Squam Lakes Association’s 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race!

Third Annual
Squam Ridge Race 2015!
September 13th at Burliegh Farms Holderness

Take on the summits along the beautiful Squam Ridge this September 13th and register for the 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race! This is a rugged yet supported run or hike along the crest of the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail. Aid stations are positioned along the course supplying Ridge Racers with food, beverages and lots of encouragement! There are two race lengths from which to choose. There is the shorter 4 loop and a 12.2 mile stretch, both with stunning views of the Lakes Region in early autumn. Last year, people from 8 to 72 years old enjoyed the 12.2 mile course. Whether you’re looking to take home first place, reach your RR from FB Squam Lakespersonal goals, or take a stroll in the mountains this is a day full of spirited fun you won’t want to miss! This race is capped at 200 registrations. Don’t wait!

Registration costs $75, or $85 the day of (if spots are still available)

It’s a bright and breezy autumn morning in central New Hampshire. A range of brilliant hues are beginning to edge out summer’s green foliage. The days are brisk. Frost creeps in at night and retreats by day. It’s a picture perfect day to be traveling atop the hills and ridgelines surrounding the Squam Lakes.
This was the scene last September as 110 racers took to the Squam Range to compete in the Squam Lakes Association’s 2nd annual Squam Ridge Race. Their families and friends eagerly awaited the chance to cheer contestants across the finish line where a celebration, complete with burgers, beer and fanfare greeted their return. “There is an undeniably positive energy behind this event,” said SLA’s Volunteer and Communications Coordinator Brian Gagnon. “Folks are so supportive and happy to be a part of such a great event”.

ridge race finishers
The Squam Ridge Race is one fantastic event with two races. The 12.2 mile course takes runners, in the competitive “racers” division, as well as contestants in the “hiker” division up and over three summits along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail and back down again to cross the finish line at the bucolic Burliegh Farms. Kevin Tilton took home the men’s first place spot with a finish time of 1:42 minutes. The first place time for the women’s division is held by Leslie Beck who finished with time of 1:55 minutes. Congratulations Leslie and Kevin! There is also a very approachable 4.4 mile course that winds its way up to a number of incredible views along the ridge just south of the longer course, then back down again. Both routes have support by way of aid stations strategically positioned across the range to supply everyone with water, snacks and plenty of encouragement.
This has been a remarkably exciting and successful event two years running! The Squam Lakes Association is seeking to grow that success and top last year’s race. The number of contestants last year doubled from the inaugural race. This year, with a cap of 200 racers and hikers, people are encouraged to visit http://www.squamlakes.org , or give the SLA a call at (603)968-7336 to register now. There are plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun without entering the race. Volunteers have a rewarding experience at the aid stations, working the grills, timing the racers or capturing the day’s festivities in photos. Also, all volunteers and racers alike will be asked to make sure the food is delicious and the drinks are cold!
In addition to being a great time, this event helps further the Squam Lakes Association’s capacity to deliver the mission of conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. Proceeds from the Squam Ridge Race are put to good use maintaining, repairing and improving the 52 miles of hiking trail in the SLA’s trail system. Access to these trails gives everyone a place to appreciate the natural beauty of the region. To volunteer for the Squam Ridge Race visit the website, call or email the Volunteer Coordinator at Briangagnon@squamlakes.org. Make this event your annual autumn kick off by running, hiking or supporting the Squam Ridge Race.

 

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