“The TARC 100 25-mile loop at Hale Reservation: a 100 mile race hosted by Trail Animals Running Club.”
— Michael Barrett
Featured Race Oct 8, 2016
Welcome to Massachusetts’ first 100 miler! This great event is hosted by the Trail Animals Running Club in beautiful Westwood, MA on the Hale Reservation. About 20 minutes from downtown Boston, the race will be run on a 25 mile loop course: 99.9% trail, 2,500 acres of private reserve land, a cumulative vertical gain of 8,000 feet of climb and 8,000 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 16,000 feet.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
Need to Know
Hale is in the town of Westwood, MA, just south-west of Boston. There is parking at Cat Rock Parking. The “official” entrance to Hale/Westwood DPW (80 Carby St., Westwood, MA 02090). Please drive VERY SLOWLY down Dover Road as it is narrow, and there are often walkers (at all hours) and bikers.
While the course tends to be dry in October, there is always the chance of having wet sections. While the foliage will probably be pretty spectacular, some of those leaves will be on the ground, and might make thing slippery and/or hide rocks or roots. It is a sneakily hard course, and if you are not ready for its subtle challenges, you'll likely have a tough day.
Runners can look foward to a 25-mile loop with about 50 yards of repeated trail, a huge variety of terrain, skyline views of Boston, historic sites, beaches, pine needles, rocks, and roots. For some, this is not an aggressively technical course. For others, it is.
There are two notable, short, steep climbs – up Noanet Peak and Mark’s Knob, south of the road crossing, before Powisett Farm. The rest of the course features sections of runnable doubletrack, sinewy singletrack, and some technical rocky sections, especially between Powisett Farm Aid and the start/finish. You'll need to pay attention to rocks and roots, some of which will be hidden by fallen foliage.
History & Background
The race is run entirely on property owned by Hale Reservation (www.halereservation.org) and the Trustees of Reservations (www.thetrustees.org). These are two phenomenal organizations that do a lot of good work protecting open spaces and helping children (many from low-income families) enjoy the great outdoors. They are both wonderful partners of TARC. If you have an opportunity, please let them know how much you appreciate their support of the TARC 100!