Cost: $20 pre-registration; $25 day of event registration
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What is fell running?
Fell running, also known as mountain running and hill running, is the sport of running and racing off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. The name arises from the origins of the English sport on the fells of northern Britain. Fell races are organized on the premise that contenders possess mountain navigation skills and carry adequate survival equipment as prescribed by the organizer. Modern fell running has common characteristics with cross country running. Courses are often longer, steeper, unmarked when out on the hills (with a few exceptions) and these longer races can demand mountain navigational techniques. Nevertheless, cross country seems fast and furious to many fell runners. Fell running also overlaps with orienteering. Courses are again longer but demand different techniques from orienteering. However, fell running does require navigational skills in a wild, mountainous environment, particularly in determining and choosing between routes. [adapted from Wikipedia]
A fell race is one run on fell, hill or mountain terrain and shall be categorised as follows:
a. Should average not less than 250’ (76m) climb/mile (1.6k).
b. Should not have more than 20% of the race distance on road.
c. Should be at least one mile (1.6k) in length.
a. Should average not less than 125’ (38m) climb/mile (1.6k).
b. Should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road.
a. Should average not less than 100’ (30.4m) climb/mile (1.6k).
b. Should not have more than 40% of the race distance on road.
c. Should contain some genuine fell terrain.
RACE LENGTH CATEGORIES
A category “L” (long) race is twelve miles (19.3k) or over.
A category “M” (medium) race is six miles (9.6k) and over but under twelve (19.3k).
A category “S” (short) race is under six miles (9.6k).
ER - Experience required
NS - Navigational Skills Required
LK - Local Knowledge an advantage
PM - Course Partially Marked
Description: Six (6) checkpoints (CPs) will be placed throughout the Bretton Woods ski area. A trail map is coming soon. You must visit all checkpoints in order. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Course marshals will monitor some of the CPs. A "safe" route will be marked for beginners to follow if necessary. You must travel to each CP taking either the "safe route" or any route you prefer. Trail maps with the CPs and descriptions will be available on the morning of the race. Any and all outside maps as well as GPS are permitted. For the next four years we will develop four different courses. After that point they will rotate. Each course will be given a course name. The 2013 course is called Panorama.
Distance: 7.9 miles
Climb: 3395 ft [average grade 16%, max grade 37%]
Venue: Bretton Woods Ski Area in the County of Coos
Teams: Score will consist of the Top 3 overall runners from each team in men's open, women's open, men's master, and women's master.
NOTE: Teams are encouraged to bring and display a team banner. A special area will be reserved. Please see RD Chris J. Dunn on race morning for details.
NOTE: Competitors will receive the above checkpoint map with detailed CP descriptions at registration.
Photo credit: Gianina Lindsey
2012 "Devil's Den" [Brent Perdrizet, Sarah Schlaack]
In 2013 we will continue our mission to help feed the hungry in our community. One way we're doing this is by collecting non-perishable food items at all of our events for the NH Food Bank. Thank you for your support of this incredibly important initiative of ours.
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April 2014 will be my 4th year running for Boston Children's Hospital. It is an honor to be able to support the people and the research at a facility that has helped my family so much. My son Cameron (age 7) continues to receive care for his Juvenile Diabetes (March 2008) and his Autism (June 2008) at the greatest hospital on earth, we are so very grateful for the opportunity to give back and raise awareness and finances for the amazing work they do at BCH every day.
Additionally my nephew Maxwell (age 13) is currently a patient at Children's as well. He has been so brave and strong in his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (August 2010). He has returned to full time school days in the past year and plans to one day be a professional chef.
I'm fundraising for this event because I believe so strongly in all the good things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids. Its patient care programs are unusually sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need. Its researchers regularly make amazing discoveries that change children's lives. It welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care-more than any other hospital in Massachusetts. It makes a point of reaching out to local communities to help low-income and at-risk kids. And it really gets the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses.
Thank you for all of your support both emotional and financial in helping us reach our goal for 2014.