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Squam Trail Run/Hike

September 11, 2013

For those readers who love an outdoor challenge, the Squam Lakes Association is hosting the annual Squam Ridge Race – a rugged 12.2 mile trail running experience – on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Holderness, NH.

Squam Ridge Race is a fundraising effort for the trail network around Squam.  The course traverses a majority of the Squam Range crossing three summits with amazing views of Squam Lake and the surrounding watershed and has about 3000 feet of elevation gain.

This is not a race for the faint of heart!  The race is mostly single track with 1.8 miles of pavement, half a mile of dirt road, 1.3 miles of double track, and 8.6 miles of single track trail.  The path up to the top of Mount Percival will be a challenge to runners with its many stone steps and rugged terrain.

You don’t have to be a strong runner to participate.  Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate in the event by hiking the route.    There will be three aid stations spaced 2-4 miles apart so racers will need to plan accordingly.

To view some pictures of the trail and views from the trail:  CLICK HERE for TRAIL PICTURES.

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All participants will have access to the food and beverages donated by local restaurants and stores at the start/finish area, and all will be entered into the prize drawings to be held at the end of the event.  Everyone will have a chance to win.   Medals will be presented to top finishers in their division and prizes to top finishers overall.

Participants registered before September 12 are guaranteed a technical T-shirt – after that its while supplies last.  All proceeds from this event are going back into the trails that the race takes place on and to the rest of the 50-mile trail network.

Parking off of Burliegh Farm Road in Holderness, NH

Race registration packet pick-up starts at 7:00 am, race start at 7:45 am.

To Register:

  • By phone: Call the  Squam Lakes Association (603)968-7336
  • In person:  Stop by the SLA at 534 US Route 3, Holderness, NH
  • Online:  Go to the active.com website:   Active.com /Squam Ridge Race

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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