The Race to the Summit Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30th 2017 and is a road race run on a challenging course that winds its way through scenic state forests and reservation land with both distances ending on the summit of Wachusett Mountain by way of its auto road. Post race, runners will be ferried to the base area by the Wachusett Mountain chair lift for BBQFest a great outdoor BBQ festival. Both the sky ride and BBQFest admission is covered with the race registration fee! The combination of a challenging, yet scenic course and post race party at Wachusett Mountain's BBQFest provides the runner with a very unique experience and a great addition to any fall competition bill! This race is organized by the Marlene A. Mills Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as an authorized affiliate of the Road Runner's Club of America. The purpose of the Marlene A. Mills Foundation is to perpetuate the sense of community involvement and volunteerism so selflessly displayed by Marlene A. Mills during her life. The Event will meet this purpose by promoting, managing, and implementing a running event that raises funds to support The Marlene Mills Memorial Scholarship, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Martin W. Richard Foundation as well as promoting the sport of running as a healthy lifestyle.
Same day registration will open at 8AM. The half marathon race will be started at 10AM. The 5K will be started at 11AM. Parking will be available to all athletes at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area main parking lot. Registration, bib pickup, gear check and pre-race water tents will be located adjacent to the ski rental building.
There will be 6 aid stations on the half marathon course and 1 aid station on the 5K course. ,Mile 0.7 - Water stop, Mile 3.1 - Water stop, Mile 4.6 - Water stop, Mile 6.4 - Water, portable restrooms, EMT's Mile 8.9 - Water stop, Mile 10.7 (half) Mile 0.7 (5K) - Water stop. See the Runner's Information packet above for details.
Post race, athletes will receive water and light refreshments (bananas and bagels) and medical attention if required. There will be space to cool down, stretch, enjoy the incredible views and savor your incredible accomplishment. It is requested of the athletes to keep their time at the summit to a minimum to avoid overcrowding. Once ready, athletes will be guided to the 10th mountain chair lift by volunteers via a pre-arranged route. Note that a portion of the route is a lane cordoned off from the last ~50 yards of the course, be sure to encourage your fellow participants over this final stretch on your way down!
The Race to the Summit tents (gear check, results, etc...) are to the left as participants exit the 10th mountain chair lift. Once at the base athletes will be able to view official results, grab their gear, and join BBQFest post race party. EMT's will be available for medical attention if required through the end of MusicFest.
BBQFest admission is included in the registration fee for every particpant! More details to come!