The 3rd Annual
Run Across New Hampshire
125 Miles of New Hampshire Wilderness
For the third year in a row, Team Sherpa Ultrarunning presents The Run Across New Hampshire (RANH). The RANH was first concieved by Sherpa John Lacroix during the summer of 2008 and has been run on the same route (Brattleboro,VT to Odiorne Point, NH) for the last two years. The 2010 Edition of the RANH will be run on mountain trails in New Hampshire's western range.
This years run is being conducting with the cooperation of Conservation New Hampshire. Conservation NH's Mission is to "enrich the quality of life in New Hampshire by improving the environment and conserving natural resources." Our mission in working with Conservation NH is to get people outside during the weekend of our run. To get them outside and enjoying a portion of our state and sections of trail that are virtually unkown and/or under utilized. With this in mind, it is our hope that in getting outside, people will understand the true value of New Hampshire's most natural resource and will in turn encourage the conservation of that resource, New Hampshire's forests.
Section 1: The Sunapee-Kearsarge-Ragged Greenway (SKRG)
The SKRG is a 75-Mile "emerald necklace" of trails that runs around the area of Lake Sunapee and crosses over the peaks of Sunapee, Kearsarge and Ragged Mountains. Greenway volunteers maintain this long distance trail and advertise it as a 14 segment trail travelling through 10 New Hampshire Towns. For The RANH Sherpa John will be running the SKRG in it's entirety, starting at Lake Solitude on the slopes of Mount Sunapee, 75 miles Counter-Clockwise around the Greenway and back to Lake Solitude.
Section 2: The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway (MSG)
The MSG is a 48 Mile hiking trail that runs from the summit of Grand Mount Monadnock to the summit of Mount Sunapee. The greenway travels through 3 State Parks that includes Mount Monadnock, the 2nd most hiked mountain in the world (Behind Mount Fuji). For The RANH Sherpa John will run the MSG from North to South, starting on Sunapee and finishing on Monadnock, all 48 miles immediately after having run the 75 mile SKRG.
The current speed record for the MSG is 9 Hours, 30 Minutes and 4 Seconds. While Sherpa has no intentions of breaking this record during this expedition, at the expeditions terminus he will become the first person to ever run the SKRG and MSG in succession. The Average hiker typically takes 3-4 days to hike the MSG and the SKRG has no means of shelters/tentsites there for has only ever been done in segmented day hikes.
From car to car this years RANH totals 128.8 Miles in length.
Elevation totals 27,210' of Gain and 26,869' of Loss for total elevation change of 54,079'
The Crew Will Assemble at Newbury Harbor (Newbury, NH) at 4am for the hike to Lake Solitude. The official run clock is set to begin at 5am from Lake Solitude/Mount Sunapee State Park.
[During the next couple of weeks we're going to introduce you to the SKRG and the MSG by providing you with more details about each Greenway and their history as well as an in depth look at the finish location, Mount Monadnock. We'll also take a closer look at Conservation New Hampshire and what they do to help Conserve New Hampshire's greatest asset. We'll introduce you to The Crew for the adventure, provide you with the list of segments to run and also conduct a few indepth interviews. Stay Tuned!]
"Why The Sullivan Expedition?"
In the summer of 1779, General John Sullivan led the Sullivan Expedition, a massive campaign against the Iroquois in western New York. During this campaign, troops destroyed a very large Cayuga settlement, called Coreorgonel, on what is now the southwest side of Ithaca, New York. He pushed his troops so hard that their horses became unusable, and killed them on this campaign, creating the namesake for Horseheads, New York. The lukewarm response of the Congress was more than he could accept. Broken, tired, and again opposed by Congress, he retired from the Army in 1779 and returned to New Hampshire. It is through Sullivan County that much of this years RANH takes place and the effort required to complete the 128 mile mission would deem horses of today, "unusable."
"Do You Have People Who Follow You?"
Yes, I have an experienced crew prepared to assist me on the journey. They have spent countless hours preparing for the journey with me by scouting out sections of the trail, determining aid station locations, counting miles between stations and ranking sections of the trail based on level of difficulty. The Crew is an intrical part of the expedition where as they will be my "horses," carrying food and water to each aid station and serving as pacers when needed.
"Do You Eat, Drink, Sleep?"
