NEW RACE DISTANCE – The 8 mile course is a two loop race that first follows the Red Trail, which traces the border of Gay City State Park, then follows the White Trail, which zig-zags through the park’s interior. The course will start and finish in the upper athletic fields. Participants will begin by running the main road toward the park entrance and turn left to enter onto the Red Trail before reaching Route 85. This trail starts off narrow, but widens up about one mile into the course. Once the Red Trail is complete, runners will reenter the forest on the White Trail which begins as a wide access road with a few bumps along the way. About a mile into the race the trail narrows, be prepared to encounter more rocks and roots and a few down hills and climbs. After crossing the Blackledge River participants will climb the Blue Trail and then onto the road before finishing where they began.


Map – Gay City State Park

*Modified starting line will be implemented

Social Distance Racing:
To adhere to state and federal guidelines, all participants must wear face masks/coverings at all times before and after their race. Once crossing the start line, participants may run with their mask lowered anytime they have 12 feet of separation from other runners. Masks must be carried on participants throughout the event.

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
Click here for more details.


This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the race bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.


  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 20-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 20-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Disabled Athletes More…


  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
  • All awards based on net time
  • No “double dipping”
  • No ceremony, awards may be picked up once results have been finalized at the Awards Area
  • To collect an award after race day, click here


Course limit is 2 hours and 24 minutes for the Summer Solstice Trail Run – 8 Mile Course. Course limit is based on the end of the race start window. To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 18 minutes per mile. Participants that do not pass the 5 Mile checkpoint by 1 hour and 30 minutes, will be directed to finish the race and will be moved to the 5 Mile results. More…


Minimal on-course hydration will be provided. Please consider carrying your own fluids and using your new AMPHIPOD HANDHELD WATER BOTTLE. Bottled water will be available in the pre-race area for those that would like to carry it, at mile 5, as well as at the finish line.

  • Start and Finish lines with timing mats
  • Medical Personnel
  • Portalet Locations: Start, Mile 5, Finish
  • Directional arrows and course marshals marking all turns
    • First Loop – Follow Red Arrows
    • Second Loop – Follow White Arrows
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area. More...


To adhere to state and local guidelines surrounding outdoor events, the race start will be set up in a socially distanced manner. Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will be used to organize runners at the start. All participants will be required to be at the race start area prior to all participants starting, at 7:30 AM.

All participants will be notified by email the week of the event with race start logistics and need to know updates.

On race day, all participants are required to maintain 6 feet of separation between them and another participant outside of their family/party at all times. While waiting to start, all athletes must continue to wear a face mask/covering until they cross the start line. All participants will cross timing mats at the start and finish of the race, and all results (overall and divisions) will be calculated using net time, there is no gun time.


No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted in 8 mile, 5 mile, or 3 mile, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.