July 8, 2018

USA, NACAC & Collegiate Mountain Running Championships

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Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, New Hampshire


6.6 miles
3200 Ft Elevation Gain
Trail, Grass Ski Slope, Cat Track

Race Directors: Paul Kirsch & Chris J. Dunn


Race Start:
8:00 AM (Men)
9:15 AM (Women)
Men and Women will start separately due to it being a championship event.


$30 pre-registration (1/1-2/28)
$40 (3/1-close)
$50 event day registration

The Course

The Boss

Over the years our Loon Mountain Race has developed quite a following. The reputation as one of the country’s toughest mountain races is due in large part to the kilometer ascent of North Peak via the black diamond trail known as Upper Walking Boss. ‘The Boss’, as it’s affectionately known, is roughly a kilometer of grassy slope with angles that exceed a dizzying 40% grade!

Trail Sisters Discount

First time female participants at the
Loon Mountain Race get 50% off registration

5 Classic Vertical Trail Races in the U.S.

What goes up … doesn’t always come back down. These hill climbs are brutal but reward you with great views from the top. These five vertical trail races each started as a simple test of who could get to the top of a local landmark the quickest. They are sure to give you burning quads and a spectacular view from the finish. Getting down is another issue… At the Loon Mountain Race, the six-and-a-half-mile course tests every type of ability. It starts out on cat track, changes to technical single track and then around the halfway point hits the first ski slope, with a grade between 15 and 20 percent. The most notorious section of the course is called “Upper Walking Boss,” a kilometer-long section that runs straight up a black diamond slope with a grade of 40 percent.
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Most Competitive Hillclimb

This race up Loon Mountain is an annual benchmark on one of the country’s most competitive trail running circuits. Among the most dastardly hill climb races in the country, the course of this five-miler has an average grade of 10 percent—but in some places it ascends at an unthinkable 40 percent—as it meanders upward on a combination of dirt trails, gravel service roads, and grassy ski slopes. -RW

Trail Runners Bucket List

Widely considered the New England Trail Running series’ most difficult event, the Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, New Hampshire, packs a whopping 2,200+-vertical gain in just 6.6 miles. Racers literally run up a mountain—the average grade is 10 percent, with some sections as steep as 40 percent. The trail winds up the ski resort’s runs, including the black-diamond pitch Upper Walking Boss, before finishing at the top gondola station on Loon peak. -OM

Dirty Dozen – America’s Best Trail Races

Running 6.6 miles with over 3000 feet of vertical gain will definitely make you question the sanity of running up Loon Peak instead of skiing down it — especially on the black-diamond ski run portion, where racers navigate a 40-percent incline. Front-runners dance up the grass ski slopes, dirt trails and service roads like mountain goats.

The 15 Most Epic Trail Races Across The U.S.

This isn’t an ordinary trail race. It’s straight up Loon Mountain to the Summit Lodge at the top of the ski resort’s gondola. You’ll gain 2,200-plus vertical feet over a 6.6-mile course, which has been the site of the USATF Mountain Running Championships. While the average grade along the course is 10 percent, by far the hardest part is the ascent up the black diamond trail Upper Walking Boss – a staggering 40 percent incline!

Other Important Stuff

Aid Stations

The course will feature two fluid aid stations. The average temperature in July is 77F so make sure you run with fluids if you think you will need more than three hydration stops. We will provide fluids at the finish area and back at the Governor Adams Lodge.

Awards & Prizes

Awards Ceremony
Light refreshments and awards will be back in the Governor Adams Lodge after the race. The time will be announced.

Prize Money
$3000 in Prize Money will be distributed to the Top 4 Men and Women who are USATF Members and US Citizens. These 4 men and women will also be named to the US Mountain Running Team that will compete in Andorra on Sunday September 16th.

Prize money will be awarded as follows:
1st Place: $600
2nd Place:  $450
3rd Place: $300
4th Place: $150

Upper Walking Boss Preme Presented by Northeast Delta Dental
We’ll have a timing mat at the bottom of UWB and at the top at the finish line. Three fastest times for both genders will win these premes:
1st $400
2nd $250
3rd $100

USATF-New England Specific Prize Money
$1500 in Prize Money will be distributed to the Top 3 Men and Women who are members of USATF-New England Association along with the top Masters Man and Woman who are members of USATF-New England.

