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Sunup to Sundown under Peak Foliage 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 Rhode Island Trail Classic, "A Long Day in the Woods", this October 21nd, 2023, featuring an 11-hour ultramarathon and a 15 mile race on what we think are the most beautiful trails in The Ocean State.

This little-known jewel of a trail circumnavigates Lake Watchaug in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Nestled in the woods of Burlingame State Park, these paths 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, eventually having the trail named in his honor. The Rhode Island Trail Classic is to be held on the 7.5 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 features two divisions, the 11-Hour Timed Ultra and the 15-mile "fun run."

 

The 11-hour ultra is a sun-up to sun-down running race, with 11-hours on the clock to complete as many 7.5 mile loops as possible on the Vin Gormley Trail. Runners who can complete 2 loops or more (15 miles) will be rewarded with a truly unique token of the achievement, commensurate with the amount of loops they have completed.

New in 2023 we're also offering a 15-mile trail race for runners looking for a more traditional trail-race structure rather than the timed ultra. 

The Rhode Island Trail Classic 11-Hour Ultra division 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