The Moose On the Loose 10 Mile Trail Race and Relay—Just Awesome
Enjoy a 10-mile trail run, or two or four-person relay in beautiful Mine Falls Park, Nashua, New Hampshire; coming August 21, 2011. This unique event starts and ends at Stellos Stadium at the edge of the famous park. You will fall in love with these trails.
Posted Thursday, 18 August, 2011
Believe it, folks, this will be a unique trail race in wonderful Mine Falls Park, a terrific resource for runners and a delightful place to run. Yes, you can run this trail race or get a friend and run the two-person relay or get three friends and run the four-person relay! Here you go—there are still bibs available for this New Hampshire classic, which has the reputation of providing an enjoyable time for all. It is spectator friendly because there are four loops, and the handoff logistics are simple—each handoff is near the start/finish. Spectators, friends and family can station themselves near the turn around at the edge of the park or head out on the trails and see runners at the start, finish and each of the four loops. Information and registration is available at mooseontheloose10miler.com
Mine Falls is a terrific venue with beautiful trails along the canal and the river, and the forest canopy makes for a beautiful run, and a cooler run because most of it is shaded. Runners will enjoy water stops on the course and fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, yogurt and lots of water at the finish. The first 400 who preregister will receive a Moose-on-the-Loose custom T-shirt; each registrant will receive a goodie bag and there will be a big raffle where all participants have a shot at some great prizes. Awards—top three overall, top two in seven age groups, and first relay teams--include things you can actually use, including Moose On the Loose pint glasses. And there will be unique medals awarded to the first 250 finishers, including teams.
This is an old fashioned off road competition—trails and only a little pavement at start/finish and end of loop turn. The trails are wide and scenic, and well marked with plenty of room for passing and lots of space for enjoying a tranquil run completely away from any vehicle traffic.
The course is a clockwise loop along soft trails. The start is near Stellos Stadium (plenty of free parking in the huge stadium parking lots) on the fringe of the park, and heads down the boat ramp road to the historic canal gatehouse of 1886. Heading into the park trails it skirts the dam and hydro plant, then turns left on Spine Road toward the east-northeast, a wide and fairly straight trail with a wooden bridge at the bottom of a small hill. It continues on Spine Road past the foot path (between the foot bridges over the Nashua River and the canal), and straight ahead. The course continues along the wide path to the turn at the turnpike overpass. After the turn it continues along the canal path generally west-southwest and passes the footbridge leading to Nashua High School South. The course continues along the canal and passes several outflow bridges, hugging the tranquil mill pond on the left back to the dam and then to Stellos Stadium for the turn. The course is soft and mostly shaded within and along the lovely Mine Falls forest with an interesting mix of hardwoods and evergreens. The 10-mile runners run this loop four times, while two-person relay runners alternate, each running five miles; four-person teams run one 2 ½ mile loop each.
Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable event. The awards, the large raffle and post race festivities will be a lot of fun, headed by race director Michael Amarello. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com Stellos Stadium is located at 7 Riverside Drive, Nashua, NH 03062.
Registration is very reasonable but don’t delay—you will want to get one of those custom shirts and the fee goes up on race day. You can register online at Active.com
3C Race Productions
This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars to these charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
Mine Falls Park
This park is a tremendous resource for the Nashua region and is especially valuable for runners with miles of trails and scenic forests—nearly all of it completely undeveloped except for trail maintenance and several playing fields—two soccer fields and a baseball diamond. It is especially notable because it is actually within the city—at the eastern end only 1/3 mile off Maine Street. But you would never know you were within the city; the 325 acres of woodland and trails is tranquil and filled with hundreds of tree species and a lot of wildlife.
It lies between the Nashua River and the Mill Canal that was dug by hand in the 1820’s to power the textile mills in the city with a 36-foot drop at the canal outlet. The park is bounded on the west by the dam (hydro-electric power plant serves the high school, public works, and police station) and gate house where water is diverted form the river to the mill pond and canal.
It is bounded on the east by the Millyard near Clocktower—the buildings where the once huge textile mills flourished using the power of the river. Boston Marathon winner Henri Renaud (1909—the only runner form New Hampshire to win at Boston so far) worked in these mills.
The name Mine Falls, a natural river rapids, comes from the lead mines that were once dug along the river in the late 1700’s. The trails in the park have been designated part of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail System—running from Canada to Massachusetts. The canal and mill district are on the National Register of Historic Places.