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Best Trail Races in the Northeast: Flat and Fast

Some days you just want to flow, unencumbered by elevation gain, rock gardens, or root jungles. The opportunity to keep shuffling after the wheels have fallen off without kicking rock after rock and cursing into the wilds while questioning your life decisions. In the lineup below you’ll find flat and fast options broken out by distance division, and, in the case of most, additional distance offerings within the event.

For those arriving directly here, we also have related articles on Toughest, Most Scenic, Historic, and others to come. For now, let’s dig in to some of the flattest and fastest trail races in the Northeast.

10K’ish Division

Trap Pond Trail Runs

Location:

Laurel, DE

Month:

April

Distance(s):

10K (13.1 & 26.2M, 50k)

Gain / Mile:

26′

Trap Pond 10k Elevation Profile

Half Marathon Division

Hancock Half

Brookhaven Trail Half

TARC Spring Classic

Location:

Ridge, NY

Month:

November

Distance(s):

13.1M (+ 5M)

Gain / Mile:

45′

Location:

Hancock Marathon and Half

Month:

October

Distance(s):

13.1M (+ 26.2M)

Gain / Mile:

12′

Location:

TARC Spring Classic

Month:

April

Distance(s):

13.1M (+ 6.3M, 25.2M)

Gain / Mile:

51′

Hancock Trail Half Profile
Brookhaven Trail Half Profile
TARC Spring Classic Profile

25K Division

Dirty German Endurance Festival

TARC Ghost Train

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Month:

May

Distance(s):

25k (+ 50k, 50M)

Gain / Mile:

93′

Location:

Brookline, NH

Month:

October

Distance(s):

25k (+ 30M, 45M, 60M, 75M, 90M, 100M)

Gain / Mile:

45′

Dirty German 25k Elevation Profile
TARC’s Ghost Train 25k Elevation Profile

Marathon Division

Endless Mountain Marathon

Greenbrier River

NCR Marathon

Location:

Forest City, PA

Month:

April

Distance(s):

26.2M (+ 13.1M)

Gain / Mile:

51′

Location:

Marlington, WV

Month:

October

Distance(s):

26.2M (+ 13.1M)

Gain / Mile:

67′

Location:

Glencoe, MD

Month:

November

Distance(s):

26.2M (+ 13.1M)

Gain / Mile:

70′

Endless Mountains Marathon Elevation Profile
Greenbrier River Trail Elevation Profile
NCR Trail Marathon

50k Division

Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50k

Shore2Shore

High Bridge Ultra

Location:

King George, VA

Month:

August

Distance(s):

31.1M (+ Half Marathon)

Gain / Mile:

50′

Location:

East Islip, NY

Month:

April

Distance(s):

25k (+ 50k)

Gain / Mile:

39′

Location:

Pamplin, VA

Month:

October

Distance(s):

32.2M (+ 30k)

Gain / Mile:

53′

Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50k Elevation Profile
Shore2Shore Elevation Profile
High Bridge Ultra Elevation Profile

50M Division

Batona Trail Races

JFK

Viaduct Trail Ultra

Location:

Tuckerton, NJ

Month:

October

Distance(s):

54.1 M (+ 33M, 55M)

Gain / Mile:

23′

Location:

Boonsboro, MD

Month:

November

Distance(s):

50.6 M

Gain / Mile:

66′

Location:

Lanesboro, PA

Month:

July

Distance(s):

50.75 M (+ 100M)

Gain / Mile:

62′

Batona Trail Races 50M Elevation Profile
JFK 50M Elevation Profile
Viaduct Trail 100 Mile Elevation Profile (clip in half for the 50M)

100k Division

Pine Creek Challenge

Tesla Hertz Run

Location:

Marsh Creek, PA

Month:

September

Distance(s):

100k (+ Marathon, 50M, 100M)

Gain / Mile:

35′

Location:

Rocky Point, NY

Month:

October

Distance(s):

100k (+ 10k, 50k, 50M, 100M)

Gain / Mile:

32′

Pine Creek Trail 100k Elevation Profile
Tesla Hertz 100 Mile Elevation Profile (loop course, clip a few circuits for 100k)

100 Mile Division

C&O Canal

TARC Ghost Train

Yeti 100

Location:

Knoxville, MD

Month:

April

Distance(s):

101.8M

Gain / Mile:

53′

Location:

Brookline, NH

Month:

October

Distance(s):

99.4M ( +15M, 30M, 45M, 60M, 75M, 90M)

Gain / Mile:

45′

Location:

Abingdon, VA

Month:

September

Distance(s):

100.7M

Gain / Mile:

80′

C&O Canal 100 Elevation Profile
TARC Ghost Train 100 Elevation Profile
Yeti 100 Elevation Profile

EventTownStateMonthPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileagePer MileSubcategoryOther Distances?
Trap Pond Trail RunLaurelDEApril219858012852610k13.1M, 26.2M, 50k
Brookhaven Trail HalfRidgeNYNovember482109321259613.145Half Marathon5M
Hancock Marathon and HalfHancockMDOctober107674131170926.227Half MarathonMarathon
TARC Spring ClassicWestonMAApril3512853283216.351Half Marathon6.3,25.2
Dirty German Endurance FestivalPhiladelphiaPAMay3530582735124290469325k50k, 50M
Shore 2 ShoreEast IslipNYApril14821482624119630.83925k50k
TARC Ghost TrainBrooklineNHOctober4525k30M,45M,60M,75M,90M,100M
Endless Mountains MarathonForest CityPAApril15281644865134626.2#DIV/0!MarathonHalf Marathon
Greenbrier RiverMarlintonWVOctober253216931022174926.251MarathonHalf Marathon
NCR MarathonGlencoeMDNovember22932287947184226.270MarathonHalf Marathon
Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50kKing GeorgeVAAugust18272133694155131.15050kHalf Marathon
Frozen Heart 50KLusbyMDFebruary182421421974198031.86250k17K, 34K, 50K
High Bridge UltraPamplinVAOctober19812500622170132.25350k30k
Batona Trail RacesTuckertonNJOctober15151289968125754.12350M33M, 55M
JFKBoonsboroMDNovember400235242515334750.66650M
Viaduct Trail UltramarathonLanesboroPAJuly7388534462836338101.56250M100M
Pine Creek ChallengeMarsh CreekPASeptember395913021087211660.535100k100M
Tesla Hertz RunRocky PointNYOctober3562269733883216101.432100k10M, 50k, 50M, 100M
C&O CanalKnoxvilleMDApril5718537452385443101.853100M
TARC Ghost TrainBrooklineNHOctober582332024390447299.445100M15M,30M,45M,60M,75M,90M
Yeti 100AbingdonVASeptember9475622085818092100.780100M
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