The Collegiate Mountain Running Championships will also have additional prize money available specific for members of CRA.

Drug Testing
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and IAAF rules, in accordance with USOC, USADA, or IAAF procedures. Athletes found, after a disciplinary hearing, to be positive for prohibited substances, as defined by the WADA Code and/or IAAF, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and may lose eligibility for future competitions. Any prize money payable to an athlete who has tested positive shall be withheld until the final disposition of all disciplinary proceedings. BEWARE: Some prescriptions, over the counter medications, and nutritional supplements may contain prohibited substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Reference Hotline at 1-800-233-0393, or www.usantidoping.org.

Bib Pick-Up

Because we’re starting early on Sunday morning we will offer Saturday afternoon bib pickup at the Governor Adams Lodge at Loon Mountain Resort from 4:00-5:30 pm for any pre-registered athlete (look for the LMR Registration signs). You can still pick up your bib Sunday morning.

Sunday (Race Morning)
Day of event registration and bib pick-up will be located at the Governor Adams Lodge at Loon Mountain Resort (look for signs).

Collegiate Mountain Championship

Collegiate Mountain Running National Championship: For the 3rd time in the past 5 years the Loon Mountain Race will host the Collegiate Running Association’s (CRA) 2018 Collegiate Mountain Running National Championship. Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 collegiate male and female finishers. For details and eligibility requirements visit HERE


The race will begin in Parking Area C and wind its way up to the cat track/service road to the right of Governor Adams Lodge and then travel along the service road heading up Loon Mountain before veering into the Nordic Ski trail network. After this relatively new section of course it follows a traditional combination of dirt trail, service roads, and ski trails to the Summit Lodge at the top of the Gondola. The course works its way over and up to the summit of North Peak via the infamous Upper Walking Boss black diamond trail. The race will finish in 2018 at the top of North Peak. The course averages approximately 14% grade with some sections of more than 40%!

Day of Registration

We will offer day of event registration.

Elite Athletes

A limited number of Elite Athlete entries and housing at a local ski lodge will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact us.

Gondola Tickets/Clothing Drop

Race Participants can tride the Gondola, free of charge, back to the bottom after the race. You will be provided a “clothing drop” bag at registration which you may fill with dry/warm clothes for the finish. No coolers please. Once filled it is your responsibly to bring it to the Gondola loading area at the Base Lodge. There will be an area designated for these bags. They will be transported via the Gondola to the finish area.

Spectators can purchase discounted Gondola tickets to ride to the top of the mountain. Tickets will be on sale at the Governor Adams Lodge starting at 7:00 am. The gondola will begin transporting spectators at 8:15 am.

Hiking/Trekking Poles

Hiking poles are prohibited at this USATF sanctioned event.

Headphone Policy

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, acidotic RACING, LLC encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Loon Mountain Race.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Loon Mountain Waiver

When you pick up your race bib, you will need to sign an additional waiver that is provided by Loon Mountain.

Photography & Video

Commercial photography and/or videography at our events is strictly prohibited unless advanced permission has been granted. Please contact the Race Director for further information. The use of drones at our events is prohibited. Spectators wishing to take photos or videos must remain off the course at all times.

Military & Svc Discount

We are happy to offer all active military, retired military, and military spouses a discount on registration. In addition, we would also like to extend a discount to all police, fire, and rescue professionals. See the details on the online registration page.

Travel Info

Loon Mountain is approximately 90 minutes from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH. It is approximately 2 hours from Logan International Airport in Boston.

Transfers & Refunds

No transfers or refunds after June 27, 2018.

Registration Opens January 1, 2018

Photos and Results

Contact Us

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Other acidotic RACING Events

The Loon Mountain Race is one of Nine Races Organized by acidotic RACING. Check out the complete list of events below.

February 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 3, 2018

June 23, 2018

July 8, 2018

August 4, 2018

September 29 & 30, 2018

October 13, 2018

November 22, 2018