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Haystack Mountain Challenge (also known as the Norfolk Land Trust 5K/10K)

The Haystack Mountain Challenge (also known as the Norfolk Land Trust 5K/10K) will be held Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Barbour Woods, 75 Lovers Lane, Norfolk, CT.

The event hosts a 5k, 10K and Half Marathon.

To register go to:

There will be no race day registrations!

Online registration closes Thursday, September 30th @ 8:00 pm.

Entry fees:

Half Marathon  $30

5K and 10K  $20

Race Day Schedule:

9:00 am  Half Marathon begins

10:45  10K begins

11:00 am 5K begins

Race Descriptions

5K-A challenging and scenic race through picturesque Barbour Woods. The course is a mixture of single and double track. Climb up Beech Hill for a view of Haystack Mountain, run on carriage roads beside historic Killarney Bridge, descend down the dry dam to a flat stretch of railroad bed, ascend through woodlands and finally along a gladed wetland, known as the Swamp Trail to the finish. (Please see yellow route on map below).

10K- Want to go a little longer? Try adding a challenging loop over Haystack Mountain. This course begins on the same route as the 5K, but jumps off of the Sunset Trail onto the South Dam, crosses Route 272N and ascends through a grassy meadow onto an intense single track to summit at Norfolk’s iconic Haystack Mountain Tower. Descend down the mountainside on a carriage path to meet up with a single track winding along the mountainside bringing you back to the park’s main entrance where you will cross over the South Dam and finish up the 5k course. (Please see map. The green route is added to the yellow loop for the 10k.)

Half Marathon-This course is built around the 10k route with the addition of some lesser known trails adjacent to Barbour Woods and Haystack Mountain; including special access to private paths only allowed during the event.
The course includes a run along scenic Lovers Lane and a descent down winding single track back to the start. From there you follow the 10k course to Haystack and break off onto public and private trails not previously used in the event. Two trips up and down Haystack link you back into the 10k course to the finish.

Proceeds from the races will benefit the Norfolk Land Trust.

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Norfolk Land Trust 5K & 10K Trail Races

The Norfolk Land Trust 5K & 10K Trail Races will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Barbour Woods,  31 Lovers Lane, Norfolk, CT 06058.

The event, which is  USATF- sanctioned, hosts both a 5K and 10K race. The 10K , which courses up Haystack Mountain, is an extended loop of the 5K.

The entry fee for both 5K and 10K races is $35 if registered by 8:00 pm, Sept. 20th when online registration closes.  Race day entry fee is $40.

Long-sleeved Tech shirt to first 125 registrants.

Go to to register online.

Race day schedule is as follows:

10:30 am  Registration and bib pick up

12 noon  10K race begins

12:15 pm 5K race begins

Post-race party and awards. Free chili for entrants at Infinity Hall and receive free pint glass from Big Elm Brewing.

Prizes awarded to top three overall winners, male and female, and first male and female in each of seven age categories. Winners must be present to receive awards.

Race proceeds benefit the Norfolk Land Trust, which is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of natural heritage and open space in Norfolk, CT.

For more information including course description or to register  visit

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