NEW RACE! 3.4 and 5 mile runs along the trails of Chestnut Hill Farm and through Beals Reserve… plus a fun run with the farm’s baby goats!

RESULTS from the 4/22/18 Running with the Goats can be found with a click here.

Running with the Goats is Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, MA and includes a 3.4 and 5 mile trail race and a 0.25 mile fun run with the farm’s baby goats. The 3.4 and 5 mile races start at 9:00am and take runners along the trails of Chestnut Hill Farm and Beals Reserve. Once all 3.4 and 5 mile runners have crossed the finish line, the Running with the Goats fun run with the baby goats of the farm will begin — a running event guaranteed to bring a great, big smile to your face!

If you plan to bring a crew of people with some running in the longer distance races and others doing the fun run with the goats (maybe some doing both?), the Trustees will have a variety of lawn games set up (e.g. croquet, can jam, ladder ball) to keep people occupied and entertained during the time between when the 3.4 and 5 mile races begin and end and the start of the 0.25 fun run.

Running with the Goats is a production of Sun Multisport Events in partnership and cooperation with Chestnut Hill Farm, the Trustees of the Reservations, the Southborough Open Lands Foundation and the Southborough Trails Committee.  A portion of each race entry will be donated to the Trustees.

Event Details

Date and Location: Running with the Goats is Sunday, April 22, 2018. The address of the farm is 9 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA. Please note… DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED at Chestnut Hill Farm.

Parking: Parking will be available on a field at the farm. Volunteers and signage will help guide you where to park.

Race Distances: The event offers a 3.4 and 5 mile trail race and a 0.25 mile fun run with baby goats. Both events are open to adults and kids. Note that the 3.4 and 5 mile races don’t include running WITH the goats, but do include running BY the goats.

Timing: All runners in the 3.4 and 5 mile races will be timed and receive their overall time and place in their respective race and category (male or female). The 0.25 mile running with the goats fun run is not a timed event.

Awards & Prizes: Awards will be given to the fastest 3 males and females in the 3.4 and 5 mile races.  Awards will include product from the farm. The 0.25 mile fun run is for fun… no awards will be distributed.

All runners will also be eligible for random prize giveaways from our sponsors.

Registration Fees

Pricing for all 3 races that make up the Running with the Goats is below. The first 200 registered runners in the 3.4 and 5 mile races will receive a Running with the Goats branded drawstring bag with entry (runners in the fun run may elect to purchase one for $10 while supplies last).

  • 5 miler pricing: $30 thru 3/31/18; $35 from 4/1/18 until close of online registration on 4/21/18 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $45.
  • 3.4 pricing: $25 thru 3/31/18; $30 from 4/1/18 until close of online registration on 4/21/18 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $35.
  • 0.25 mile Fun Run with the Goats: $5 until close of online registration on 4/21/18 at 6pm EST;  this event is SOLD OUT; registrations are no longer being accepted. Sorry!

CLICK HERE to register.

Event Schedule

Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • 8:00am: Bib pick-up and race day registrations for the 3.4 and 5 mile races to be accepted (the 0.25 mile fun run is sold out — no additional registrations are being accepted).
  • 9:00am: Start of the 3.4 and 5 mile races
  • 10:00am (est): Awards ceremony for 3.4 and 5 miles races.
  • 10:15am (est): Running of the Goats

Course Info

The 3.4 run starts and ends at Chestnut Hill Farm. About 0.25 miles into the course, runners will cross into Beals Reserve and run a loop that is about 1 mile long. Runners will then return to the grounds of the farm for the remaining mileage. The last 0.25 mile is a straight, flat grassy path that goes directly between farm fields (great for spectating!).

The 5 mile race follows the same course as the 3.4 up until about the 3.3 mile mark at which point runners will be directed to complete a second loop that is exclusively on the Chestnut Hill Farm property.

CLICK HERE to see a map of the 3.4 and 5 mile courses.

The Running with the Goats course is the last 0.25 of the 3.4 and 5 mile race courses and is flat and very spectator-friendly.

Directions and Parking

Address: Chestnut Hill Farm is is located at 9 Chestnut Hill Road in Southborough, MA.

Directions from I-495 and Route 9: Take Exit 23A for Route 9 East. Follow for approx. 2.3 mi., then take a right-hand ramp to bear North on Rt. 85 (Cordaville Rd.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn left on Rt. 30 West (Main St.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. The parking area is on the right side of the road in the field past the collection of white houses and outbuildings.

