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Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast: 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. Though it’s the marathon that occupies and endurance milestone for many. In the mix below you’ll find gems such as Trapp Mountain or CatsTail with prime foliage, mountain views in Maine, and one of the most technical pitches in the nation in Breakneck Point.

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 Marathons in the Northeast.

#14

Trapp Mountain Marathon

Stowe, VT

Month:

October

Distance:

25.2 miles

Elevation Gain:

3,405′

Gain / Mile:

135′

Trapp Mountain Half Marathon Loop (repeated for the Marathon) Elevation Profile

#13

Groton Forest Trail Marathon

Groton, VT

Month:

September

Distance:

27.3 Miles

Elevation Gain:

3,973′

Gain / Mile:

146′

Groton Forest Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

#12

Ontario Summit

Naples, NY

Month:

June

Distance:

26.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,360′

Gain / Mile:

163′

Ontario Summit Trail Half Marathon Elevation Profile (Marathon runs 2 circuits)

#11

TARC Wapack

Ashburnham, MA

Month:

May

Distance:

22 miles

Elevation Gain:

4,934′

Gain / Mile:

224′

Route map for Wapack Trail by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

Wapack Trail Elevation Profile

#10

Odyssey Trail Running Rampage

Millboro, VA

Month:

September

Distance:

25.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

5,492′

Gain / Mile:

215′

Odyssey Trail Running Rampage Loop (Marathon runs two loops)

#9

Boulder Beast

Lock Haven, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

24.7 miles

Elevation Gain:

5,372′

Gain / Mile:

218′

Boulder Beast Elevation Profile

#8

Old Glory Trail Marathon

Glen Lyn, VA

Month:

November

Distance:

26.6 miles

Elevation Gain:

6,023′

Gain / Mile:

226′

Old Glory Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

#7

Rock ‘N The Knob

Claysburg, PA

Month:

September

Distance:

26.3 miles

Elevation Gain:

6,383′

Gain / Mile:

243′

Rock ‘N The Knob Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

#6

CatsTail Trail Marathon

Shandaken, NY

Month:

October

Distance:

24.8 miles

Elevation Gain:

6,125′

Gain / Mile:

247′

CatsTail Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

#5

The Wild Oak Trail

Mt. Solon, VA

Month:

February

Distance:

27.6

Elevation Gain:

7,689′

Gain / Mile:

279′

Route map for TWOT Loop by Ian Golden on plotaroute.com

The Wild Oak Trail Loop Elevation Profile

#4

Mahoosuc Ridge to River

Sunday River, ME

Month:

September

Distance:

26 miles

Elevation Gain:

8,120′

Gain / Mile:

312′

Mahoosuc Ridge to River Trail Marathon Elevation Profile

#3

Kilkenny Ridge Race

Stark, NH

Month:

September

Distance:

23.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

7,704′

Gain / Mile:

329′

Kilkenny Ridge Race Elevation Profile

#2

Jay Peak Trail Festival

Jay Peak, VT

Month:

September

Distance:

22 miles

Elevation Gain:

7,900′

Gain / Mile:

367′

Jay Peak Trail Festival Loop Elevation Profile (Marathon runs two loops)

#1

Breakneck Point

Beacon, NY

Month:

May

Distance:

25.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

8,002′

Gain / Mile:

315′

Breakneck Point Trail Marathon Elevation Profile
RankEventTownStateMonthStravaPlotarouteHello,DrifterTopoFusionAvg ElevationMileageGain Per MileDivision
14Trapp Mountain MarathonStoweVTOctober4000360222873730340525.213526.2m
13Groton Forest Trail MarathonGrotonVTSeptember3433350747114239397327.314626.2m
12Ontario SummitNaplesNYJune4204408037925362436026.816326.2m
11TARC WapackAshburnhamMAMay559641244770524549342222426.2m
10Odyssey Trail Running RampageMillboroVASeptember5428502658725642549225.621526.2m
9Boulder BeastLock HavenPASeptember5464510454565465537224.721826.2m
8Old Glory Trail MarathonGlen LynVANovember6898555458995739602326.622626.2m
7Rock N’ The Knob Trail MarathonClaysburgPASeptember6629616662806457638326.324326.2m
6CatsTail Trail MarathonShandakenNYOctober5963596462936278612524.824726.2m
5Wild Oak Trail MarathonMt. SolonVAFebruary7,535719180357995768927.627926.2m
4Mahoosuc Ridge to RiverSunday RiverMESeptember895975168159784581202631226.2m
3Kilkenny Ridge RaceStarkNHSeptember7981732279337579770423.432926.2m
2Jay Peak Trail Festival 22mJay PeakVTSeptember8,400747277827944790021.536726.2m
1Breakneck Point Trail MarathonBeaconNYMay8579710679828342800225.431526.2m
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