East Charleston, VT
We are sorry to say that after an excruciating period of waiting, watching, and considering all of our options, we have made the decision that the 24 Hrs of the NEK will be cancelled for 2020 as a result of the Covid 19 fallout.
We will be back in 2021!
24 Hours of the Northeast Kingdom is a true test of endurance in an incredibly scenic place. The race will take place in the forest and hills of East Charleston, Vermont, at the Northwoods Stewardship Center. It is a unique, rugged, and beautiful setting, located near the border of one of the last wilderness tracts in New England. We couldn’t be more excited for Northwoods to be the host of this race. We feel it embodies the spirit of reverence for the land which so many runners deeply connect with.
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational, research, and conservation service organization serving the communities of northern Vermont and New Hampshire since 1989. Education, Conservation Corps, and Forest Stewardship Initiative programs interconnect to provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand the northern landscape, make use of its resources wisely, and help sustain vibrant communities and a healthier natural environment.
6, 12, or 24hr Individual
12 & 24hr Relay (2 or 3 person)
School relay team pricing available
The race is run on a single 3.1 mile trail loop. The race course consists of a varied combination of winding single track and wide open double track that passes through open upland hardwood forests, and tightly spaced early succession pine/hemlock/tamarack forest groves . The loop passes impressive stone round barn and farm house foundations and active, sustainably managed forests.
Additional Event Details
2021 ENTRY FEES
Individual: $60 before August 1, $75 till race day
Individual: $110 before August 1, $130 till race day
2 person relay: $170 before August 1, $200 till race day
Individual: $150 before August 1, $170 till race day
2 person relay: $230 before August 1, $260 till race day
3 person relay: $300 before August 1, $345 till race day
Individual runners: 100 total runners
Race entry includes:
Free on site camping at Northwoods Stewardship Center Friday and Saturday nights.
Limited access to showers throughout the weekend
Ongoing aid station/race fuel support
Post race meal, with award ceremony Sunday Sept 20
Awards will be given to the 1st - 3rd place (distance traveled) men and women in each distance.
Awards will also be given to the 1st place relay team in each distance and category (2 or 3 person), regardless of gender combination.
All finishers will be awarded a custom finishers award and there will be a special award for all 100+ mile finishers.
Exact prizes are TBD and no cash prizes will be awarded but you can expect a variety of great gear and shoes from our sponsors!
REFUND POLICY: We will refund your entry fee minus a $50 service fee if you contact us by August 1. After August 1 no refunds will be offered.
Early registration discount ends, prices increase.
5:00 PM - Online race registration closes
RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
8:00 am - Northwoods Stewardship Center opened for racer check-in and camp setup 9am.
11:30 am - Pre race meeting at the start area for all racers
12:00 noon - RACES START!
12:00 midnight - 12hr race finish
(12hr runners can run noon to midnight or midnight to noon, your choice!)
12:00 noon - 24hr race finish!
1:00 noon - All racers barbecue/awards/raffle
Aid Station Support
The event will be supported by one aid station, located at the start/finish area throughout the event. This aid station will be fully stocked with water, Gu hydration, Gu gels and Gu electrolyte tablets. Additional supplies will include a variety of ultra event type foods. Chips, cookies, PBJ, fruit, crackers, etc. In addition, we will have hot foods like soup and coffee/tea available at least through the night and morning and potentially all day if the weather is cool. We are also working with an incredible local caterer; Sustainable Kitchen for our post race meal and they are making some specialty ultra-runner snacks for the aid station as well. Please note that the 24hrs of the Northeast Kingdom is a cup-free race! In an attempt to reduce race waste, we are eliminating all disposable, single use cups. Please bring a bottle or re-usable cup for aid station re-fueling. If you have additional food specific needs, please make sure you come prepared! There will also be a supply of Band Aids, Vaseline, and duct tape, plus a few other basic first aid supplies and volunteer first aid care givers at the base aid station.
Racer crews and spectators are welcome anywhere on the course, but please be careful out there! We certainly would encourage spectators to hike out into the beautiful forest to cheer on our competitors but please make sure your friends/family take a map and appropriate supplies, there's a lot of forest out there! Runner aid is not permitted by crews except at aid station.
This race is subject to the Ironwood Adventure Works terms and conditions, and rules for competition.