Kilkenny Ridge 25M - Stark, New Hampshire
Elevation Gain: 7000+'
September 14, 2019 - The course: A 25 mile point to point race on the Kilkenny Ridge Trail from Starr King Rd in Jefferson NH to South Pond Rec Area in Stark NH. Runners will traverse a high mountain ridge summiting 2 4000ft peaks and a half dozen 3000 footers as well. The Kilkenny is rugged and boasts 7000+ ft of vertical ascent. The course is also extremely beautiful! You will travel across miles of wild and woolly boreal forest that is unique to the higher elevations of NH.
Aid Stations: There is 1 unmanned (water only) aid station and 2 fully stocked aid stations on the course.
-Mt Waumbek (segment 4 miles) total 4 miles
-Willard Notch (segment 6.2 miles) total 10.4 miles
-Unknown Pond (segment 8.3 miles) total 18.7 miles
-Finish (segment 6.8 miles) total 25.5 miles
Mandatory Kit: (we will be checking your kit at race check in)
-ability to carry 1 liter of fluid minimum (we recommend 2 at least, especially if you are a mid to back of the pack runners.
-emergency blanket or emergency bivy
-windshirt or rain shell ( check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. September in the Whites can be cold or rainy/snowy or both)
-Headlamp (bring a spare lamp or extra batteries if you expect to be riding the cutoffs)
-course map with emergency #'s and emergency protocol (provided )
Bib punches: There are two short spur trails to mountain summits along the course, Terrace mountain .1 miles and "The Horn" .3 miles, that you must detour on. Both summit punches are between Aid station #1 (Willard Notch) and Aid Station #2 (Unknown Pond) They are signed and will be well marked. ascend each of these peaks and punch your bib with the orienteering punch that will be located there then retrace your steps back to the Kilkenny Ridge Trail and carry on your way.. No punches? No finish!
PPU: Fri nite/Sat am at South Pond Rec Area - 64 South Pond Rd., off Hwy 110 in Stark; car camp at Gorham AT - 10.5 hour drive