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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;
-USATF Mountain Running Championship
The LMR will serve as the USATF Mountain Running Championship. Everyone is welcome to participate. The Top 6 men and the Top 4 women USATF members and US Citizens will make the US Mountain Running Team. There will be a separate men’s and women’s race with two different distances to mimic the world mountain running championships. Details on these two courses will be released later in the spring. The men’s race is expected to be approximately 12k and the women’s race approximately 8k. But frankly it’s not the distance that will make the difference...it’s the infamous Upper Walking Boss (see below).
Our LMR has been selected by the Collegiate Running Association (CRA) to serve as the Collegiate Mountain Running Championship. In order to be eligible to compete in the CRA Mountain Running Championships, participants must either be enrolled in a college course at the time of the race or have completed a course during the spring semester of 2014. In order to be eligible for CRA prize money, participants must be free members of the Collegiate Running Association. In order to qualify for the US Mountain Running team, participants must be members of USATF. All collegiate runners are also eligible for the open championship. Visit the CRA for more details.
-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
Competitor Magazine,Dirty Dozen - America’s Best Trail Races Article to be released in February’s Issue
In order to accommodate the distance requirements of the US Mountain Running Championship, the course will have a men's and women's starting area behind the Base Lodge. The race will begin 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 10% grade with some sections of more than 40%!
NOTE: Hiking poles are prohibited at this USATF sanctioned event.
Registration & Bib Pickup opens at 7:30 AM on Sunday on the first floor of the Octagon Lodge (the building where the Gondola is).
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 before 8:30 am. They will then be transported to the top of the Gondola.
The course will feature Hammer Nutrition aid stations - one at about the 1.5 mile mark and one around the 4.0 mile mark. The average temperature in July is 77F so make sure you run with fluids if you think you will need more than two hydration stops.
Spectators & Family members can purchase discounted Gondola tickets for $8 to tide to the top of the mountain. Someone will be selling those at Registration.
Awards and Food will be back in the Octagon Lodge after the race
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 June 29, 2014.
MAP: Coming Soon!
January 25th, 2014
Sidehiller Snowshoe Race
February 15th, 2014
K.F. Moonlight Race
February 22nd, 2014
March 8th, 2014
G.S. Snowshoe Champion
March 15th, 2014
April 26th, 2014
R.W. Emerson Trail Race
June 28th, 2014
Exeter Trail Race
July 6th, 2014
Loon Mountain Race
June 25th, 2014 - Aug 6th, 2014
Harmony Hill Summer XC