Run the trails of Chestnut Hill Farm and Beals Reserve… and then with the goats!

Registration for the 5/11/19 Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run is NOW OPEN!  Early bird pricing is in effect through 3/15/19.

The Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, MA and includes 3.4, 5 and 6.6 mile trail races plus a 0.25 mile Running with the Goats fun run (yes, you actually run with the goats).

The 6.6 mile race will start at 9:00am followed by the 5 mile race about 10 minutes later and the 3.4 mile race about 10 minutes after that. The Running with the Goats is at 11am. The longer distance races include running the trails on the farm’s property plus adjoining trails in Beals Reserve. The 6.6 mile race includes a scenic loop along and around the Wachusett Aqueduct Open Channel. All of the Running with the Goats fun run is on the property of the farm.

The Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run is part of the Barn to Run Trail Race Series and is a production of Sun Multisport Events in partnership and cooperation with Chestnut Hill Farm, the Trustees of the Reservations, the Southborough Open Lands Foundation,  the Southborough Trails Committee and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.  A portion of each race entry will be donated to the Trustees.

Event Details

Date and Location: Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run is Saturday, May 11, 2019. The address of the farm is 9 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA. Please note… DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED at Chestnut Hill Farm.

Parking: Parking will be available in a parking lot and on fields at the farm. Volunteers and signage will be in place to help guide you where to park.

Race Distances: The event offers 3.4, 5.0 and 6.6 mile trail races plus the 0.25 mile Running with the Goats fun run.

Timing: All runners in the 3.4, 5.0 and 6.6 mile races will be timed and receive their overall time and place in their respective race and category (male or female). The 0.25 mile fun run will not be timed.

Awards & Prizes: Awards will be given to the fastest 3 males and females in the 3.4, 5.0 and 6.6 mile races.  Awards will include produce from the farm.

All runners will also be eligible for random prize giveaways from our sponsors.

Registration Fees

Pricing for both races that make up the Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run are listed below.  Runners in the 3.4, 5.0 and 6.6 mile races that register by 4/18 receive a soft cotton, gender specific race shirt and runners (after that date they will receive a pair of Barn to Run socks).

  • 6.6 mile pricing: $35 thru 3/15/19; $40 from 3/16/19 until 4/25/19; $45 from 4/26/19 until the close of online registration on 5/10/19 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $55.
  • 5.0 mile pricing: $30 thru 3/15/19; $35 from 3/16/19 until 4/25/19; $40 from 4/26/19 until the close of online registration on 5/10/19 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $50.
  • 3.4 mile pricing: $25 thru 3/15/19; $30 from 3/16/19 until 4/25/19; $35 from 4/26/19 until the close of online registration on 5/10/19 at 6pm EST; registrations will be accepted on race morning at $45.
  • 0.25 mile Running with the Goats pricing: $5 for youth (age 5-18) and $10 for adult (age 19+).  This fun run is expected to sell out in advance of race day. The field of runners for this event will be capped at 100.

CLICK HERE to register.

Event Schedule

Saturday, May 11, 2019

  • 7:30am: Bib pick-up and race day registrations for the 3.4, 5.0 and 6.6 mile races to be accepted (the 0.25 mile fun run is expected to be sold out).
  • 9:00am: Start of the 6 .6 mile race
  • 9:10am (est): Start of the 5.0 mile race
  • 9:20am (est): Start of the 3.4 mile race
  • 10:30am (est): Awards ceremony for 3.4, 5 and 6.6 mile races.
  • 11:00am: Start of the Running with the Goats fun run

Course Info

The 3.4 run starts and ends at Chestnut Hill Farm. About 0.25 miles into the course, runners will cross into Beals Reserve and run a loop that is about 1 mile long. Runners will then return to the grounds of the farm for the remaining mileage. The last 0.25 mile is a straight, flat grassy path that goes directly between farm fields (great for spectating!).

The 5 mile run follows the same course as the 3.4 up until about the 3.3 mile mark at which point runners will be directed to complete a second loop that is exclusively on the Chestnut Hill Farm property.

Click here to see a map of the 3.4 and 5 mile courses.

The 6.6 mile run is the 5.0 mile race with an additional 1.6 mile loop that is not part of the 3.4 and 5 mile races. This scenic 1.6 mile loop goes along and around the Wachusett Aqueduct Open Channel and can be seen with a click here (a map of the entire 6.6 mile race is coming soon… for now, look at the 5 mile race map and the 1.6 mile loop to visualize the entire route).

Directions and Parking

Address: Chestnut Hill Farm is is located at 9 Chestnut Hill Road in Southborough, MA.

