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Maine’s got some BIG BAD ULTRAMARATHONS: races with single-track trails, big hills, and gnarly terrain. Trail Monster Running is proud to present the fifth annual Big Brad Ultras on October 14, 2018 on the trails of Bradbury Mountain State Park and the surrounding area.

Get ready for a beautiful challenge.  Runners tackle a 15.5 mile loop that’s a gauntlet of great Maine singletrack, journeying through Bradbury Mountain State Park, over Tryon Mountain, Chandler Brook, and back into Bradbury Mountain State Park. The course has tough hills, rocks, roots, and very little flat including a 1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 mile of dirt road.  With the fall foliage at it’s peak, there are sure to be many fantastic vistas along the route.

2017 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

2016 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

2015 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

2014 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

2013 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

2012 RESULTS ARE POSTED HERE

  • Start: 6:00 AM
  • Cut-off: 12.5 hours
  • $77.50 before 9/1/17
  • $87.50 after 8/31/17
  • Start: 9:00 AM
  • Cut-off: 9 hours
  • $67.50 before 9/1/17
  • $77.50 after 8/31/17
 
Each race is capped at 100 participants.

DOWNLOAD course map as PDF

50k runners will complete 2 laps of the 15.5 mile course, 50 mile runners will complete a 3.5 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain followed by 3 laps of the 15.5 mile course. (Please note that some parts of the race course as detailed above are provisional and are pending review from the State of Maine, any required changes are likely to be minimal.)

50 mile elevation: 7,500′ gain (equal loss)
50 km elevation: 4,500′ gain (equal loss)

The race course is primarily single-track trails over hilly, technical terrain. There is approximately 1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 mile of dirt road on the 15.5 mile course.

50 mile runners will be starting before sunrise and will be required to run with a headlamp or flashlight for at least the initial 3.5 mile loop before returning to the start area.

Well-stocked aid stations, manned by experienced ultra runners, will tend to runners with the longest distance between aid of about six miles. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area.We’ve raised the prices by $2.50 in order to raise awareness and funds for the Royal River Conservation Trust. Please take a look at their website  to see all the great work they are doing to ensure there are trails to enjoy. Remember to think of them on some of the sweet new trails on the course!
Slideshow of pictures from the race course:
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Video of the course:
BBU Course Video from Trail Monster on Vimeo.
ACCOMMODATION:

Mid-October is a popular time of year for leaf-peeping tourists, so make your travel and accommodation plans early.

RULES:

  • Stay on trails. Do not cut corners. If you go off course backtrack to where you went wrong and continue on course.
  • No littering. Dispose of all trash at the aid stations.
  • No headphones. These are single-track trails that are shared with other users of the park including hikers and bikers. It is important that every runner is aware of his/her surroundings.
  • No muling. Pacers will be permitted for 50 mile runners on their last 15.5 mile lap, but are not permitted to carry any supplies for their runner.
  • No wimps. These races are for tough trail runners only.

 

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