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Steep Rock Trail Race
10K, 5K, Ultra Marathon, Other
Sat, Aug 1, 2015
Washington Depot, CT
Running-10K - Individual Age group/open
25K - Individual Age group/open
50K - Individual Age group/open
50 Mile - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
Event details and schedule
We would like to thank the Steep Rock Association (steeprockassoc.org) and the Roxbury Land Trust (roxburylandtrust.org) for opening up their parks to us. Please help support those that support us. These organizations exist through private donations and volunteers.
Course: Suspension bridge, old railroad tunnel, 19th century iron ore mines, blast furnaces, granite quarry, scenic overlook, tranquil established trails…yeah, got that! The sights and scenery of the full course are worth pushing yourself to run at least the 25K.
10K: NO WATER STATION. Entirely contained in Steep Rock Preserve, the 10K starts off fast on a section of old railroad bed before funneling into a short section of singletrack/goat path on the side of the river. Regain doubletrack, cross the suspension bridge, thru the tunnel, and run along the river on the “clam shell”. Cross the bridge again and head up to the pinnacle to see why it’s called the “clam shell”. Make a quick descent down moderately technical trail and wind your way back on flatish trail. NO WATER STATION, bring what you need to survive. Overall not very technical and fairly flat with most of the up/down coming from the pinnacle. Should be some fast times.
25K: Same start as the 10K but continue on the railroad bed after the tunnel. A sharp left then right finds you heading out of Steep Rock on Tunnel Road/ power line access road. Following that out lands you on dirt road that crosses the river, thru a farm, and up Judd’s Bridge Rd. Only on the dirt roads a short stint, hop on the singletrack trails of the Carter Preserve to the Mine Hill Preserve. The trails here are more technical with more rocks and roots. The trails are maintained, traveled and so very peaceful. The old quarry and blast furnaces are on the way to the aid station. This is your 1st and only remote Aid Station on the course so pack ample food and water to make it here. After refueling, make your way back up the landscape, hitting the vertical and horizontal shafts of the old mines for a cool breeze as you go. Back down the road as you came and just prior to the tunnel jump back onto the 10K course to finish.
50K: Two loops on our 25K course. The remote Aid Station will be hit on each loop. The Start/Finish area will also serve as an Aid Station. Your only access to drop bags will be when you finish the first loop and end up at the Start/Finish area so please plan on packing essentials.
50miles: Three laps on our 25K course plus a little extra. The Aid Stations will be hit on each loop and your drop bags will be seen twice. Please plan on taking a pack of some sort.
Aid Station/Drop Bags: The aid station in the Mine Hill Preserve parking lot will have the essentials. There will be water, sweet things, salty things, bananas, and a Port-a-let. Gels, drink mixes, and other specialty items should be carried with you. There are NO drop bags at this station. Drop bags should be placed at the Start/Finish area for your access at the end of each 25K lap. This area is also an Aid Station.
Parking: There is limited parking at 2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot, CT so please car pool. People running 50’s will have precedence. Park and ride from the Washington primary school or Washington town hall areas. It is just down the road. More info on parking will be posted as we get closer to the event.
Special Notes: The course will be marked sparingly with signs at trail junctions. You are responsible for staying on course. Please print out a map and carry it with you as back-up. All trails are well marked and the maps are up to date.
There is NO cell phone coverage in Steep Rock (that means an X instead of bars). Please plan accordingly. Spars coverage is available in the Carter and Mine Preserves. While on trail, look out for others and lend assistance when needed.