Race to the Summit Half Marathon and 5K

  • 09.28.2019 @ 10:00 AM
  • Princeton, Massachusetts
Event Closed
Race to the Summit Half Marathon and 5K online registration has closed but you can still register day of at wachusett mountain ski area! Same day registration will open at 8am and close at 9:30am for the half marathon and 10:30 am for the 5K.
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About the Race
The Race to the Summit Half Marathon and 5K is a road race run on a challenging course that winds its way through scenic state forests and reservation land ]ending at the summit of Wachusett Mountain by way of its auto road.

Post race, runners will be brought to the base area by the Wachusett Mountain by chair lift for Wachusett BBQFest. BBQFest admission and chair lift ride are included in the registration fee.

The combination of a challenging, yet scenic course and post race party at Wachusett Mountain's BBQFest provides the runner with a very unique experience and a great addition to any fall competition bill!

This race is organized by the Marlene A. Mills Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as an authorized affiliate of the Road Runner's Club of America. The purpose of the Marlene A. Mills Foundation is to perpetuate the sense of community involvement and volunteerism so selflessly displayed by Marlene A. Mills during her life. The Event will meet this purpose by promoting, managing, and implementing a running event that raises funds to support The Marlene Mills Memorial Scholarship and The Dana Farber Cancer Institute as well as promoting the sport of running as a healthy lifestyle.
Parking, registration/bib pickup/gear check and start times
Same day registration and bib pickup for all registrations will open at 8:00AM. Same day registration will close at 9:30AM and 10:30AM respectively for the half marathon race and the 5K race. The half marathon race will be started at 10AM. The 5K will be started at 11:00AM. Parking will be available to all athletes at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area main parking lot. Registration and bib pickup will be adjacent to the main entrance of the main lodge next to the ski area ticketing counters. Gear check tents will be located on the BBQFest grounds adjacent to the "10th Mountain High Speed" ski lift. Water and snacks will be available courtesy of Polar Beverages.

Reference maps on base area and start locations here
Course Information
There will be 6 aid stations on the half marathon course and 1 aid station on the 5K course.

Mile 0.7 - Water stop

Mile 3.1 - Water stop

Mile 4.6 - Water stop

Mile 6.4 - Water, portable restrooms, EMT's

Mile 8.9 - Water

Mile 10.7 (half) Mile 0.7 (5K) - Water stop

Mile 12.0 (half) Mile 2.1 (5K) - Water stop

Reference maps here

Check out our course video at youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qMPGnRTOg
Finish Area
Post race, athletes will receive water and light refreshments (bananas and bagels) and medical attention if required. There will be space to cool down, stretch, enjoy the incredible views and savor your incredible accomplishment. It is requested of the athletes to keep their time at the summit to a minimum to avoid overcrowding. Once ready, athletes will be guided to the "10th Mountain High Speed" chair lift by volunteers via a pre-arranged route.

The Race to the Summit tents (gear check, results, etc...) are to the left as participants exit the 10th mountain chair lift. Once at the base athletes will be able to view official results, grab their gear, and join the BBQFest post race party. EMT's will be available for medical attention if required through the end of BBQFest.

Reference map for route from finish line to the 10th mountain chair lift
BBQFest Tickets
Check out the details of BBQ Fest at the link below. Your admission to BBQFest is included in the registration fee! However, any spectators and fans will have to purchase BBQFest tickets for entry and will have to purchase sky ride tickets to use the sky ride.

Sub Event Cost Distance
$90.00 13.1mi
$45.00 5km
I know that running [volunteering for] a road race is potentially hazardous activity, which could cause injury or death. I will not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I attest that I have read the rules of the race and agree to abide by them. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, sun exposure, rain, snow, traffic and the conditions of the road all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or roller blades, animals, and personal music players are not allowed in the race and I will abide by all race rules. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Race to the Summit Half Marathon and 5K, The Marlene A. Mills Foundation, the city of Fitchburg, the towns of Westminster and Princeton, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Road Runners Club of America, all event sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. Signature: Date: Parent’s Signature if under 18 years: Date: SecureFee™ Registration Cancellation Insurance is offered in most states. If purchased, your registration may be covered for one of the covered reasons stated in the policy.