Event Details

Click a section below for more details about the Gunstock TrailFest!

The Saturday Events

5K CANICROSS RACE

Saturday – 9:30 a.m.

Following the same course as the standard 5K, this course is perfect for you and your canine companion! Traverse five kilometers of open trails with no roots or rocks to worry about!

The Canicross will be divided into two waves based on weight: Wave #1 above 40lbs (18.2kg) and Wave #2 below 40lbs (18.2kg). The reason for this is so that the big dogs don’t trample the smaller dogs.

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top man and women in the following age groups: Under-20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

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10K PEAK TO PEAK CHALLENGE

Saturday – 10:00 a.m.

Runners start at basecamp and immediately ascend a dirt and gravel access road for 1.2 miles to the peak of Rowe Mountain (cell tower location). Then jump onto a stretch of technical single-track trail for the next two miles along a ridgeline until they reach the peak of Gunstock Mountain. The views along the ridgeline are spectacular, especially of Lake Winnipesaukee to the east. Just before reaching the peak of Gunstock, runners take a short offshoot spur from the main trail where they’ll reach an aid station and also see the most spectacular views on the course. For the next three miles runners descend from the peak back to the basecamp on some gnarly single-track trail.

Elevation Gain: 1,450 ft.

Awards are given to the top three overall male and female finishers.

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THE KIDS’ RUN

Saturday – 10:30 a.m.

This 2km course is perfect for kids ages five and older who are not quite ready yet for a 5km race. Kids will experience a flat and fun course that loops around a pond and the festival area, with non-technical terrain to ensure your kids will finish injury-free! Race shirts are also included with each kids’ race entry! The top three overall male and female finishers will receive awards!

Elevation Gain: 96 ft.

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5K RACE

Saturday – 11:00 a.m.

The race course is a 5 kilometer off-road roller coaster on well-maintained XC trails that twist, turn, and roll their way through the forest. The trails are level, wide (12′), and non-technical with no roots or rocks, but very hilly. Although there are no major climbs the rolling terrain is unrelenting. The surface of the trails is mainly grass and dirt sprinkled with pine needles, pine cones, twigs, and small stones. Trail running shoes are recommended but not necessary.

Elevation Gain: 240 ft.

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top man and women in the following age groups: Under-20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. A team prize will also be given to the team with the fastest combined time of the top 4 team members.

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1.5 MILE MOUNTAIN CLIMB

Saturday – 11:30 a.m.

Runners start at basecamp near the Stockade Lodge and immediately ascend a dirt and gravel access road for 1.5 miles to the peak of Gunstock Mountain near the Panorama Pub. The views at the peak are spectacular especially of Lake Winnipesaukee to the east. Runners can then get a free ride down the chairlift and really enjoy the views.

Elevation Gain: 1,191 ft.

Awards are given to the top three overall male and female finishers.

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The Sunday Events

10K LOOP COURSE


Runners in each race will complete the same 10km loop, and run multiple loops of the same course. The loop course is an off-road roller coaster on well-maintained XC trails that twist, turn, and roll their way through the forest. The trails are level, wide (12′), and non-technical with no roots or rocks, but very hilly. There is one major climb near the 1km mark and the rolling terrain is unrelenting. The surface of the trails is mainly grass and dirt sprinkled with pine needles, pine cones, twigs, and small stones. Trail running shoes are recommended but not necessary. Whether you’re completing 1, 3, 5, or 8 laps of the course it will be easy to wrap your mind around the distance, and you’ll get to enjoy the comradery of running with lots of different people.

In each of the Sunday races awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top men and women in the following age groups: under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 41-49, 50-59, 60+. A team prize will also be given to the team with the fastest combined time of the top 4 team members in the 10K, 30K, and 50K races. There are no teams in the 80K race.

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80K (50 MILE) ULTRA RACE

Sunday – 6:00 AM
Runners will complete eight laps of the loop course.
Elevation Gain: 5,088 ft.

50K ULTRA RACE

Sunday – 8:00 AM
Runners will complete five laps of the loop course.
Elevation Gain: 3,180 ft.

30K Race

Sunday – 10:00 AM
Runners will complete three laps of the loop course.
Elevation Gain: 1,908 ft.

10K RACE

Sunday – 11:00 AM
Runners will complete one lap of the loop course.
Elevation Gain: 636 ft.


Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be held at the Stockage Lodge on Friday, May 22nd from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM PM, Saturday May 23rd from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday May 24th starting at 5:00 AM.

DIRECTIONS

All races start and finish in front of Hotel Jay at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, with the 5K’s and kids’ run on Saturday and the longer distances on Sunday. Jay Peak is being wicked generous and giving all registrants a discount on Stateside Hotel and Hotel Jay. How wicked of a deal is it? It also includes access to the Pump House water park! There’s nothing nicer than relaxing in a hot tub after a day of running, and the kids will have a blast at the rock wall, theater, arcade, and ice rink! Check your registration confirmation email for the special discount code, then click here to book your room!

Camping & Lodging

There will be plenty of spaces to camp on-site throughout the weekend in a variety of forms that differ in the level of amenities.

Basecamp Group Site

Positioned at the base of the mountain and adjacent to the start / finish festival area will be an open area where you can pitch a tent anywhere and hangout with all the other runners. This is simple camping with no fires allowed and minimal amenities provided (water, portable wash station, trash, portable restrooms, no showers). Each individual person pays the same price per night no matter how many in a tent. Camping will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. You may reserve any number of spots when you register for a race; or, if you would like to add spots to your existing registration simply log into your account on ruggedraces.enmotive.com, click on View Registration under Upcoming Events, scroll down to the question about campsites, select your new response, and then click the Add to Cart button.

Gunstock Campgrounds

Gunstock Mountain Resort offers a wide variety of individual regular campsites. You can even get an RV hookup. Make your reservations early through the Gunstock website since the campground fills up on Memorial Day weekend. For more information please visit https://www.gunstock.com/summer/camping/.

Lodging

Click here to see a list of partner hotels for the race! This list of hotels will update, so be sure to check back for the latest offers!

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