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.
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.
- 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