ABOUT THE RACES
Autumn in New England is the perfect time for two great races: the Hancock Shaker Village Fifty-Mile Ultra-Marathon, and the Hancock Shaker Village Trail Marathon (26 miles)
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Both races start and finish on the grounds of historic Hancock Shaker Village. Afterward, enjoy food and local beer from Big Elm Brewery!
During the races, runner’s families and crew members may take advantage of discounted admission to Hancock Shaker Village. Click on VISIT to learn more.
Here’s what Race Director Michael Menard says about the course:
“These races will test your determination and endurance. Both courses are challenging, with lots of ascent and descend over very technical trails and some long distances (up to six miles) between Aid Stations. Note that both races will be held rain or shine.
The Ultra course is an out-and-back trail race. The Marathon is a lollipop course, so to speak. Both races begin at the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village, proceed along the Farm & Forest trail, then turn north, crossing Route 20 on the Family Trail and into Pittsfield State Forest.
The race turns east briefly, over a bridge, and then back north, up Mount Sinai and onto the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Trail. The first (sixth and eleventh) Aid Station is located at the fork of the CCC trail and the Doll Mountain Trail, at the 4-mile mark.
The race continues up the CCC trail and bears right onto the Taconic Skyline Trail at the 5.33-mile mark, continuing to mile 7 and the Berry Pond Circuit Road, where the second (and tenth) Aid Station is located. Runners continue on the Taconic Skyline Trail, go right onto the Burgoyne Trail, and then downhill to Potter Mountain Road, where they reach the third (and ninth) Aid Station, 3.25 miles from the previous station.
The race turns north-west, following Potter Mountain Road for 2.75 miles, where it reaches the Taconic Crest Trail. This is the site of the fourth (and eighth) Aid Station. The race continues south on the Taconic Crest Trail for the next 10 miles. There’s an Aid Station on Berry Pond Circuit Road and another at the turn-around on Route 20.
Marathoners will leave the Taconic Crest Trail where it connects to the Doll Mountain Trail, and proceed south-east to the site of the first Aid Station, where they will continue south on the CCC trail and back to Mount Sinai, retracing their route back to Hancock Shaker Village.
Race date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
50 mile race start: 5:30 am
Runners must be at the starting line by 5:20 am.
Marathon start: 10 am
Runners must be at the starting line by 9:45 am.
Race registration: Ultrasignup.com
Entry fee for the Hancock Shaker Village Fifty-Mile Ultra Marathon is $80 until March 31, 2014, $90 until June 30, and $100 on race day. No refunds or transfers.
Entry fee for the Hancock Shaker Village Marathon is $40 until March 31, 2014,$50 until June 30, and $60 on race day. No refunds or transfers.
Registration on RACE DAY runs from 5 am to 5:30 am for the Fifty-Mile Ultra Marathon, and 8:30 to 9:30 am for the Marathon.
Pre-registered runners may pick up their race packets at (info TK).
All runners who finish the Hancock Shaker Village Fifty-Mile Ultra Marathon and the 26-mile Hancock Shaker Village Marathon will receive a medal. Awards go to the top-three male and top-three female winners in both races.
Aid Stations along the race course provide water, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, salt, watermelon, sweets, gu gels, electrolyte drinks, oranges, and bananas.
There are two Aid Stations (two & ten) and (five & seven) on the course where crew members may meet with their runner. Crews are restricted to those two Aid Stations. Any crew members providing assistance outside of the designated stations will disqualify their runner.
There is a bathroom at the two & ten Aid Station.
Dogs on leashes are allowed.
Please note: Ultra runners must leave Aid Station # 10 by 4:30 pm!
Drop bags will be placed at the 2 & 10, and 5 & 7 Aid Stations. There will be a spot at the start/finish to leave drop bags, too. Please mark your bag if you have a preference for where you’d like it to be dropped.
Max Elevation: 2,296 ft.
Runners must stay on the course. Any runner who takes a wrong turn is required to return to the spot where he/she went off course before continuing with the race.
No walking sticks are permitted.
Headphones are permitted, but please remove them when entering an Aid Station.
Do not litter!
Runners are responsible for both their own behavior and that of their crew members. Likewise, crew members are responsible both for their own and their runner’s actions and behavior.
Runners must make their presence known at all Time Stations along the route, where their times will be recorded.
Runners withdrawing from the race must contact Race Headquarters or a Time Station immediately to provide their name, reason for withdrawal, time of withdrawal, and miles completed. A crew member may also provide withdrawal information for their runner. Runners and crew who drop out are encouraged to come to the finish line and the post-race events to celebrate with fellow runners.
All costs associated with emergency evacuations will be born by the runner and/or runner’s crew. Race organizers are not liable for emergency evacuation.
In order to participate, runners must complete the application and entry process, pay fees, and sign the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability form.
Race rules apply to all runners. Failure to abide by any rule is grounds for disqualification. The Race Director and Hancock Shaker Village have final authority to interpret and enforce race rules; there is no appeals committee or appeals process.
For GPS purposes, Hancock Shaker Village is located at:
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd.,
Hancock, MA 01237.
1843 W. Housatonic St.,
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Hancock Shaker Village is located at the junction of Route 20 and Route 41 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
- From Albany, New York (approximately 1 hour) Take I-90 east to Exit 11 E (Route 20) Nassau. Follow Route 20 east into Massachusetts, to the Village entrance on the right, about 3 miles from the New York/Massachusetts border.
- From Boston (approximately 2 1/2 hours), Springfield (approximately 1 hour) and other points east Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west to exit 1. Take Route 41 north through West Stockbridge and Richmond to the junction of Route 20. Take a left on Route 20 to the Village entrance.
- From Connecticut If you are located near I-91, take I-91 north to I-90 and follow above directions from Springfield. If you are in eastern Connecticut, take Route 44 west to Route 8. Take Route 8 north to Route 20. Route 20 west merges with Route 7 in Lenox. Follow Route 7 north/20 west to Pittsfield where Route 20 west breaks off. Then follow Route 20 west to the Village, about 6 miles. Or, take Route 44 north to Route 7 in Canaan, Connecticut. Take Route 7 north through Great Barrington, MA, to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20. Go left on Route 20 to the Village entrance.
- From New York City via I-87 (approximately 3 hours) Take I-87 north to I-90 east to Exit B-3 in New York. (There is no exit eastbound at Exit 1 in Massachusetts.) Take Route 22 north for 5 miles to Route 295. Take Route 295 east (right) to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20. Go left on Route 20 to the Village entrance.
- From New York City via Taconic Parkway (approximately 3 hours) Take the Parkway north to Route 295 (the last exit before the I-90 toll). Take Route 295 east (7 miles or so) to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20. Go left on Route 20 to the Village entrance.
LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Limited camp sites are available free on a first-come basis at Hancock Shaker Village. E-mail the race director to reserve a spot. Camp sites are also available in the Pittsfield State Forest, ten minutes from the start of the race.
Additional information about accommodations is available from the Berkshires Visitors Bureau, www.berkshires.org
Group Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/304008896314101/
Thank you to our 2014 sponsors.
Special thanks to Ben Kimball of Northeast Race Photo for hitting the trails all day on September 21, 2013, to capture great shots of the runners, crew, aid station workers, and families!
Click HERE to view photos and select those you’d like to purchase.
- The Shakers
- Hours & Tickets