Category Archives: USATF-NE "Mountain Goat" Race

Ascutney Mountain Challenge

The Ascutney Mountain Challenge is the final race in the USATFNE Mountain/Trail Circuit, also known as the “Mountain Goat” Series.

At 3.7 miles, it is half as long as Mt. Washington…with the same 12 percent grade that makes Washington so challenging.

Come! Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)




That was just a few snapshots, to give a you a taste. Now, come experience the entire race!

There are two ways to do this:

1) you can peruse a photo gallery on Facebook (tagging yourself and your friends)…

or…

2) you can immerse yourself in a full-screen HD video!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

You can view the entire race in a photo gallery on Facebook. (To tag yourself or your friends in these photos, first press “LIKE” on the the Run with Ken Facebook page. Then, as a fan of “Run with Ken,” you can tag yourself or your friends in these photos!)

Click on the image below to see the photo gallery:

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HD video

Want to experience this race at its best, in full-screen high-def?

Go ahead! Click the PLAY button below. (Just be sure to elect 720p HD video…and watch it in full-screen.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2011 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Loon Mountain Race

The Loon Mountain Race is the steepest and perhaps the most challenging race in the USATFNE Mountain/Trail Circuit (aka “the Mountain Goat” Series.)

You run four miles up trails to the summit of Loon and then down the far side, where the real challenge begins:

The infamous Upper Walking Boss.

This half-mile climb has an astonishing 40 percent grade!

Come! Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)








That was just a few snapshots, to give a you a taste. Now, come experience the entire race!

There are two ways to do this:

1) you can peruse a photo gallery on Facebook (tagging yourself and your friends)…

or…

2) you can immerse yourself in a full-screen HD video!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

You can view the entire race in a photo gallery on Facebook. (To tag yourself or your friends in these photos, first press “LIKE” on the the Run with Ken Facebook page. Then, as a fan of “Run with Ken,” you can tag yourself or your friends in these photos!)

Click on the image below to see the photo gallery:

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HD video

Want to experience this race at its best, in full-screen high-def?

Go ahead! Click the PLAY button below. (Just be sure to elect 720p HD video…and watch it in full-screen.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2011 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Northfield Mountain Race

The Northfield Mountain Race is the first in the USATFNE Mountain/Trail Circuit, also known as The Mountain Goat Series. It draws mountain runners from throughout New England.

This morning is the first in many days with no rain…but the air is thicker than a steambath. Not that we mind. We came to run, and as long as the mountain is here we’ll run to the top and back down.

Come! Run with me now…



(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)








That was just a few snapshots, to give a you a taste. Now, come experience the entire race!

There are two ways to do this:

1) you can peruse a photo gallery on Facebook (tagging yourself and your friends)…

or…

2) you can immerse yourself in a full-screen HD video!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

You can view the entire race in a photo gallery on Facebook. (To tag yourself or your friends in these photos, first press “LIKE” on the the Run with Ken Facebook page. Then, as a fan of “Run with Ken,” you can tag yourself or your friends in these photos!)

Click on the image below to see the photo gallery:

P1330883--now_480v--wmarked.jpg

HD video

Want to experience this race at its best, in full-screen high-def?

Go ahead! Click the PLAY button below. (Just be sure to elect 720p HD video…and watch it in full-screen.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2011 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Ascutney Mountain Challenge

Race #6 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Ascutney Mountain Race in Windsor, VT.

Ascutney is the sixth race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail series (the Mountain Goat series.) If you finish all six races, you become a Mountain Goat–and get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Ascutney Mountain Challenge in Windsor, VT:

Loon Mountain Race

Race #5 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH.

Loon is the fifth race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the Mountain Goat Series.) If you complete all six races you become a Mountain Goat and get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH:

Cranmore Mountain Race

Race #4 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Cranmore is a very steep mountain, and the course follows a tricky, technical trail.  But what makes this race so challenging is that you have to run it twice.  Up to the summit (which is very hard!)…then down a steep rocky trail to the start of the race.  (Even harder!)  Then you have to do it AGAIN!  Even on the first ascent, you can see that no one is running here:

Cranmore is Race #4 in the six-race USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the Mountain Goat Series.) If you finish all six races, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year. So it didn’t matter what Cranmore had in store. I intend to run Washington next year, so I had to reach the finish line at Cranmore.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cranmore Mountain Race in North Conway, NH:

Northfield Mountain Race

Race #3 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Northfield is the 3rd race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Northfield Mountain Race in Northfield, MA: