NEW TRAIL RACE at Weir River Farm in Hingham, MA that takes runners by the farm fields and along the trails of Whitney and Thayer Woods. Three race distances to choose from and free admission to the farm’s Fall Festival after the race!
The inaugural Weir River Farm Trail Run is Saturday, September 30, 2017 and includes running the trails of Weir River Farm and neighboring Whitney and Thayer Woods. There are 3 race distances to choose from — 9.3 miles, 6.0 miles and 1.2 miles. After the race, stay for the Weir River Farm Fall Festival with beer, a farm stand, food trucks, crafts, games and more. FREE admission to all runners and fun for the whole family!
The Weir River Farm Trail Run offers runners a first-class trail race, but is also designed to showcase and raise awareness for the Farm’s property, programs and CSA (community supported agriculture) operations. A portion of the proceeds from the 9.3 and 6.0 mile races will be donated to Weir River Farm while 100% of the net proceeds from the 1.2 mile run will be donated to the farm.
Note: The Weir River Farm Trail Run is sanctioned by US Track & Field.
Date and Location: The Weir River Farm Trail Run is Saturday, September 30, 2017. The address of the farm is 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA (less than 30 miles from Boston).
Race Distances: The event offers 3 race distances to choose from: 9.3 miles, 6.0 miles and 1.2 miles. The 1.2 mile run is included to encourage participation by kids but is open to kids and adults of all ages.
Timing: All runners will be timed and receive their overall time and place in their respective race and category (male or female).
Awards & Prizes: Hand-crafted and wood-burned finisher medal displays will be given to the fastest 3 males and females in the 9.3 and 6.0 mile races. The top 3 males and females in these races will also receive either a meat serving (1st place) or fresh eggs (2nd and 3rd place) straight from the farm. PLUS, the 1st place male and female in each race will receive a $50 gift certificate from the Greater Boston Running Company of Hingham, MA.
The 1.2 mile race is geared towards kids though participants of all ages are welcome. In the spirit of just keeping it fun, there will be no awards to the fastest.
All runners will also be eligible for random prize giveaways including gift certificates from the Greater Boston Running Company and SLS3 Compression, gear from Fuel Belt and XX2i and more.
- 9.3 miles pricing: $35 thru 6/30/17; $40 from 7/1/17 thru 9/8/17; $45 until close of online registration on 9/29/17 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted race morning at $55
- 6.0 miles pricing: $30 thru 6/30/17; $35 from 7/1/17 thru 9/8/17; $40 until close of online registration on 9/29/17 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $50
- 1.2 miles pricing: $10 thru 6/30/17; $15 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration on 9/29/17 at 6pm EST; registration will be accepted on race morning at $20.
What’s Included: Runners in the 6.0 and 9.3 mile races receive:
- A gender-specific soft cotton t-shirt (must register by Friday, 9/15/17; registered after that date and you receive a race belt)
- Race photos from Capstone Phptography; you get to pick and keep 1 for free and purchase others if interested.
- One beer — if you are age 21 or older — from the Zelus Beer Co.
- Admission to the farm’s Fall Festival which immediately follows the race. The Fall Festival includes live music, farm tours, games, crafts, a farm stand, food, beer and more.
Runners in the 1.2 mile race will receive a race belt, race photos, a beer (if age 21) and admission to the Fall Festival.
CLICK HERE to register.
Friday, September 29, 2017
- 5:00pm-7:00pm: Packet pick-up at the Greater Boston Running Company at the Derby Street Shoppes (94 Derby Street #213, Hingham, MA)
Satuday, September 30, 2017
- 7:00am: Bib pick-up and race day registrations accepted
- 7:40am: Pre-race stretching and warm-up led by Marathon Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
- 8:00am: Start of the 1.2 mile race
- 8:20am (est): Start of the 6.0 and 9.3 mile races after all runners in the 1.2 mile run have finished
- 9:45am (est): Awards ceremony
- 10:00am: Start of the Weir River Farm Fallfest with beer, farm tours, games, crafts, a farm stand lots of vendors and more!
