Welcome to the Vin Gormley Trail

The Vin Gormley Trail is a 7.5 mile loop around Lake Watchaug in Charlestown, Rhode Island. It is comprised of approximately 5 1/2 miles of trail, 1/2 mile of dirt roadway and 1 1/2miles of paved roadway. 

Originally created by the Youth Conservation Corps in the 1960s, the 7.5 mile trail carved through Burlingame State Park was renamed in 1991 after local hiking legend John Vincent Gormley. Mr. Gormley spent over a decade maintaining the "yellow trail loop" around Watchaug Pond. He was a member of the Trails Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and passionate about getting out and enjoying time in the woods of Rhode Island.

Our running community shares in the passion Mr. Gormley had for our trails and forests. As endurance  athletes, we often revel in this passion by running miles and miles in the outdoor places that we love the most. Thanks to Mr. Gormley, this trail is one of the most iconic of the Ocean State, and one that we're excited to share with like-minded endurance athletes from the region and beyond.  


The structure of the Rhode Island Trail Classic (RITC) is such that it gives trail runners, novice and experienced alike, a chance to push themselves for either 15 miles or 11-hours on this historic trail. Athletes can simply run the 15-mile race to compete against other athletes over 2 loops, while others choose the 11-hour division to push themselves to complete as many loops as possible before nightfall, even potentially earning the coveted "preferred entry" to the Anchor Down Ultramarathon.

Aid is available at the start/finish line within the Burlington State Campgrounds, as well as halfway through each loop at the Buckeye Brook Aid Station. Therefore, 15 mile runners will have access to aid 3 times throughout their race, while 11-hour ultra competitors will have access to aid two times on every completed loop of the course.  

Strategically held each year in mid-October, the RITC will be run under peak fall foliage, giving athletes a chance to experience Vin's namesake with all of it's color.