Sunup to Sundown on the Vin Gormley Trail
The Rhode Island Trail Classic is presented to you by the same crew that hosts the Anchor Down Ultra, in Bristol, Rhode Island. We are passionate about endurance races that are true to the traditions of trail and ultra-running. We proudly present the first annual Rhode Island Trail Classic, "A Long Day in the Woods", this October 15th, 2022.
The Ocean State has a little-known jewel of a trail that circumnavigates Lake Watchaug in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Nestled in the woods of Burlingame State Park, these woods have played host to hikers and runners alike for decades, including the "Lil Rhody Runaround" by the Westerly Track Club. But perhaps no one loved these woods more than the trail's namesake, John Vincent Gormley, a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and local hiking legend. Mr. Gormley spent countless hours clearing and maintaining the yellow trail loop, leading to the trail to be named in his honor. The Rhode Island Trail Classic is to be held on the 7.8 mile mixed-terrain loop that is now known as the Vin Gormley Trail. Learn more about this trail, it's history and our course here.
We invite trail-runners, novice and experienced alike, to challenge themselves to "a long day in the woods." The Rhode Island Trail Classic is a sun-up to sun-down running race, with 11-hours on the clock to complete as many 7.8 mile loops as possible on the Vin Gormley Trail. Runners who can complete 2 loops or more (15.6 miles) will be rewarded with a truly unique token of the achievement, commensurate with the amount of loops they have completed.
The Rhode Island Trail Classic will also serve as one of the "Express Qualification Events" of the Anchor Down Ultra. For details on how to use the RI Trail Classic as a means of "Preferred Entry" to ADU, please see further information here.