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Race Director(s): Chris J. Dunn and Paul Kirsch
Designer: Paul Kirsch, Rich Bolt, Dave Dunham
Over the years our Loon Mountain Race has developed quite a following here in the northeast. The reputation as one of the region’s toughest races is due in large part to the kilometer ascent of North Peak via the black diamond trail known as Upper Walking Boss. "The Boss", as it’s affectionately known, is roughly a kilometer of grassy slope with angles that exceed a dizzying 40% grade! And recently the word has spread outside of the region as well. Our race has received a number of national accolades as well. Here they are;
-Off-Road Race of the Year 2014
-Most Competitive Hillclimb
"This race up Loon Mountain is an annual benchmark on one of the country’s most competitive trail running circuits. Among the most dastardly hill climb races in the country, the course of this five-miler has an average grade of 10 percent—but in some places it ascends at an unthinkable 40 percent—as it meanders upward on a combination of dirt trails, gravel service roads, and grassy ski slopes." -RW
-Trail Runners Bucket List
"Widely considered the New England Trail Running series’ most difficult event, the Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, New Hampshire, packs a whopping 2,200-vertical gain in just 5.5 miles. Racers literally run up a mountain—the average grade is 10 percent, with some sections as steep as 40 percent. The trail winds up the ski resort’s runs, including the black-diamond pitch Upper Walking Boss, before finishing at the top gondola station on Loon peak." -OM
Dirty Dozen - America’s Best Trail Races
Running 5.5 miles with 2,200 feet of vertical gain will definitely make you question the sanity of running up Loon Peak instead of skiing down it — especially on the black-diamond ski run portion, where racers navigate a 40-percent incline. Front-runners dance up the grass ski slopes, dirt trails and service roads like mountain goats. The race has been selected as the 2014 USATF Mountain Running Championship, so you can expect to see some of the best mountain runners in the country pushing the pace.
SATURDAY BIB PICKUP:
Because we're starting a little earlier on Sunday morning we will offer Saturday afternoon bib pickup at Loon Mountain from 4:00-5:30 pm for any pre-registered athlete in the Governor Adams Lodge (look for the LMR Registration signs). You can still pick up your bib Sunday morning.
SUNDAY BIB PICK-UP: 6:30 am - 8:00 am (Governor Adams Lodge...again, look for the LMR registration signs)
After a great deal of positive feedback we have decided to keep the 2014 "men's course" and adopt it as the official course for everyone in 2015. The race will begin behind the Governor Adams Lodge and travel along the service trails heading up Loon Mountain before veering into the Nordic Ski trail network. After this new section of course it follows a traditional combination of dirt trail, service roads, and ski trails to the Summit Lodge at the top of the Gondola. The course works its way over and up to the summit of North Peak via the infamous Upper Walking Boss black diamond trail where the race will finish. The course averages approximately a 14% grade with some sections of more than 40%!
NOTE: Hiking poles are prohibited at this USATF sanctioned event.
Loon Mountain Waiver - When you pick up your race bib, you will need to sign an additional waiver that is provided by Loon Mountain.
You will be able to ride the Gondola, free of charge, back to the bottom after the race.
Clothing drop- if you have a bag you would like at the top of the mountain, leave it in the pile near the Gondola. They will then be transported to the top of the Gondola.
The course will feature three fluid aid stations. The average temperature in July is 77F so make sure you run with fluids if you think you will need more than three hydration stops. We will provide fluids at the finish area and back at the Governor Adams Lodge.
Spectators & Family members can purchase discounted Gondola tickets to ride to the top of the mountain. Tickets will be on sale at the Main Lodge.
Awards and Food will be back in the Governor Adams Lodge after the race
NOTE: No transfers or refunds after June 28, 2015.