All races in the Weir River Farm begin on Turkey Hill Road across from the Turkey Hill greenhouse and right next to the field that will be utilized for parking. Runners in the 1.2 mile race will finish at the same location as the start on Turkey Hill Rd. Runners in the longer distance races will finish next to the Weir River Farm red barn.
The 1.2 mile run is an out and back loop that will have runners go up Turkey Hill Road, do an out and back loop near a private residence and a water tower followed by a loop around the field that is beyond the Nike Radar Building. Runners will then return to Turkey Hill Road and onto the finish line. Of the 1.2 mile course approximately 0.3 miles is on Turkey Hill Road.
The 6 and 9.3 mile runs will start once all athletes in the 1.2 mile run have crossed the finish line (approximately 8:20am). These runs begin on Turkey Hill Road near the greenhouse and finish next to the Weir River Farm barn. About 0.4 mile of the 6 and 9.3 mile runs is on Turkey Hill Road, but the rest is all on trails.
The trails include some single track sections that can be technical in parts (exposed roots and rocks), but is mainly wider trails of hard packed dirt, pine needles, leaves, etc. with some patches of loose gravel. These runs also include running a short section of the Whitney Spur Rail Trail. Sights along the way include a view of Boston from atop Turkey Hill, Bigelow Boulder, Ode’s Den and livestock from the farm. There is 400′ of elevation gain with the biggest hill coming towards the end of the run along the One Way Lane trail as runners approach Turkey Hill Road.
The 6 mile course can be seen on Strava with a click here. The 9.3 mile course is the 6 mile course with an additional loop. Click here for a map of the trails of Weir River Farm and Whitney and Thayer Woods and a cue sheet with turn by turn directions for both the 6 and 9.3 mile routes.
There will be 1 aid station set up on the Whitney Spur Rail Trail at point #26 (see the map here: Map_WRF_6 and 9 mile course_v2) which will allow runners in the 6 mile race to re-fuel twice — at the 1.3 and 4.7 mile marks. This location also marks the start of loop 2 for runners in the 9.3 mile race and gives those runners 3 opportunities to re-fuel (mile marks 1.3, 4.3 and 8). This aid station will offer water, Gatorade endurance and Clif Shot Bloks courtesy of our nutritional sponsor, Clif Bar. There will be NO CUPS at the aid station. The aid station is designed to give you the opportunity to re-fill your hydration belt or water bottle.
Visit the Clif Bar website for nutrition and training tips and to learn more about their products.
Directions: Weir River Farm is less than 30 miles from Boston and is located at 140 Turkey Hill Lane in Hingham, MA. DO NOT ACCESS THE FARM PROPERTY FROM EAST STREET/RTE 228 ENTRANCE.
Parking: Parking will be available on a field at the end of Turkey Hill Road. The start of all races will be on Turkey Hill Road near the greenhouse and CSA distribution building on Turkey Hill Road which you will pass on the way to the field utilized for parking. Below is a map of the Weir River Farm property which highlights the start and finish of all races and where to park. CLICK HERE to download and print out a copy of this map.
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.
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 $25 processing 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 2017 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 from the inaugural Weir River Farm will be posted online at the conclusion of the event. All athletes in all three races will be timed and receive their time post-race.
About Weir River Farm: Originally part of a picturesque, early-20th-century country estate, Weir River Farm today is a 75-acre working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The farm supports diverse wildlife habitats, including upland grasslands, which are in rapid decline in the Commonwealth. Weir River passes through the farm at its northwest edge.
One of the goals of Weir River Farm is to offer the chance for people to purchase home-grown food including fruits and vegetables as well as Belted Galloway Beef, Tamworth Pork, Icelandic lamb, and laying hens. To purchase their eggs, you can drive up our driveway off of Rt. 228 and pull up to the red barn. The eggs are located in the white fridge in the barn classroom area. Meat products are sold out of the barn when they are available. Click here to sign up for the Weir River Farm e-newsletter to receive updates about meat sale days.
About Trustees of the Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) 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.