This is a very common question and the answer is a resounding yes. The amount of food and drink I'll need to consume during the expedition is astounding to many. Eat: I've been known to eat the following: Banana's, oranges, watermelon, strawberries, gummy bears, cookies, potato chips, grilled cheese, cheese burgers, pizza, PB&J and a variety of anything else I can get my hands on. It is vital to the success of this mission that i consume enough calories to keep my body fueled throughout. I also eat Powerbar Energy Chews and Powerbar Gels. Drink: On me at all times will be a bottle of water and a bottle of my favorite sports drink which will both be refilled at each aid stop. I also drink Boost High Protein shakes periodically. Sleep: The goal is to NOT sleep during the expedition but this is a hard thing to fight off. Typically I get sleepy around 11p and 2am and will fight the sleepies until sun-up. Sleep during the expedition usually comes in the way of 10-15 minute cat naps but one wouldn't really call it "sleeping." It's more of a catatonic state where the body rests but the mind keeps racing. While my eyes are closed, I'm breathing heavy and my muscles fall into a deeply relaxed state, I am still very awake and can hear everything going on around me. It's like a bad nightmare.
"How Many Aid Stations Will You Have?"
My crew is prepared to see me at 28 Pre-determined locations. These stops range in distance anywhere from 3-10 miles and they have been set up in locations that limits the amount of driving my crew will have to conduct between stops. Not only does this lighten the amount of work and pressure put on my crew to "be there" but it helps us operate with a minimal amount of auto emissions during the trip.
"Can I Join In The Fun?"
Yes! In Fact, that's the whole reason we've teamed up with Conservation New Hampshire and why we're doing this. We want to encourage folks to get outside and enjoy a section of our state that isn't typically used or known about for recreational purposes. You can sign up to run or crew by contacting Leah Belanger at firstname.lastname@example.org She'll provide you with all the details. Runners: In the coming weeks, we'll post a list of segments you are welcome to run as well as their level of difficulty based on the perception of a mid to back of the pack runner. Crew: Crewing is a hard job. It requires patience in that you do very little driving and a LOT of waiting around for the runner(s) to appear. Once they're there, you spring into action for all of 5 minutes, rinse and repeat.
This is how I like to celebrate my birthday; outside, adventuring and with my close friends. Yes it's cold but how many people actually like running in the heat and humidity?! (Truth be told, I LOVE it) Besides... have you SEEN the folliage?!
"What If The Weather Is Bad?"
The adventure takes place rain or shine. Jed Williamson who annual writes, "Accidents in North American Mountaineering", said it best himself; "There's no such thing as poor weather, just poorly prepared hikers." During the 2009 edition of RANH we ran out of Keene with a head wind for the next 40 miles followed up by torrential rain and snow on Sunday. We still found our way to the end of the run with all types of gear to keep us safe and comfortable from beginning to end. KEEP THIS IN MIND if you intend to join us. Come prepared for anything! We've experienced high temps in the 80's and low temps in the teens during previous editions of this run!
"Do You Run The Entire Time?"
I dare you to find someone who can! I know a few folks who could.. they're out of my league, but that's not me. I run the downhills and whatever of the flat sections I can. Otherwise, I'm powerhiking all the up hills as fast as I can. Keep in mind that this expedition, while about being the first to complete this mission is a timely fashion, is more about the journey and less about "how fast" can it be done. I all ready know that whatever my time is.. it can be done faster without a doubt!
"When Will You Finish?"
The run finishes sometime on Sunday, October 24th on Mount Monadnock. Hiker's and runners are encouraged to join us for the final segment of trail. This segment begins at the Dublin Tr. Trailhead parking lot on Old Troy Rd. in Dublin, NH. The clock for the run will officially stop on the summit of Mount Monadnock. Because of the nature of this run it's hard to say when we'll finish. Best estimates are anywhere from 32-40 Hours with 36 hours being a "fair guestimate." 32-40 Hours is anywhere from 2pm-9pm Sunday. Your best bet is going to be to follow twitter updates during the run to follow my progress and base your participation on that. I'm not thinking we'll still be out there after dark on Sunday, but you never know. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess 4pm Sunday.
2008 RANH: 31 Hours 29 Minutes - 2009 RANH: 33 Hours 56 Minutes (Both Runs on Road.. no mountains ::wink wink::)
"Why Did You Decide To Do This?"
You'll have to tune in to read about the why. But here's a hint.. it's a lot like Forrest Gump who said, "And one day, I just felt like runnin'"
"Can I Read About Previous RANH's?"
Yes you can. Both reports were done as part of a series. Many have enjoyed them in the past and continue to enjoy them to this day. 2008 RANH REPORT CLICK HERE - 2009 RANH REPORT CLICK HERE
Team Sherpa: Contact Sherpa John Sherpajohn@gmail.com
Media: Contact Leah Belanger email@example.com
Participate: Contact Leah Belanger firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation NH: Contact Michael O'Meara email@example.com
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