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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


Start Time:
10:00 am

Bib pick-up:
08:30 am to 09:30 am

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

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Race Director(s):
Chris J. Dunn

Chris J. Dunn

Course Details:
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.  You must travel to each CP taking 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. 

Category: AM
Course: Enchanted Bear
Distance: TBA
Climb: TBA
Venue: Bretton Woods Ski Area in the County of Coos
Grid reference: USGS Mount Washington quad
Skills & experience: LK 
Minimum age: 16

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. 

MAP:  Coming Soon! 

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