2013 Participants Guide
Our 2013 Participant's Guide is now available for download here
Click here to download the FINAL Hi-Res TARC100 map
to Massachusetts’ first 100 miler! You will not want to miss the TARC
100. Hosted by the Trail Animals Running Club in bucolic Weston, MA
(celebrating its 300th birthday!), about 20 minutes from downtown
Boston, the race will be run on a 25 mile course: 99.9% trail, a cumulative vertical gain of 3,000 feet of climb and 3,000 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 6,000 feet, with aid every 3 – 6 miles. To mix
things up, we’ll be starting at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 14, giving all runners
a chance to experience a night run through the woods. The 50 mile option will
also start at 7:00 pm and run through the night.
What to Expect
can be guaranteed of TARC's great volunteers, aid, course markings, and trail
'tude - we support everyone in the pack. In a first for TARC, there will
be custom embroidered TARC jackets for all 100 mile finishers and exclusive TARC technical t-shirts for
all 50 mile and 100 mile participants. Additionally, every 100 miler finisher will also have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative shiny brass and silver belt buckle.
We'll see you in June!
Updated Course Map Available
Click here to see and download the complete course map on a single page. This includes color-coded sections 1-5 and step-by-step numbering system to help you follow along. Training runs on the course will be coming soon, as the snow melts. These will be announced on the TARC Facebook page.
Go here to learn more about training runs, meet ups, course and event details, meet other runners, gear, tips, lies, etc.
Unaccompanied Minors and Animals
Due to Town of Weston and our insurance policy for the event, no pets are allowed on the course at any time. You can bring your dog to the start/finish area but it must be on leash the entire time (there is a strict leash law in Weston).
Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian at the event at all times. This is an explicit requirement of our insurance policy and of course a common sense precaution given the nature and length and timing of the event (i.e. at night, up to 30 hours, in the woods in a strange place). If they would like to help out at aid stations and such that's great and will be welcome, as long as there is an adult guardian with them.
Lots more details here in our FAQ and a map of the course's 5 sections here for viewing, downloading and printing.
Aid Station & Mileage Chart
We've confirmed with our hosts, the Town of Weston, that we can allow overnight tent camping in the field adjacent to the start-finish area across the street at Dickson Arena. There will be NO sign up for camping spots but instead taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are gone. We will have portable rest rooms but no shower facilities or electric hook ups. We are not allowed to have open fires so plan accordingly. This provides runners and crew an opportunity to choose to spend Friday and/or Saturday night on the course, under the stars.
Awards Ceremony Added
We are considering having a brief awards ceremony on Sunday morning at 8:00 am for 100 miler finishers where we will hand out your finisher jacket and belt buckle (if you purchased one). We'll provide coffee, juice and bagels. A nice way to start Father's Day! Stay tuned for more details.
Buckles Are In!
The custom designed nickle and bronze 10" belt buckles for all 100 finishers who cross the finish line in under 30 hours are now available to view as the first one has just come hot off the forge over at Colorado Silver Star, who also are the makers of the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run buckles. Check it out by clicking on the links below to pictures of this beauty and if you haven't already expressed an interest when you registered in buying one of these when you finish (~$50-55), send us an email and we'll reserve one for you (email@example.com). It'll be waiting for you at the finish!
Picture of TARC100 Belt Buckle
Picture 2 of TARC100 Belt Buckle