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Bretton Woods Fell Race | Enchanted Bear

October 4th, 2014

Race Status: ON

Bretton Woods Ski Resort
99 Ski Area Road
Bretton Woods, NH

Long Course (9.5 miles); Short Course (4.3 miles)

Start Time:
09:00 am

Bib pick-up:
07:30 am to 08:30 am

$25 pre-registration; $30 day of event registration

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Race Director(s):
Chris J. Dunn

Chris J. Dunn

Course Details:

In an effort to accommodate more competitors we are offering two different courses this year.  The "short course" will race the first three check points (CPs); A, B, & C.  The total distance will be approximately 4.3 miles.  This course will be marked with our traditional trail running course markings including survey flags and turn arrows.  The short course markings will be referred to as the "safe route".  It is not the most direct route from CP to CP but it is "safe" in that you can follow the flags and arrows.  If you choose to race the short course you may still take any route you prefer from CP to CP.  Completing the short course will make you eligible for "mountain goat status" but there are no overall finishers awards.  Short course finishers will, however, still be entered into the prize drawing following the long course finish.

The "long course" will include six (6) CPs placed throughout the Bretton Woods ski area.  The first three CPs will have a "safe route" marked.  After CP-C however, all competitors must navigate from CP to CP on their own.  Visit the event website for a Google Earth map and trail map.  You must visit all checkpoints in order.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  Course marshals will monitor some of the CPs.  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. 

Category: AM
Course: Enchanted Bear
Distances: 9.5 miles (Long Course); 4.3 miles (Short Course)
Climb: 3500 feet (Long Course)
Venue: Bretton Woods Ski Area in the County of Coos
Grid reference: USGS Mount Washington quad
Skills & experience: LK 
Minimum age: 16


CP-A:  Mt. Rosebrook summit

CP-B:  Mt. Stickney High Country Nordic Loop | Fractured Rock

CP-C:  Base Lodge

CP-D:  West Mountain Summit

CP-E:  Fabyan's Express Triple Chair | Bottom

CP-F:  Enchanted Bear | Middle

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.

A fell race is one run on fell, hill or mountain terrain and shall be categorized as follows:


Category "A"
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.

Category "B"
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.

Category "C"
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.

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

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]

MILITARY DISCOUNTS:  We are happy to offer all active military, retired military, and military spouses a discount on registration.  See the details on the online registration page.  

NOTE:  No transfers or refunds after September 27, 2014. 

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