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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Upcoming Mt. Aggie Run - June 27

The 2009 edition of the Western States Commemorative Run will be held at Mt Agamenticus in York, ME on Saturday, June 27th starting at 7:00 am.

Every year on the same weekend as the Western States 100 a group of guys in Southern Maine have been organizing a Western States Commemorative Run at Mt Agamenticus. This 6 hour, fat-ass style run also serves as a good opportunity for folks planning to run the Vermont 100 in July to get in a last long run on some very hilly terrain. The course is a 3 mile loop that people run as many times as they can, or want to, between 7 am and 1 pm.

Check out the report from last year HERE

2009 Western States Commemorative Agamenticus Mtn. Run
Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Start time – Suggested 7 AM or any time convenient (short 3 mile loop makes it easy to join other runners later in the morning)
Time Limit: 6 Hours
Distance - whatever suits you
Course – 3 mile loop, elevation 691 feet, 600 foot vertical rise. Unmarked.
Course description:
Mountain trail map:
    • Start at bottom of summit road on Mountain Road at beginning at tandem yellow center lines. Pavement ends in about 1/10 mile.
    • Follow the gravel road which drops to lowest point of course, 90 feet. Mile marker 1 is at dead and rotting but still standing 30 foot tree on right edge of road within sight of low point of course and the parking area where the course leaves the road for the mountain.
    • At 1.1 miles turn right at parking area on proceed down narrow road to base of mountain.
    • At 1.3 miles turn right and pass foundation remains of old chair lift
    • Proceed up Moose Trail which later becomes Vulture’s View Trail for the 691 foot summit. This trail is steep in a number of places. It is Craig’s favorite approach up the mountain since it is the most direct and the steepest. Relative to Mt Washington Road Race which has an average grade of 11.5%, the average grade from this point to the summit is 15.8%.
    • At 1.66 miles the course crosses the Ring Trail
    • At 1.86 miles as the course nears the summit it passes on the left a concrete foundation of the old chair lift which has information display boards mounted on it.
    • Aim for the entrance stairs of the lodge to stay o n the measured course.
    • The entrance stairs are at mile 1.93.
    • Continue straight towards parking lot and turn right, passing through parking lot, heading towards paved summit road.
    • Summit road is mile marker 2.
    • Cross road and head right (left side of old stable building) toward Horse trail visible by post with notice board.
    • Horse trail heads into the woods and has several switch backs before intersecting the Ring Trail
    • At 2.28 miles turn left on Ring Trail
    • Keep straight traversing the mountain on Ring Trail…avoid multiple trails and lookouts on the right.
    • At 2.82 cross summit road and continue straight back into the woods on Ring Trail.
    • Take right at next trail intersection and proceed about 1/10th mile to parking lot/aid station
    • Note loop on log sheet, enjoy aid, repeat loop.
    • Crossing starting point completes 3 mile loop
    • We’ll have water and Gatorade. Also, there is water at the top of the mountain on the east side of the lodge. Feel free to contribute fluids and food it you like.
    • Weather and skies permitting views of Mt. Washington, White Mountains, Atlantic Ocean and the 3 states.
    • The company, friendship, wisdom of the Mt. Aggie Team, other invited participants, and special guests
    • Post race barbeque at the Collins’ home at 6 Old Mountain Rd in Cape Neddick. There will be burgers, dogs, and beverages. You might want to bring a lawn chair and a dish or goodies to share.


Jamie said...

I'm bummed I won't be there this year, but am stoked I have a good reason not to be.

That was so much fun when we joined them two years ago. Great group of folks.

RawBodyGoddess said...

Is there an address for the Mt? I may try and come but am coming from out of state...

Trail Monster Running said...

Directions to Mount A from the South (using Route 1):
Take I-95 North into Maine. Take Exit 7, York (the last exit before the tollbooth for the Maine Turnpike).
Follow signs to Route 1 North (keeping right after the exit ramp). Turn left onto Route 1 North.
Approximately 3.5 miles after turning onto Route 1, turn left on Mountain Road. (Across from Flo’s Hotdog Stand)
Follow Mountain Road for approximately 4 miles to a stop sign after crossing the interstate. Turn right and continue on Mountain Road for approximately two and a half miles from the interstate overpass. There is a gravel parking lot on the right and a paved road leading to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. Green fence posts at the entrance say “Mount A Summit”. If the road turns to gravel, you’ve gone a hundred meters too far. Turn right and drive up to the summit or park in the gravel lot to hike up. Trail maps are available at the trailheads.

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