French River Trail Run


XTERRA French River Trail Run

Oxford High School

July 14, 2019




WHAT:   XTERRA French River Trail Run

WHEN:  July 14, 2019

WHERE:  Oxford High School - 495 Main Street, Oxford, MA 01540 (map it)  

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging (but fast!) trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam, locally referred to as "Hodges", including the famous river crossing on the run course!  

Registration is only available on-line prior to race day (or sold out at 300 racers); there is NO on-site registration offered.

Race entry includes timing, post-race snacks/food/drinks, awards, raffle prizes.

The Trail Run race offers 3 distances: Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k.  The Half Marathon and 10k are part of the season long durtyfeets Trail Run Series. For more information about the series, CLICK HERE




Distances: 5K, 10K and 21K trail runs

The XTERRA French River Trail Run at Hodges showcases the complex trail system of this US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam.  You'll be power hiking in sections, holding onto saplings on a few descents and even crossing a river.   This 'fun' is only enjoyed by those taking on the single-loop Half course or 10k (note- there is about a 1.5 mile segment on the Half/10k course that most will consider "a challenge" due to constant ups and downs and pockets of technical terrain). For those that opt for the 5k, the single track will keep you bobbing and weaving on an overall fast course absent of the real elevation gains.  

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Contact Name:  Alex Rogozenski

Contact Email:  alex [at]

Contact Phone:  774-272-1767

Note: Please do not contact for questions about this specific race.  Use the email and/or number provided here.


Volunteers at XTERRA French River really make the event possible. From venue set-up, to race-day check-in, to being a marshal out on the course or helping sweep the course after the last racer heads out, volunteers are the life-blood of the event.  No experience is necessary, but seasoned athletes "get it" as they know how important this folks are from being on the other side of the starting line and want to give back to the sport.  Many of our volunteers are teammates, friends, or family members of registered racers.

Each and every volunteer at XTERRA French River receives a volunteer shirt, optional race swag, and what many find most valuable - registration fee credits towards a future race (not just XTERRA French River, but to any race produced by MRA Multisport).

To sign-up to volunteer for the July 14 Trail Run race CLICK HERE



Want to see who is signed up for the race? CLICK HERE for list of registered athletes.

Race Info

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 12

Noon -   Course open all day for pre-riding and running

Saturday, July 13 

6:30am - 7:45am Check-in/Packet Pick-up/Chip pick-up and Transition Area opens (NO on-site registration)
(*Start times per category subject to be tweaked to best accommodate all categories, reference Athlete Packet published the week of the race)
8:00am XTERRA Triathlon and Duathlon Start
8:15am (ish)  XTERRA Sprint Course Start
11:30am Awards and raffle (approximate)
11:45am Course is closed. This gives long course athletes about 3:45 (3:30+/- for short course) to complete the course; this should be adequate time.  Due to our arrangement with local emergency personnel, the course will be closed at this time.  Volunteers throughout the course will keep you appraised of the time.

Sunday, July 14

6:30am - 7:45am Check-In (trail run)
8:00am Half Marathon start
8:10am 10K Start
8:20am 5K start
11:30am Awards -varies per race once majority of racers have finished
11:45am Course is closed. This gives half marathon athletes about 3:45 (3:30+/- for 10k and 5k) to complete the course; this should be adequate time.  Due to our arrangement with local emergency personnel, the course will be closed at this time.  Volunteers throughout the course will keep you appraised of the time.


* Participants must be present. Awards and raffle prizes will not be mailed.

Course Info - XTERRA Trail Run

Course Distances:  5K, 10K and 21K

The XTERRA French River Trail run at Hodges starts and ends at Oxford High School.  All distances feature the famous river crossing in the early part of the course just over 1 mile in. The 5k course (300 ft elevation) has substantially less elevation compared to the 10k (700 ft) and Half courses (1100 ft).  Just after the 1st aid station, the 5k runners continue straight along the road where the 10k and Half runners turn back up the ridge line.  This next 1.5 miles has SIGNIFICANT elevation change.  All runners will follow RED arrows to the bridge crossing and the 2nd aid station.  5k and 10k runners will continue following RED arrows across the bridge all the way to the finish line.  At the bridge and aid station, half marathon runners peal off and hit the "lower" part of the course by following BLUE arrows for the 2nd half of the course back to the venue and finish line. There are 2 additional aid stations in the "lower" part of the half course.  Overall, the majority of the trails are singletrack with a healthy dose of New England rocks and roots as you bob and weave through the property. 

XTERRA French River Venue Map

XTERRA French River Course Maps

XTERRA French River Trail Run 10K Elevation








Camping And Lodging

Oxford is conveniently located just off I-395 in MA near I-90 (Mass Pike), with easy access to greater Worcester MA area (1-2 exits north). Oxford is centrally located in New England approximately 50 miles west of Boston MA, 40 miles northwest from Providence RI, 60 miles northeast from Hartford CT, 100 miles south from Concord NH or Brattleboro VT and 130 miles east of Albany NY.

Sutton Falls camping area 
Lake Manchaug Camping 

Various hotels just off I-395/I-90 in Auburn MA -





2016 (older venue, similar trails)

2015 (older venue, similar trails)

2014 (older venue, similar trails) -

2013 (older venue, similar trails)







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Q: What is the race cancellation policy?
A:  To ensure the safest event for the participants and all involved, we reserve the right to cancel, delay, or modify the format of the event at anytime. Believe us, it would have to be a very, very SERIOUS and DANGEROUS situation for the event to be canceled. But in the unfortunate situation this is required, there is a no-refund policy in place, as the majority of the costs have already been incurred to host the event and when associated, we do not want to take away any contributions to our charities. We expect you to be disappointed if the event is canceled, as we will be, but we also hope you understand why a no-refund policy is in place.

Q: What is the terrain like?
A: A good mix of single track and double wide trails. A healthy dose of classic New England style rocks and roots.  The Half/10k course traverses what we refer to as the "3rd Tier" on the ridge to the West of the Multi-Use Area (MUA) - approximately a 1.5 mile segment.  This tier in particular has substantial elevation gains by regularly going up and down and up again. And then down and up again.  There are stretches on this tier where the terrain is loose and challenging, but not the whole thing.  The 5k course avoids this section of the course.  Elevation over the rest of the course is minimal and its considered "fast". the "3rd Tier" will challenge you for sure.

Q: Are there any refunds or transfers?
A: Sorry, all registrations are final; there are no refunds or transfers to other participants.  Within 10 days of the event, you can transfer your paid registration to another future event, for a small fee.  Please see the Transfer page for full details by CLICKING HERE.  If you are unable to do the event please let us know ASAP so someone else can take your spot.

Q: Are strollers, joggers, pets, etc allowed on the course?
A: Due to insurance purposes and the safety of all participants, and the obvious reason of the terrain of the trails, we cannot allow strollers, joggers, pets, etc on any of the courses at all.

Q: How many participants will be allowed to register?
A: The race capacity is 300 people.

Q:  Is the event chip-timed?
A: No.  We use an on-line application called Webscorer to manually track when you cross the finish line, then the application automatically computes the overall finish times an Age Division placement.

Q: How many water stations are on the run course?
A: There will be four(4) aid stations on the Half course (2 on the 10k and 5k).

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