Try an Ultra at XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run

Jul. 19, 2017

On August 5th, the Steep Rock Association and the Roxbury Land Trust will open their parks for the XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run.

Four distances will be offered, including a 10k, a 25k, a 50k, and a 50-mile ultra run.

The XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run is hosted by the New York Adventure Racing Association, which has a wide range of experience and expertise in hosting distance and ultra-distance events.

"With a suspension bridge, old railroad tunnel, 19th century iron ore mines, blast furnaces, and scenic, tranquil trails, it's totally worth going for the 25k," said race director, Denise Mast. "This is a great race to experience the camaraderie, beauty, and triumph of this special distance."

Simon Edgett, who runs marathons and ultra races in the Northeast, sprained his ankle and broke a bone in his foot earlier this spring. We are pleased to report that he is back to 60 miles a week and will be running the 50k at XTERRA Steep Rock.

"I like the 50k distance for these looped courses," said Edgett. "This is the first time I will be racing Steep Rock so I drove up to the course last weekend and hiked some of the sections to get the lay of the land: it starts on a pretty level rail-trail for the first mile or so before turning off onto single track. There are portions on smooth dirt roads, but most of it seems pretty technical with a decent amount of climbing.

The 10k is entirely contained in the Steep Rock Preserve. The race starts off fast on a section of old railroad bed before funneling into a short section of single track along the river. Then you will enter spacious double track, cross a suspension bridge, head through a tunnel, and head back along the river. Towards the end, you will make a quick descent down moderately technical trail and wind your way back to the finish."

The 25k race extends the 10k route and includes more technical trails, and the 50k is two loops of the 25k course. The 50 mile ultra run is three loops of the course.

Aid stations have moved to the entrance of the Carter/Mine Hill Preserve off Judd's Road so runners have access to food and drink on the way in and out of the preserve.

"That's right," said Mast. "We are getting soft. Two aid stations for the price of one."

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The final race for the 2016-2017 XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series will be XTERRA Syracuse, held August 13th.

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