The Traprock course is a loop course of approximately 10.5-11 miles per loop. There will be two races (one (17k) and three loops (50k)). It is a rolling course with 50 % technical single track on the Metacomet Trail. The balance of the course is double-track.
Consisting entirely of rolling forest roads or single track that can be extremely rocky, the course will provide a true test of the runner’s fitness and mental stamina. You should only consider entering this race if you are confident you have sufficient running experience such as having completed a recent road or trail marathon. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to complete this race but would still like to enter, please contact the race director. Download our race day guide below.
The Traprock trail race series ( 17& 50K distances) started in April 2010 as a result of local trail runners & rock climbers ( Steve Nelson/Kevin Hutt ) aspiring to create an event that would fill a few gaps in the local Connecticut trail racing scene.
At the time, most Ultra events were a long distance from central CT and we wanted to create a way for local runners to have an Ultra event nearby. We also recognized that most people don’t immediately jump into a 50k or longer event without having some shorter distance trail races under their belt. Thus , we created an event with a 17k distance to help runners progress up to the 50k distance if they chose that route.
One of the little-known facts from the first race in 2010 is that the actual race location was not finalized until 3 weeks before the race- well after 50 runners had signed up! The original race course was a local reservoir, but that location did not pan out. The irony of the situation was that Penwood State Park turned out to be a MUCH better location for hosting the event due to the excellent terrain.
Over the years, over 1000 people have participated in the event and have contributed to the ongoing success either by returning as runners or volunteers. Traprock has donated over $20,000 to local organizations focused on land access or serving unmet needs in the greater Hartford community. The ongoing success of Traprock is entirely dependent on support from the trail running community and we hope to host this event for many years to come !