The inaugural Mohawk Mayhem will be held on the Mohawk Trail in Northwest CT. With its combination of rugged single track trails, pine laden carpeted trails, and a few rocky climbs/descents, it will feel like you are in another world! This will be the first race ever on this section of the Mohawk. Come challenge yourself on this awesome course! You will definitely get your money's worth! #MM22 #MM11
22M $60 early registration through February 29 $70 March 1-June 30 $80 July 1 - Race Day
11M $40 early registration through February 29 $50 March 1-June 30 $60 July 1 - Race Day
Refund Policy: There will be no refunds and/or no transfers of your registration or bib to any other person. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date--including course preparation, race supplies, permits, and administration.
Race headquarters will be located at: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 246 Warren Turnpike Road, Falls Village, CT 06031 Warren Turnpike Rd. is just off of Route 7.
The 22M course will start at or near the northern trailhead of the Mohawk Trail just to the north of the high school. A short 0.3 mile section before crossing Route 7 will give runners a chance to stretch their legs before the big climb to Lookout Point. Then it's a rocky descent before connecting up with Music Mountain Road. Another left into the woods brings you to the most beautiful section of trail on the course. Lush forest single track gradually uphill along a creek that culminates in a beautiful waterfall. The next several miles are rolling with a combination of wide forest roads/trails and technical single track. Just past mile 10, it's a steep, but runnable descent down to the turnaround point at Route 43. Back the same way you came to the finish near the school. The 11M course will be an out and back course like the 22M, but with the turnaround point at Yelping Hill Rd. Elevation Stats:
6:30 a.m. Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration starts
8:00 a.m. 22M Start
9:00 a.m. 11M Start
5:00 p.m. Cutoff for 22M/11M
Will we have water and/or electrolyte drink at aid stations plus other typical food items (potato chips, pretzels, candy, etc.) for the Mohawk Mayhem. Keep in mind that Steep Endurance events are "cupless". Runners are required to carry their own hydration bottle, pack, or cup. This policy is put into effect in an effort to reduce the amount of waste and adopt a sustainable “green” practice for the race and the sport of trail running.
These rules are meant to make your experience during any Steep Endurance event a positive one. Most of these are common sense type policies that you will see at any trail or ultra race.
Absolutely No Littering! The race is on CT DEEP State Forest Land, Cornwall Conservation Trust Land, and several private properties. Please respect that we are using their amazing and beautiful trails for this race. Failure to do so could jeopardize future events on the Mohawk Trail.
Race entries/bib numbers are not transferrable--hence NO unofficial runners
Following the marked course is mandatory. Please do not cut the course, cut any switchbacks, etc. Any runner caught doing so will be disqualified. In addition, if you get lost on the trail/road you must return to the point at which you lost the trail. The course will be well marked with ribbons and other necessary course markings.
Though the course will be VERY well marked, runners are ultimately responsible for knowing the course and carrying course maps if necessary.
Please respect others that are on the trail. The trails on the course are open to the public and are fairly well travelled. Please announce your intentions to pass if you are coming upon a hiker or another runner.
If you must use the bathroom, please try to do so very discreetly a good distance off the trail before returning to the race.
If at anytime you intend to drop out of the race, please do so at an aid station/checkpoint by notifying the aid station captain. Surrendering your bib to the aid station captain will serve as notice of withdrawal/DNF for the race. Failure to follow these policies means somebody has to come looking for you. While this isn’t a marathon/ultra race, it is a trail race with some remote sections of trail, where we will be forced to have someone come looking for you and in some cases, local authorities (at your cost).
The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, Steep Endurance encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the race. We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety will be a top priority for our events.
SMILE and enjoy the race! You are lucky to be enjoying these amazing trails!
Each runner will receive a specially designed finisher medal by Ragged Cuts along with other swag. Additional awards will be presented to the top 3 podium finishers in each race.
Post Race Celebration
You’ve just finished a super challenging one of a kind course! Enjoy your accomplishment, sit back, relax, and don’t forget to cheer on all the runners coming in behind you! We will have the usual spread including bagels, bananas, pizza, non-alcoholic hydration options.
Lodging/Things to Do
Falls Village is an very quaint town with cool shops, great places to eat, and retail shops. There are plenty of places to stay in and around Falls Village if you want to make a weekend out of it. Click on this link for more information.
May is a beautiful time of year in Connecticut with Spring in full bloom. Average high temperatures range are usually in the low 70's with low temperatures in the mid 40's. That’s pretty much perfect running weather!
History of THE MOHAWK TRAIL
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brian Vanderheiden, Race Director: firstname.lastname@example.org