Loon Mountain Race


July 2, 2017


Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, New Hampshire
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6.6 miles

start time:

8:00 am

bib pick-up:

6:00am-7:30 am


$30 pre-registration (1/1-2/28); $40 (3/1-close); $50 event day registration

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race director(s):

Chris J. Dunn and Paul Kirsch




Paul Kirsch, Rich Bolt, Dave Dunham


The Event

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 6.6 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 6.6 miles with over 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 15 Most Epic Trail Races Across the U.S.

This isn't an ordinary trail race. It's straight up Loon Mountain to the Summit Lodge at the top of the ski resort's gondola. You'll gain 2,200-plus vertical feet over a 6.6-mile course, which has been the site of the USATF Mountain Running Championships. While the average grade along the course is 10 percent, by far the hardest part is the ascent up the black diamond trail Upper Walking Boss - a staggering 40 percent incline!

Saturday Bib Pick-Up

Because we're starting early on Sunday morning we will offer Saturday afternoon bib pickup at the Governor Adams Lodge at Loon Mountain Resort from 4:00-5:30 pm for any pre-registered athlete (look for the LMR Registration signs). You can still pick up your bib Sunday morning.

Sunday Bib Pick-Up

Day of event registration and bib pick-up will be located at the Governor Adams Lodge at Loon Mountain Resort (look for signs).

The Course

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 relatively 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. From there competitors will race down Sunset and back to the gondola. The course averages approximately 14% grade with some sections of more than 40%!

Hiking/Trekking Poles

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

You will be provided a "clothing drop" bag at registration which you may fill with dry/warm clothes for the finish. No coolers please. Once filled it is your responsibly to bring it to the Gondola loading area at the Base Lodge. There will be an area designated for these bags. They will be transported via the Gondola to the finish area.

Aid Stations

The course will feature two 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.

Spectator Gondola Ticket Sales

Spectators can purchase discounted Gondola tickets to ride to the top of the mountain. Tickets will be on sale at the Governor Adams Lodge starting at 7:00 am. The gondola will begin transporting spectators at 8:15 am.

Awards Ceremony

Light refreshments and awards will be back in the Governor Adams Lodge after the race. The time will be announced.

Transfers & Refunds

No transfers or refunds after June 27, 2017.

Military & Service Discount

We are happy to offer all active military, retired military, and military spouses a discount on registration. In addition, we would also like to extend a discount to all police, fire, and rescue professionals. See the details on the online registration page.

Day of Event Registration

We will offer day of event registration.

Prize Money

$500: 1st overall male & female

$250: 2nd overall male & female

$100: 3rd overall male & female

$50: 1st overall 40-49 male & female

$50: 1st overall 50-59 male & female

$50: 1st overall 60-69 male & female

$50: 1st overall 70+ male & female

Media Statement

Commercial photography and/or videography at our events is strictly prohibited unless advanced permission has been granted. Please contact the Race Director for further information. The use of drones at our events is prohibited. Spectators wishing to take photos or videos must remain off the course at all times.

Use of Headphones

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, acidotic RACING, LLC encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Loon Mountain Race.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.



Course Map(s)

Loon Mountain Race