The 18th Annual Muddy Moose Trail Races are well-organized, but low frill. Start time is 10:00 a.m. The races start and end at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH. Both the 4 mile and the half marathon races start together, then two paths diverge in the woods, and which one you take makes all the difference. These are trail races, not road races. Dirt roads, logging roads, single track, and snowmobile trails. The half marathon race involves short steep hills (OK, two are long hills), logs, roots, water, and mud. The 4 mile race is on flatter (but uneven) and somewhat drier (but often still muddy) terrain. Both courses traverse "Muddy Alley" - a mud pit about 200 meters long. Both races go through Muddy Alley once at 1.75 miles; the half marathon goes through it a second time at about 12 miles. Water stops at 2, 5, 9, and 12 miles. Proceeds benefit youth and high school running teams. Moose-themed awards (one deep in both races) in the usual age groups. Bananas & snacks. Hoses and showers available after too.

Questions? Contact Fergus Cullen, race director, at fergus@ferguscullen.com (preferred) or 603-520-5450.