The race is an out-and-back on the Nipmuck covering a distance of about 15 miles, following the lovely Fenton River for much of the course. There are three water stops along the trail and support to cross at the three road crossing. We have a cut off expectation of 2:00, ideally closer to 1:00 for timing. The trail has some interesting variations over beautiful terrain, with several small bridge crossings, a climb to a 50 ft cliff, fields, and woods. The race starts at Mansfield Hollow State Park and winds its way to Old Turnpike Road (off Route 44).
Race shirts can be purchased as an add-on while registering. Shirt orders must be placed before May 22.
Update! We have modified the course to bypass the missing iron bridge, and we also removed the lollipop at the turn around to try to keep the distance about the same. The new course map is here: All Trails
The race start is at the picnic area at Mansfield Hollow State Park off of Bassets Bridge Rd in Mansfield, CT. Race starts at 9am. Registration check-in starts at 7:45am.
GPS pin to the park entrance
If you don’t feel well the day of the race, please stay home for the sake of other runners and the volunteers.
Proceeds will go to trail stewardship organizations in Connecticut, such as the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Joshua’s Trust, and Northern Connecticut Land Trust.
The Shenipsit Striders trail running club was started in 1975 by a small group of friends in northcentral Connecticut that wanted to get together for weekly runs in the woods. Today the club has grown to include members from all corners of Connecticut and the New England region, with all abilities represented from new runners to experienced ultramarathoners.
Our races serve to give back to the trail community by donating to Connecticut trail stewardship and land use programs. As a nonprofit club, our membership helps further support our goals to give back to the trail community - we would love to have you join us as a member. www.shenipsitstriders.org
Blue Blazed Trail Running Series
This race is part of the BBTRS, for more info: blueblazedtrailrunningseries.org
Event's current local time: 7:01 PM ET