April 4th, 2020: The Mine Falls Summer Trail Series race directors are working to secure the necessary permits for the start of the series, and we are also monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19.  While we hope to start the series on time and along the same format as previous years, obviously the safety of the runners and volunteers are our primary concern.  Please plan on attending, but keep an eye on this page and on our Facebook page where more information will be announced when we have more that we can share.

Please follow recommendations for running either solo or using social distancing if you choose to run with a partner.  Thank you for your understanding and we hope to run with you all soon!

MINE FALLS TRAIL SERIES

SUMMER 2020

Mine Falls Trail Series

 

Have you been running the Mine Falls Trail Series?  We hope you're having fun!  If you aren't already a member of the Gate City Striders, why not consider joining?

Find out more about our club and the benefits we offer members!

ABOUT THE 5K/5-MILE SERIES

A fun, no-frills multi-week race series scored in two segments and run from Stellos Stadium along the scenic trails of Mine Falls Park in Nashua, New Hampshire. Choose from 5K & 5-mile distances. Both start at 6:30pm on Monday nights starting the first Monday of June through mid-August. A“relay” race will take place on Week 6 and a “PR” race will take place on Week 12.  Rain or shine.

SCORING & AWARDS

Weekly raffle prizes.

Overall winner scores 100 points. All other finishers score on a percentage basis of the winner's time divided by their time.

Age-group awards to top male and female for each of the two series segments in the following age divisions: 14 & Under; 15-18; 19-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70+.  Special awards to overall top male and female of the entire series.

Receive a commemorative Summer Trail Series long sleeve t-shirt by participating in all 10 scoring races (not including the relay and PR race).

ENTRY FEES

Age 14 & under :: $3/race :: $24 for the series

Age 15-18 :: $4/race :: $36 for the series

Age 19+ :: $5/race :: $48 for the series

THE COURSE

The course is run entirely on trails through Mine Falls. The terrain for the 5K is mostly flat, wide & well groomed. The footing is rugged but safe, over rocks, roots and packed dirt. The 5-mile race utilizes some of the lesser-used trails in the park, through winding single-track and rolling riverside paths. The trails are well-marked with chalk arrows and volunteers directing racers at major trail intersections.

2020 DATES

Series 1:

  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29

*Relay Race* July 6

Series 2:

  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10

*PR Race* August 17

2020 REGISTRATION

You can complete the Trail Series Race Application in advance or register on site for one race or the entire series.

DIRECTIONS

Take exit 5W off the Everett Turnpike (Route 3) in Nashua. Turn right at the first set of lights after the Police Station. The entrance to Stellos Stadium is the first left.

ABOUT MINE FALLS PARK

Mine Falls Park is a 325-acre park in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire. Located in the heart of the city, it was purchased in 1969 from the Nashua, New Hampshire Foundation with city and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money. It is bordered on the north by the Nashua River and on the south by the millpond and power canal system.

Want to learn more about the park?  Check out these useful pages!

Nashua's Mine Falls Page

Wikipedia's Entry on Mine Falls

WEEKLY RAFFLES
AGE-GROUP AWARDS (14 & UNDER; 15-18; 19-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; AND 70+) TO TOP MALE & FEMALE IN EACH SEGMENT
SPECIAL AWARDS FOR OVERALL MALE & FEMALE IN THE ENTIRE SERIES