Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2015 Results

Thank you all for coming out to the 27th running of the Pisgah Mountain Trail Races.  Because of your support we were able to raise $3,250 for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire! It was the perfect day for a race!  with highs just touching 70 and temps in the 50's for the start of the race; we couldn't have asked for better weather.  We had 114 finishers for the 23K and 70 finishers for the 50k.  David Herr used his experience and course knowledge to come out on top yet again in the 50K in 3:45:32 and Ildi Gaal took the win in her ultrarunning debut, smashing the course record by over 14 minutes in a time of 4:17:06! In the 23K Greg Hammett, winner of Pisgah too many times to count, took home top honors once again in 1:41:49.  On the women's side of things Kehr Davis was victorious in 1:50:36, finishing 3rd overall and only 9 minutes back of the overall winner.

Results were posted Monday at and many pictures from the race can be found on our facebook page:

A BIG thank you to all the volunteers that came and helped out with aid stations, registration, parking, course marking and the finish line. None of this would be possible without your generosity!

Also a big thanks to everyone who donated to our raffle and post race feast, including Omer and Bob's running store in Lebanon, NH who donated 7 pairs of shoes(!) among other countless pieces of running gear, Teds sports in Keene who donated the race bibs and merchandise for the raffle, Burrows Sports, Echo farms, Big Deal, Riverside, Otterlimits, The Marina, Top of the Hill Grill, The Brattleboro Food Coop, New England Runner, Rumanto's Pizza and Keene Country Club.

Got Storage Space?  as you all know Pisgah Mountain Trail Races is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire.  All profit from the race goes directly to SONH, which means any reduction of race expenses is more money in their pockets.  The space where all of the stuff for the race has been stored for the last several years is no longer available and the race is currently spending $90 per month for a storage unit in Chesterfield.  that adds up to over $1,000 a year which would cut our donation the SONH by almost 1/3.  We are looking for anyone within a 20 mile radius of the race that has a 10X10 enclosed area where we can store tents, tables, water jugs, aid station supplies, etc. if you know anyone who would be able to help have them call me at 513-218-3612 or email at dillinjl (AT)

We look forward to seeing all of you again next year!

Monday, January 19, 2015

registration for 2015 is now open!

We are moving to online registration for our 2015 races.  Go to to register today!  As usual the race will be held on the third Sunday in September. September 20, 2015.  both Races will start at 8:45 AM from the Chesterfield School in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.  If you prefer mail-in registration that option will remain open to you (the mail-in registration form will be updated and posted in the next few days), but there is no additional charge for online registration and it is easier for us the keep track of so it is encouraged.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the RD's Josh and Meg.  Our information can be found on the right side of this page.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Chris and Gary have retired from directing the Pisgah Mtn Trail races!  FOR REAL!  

If you or someone you know would like to take this on please contact them (Chris and Gary) for information on how to get started etc.  They would be glad to assist with someone taking over the process, but the process has to start soon!  

Chris's email:; 
Their phone number: 603.363.8420

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Griffin and I headed into Pisgah for what we thought would be a normal run Friday, Dec 13 around 8am.  My plan was a loop we call "mini-vistas" and it usual takes me less than an hour.  We headed from Winchester road to Old chesterfield Road and started up Reservoir Road- which is just past where we saw big moose tracks on Tuesday.  I had my gortex sneakers on - no snow shoes yet, but it's getting close to time for them. 

Some branches down on Reservoir

Some of the open/wet areas along the trail

the first "vista" of the loop looking out to Mt Monadnock

Mt Monadnock encased in clouds
Zoomed in a little at Mt Monadnock
I wasn't making great time because the footing wasn't great but we were enjoying the pretty morning.  The next section of the loop is turning right on Baker Pond Trail.  I love this section.  At this point a set of footprints appeared from the other way on Reservoir which must have been from Thursday.  We almost added a "quick" out and back to the Pisgah Ridge but I was a little hungry- good thing we didn't.

Some hemlocks were covered in ice and snow over the trail just before the Ridge intersection

Snowshoe Hare tracks; Golden-crowned Kinglets happily chirping in the trees...

Coming up to Baker Pond

Baker Pond
Griffin loves selfies!

We proceeded to Hubbard Hill Trail.  From here it usually takes me 20-25 minutes depending on my state of fitness and motivation.  I was hungry so we were going to try to get a little workout in and get back to start the day.  As soon as we got to the top of the first little climb everything changed.  It was an icy, snowy winter wonderland!  It was beautiful because the sun was shining, but it was also somewhat hazardous because of the numerous trees and branches down and the many still bent over encased in ice!  Pictures of course don't do it justice but I tried...


The trail was hard to follow, there was no running, and the creaking, cracking, and popping was making me a little nervous.  Just before the vista lookout I saw a pileated woodpecker fly across the trail and a few seconds later there was a major crashing of branches from that direction!

from hubbard hill vista

Hubbard Vista...always a buzz with chickadees up here...

 This was going to take longer than I thought but what I didn't realize was how much worse it was still going to get!  I was very glad that someone had hiked through because I used their footsteps as the trees and broken mayhem we had to go around took us way off trail a lot.  Again pictures don't do it justice...

A logged area in which I saw a big moose a few weeks ago...

Biggest tree down...had to go way off trail to get around it...

I was in awe the whole time we walked through the destruction - and glad nothing new fell on us!  Griffin was excited to come across some fresh fox tracks and didn't seemed bothered by the detours.  This section of the loop that usually takes me 20 minutes took us over an hour! We won't be running through here anytime soon - and neither will snowmobilers.   My feet were dry but I was hungry!  I am curious if the sun yesterday helped some of the trees recover and may go up to see later today.  This park never ceases to amaze me!  Get out there!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014


SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

8:45 AM

Race information updated

and new form ready to be printed and mailed in!

Monday, September 30, 2013


It's just too beautiful not to share even though the pictures barely do it justice!
Beaver pond between South woods and Chesterfield Rd

Trees at Baker Pond

Trees from bridge on Fullam Trail

Fullam pond from bridge

Fullam Pond

Fullam pond (sept 30)

Reflections at fullam pond by the dam

More reflections at Fullam

Not upside down- just the reflections in the small pond before the dam

Grif playful at North Round Pond- we could've stayed all day!

First visit ever to North Round Pond...won't be my last!