes:||6:45 am|
|Race Start:||7:00 am|
|Lunch Served:||11:00 am – 2 pm|
|Lap 2 Cutoff:||1:30 pm|
|Race Cutoff:||6 pm|
The schedule is subject to change up to 4 weeks before race day.
Leave No Trace
This race is intended to have a minimal impact on the trails and community. Towards this end, we have instituted a couple of policies:
No Cups: This is a cupless race. There will be no disposable cups available. You must bring your own containers to drink from, either a collapsible cup, reusable water bottle, or hydration pack.
No Littering: Littering is, of course, not allowed on the course. Runners who are caught littering and not remediating it will be given a Did Not Finish immediately.
No Trespassing: Some parts of this course are held on private land. Please stick to the designated trails at all times. Course marshals will have the discretion to give a Did Not Finish to runners who leave the course without a justifiable reason. Runners who leave the race course must re-enter the course where they left.
Please register online if you can, this will make everyone’s life easier. We will not accept credit cards for race day registration. Register at ultrasignup.com.