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Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast: Half Marathon Division

Much of the mediasize and romance with trail running over the past decade + has circled around ultra. The press, the sponsorship dollars, where the bar is set for a sense of challenge and achievement. However, shorter distances don’t require consumption of life in training and breakdown. In the lineup of Half’ish distance races below you’ll find historic classics such as Pisgah, exposed mountain ridges in Kismet Cliff and Chocorua, one of the most technical pitches in Breakneck Point, and beautiful crazy in the winter technicality of Frozen Snot.

For those arriving directly here, check out our lineup of the Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast across distances. We also have related articles on Most Scenic, Historic, Flat & Fast, and others to come. For now, let’s checkout the ranking of the Toughest Trail Half’ish Marathons in the Northeast.

#22

Trapp Mountain Half Marathon

Stowe, VT

Month:

October

Distance:

12.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,703′

Gain / Mile:

135′

Trapp Mountain Half Marathon Elevationi Profile

#21

Castle to River

Garrison, NY

Month:

October

Distance:

12.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,754′

Gain / Mile:

139′

Castle to River Half Elevation Profile

#20

Cooper’s Rock

Bruceton Mills, WV

Month:

August

Distance:

12.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,733′

Gain / Mile:

140′

Coopers Rock Half Elevation Profile

#19

West Virginia Trilogy

Circleville, WV

Month:

October

Distance:

11.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,864′

Gain / Mile:

161′

West Virginia Trilogy Half Marathon Elevation Profile

#18

Vulcan’s Fury

Nottingham, NH

Month:

October

Distance:

13 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,937′

Gain / Mile:

149′

Vulcan’s Fury Elevation Profile

#17

Dam Half

Mifflinburg, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

12.9 Miles

Elevation Gain:

2,030′

Gain / Mile:

157′

Route map for Dam Half by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Dam Half Elevation Profile

#16

Pisgah Mountain Trail Race

Nottingham, NH

Month:

September

Distance:

13.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,937′

Gain / Mile:

149′

Mt. Pisgah Half Elevation Profile

#15

Ontario Summit

Naples, NY

Month:

June

Distance:

13.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,180′

Gain / Mile:

163′

Ontario Summit Trail Half Elevation Profile

#14

Odyssey Trail Running Rampage

Douthat, VA

Month:

September

Distance:

12.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,746′

Gain / Mile:

215′

Odyssey Trail Running Rampage Elevation Profile

#13

Old Glory Trail Runs

Glen Lyn, WV

Month:

November

Distance:

13.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,066′

Gain / Mile:

234′

Old Glory Trail Half Marathon Elevation Profile

#12

Raven Trail Half

Coburn, PA

Month:

Otober

Distance:

12.5 miles

Elevation Gain:

2,800′

Gain / Mile:

224′

#11

Hyner Half

North Bend, PA

Route map for Hyner Half by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Month:

August

Distance:

14.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,119′

Gain / Mile:

221′

Hyner Half Elevation Profile

#10

Mt. Greylock Trail Race

Adams, MA

Month:

June

Distance:

12.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,023′

Gain / Mile:

244′

Mt. Greylock Trail Half Elevation Profile

#9

Terrapin Mountain

Sedalia, VA

Month:

March

Distance:

12.7 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,257′

Gain / Mile:

256′

Terrapin Mountain Trail Half Elevation Profile

#8

Rock ‘N The Knob

Claysburg, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

13.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,368′

Gain / Mile:

248′

Rock ‘N the Knob Trail Half Elevation Profile

#14

Lost Turkey 50

Blue Knob, PA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JtOjq4A1G8&t=351s

Month:

June

Distance:

50.7 miles

Elevation Gain:

7,594′

Gain / Mile:

150′

Lost Turkey Trail 50 Mile Elevation Profile

#6

Mahoosuc Ridge to River Challenge

Sunday River, ME

Month:

September

Distance:

12.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,775′

Gain / Mile:

300′

Mahoosuc Ridge to River Trail Half Elevation Profile

#5

Battle at Bristol Mountain

Canandaigua, NY

Month:

July

Distance:

13.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

5,358′

Gain / Mile:

406′

Battle At Bristol Mountain Half Elevation Profile

#4

Kismet Cliff Run

North Conway, NH

Month:

September

Distance:

12.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,357′

Gain / Mile:

340′

Kismt Cliff Run Elevation Profile

#3

Chocorua Mountain Race

Tamworth, NH

Month:

June

Distance:

13.1 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,625′

Gain / Mile:

353′

Chocorua Mountain Race Elevation Profile

#2

Breakneck Point

Beacon, NY

Month:

May

Distance:

13 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,227′

Gain / Mile:

325′

Breakneck Point Trail Half Elevation Profile

#1

Frozen Snot

McElhattan, PA

Month:

February

Distance:

13.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

5,250′

Gain / Mile:

386′

Frozen Snot Elevation Profile
RankEventTownStateMonthStravaPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileageGain Per MileDivision
22Trapp Mountain Half MarathonStoweVTOctober2000180111441865170312.613513.1m
21Castle to River Half MarathonGarrisonNYOctober2011164017981565175412.613913.1m
20Coopers Rock HalfBruceton MillsWVAugust1689159418311818173312.414013.1m
19West Virginia Trilogy Half MarathonCirclevilleWVOctober1902188619261742186411.616113.1m
18Vulcan’s FuryNottinghamNHOctober191317021949218419371314913.1m
17Dam HalfMifflinburgPASeptember2187200022311700203012.915713.1m
16Pisgah Mountain Trail RaceWinchesterNHSeptember2306189921652180213813.515813.1m
15Ontario SummitNaplesNYJune2102204018962681218013.416313.1m
14Odyssey Trail Running RampageDouthatVASeptember2714251329362821274612.821513.1m
13Old Glory Trail Runs HalfGlen LynVANovember3509262430913041306613.123413.1m
12Ravens Half MarathonCoburnPAOctober280012.522413.1m
11Hyner HalfNorth BendPAAugust3327263734043108311914.122113.1m
10Mt. Greylock Trail RaceAdamsMAJune3046289331043050302312.424413.1m
9Terrapin Mountain HalfSedaliaVAMarch3260320834683091325712.725613.1m
8Rock ‘N The Knob Trail Half MarathonClaysburgPASeptember3564324035103158336813.624813.1m
7World’s End Fall ClassicForksvillePASeptember3,624296228672932309613.323313.1m
6Mahoosuc Ridge to River Half MarathonSunday RiverMESeptember3938362238453693377512.630013.1m
5Battle of Bristol Mountain HalfCanandaiguaNYJuly5658533553975043535813.240613.1m
4Kismet Cliff RunNorth ConwayNHSeptember4551410143864389435712.834013.1m
3Chocorua Mountain RaceTamworthNHJune4887444545574609462513.135313.1m
2Breakneck Point Trail HalfBeaconNYMay470336544347420242271332513.1m
1Frozen SnotMcElhattanPAFebruary5,423517752235177525013.638613.1m
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