running around north central Connecticut
Soapstone Mountain Trail Races
SPONSOR: The Shenipsit Striders, a member club of the Road Runner's Club of America.
LOCATION: Reddington Rock Riding Club (RRRC), Handel Road, Stafford Springs, CT
COURSES: Primarily in the Shenipsit State Forest; both courses cover varying quality dirt roads, unused logging roads, narrow footpaths and a rocky streambed. The Sampler is a shorter, less rugged version that features a handicap start. Grab yourself a hi-res map here. Warning: 5mb download!!
WARNING: The courses include a number of steep, rocky, slippery or otherwise treacherous areas. Though injuries have been few and minor during the races history, a serious injury is possible. Because parts of the long course are relatively inaccessible, it is possible that an injured runner might have to wait an hour or more for emergency medical care.
Please don't enter if you are not prepared to accept responsibility for yourself and these risks.
SERVICES: Water will be available at 3 or more checkpoints on the long race. Free camping in the RRRC campground Saturday night for registered (please email the RD); pre-entrants only. There are no changing or shower facilities. Computerized timing and results.
LONG COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES: Checkpoint 2 (10.5k) 2 hrs Checkpoint 3 (~18.5k) 3 hrs
ENTRY FEES (non-refundable):
REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2014 Soapstone Races opens on February 1st, 2014.
LAST YEAR'S WINNERS:
SOUVENIRS: Distinctive organic cotton T-shirts available for $15.00. Guarantee yours by pre-registering. A limited number will be available for day of race registrants.
AWARDS: Unique trophies go to the top finisher(s) in each age-group division in the long course. The number of trophies for each division will be based on the number of pre-entrants in each. A division must have at least two entrants for a trophy to be given. Similar trophies go to the first three finishers in the Sampler.
Reddington Rock Riding Club, 90 Handel Rd, Stafford Springs, CT
From Hartford and points South and West
From Sturbridge and points East
From Springfield and points North
RACE DIRECTOR INFORMATION & VOLUNTEER CONTACT:
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