Coordinates:  Latitude: 42.309942 and Longitude: -71.554958

Parking: Parking will be available on the farm’s property.  Signs will be in place to guide you.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of any good race. If you aren’t racing but still want to be a part of the action, help support the event as a volunteer. Contact Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com to learn more.

Attention community groups! Are you looking to raise money for your organization or your designated charity? We can help! We believe in the value of building strong relationships with local community groups and work with many across our events. Volunteer to help at our races and we’ll make a donation to the charity of your choice. If you are looking to raise money for a good cause email us at info@SunMultisportEvents.com… we’d love to hear from you.

Policies: Event Cancellation, Refunds, Deferrals and Transfers

Event cancellation: If a race is cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Event Management, refunds will not be given; however, a partial credit will be offered to the following year’s race. A significant amount of time, effort and expense is invested by the day of a race that can not be recovered and for this reason a 100% refund is not possible.

Please note: We love what we do and what we do is put on events. After months and months of planning, coordinating and making our very best effort to create a race experience that we consider the best in New England the last thing we ever want to do is cancel a race. We also understand that athletes devote a significant amount of their time, money and effort preparing for a race. So, if we need to make the difficult decision to cancel a race it’s a great disappointment for us and we know it’s a great disappointment to you. Unfortunately, though, that is the risk we share. You may feel you are entitled to a full refund if we cancel a race, but this is not feasible given the costs incurred by race day. If you can’t accept the terms of this partnership, we respectfully ask that you don’t register for our events.

Course changes: Event Management reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any portion of a race at any time in the interest of athlete safety or for other reasons beyond our control. No refunds will be issued if changes are made to a race due to these circumstances.

Refunds : Refunds may be requested no less than 60 days from the date of the race. Refunds will be issued less a processing fee equivalent to 25% of the registration fee. Refund requests must be submitted via email to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. Refund requests received less than 60 days from the date of the event will be denied.

Deferral requests: Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to info@SunMultisportEvents.com no less than 45 days from the date of the race. Deferrals may be granted under certain circumstances (e.g. pregnancy, military transfer) at the discretion of Event Management. Deferrals granted requires that the athlete pay a $15 administrative fee when redeeming the deferred entry the following year.

Transfers to other SME races : Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2018 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no less than 30 days from the race date. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is LESS than the registration fee already paid, the difference in price is forfeited. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is MORE than the registration fee paid you will be required to pay the difference in registration fees.

The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

Results

Results for the 2018 Running with the Goats 3.4 and 5 mile races are available with a click here.

About Chestnut Hill Farm and Trustees of the Reservations

About Chestnut Hill Farm: At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 131 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls , and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. Designated bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground nesting species. Loop trails take you through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Or, follow the gentle cart-path from the parking area through fields of hay, alfalfa, and vegetables into woods dominated by oak, red maple, and white pine to the covered embankment of the Hultman Aqueduct, which provides a backup route for Boston’s water supply from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed at Chestnut Hill Farm.

About Trustees of the Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (TTOTTOR Logo_NEW 2015R) is a non-profit land conservation and historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving natural and historical places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the oldest regional land trust in the world and has 100,000 dues-paying members. In addition to land stewardship, the organization is also active in conservation partnerships, community supported agriculture (CSA), environmental and conservation education, community preservation and development, and green building.

Buy a CSA Share, Race for FREE!

Chestnut Hill Farm and Powisset Farm (Dover, MA) both offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to the public. CSA shares give you a weekly selection of farm-grown vegetables and include the opportunity to pick-your-own crops from the fields.  There are regular (20-week), half (10-week) and “box” CSA share options and if you purchase one of these CSA share options at one of these farms by 6/1/2018 you can race in one of the following trail races for FREE:

  • 4/22/18: Running with the Goats at Chestnut Hill Farm
  • 5/28/18: Powisset Farm Trail Run at Powisset Farm
  • 10/6/18: Running with the Goats at Chestnut Hill Farm
  • 10/28/18: Powisset Farm Trail Run at Powisset Farm

Click here for details on the CSA program at Chestnut Hill Farm and to purchase your share.

Click here for details on the CSA program at Powisset Farm and to purchase your share.

Questions about the CSA program should be directed to Liz at EGreen@TheTrustees.org.

To claim your free race entry, forward a copy of the receipt of your CSA purchase to Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com and Liz at EGreen@TheTrustees.org. Please include the trail race you’d like to apply your free entry towards. You have the option to transfer the free entry to a friend or family member.

This offer was announced on 4/19/18. If you purchased your CSA share prior to this date you are still eligible for this offer.

This offer expires 6/1/18.

Register

Registration is now open. Please click this link to register.