No Fears - No Regrets
Seven Sisters 12M Trail Race 2017
Wasn't expecting that... all up and down steep muddy rocky gradients.... virtually no flat bits at all.
Very challenging race.. but was great to finish. The last 2 hills my legs were spent.. was on track for 3H finish until then.
Next year, need to be lighter and fitter :-)
The torrential rains of the days before made the rocks very wet, lots mud and slippery.
The race was started in 1991 and has always donated all net proceeds to the Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range, a nonprofit organization that helps the State of Massachusetts to purchase and preserve land surrounding the Mt. Holyoke Range State Park. In addition, the Friends also has numerous programs that promote the Range. Since the start of the 7 Sisters Trail Race, more than $90,000 has been donated to the Friends.
The race follows the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) in a westerly direction from Route 116 at the Notch in South Amherst to Old Mountain Road in Hadley and then retraces the route back to Route 116. The singletrack trail is marked with white, rectangular blazes. A copy of the map can be found here. The trail is marked as “M-M” on the map.
You are required to carry your own water. There are 2 staffed water stops for refilling your hydration system at roughly miles 2 and 4 on the way out, and the same stops are at miles 8 and 10 on the way back. The turnaround at mile 6 is staffed and offers water, fruit, gels, and other goodies. This a cup-less race. As trail runners, we seek to protect our natural resources.
While outbound, runners must reach the Summit House in 2hrs; and read the Summit House while inbound in 3hrs, or be removed from the race. Data shows that the second half is slower for just about all runners–it is uphill coming back.