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TACKLE THE TRAIL

RACE INFORMATION

Individuals

  • Bibs must be picked up at the Hale YMCA (9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, CT). Bibs will NOT be available at the start lines. We urge runners to pick up bibs Friday afternoon to avoid lines (and stress) Saturday morning.
    • October 14th: Bib Pick up 3:30-5:30pm at the Hale YMCA.
    • October 15: Bib Pick up 6:30-7am at the Hale YMCA.
  •  Bag Drop available 6:30-7:00am at the Hale YMCA: Bib must be presented to retrieve bags. One bag per individual or team. Runners must label their own bag prior to drop off.
  • Marathon starts in Windham, CT and ends in Putnam, CT.
  • Half Marathon starts in Pomfret, CT and ends in Putnam, CT.
  • Race festival at the Hale YMCA in Putnam, CT. Shower facilities available.
  • Water, Gatorade, Bars, and Fruit available at all relay stations and select aid stations.
  • Cash prize for first place male and female (Marathon and Half Marathon).
  • Additional prizes for first place male and female in each age category.
  • No double dipping!
  • 5 hours for Marathon.
    • Runners need to be through Relay Station 5 (Route 169, Pomfret, CT) no later than 12pm to complete the race.
  • 3 hours for Half Marathon.
  • We provide transportation from the finish line (Hale YMCA, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, CT) to the different start lines for marathoners, and half marathoners.
    • 7:00am: Buses depart for marathoners.
    • 7:15am: Buses depart for half-marathoners.

Relay Teams

  • Bibs must be picked up at the Hale YMCA (9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, CT). Bibs will NOT be available at the Start Lines. Relay Team Captains will be responsible for pick up and distribution for all team members. We urge runners to pick up bibs Friday afternoon to avoid lines (and stress) Saturday morning.
    • October 14: Bib Pick up 3:30-5:30pm at the Hale YMCA.
    • October 15: Bib Pick up 6:30-7am at the Hale YMCA
  •  Bag Drop available 6:30-7:00am at the Hale YMCA: Bib must be presented to retrieve bags. Teams must consolidate gear into 1 bag if using bag drop. Runners must label their own bag prior to drop off.
  • Up to 5 person relay teams.
  • Race festival at the Hale YMCA in Putnam, CT. Shower facilities available.
  • Water, Gatorade, Bars, and Fruit available at all relay stations and select aid stations.
  • Prizes for all-male, all-female, co-ed, and 14 U.
  • 5 hours
    • Runners need to be through Relay Station 5 (Route 169, Pomfret, CT) no later than 12pm to complete the race.
  • Teams are responsible for their own transportation between relay stations.
  • Relay team members who are running the 1st leg can get a ride from the finish line (9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, CT) to the start line. However, there is no transportation between relay stations.
    • 7:00am: Buses depart for marathoners and ONLY members of relay teams who are running the first leg. 
  • Teams must allow adequate time (driving, parking, walking to trail) to get to relay stations. Think of it this way: if 1 runner is running a 4-mile leg at a 6 minute per mile pace, it will take 24 minutes. Your teammate must drive (or ride!), park and walk to the transition area to meet you. If he/she shows up at the 20-minute mark, probability of getting to transition area in time is slim. We recommend knowing your teammates expected race pace as a guide. Each year, we are sad for teams whose runners just finished a quicker than normal race pace and their teammate had not arrived at the relay station. Better to be early than increase the risk of missing the hand-off.
  • For more relay station information and leg distances, visit “The Course” and scroll to the “Marathon and Relay Teams Course” section.

Race Day

  • Water, Gatorade, Bars, and Fruit available at all relay stations and select aid stations.
  • Refunds are not available.
  • Pets or strollers are not permitted during the race.
  •  The Hale YMCA will open at 6:00 am on Race Day and runners can use the facility there. There will also be limited porto-potties at the marathon and relay team start line and half marathon start line. This is a trail race, please plan accordingly. 
  • 8:00 am start time for all events:
    • Marathon and Relay Teams
    • Half Marathon
  • Race Festival at the Hale YMCA in Putnam.
  • We provide transportation from the finish line (Hale YMCA, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, CT) to the different start lines for marathoners, half marathoners, and for relay team members who are running the first leg.
    • 7:00am: Buses depart for marathoners and ONLY members of relay teams who are running the first leg. PLEASE NOTE: Teams are responsible for their own transportation to relay stations.
    • 7:15am: Buses depart for half-marathoners.
  • Parking is extremely limited at all relay stations. Have fun, ride together!

Legit Trail

Legit Fans

THE RACE

Tackle the Trail, a unique race in an AMAZING place.  Runners enjoy the quiet solitude of nature with bursts of energetic and supportive fans throughout this point-to-point race. Just 45 minutes from Providence and 1 hour from Boston, Tackle the Trail, your gateway to trail racing in New England.

Highlights include; amazing scenery, great swag, enthusiastic volunteers and entrance to an awesome post-race party sponsored by Michelob Ultra. Cash and other great prizes too!

P.S. Have fun and do good too! Proceeds from this race support students pursuing their educational dreams at Quinebaug Valley Community College!

Make Tackle YOUR Destination!

Things to do, places to go in the (not so) Quiet Corner!

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Too many to list! Discover our ecclectic mix of Breweries, Eateries, Wineries and more!

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Rest Easy

Hotels, Inns and Airbnbs; Rest your body at a wide variety if lodgings!

Race Festival

All runners and fans are welcome to join us at our post-race party at the Hale YMCA! Enjoy free food  courtesy of Grub Sponsor the Putnam Area Foundation and free beer from Brews Sponsor Michelob Ultra. Festival also includes; massage tent, photos, and much more! Prizes awarded too.