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Presenting a Unique and Exciting Trail Running Festival in Beautiful Jay Peak, Vermont - Sweet
Sub 5 Racing presents the Jay Peak Trail Running Festival on Labor Day weekend--just what you have been looking for with a trail for everyone, and we mean everyone: Kids trail run, 5K (three levels or 3 different events), 25K and 50K Ultra. All ages, all abilities are welcome from age 4 to 104. A fantastic idea it is, and a gorgeous location.

Presenting a Unique and Exciting Trail Running Festival in Beautiful Jay Peak, Vermont - Sweet

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

The inaugural Jay Peak Running Festival is one of those “must do” events in New England, and a terrific way to round out the summer running season. The timing is right, the organization and amenities top notch, the courses are really outstanding, and there is something for everyone in this mountain trail tour. Running over two days, September 1 & 2, 2012, it has an innovative approach to trail racing by offering something for every level. This mountain extravaganza on and near the Jay Peak Ski Slopes will be presented by Sub 5 Racing of Rindge, New Hampshire.

Sub 5 Racing has found the perfect location for such a festival, Jay Peak, to create an enjoyable and environmentally friendly series of events. If you have never been to Jay Peak, Vermont, this is the place. If you have never run a trail run, this is the time. If you are looking for a challenge as an experienced trail runner, either a series of 5K’s, 25K or 50K, this is THE one. They have planned well for you. As we said, everyone is welcome. Individuals and teams of veteran trail folks, and families just looking for something different, something fun to do together—outside and healthy activity in a place that is just beautiful any time of year.

Summer fun before it fades—check out the "wicked awesome run’n stay deal."

The Kids’ runs and all three 5K races are on Saturday, September 1st. The 25K and 50K will run on Sunday, September 2nd. This truly is a festival, and one that any and all trail runners—or hope-to-be-trail runners--will thouroughly enjoy, and remember.

The 5K Trail Runs
There are three different levels from beginner to difficult, and they are described appropriately as the Green Circle, Blue Square, and Black Diamond runs. Yes, they vary in difficulty and in elevation gain and loss, so there is one that will appeal to every runner. Again, this is an especially excellent place to try a trail run for the first time. There are really good descriptions on the Website for each one. And according to the Website:

“Please keep in mind that NONE of these are completely flat. You are, after all, on a ski slope. If you want a flat trail race, then go to Kansas. We gauged difficulty mostly (but not totally) on aerobic difficulty. YES, we have run all of the courses....several times! So these descriptions are not based on us simply riding an ATV on them or on elevation gain or how they "look".

We know that you know this, but THESE ARE TRAIL RACES. This means that there will be dips and gullies and sticks and rocks and streams.”

Runners can choose to run ALL THREE 5K’s, and receive the coveted "Trail Runner with Issues" Award—Awesome. There will be awards for the top three women and men running all three—best combined times.

Of course there will be awards for the individual races too: Top three women and men over all, and top three women and men running barefoot. See the Race Website for a wealth of information on the overall schedule and each race in detail.

The 5K Schedule:September 1st

Black Diamond: 8:30 am
Blue Square: 9:30 am
Black Diamond Awards: 9:45
Green Circle : 10:30 am
Blue Square, Green Circle & Combo Awards:11:30

BBQ follows the Awards.

The 25K, September 2nd
This race, which will run on a great course and provide absolutely stunning views throughout, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday--The Course:

This course has a little of everything—mostly access roads throughout the ski slopes, but does find some nice, shaded single track trails. There are a few hazards, so expect the unexpected.

From Sub 5 Racing: “This is not a race that you should be seeking a PR with. It is a ‘complete, then brag’ type of run.”

There is over 2,000 feet in elevation gain and with over 1,000 feet (1,468 to be exact) of that in just over a mile. They will have an aide station, with medical...and “wicked awesome views” waiting for you after that climb. There will be no shame in stopping or walking this part of the course because, "This is a judgment free trail race". So simply enjoy this unique adventure. See the website for updates on the course; registrants will be automatically notified of all updates.

Awards in the 25K will go to the top three men and women, plus the top Jay, Vermont woman and man.

All 25k/50k finishers will receive a medal and a unique event t-shirt provided by Green-Layer. At post race enjoy all the fuel food you can eat.

The 50K Ultra Adventure
The 50K race is two loops of the 25K. This is a fantastic course, and even better the second time around. You always see beauty in every stride, and inevitably you miss some views while running trails. This gives you a second chance. There is so much on this course, that the 50K will seem like a different course the second time around.

There is an excellent course map on the Website with details on elevation and difficulty. Check it out.

The aide stations will be very well stocked. All 50K registrants will get emails regarding the details of what will be at each station and where they will be.

“If you are looking for an easy 50K to knock off your bucket list, this is NOT your race. This will challenge you physically, mentally and even spiritually. If you are in even decent shape, you can complete this....just don’t expect a PR. Sign up and see how far you can go.”

The Kids’ “Mini Marathon” on Saturday
Enjoy the 2.62 mile (mini-marathon) trail race that gives every child a fair shot of placing and getting an extra award. EVERY kid “marathoner” gets a T-shirt and a bunch of other stuff to show off to friends when going back to school. This will also provide a “what I did this summer” moment and a sure-fire show-and-tell at school. Bring the kids’ friends to share and enjoy even more. This will run on Saturday. Check it out—like nothing they have done before and far different that the average “fun run” associated with some other events. This is a real run, a real race, and a great challenge for the kids. They will LOVE it.

For all races and all runners—kids to experts, the courses will be inviting—and so will the beauty of this place. This race is for individuals of all abilities—friendly for all, and we really do mean that. And if you are not up to the 25K or 50K, enjoy a 5K and get a taste of the trail running good life. You will definitely be hooked on trails.

The website has detailed information on the course and profile, sponsorships, registration, lodging and more.

More on Sub 5 Racing
Sub 5 Race Management is a new company based primarily in Rindge, New Hampshire with a second office in Maricopa, Arizona. Although the company is new, the principle drivers have a wealth of experience as athletes and as event managers. They recently directed the Dublin (New Hampshire) 5K, and the Monadnock Half Marathon.

In addition to the phenomenal Peak Trail Race Festival, they are also involved with the Green Stride Half Marathon in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the Clarence DeMar Marathon in Keene, New Hampshire, and many more events.

Sub 5 Race Management offers race mapping, measurement and certification; course design, event planning, marketing and support, and all levels of training. They offer instruction, and resources such as bibs and other supplies. They will work with you to help produce your event.

For more information on their services and events, please contact Chris Bernier at 603-899-3211 or Visit their website at

Don’t Miss the Jay Peak Trail Running Festival
The Jay Peak Trail Race and Family Festival will have something for everyone from hard core trail runners to beginner runners and kids and families. There will be a 5K for all abilities on the famous ski trails. There will also be a kids’ mini trail run and good times for all. Whatever your level, they will have it.

Join hundreds of friends for this event, a must-do on Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2. It’s unique and it is your opportunity for trail racing in one of the most beautiful regions of the country--in all the glory of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Runners of all ages and all paces will have a great tour along these trails and some breathtaking views to go along with the breath-stealing trails. Run this inaugural trail festival and see what benefits and enjoyment trail racing can bring.

Sub 5 Racing brings years of experience to race management and specifically to adventure and trail racing. And they have much more planned. Be there, trail runner.



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