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The Craftsbury Outdoor Center and surrounding natural areas are a gem of the Northeast Kingdom. Scenic forests and tranquil lakes surround this world class trail system in a remote but vibrant corner of Vermont.  Join us for what is sure to be one of the last trail run races of the season. There may be snow, there will be ghosts! 


In addition to an incredible year round multi use trail system, Craftsbury Outdoor Center has developed a truly remarkable facility. Along with a community of dedicated staff and athletes, the recreation community that radiates health and fun is one you won't want to leave. We are thrilled to join the COC Team for our final event of the trail running season, and hope you will too!


Race Course Map

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What is the Black River Beatdown?!

This challenging trail race is run over a 15k loop that starts and finishes outside of the COC Touring Center. From the center, runners will start by traversing a short section of dirt road, then enter the winding single track trails of Hosmer Point Camp, where the course skirts the edges of beautiful Great Hosmer Pond. Next, runners cross back into the wide, double track style nordic trail system that parallels the nearby Black River for several miles, before finishing the loop with a serpentine climb back to the COC base over single track trails in dense forests. Rolling climbs and descents throughout the race make this loop a real lung buster! Runners may choose to run the loop once, twice, or three times for race distances of 15k, 30k, or 45k. Runners can also form relay teams; 3 runners for 45k. 

The Black River Beatdown is also a trail run party! October 25 is almost Halloween! You bet there will be costumes! Special recognition to best runner and volunteer costume! Heck, we will be keeping an eye out for best spectator costumes too, so don't hold back! 

It might snow by October 25...!? That's right! But we are still running! If it snows a bunch, we might turn this party into a snowshoe race, but we doubt it will come to that! Expect a warming fire, warm post race recovery grub, and a whole bunch of fun to wrap up our great season of trail races, and get us ready for ski season! 


15k Solo Runner; $40 ($55 after Oct 1) 

30k Solo Runner; $50 ($65 after Oct 1) 

45k Solo Runner: $60 ($75 after Oct 1)

45k -Three Person Relay Teams: $120 ($135 after Oct 1)

Kids one mile race; FREE! Just show up to race, no pre-registration required.


REFUND POLICY: We will refund your entry fee minus a $25 service fee if you contact us by October 1. 
After October 1 no refunds will be offered. 



Custom printed Black River Beatdown foam truckers hat!
Post race grub for recovery.

On course aid station support.

Entry to post race raffle with awards!

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place overall male and female winners for all solo race distances, and first place overall relay team winners. 

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!



October 1

Early registration discount ends, prices increase $15.

October 23rd

5:00 PM - Online race registration closes 


October 25 is Race Day!

7:30- 9:45 AM - Packet pickup available at Craftsbury Outdoor Center Nordic Center.  DIRECTIONS

We will accept Day-of Race Registrations!


8:45 AM -  Pre race informational briefing for all racers.


9:00 AM - 45k Individual and Relay Racers Start!

10:00 AM - 30K and 15K Racers Start!


11:30 - Kids Miler Check in.

12:00 - Kids Miler Start!

3~ 1:00 PM - Awards!

5:00 race course closed (8hr cut-off for the 45k solo and relay teams)



Racers will have access to one aid stations while on course at approximately mile 4.5. Runners who are completing the 30 or 45k race will also have access to an aid station at the start/finish/lap location.  Racers are encouraged to use their own judgement about fueling, but carrying hydration, gels, etc. is highly encouraged. Each aid station will be well stocked with standard ultra event fuel and hydration. Black River Beatdown 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 reusable cup for aid station refueling. 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 but there will not necessarily be first aid care givers at all aid stations. We will have volunteer first aid caregivers at the start/finish.

Racer crews and spectators are welcome anywhere on the course, but driving access is only available at the start/finish area at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. 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 stations.


If you must drop, you must notify a race official at the start/finish area ASAP so we don't go looking for you!

This race is subject to the Ironwood Adventure Works terms and conditions, and rules for competition.



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