Event Details

Click a section below for more details about The Jay Peak Trail Running Festival!

The Saturday Events

Black Diamond 5k

Saturday – 8:30 a.m.

The hardest 5K you may ever run… or regret not running! This grueling course is essentially a 5-kilometer hike. We run this race first thing on Saturday morning when it’s still nice and cool out to ensure you don’t overheat. We also figured that if you’re one of the crazy folks running all three 5K’s that you’ll want to get the hardest one out of the way first!

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top men and women in the following age groups: 0-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-29, 30-39, 41-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Check out last year’s results here.

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Blue Square 5k

Saturday – 9:30 a.m.

This is our mid-grade 5K. Challenging enough to remind you that you’re running on a ski mountain, but probably won’t kill you.

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top men and women in the following age groups: 0-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-29, 30-39, 41-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Check out last year’s results here.

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Green Circle 5k

Saturday – 10:30 a.m.

The “easiest” 5K we have, but keep in mind that although it’s our easiest and we tried our best to make it as flat as possible, YOU’LL STILL BE RUNNING UPHILL.

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women and the top men and women in the following age groups: 0-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-29, 30-39, 41-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Check out last year’s results here.

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Combo 15k

Does running three 5K trail races in one day sound awesome? If so, then you’ve got issues. Welcome to the club! The Combo 15K option is perfect for those who want to attempt a longer distance race, but aren’t quite ready for an ultra. By having the ability to rest in between races, you can pretty much ensure you’ll be able to complete all three! Plus, you get a special gift to commemorate your achievement!

Here’s how it works:

1) Register for the Combo 15K option.
2) Run the Black Diamond 5K at 8:30, the Blue Square 5K at 9:30, and the Green Circle 5K at 10:30.
3) Pick up your special bling from the Tram cafeteria!

The top man and woman with the fastest combined times get two ski passes and two water park passes each!

Kids’ Run

Saturday – 11:30 a.m.

Tired of other kids’ runs that feel like an afterthought? Where a 12-year-old tears through and leaves your kid who gave it 100% feeling like they had no chance? Us too. That’s why our kids’ run feels as much like a real trail race as possible, including a real start line horn, finish line tape, bibs, a water stop, actual trails, and a cool finisher’s medal; PLUS, we use a system that ensures a 5-year-old can fairly compete with an 11-year-old!

HOW IT WORKS: The run is for kids 11 and younger. We divide the course into distances based on age, with the younger kids getting a shorter course and the older kids getting a longer one (up to 2.62 miles for the 11-year-olds). The kids run the same course at the same time, but each age group turns around at their respective age group sticker station. So a 7-year-old will run past 7 stations collecting stickers from each, then turn around and head back to the finish. The 8-year-olds will turn around at station 8 and so on. Of course, if your 5-year-old wants to run all the way to the station 11, who are we to stop them?

The Sunday Events

For the three Sunday runs, we’ve created a single 11-mile (17.7K) loop course that’ll both push you to your limits and reward you with breathtaking views that can only be found on the top of a mountain in late summer! With an elevation gain of roughly 3,000 feet per lap, run one lap and you’re a badass. Run two and you’re insane. Run three and you’re LEGENDARY. This will NOT be your easiest 17.7, 35.4, or 53.1 kilometers. If you go into this with the mindset of setting a PR, you’ll likely end up on one of our medical ATVs. Walk or run, if you complete any of these distances you’ll forever view other trail runs as “cute.”

Each runner gets a unique wooden medal at the finish, followed by an after-party featuring FREE pizza and beer (21+) PLUS hot showers for those who want to rinse off before relaxing!

SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
7:00 a.m. — 22-Miler (35.4K) & 33-Miler (53.1K Ultra) Start
8:00 a.m. — 11-Miler (17.7K) Start

AWARDS:
11-Miler (17.7K): The 1st overall man and woman each get two lift tickets to Jay Peak; 2nd and 3rd place men and women get similarly cool prizes, as do the age group winners.   Check out last year’s results here.
22-Miler (35.4K): The 1st overall man and woman each get a ski weekend for two at Jay Peak; 2nd and 3rd place men and women get similarly cool prizes, as do the age group winners. Check out last year’s results here.
33-Miler (53.1K Ultra): The 1st overall man and woman each get a full-service ski/splash/spa weekend for two at Jay Peak; 2nd and 3rd place men and women get similarly cool prizes, as do the age group winners. Check out last year’s results here.

COURSE FEATURES:
– Spectacular Green Mountain views
-Well marked with arrows and flags
-Check points to ensure safety and cutoff possibilities
-Aid stations fully stocked with water, Gatorade, pickles, and other salty and sweet snacks
-Aid Station menu to be emailed prior to the race.
-Medical teams on ATVs monitoring the course
-Ten-hour cutoff for the 53.1K Ultra

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Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be held in the Tram cafeteria at Jay Peak Resort on Friday, August 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

You’ll receive your bib and any extra merchandise you ordered during registration. You’ll also be able to buy extra shirts and hats if there are any remaining, but they usually sell out before race day. If you can’t make it to any of the above times, you can have a friend pick up your items for you.

We’ll also have a special course debriefing & FAQ meeting for the Sunday ultra races on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Tram cafeteria to let you know what to look for and the current conditions of the trails. Sunday racers are strongly encouraged to attend, but if you can’t make it, we’ll send a recap email immediately afterwards.

Lodging

All races start and finish in front of Hotel Jay at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, with the 5K’s and kids’ run on Saturday and the longer distances on Sunday. Jay Peak is being wicked generous and giving all registrants a discount on Stateside Hotel and Hotel Jay. How wicked of a deal is it? It also includes access to the Pump House water park! There’s nothing nicer than relaxing in a hot tub after a day of running, and the kids will have a blast at the rock wall, theater, arcade, and ice rink! Check your registration confirmation email for the special discount code, then click here to book your room!

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