Directions from I-495 and Route 9: Take Exit 23A for Route 9 East. Follow for approx. 2.3 mi., then take a right-hand ramp to bear North on Rt. 85 (Cordaville Rd.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn left on Rt. 30 West (Main St.). Follow 1.2 mi., then turn right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. The parking area is on the right side of the road in the field past the collection of white houses and outbuildings.

Coordinates:  Latitude: 42.309942 and Longitude: -71.554958

Parking: Parking will be available on the farm’s property.  Volunteer and signs will be in place to guide you.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of any good race. If you aren’t racing but still want to be a part of the action, help support the event as a volunteer. Contact Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com to learn more.

Attention community groups! Are you looking to raise money for your organization or your designated charity? We can help! We believe in the value of building strong relationships with local community groups and work with many across our events. Volunteer to help at our races and we’ll make a donation to the charity of your choice. If you are looking to raise money for a good cause email us at info@SunMultisportEvents.com… we’d love to hear from you.

Policies: Event Cancellation, Refunds, Deferrals and Transfers

Event cancellation: If a race is cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Event Management, refunds will not be given; however, a partial credit will be offered to the following year’s race. A significant amount of time, effort and expense is invested by the day of a race that can not be recovered and for this reason a 100% refund is not possible.

Please note: We love what we do and what we do is put on events. After months and months of planning, coordinating and making our very best effort to create a race experience that we consider the best in New England the last thing we ever want to do is cancel a race. We also understand that athletes devote a significant amount of their time, money and effort preparing for a race. So, if we need to make the difficult decision to cancel a race it’s a great disappointment for us and we know it’s a great disappointment to you. Unfortunately, though, that is the risk we share. You may feel you are entitled to a full refund if we cancel a race, but this is not feasible given the costs incurred by race day. If you can’t accept the terms of this partnership, we respectfully ask that you don’t register for our events.

Course changes: Event Management reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any portion of a race at any time in the interest of athlete safety or for other reasons beyond our control. No refunds will be issued if changes are made to a race due to these circumstances.

Refunds : Refunds may be requested no less than 60 days from the date of the race. Refunds will be issued less a processing fee equivalent to 25% of the registration fee. Refund requests must be submitted via email to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. Refund requests received less than 60 days from the date of the event will be denied.

Deferral requests: Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to info@SunMultisportEvents.com no less than 45 days from the date of the race. Deferrals may be granted under certain circumstances (e.g. pregnancy, military transfer) at the discretion of Event Management. Deferrals granted requires that the athlete pay a $15 administrative fee when redeeming the deferred entry the following year.

Transfers to other SME races : Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2019 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no less than 30 days from the race date. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is LESS than the registration fee already paid, the difference in price is forfeited. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is MORE than the registration fee paid you will be required to pay the difference in registration fees.

The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

Results

Past results for the Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Race are below.

About the Barn to Run Trail Race Series

Produced by Sun Multisport Events, the Barn to Run Trail Race Series is New England’s only farm-based trail race series featuring a collection of farm-based trail races that connects you to awesome trails and local farms while offering a terrific race experience to you and spectators. Each event in the series features multiple race distances to choose from, includes running past farm fields and through forest trails while providing an opportunity to learn about and support farm programs & initiatives. A portion of the proceeds from each event will be donated back to the host farm.

The 2019 Barn to Run Trail Race Series includes:

  • Chestnut Hill Farm Trail Run (Southborough, MA, 5/11/19 and again in the fall on a date TBD))
  • Powisset Farm Trail Run (Dover, MA 5/2719 and 10/19/19)
  • Weir River Farm Trail Run (Hingham, MA, 9/15/19)

Other 2019 races are being considered!

About Chestnut Hill Farm and Trustees of the Reservations

About Chestnut Hill Farm: At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 131 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls , and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. Designated bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground nesting species. Loop trails take you through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Or, follow the gentle cart-path from the parking area through fields of hay, alfalfa, and vegetables into woods dominated by oak, red maple, and white pine to the covered embankment of the Hultman Aqueduct, which provides a backup route for Boston’s water supply from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed at Chestnut Hill Farm.

About Trustees of the Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (TTOTTOR Logo_NEW 2015R) is a non-profit land conservation and historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving natural and historical places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the oldest regional land trust in the world and has 100,000 dues-paying members. In addition to land stewardship, the organization is also active in conservation partnerships, community supported agriculture (CSA), environmental and conservation education, community preservation and development, and green building.

Register

Registration is now open. Please click this link to register.