Loon Mountain Race



July 3, 2016


Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, New Hampshire
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start time:

8:00 am (Men); 9:00 am (Women)

bib pick-up:

6:00am to 7:30 am


$25 pre-registration (1/1-3/1); $30 (3/2-close); $40 event day registration

Online Registration open

race director(s):

Chris J. Dunn and Paul Kirsch




Paul Kirsch, Rich Bolt, Dave Dunham


While the USATF Mountain Running & Collegiate Mountain Running National Championships are a national championship event, runners of all ages & abilities are invited to participate. The Top 6 men and the Top 4 women USATF members and US Citizens will earn automatic berths on the 2016 US Mountain Running Team. This race is an official USA Track & Field National Championships and the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team and the World Mountain Running Championships.

Prize Money

*To be eligible for USATF prize money, you must be a USA citizen and have a current, valid USATF membership number. To become a member or renew your membership online, visit www.usatf.org. To see more info on USA Championship eligibility criteria, see USATF website.

*To be eligible for Collegiate prize money, you must have taken at least one (1) college course between January 1, 2015 and July 25, 2015. To see more info on Collegiate Championship eligibility criteria, see Collegiate Running Association website.

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.

Saturday Bib Pick-Up

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)

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 where the race will finish this year. The course averages approximately 14% grade with some sections of more than 40%!


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 white rental van outside of registration. They will then be transported to the top of the Gondola.

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.

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.


No transfers or refunds after June 28, 2016.

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.


We are proud to announce that men and women will race equal distances in these US Championships.


Course Map(s)

race course - 3-D model