8 MILE

2024 Course Updates: The newly designed 8 mile course is a two loop race that first follows the 5 mile loop within the trail network of Gay City State Park, then follows the 3 mile loop, which zig-zags through the park’s interior. The course will start in the upper athletic fields and follow the White Trail for the first 1.5 miles. The route then follows the Orange and Red Trails for the next several miles, before splitting onto the Yellow and then Blue Trail. Once the 5 mile loop is complete, runners will reenter the forest back onto the White Trail to complete a second loop of the 3 mile course. After crossing the Blackledge River participants will climb the Blue Trail and then onto the road before finishing where they began.

COURSE

Gay City State Park Trail Map

EVENT RECORDS:
Male: 48:14 – set by James Boeding in 2022
Female: 56:55 – set by Olivia Mondo in 2023

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

RACE START

Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will be used to organize runners at the start. Due to the immediate narrowing of the trails: there will be 3 starting waves. Each registrant will be assigned a wave based on estimated finish time provided during registration. All participants will be required to be at the race start area prior to the first wave starting.

The 8 Mile will start with the 5 Mile in the upper athletic fields of Gay City State Park. Both races will run together for roughly 4.9 miles.

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

BLUE-BLAZED TRAIL RUNNING SERIES

The 8 Mile distance is proud to be a part of the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series in 2024!

This year-long series is a sequence of races throughout Connecticut that are run partially or entirely on Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails (BBHT). These trails are maintained by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). The series was created to promote the BBHT system, trailing running, and raise awareness for the CFPA’s trail maintenance efforts. Click here for more details and to explore other events in the series.

Note: Only the 8 Mile is eligible for the series, the 3 Mile & 5 Mile are not.

DIVISIONS & AWARDS

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.

DIVISIONS:

  • 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.)
  • Nonbinary/Genderqueer More…

  • Disabled Athletes More…

AWARDS:

  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
  • All awards based on chip time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here

COURSE LIMITS

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…

COURSE SUPPORT

MARKINGS:

  • Directional arrows and course marshals marking all turns
    • First Loop – Follow Red Arrows
    • Second Loop – Follow White Arrows
  • Start and finish lines with timing mats

AMENITIES:

Minimal on-course hydration will be provided. Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids.

  • Hydration (Water & Nuun Sport)
    • Pre/Post Race & Mile 5
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
  • Portalets: Pre/Post Race & Mile 5
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at the water station. More...

NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE

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.

  • OUR RACE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THESE PARTNERS