|2018 US Mnt Running Champion|
Allie McLaughlin on UWB
Photo: Joe Viger Photography
At first glance the Loon Mountain Race looks pretty straightforward. Start at the bottom of the mountain and race to the top. Yet, as with most things, the devil is in the details. Because this is not your ordinary 6.6 mile race and the terrain varies, it's important to have an understanding of the course. In an effort to mentally compartmentalize the race and develop specific training strategies the following is a break down of the course.
Distance: 6.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3125 feet
Average Slope: 14%
Surfaces: dirt service roads, ski slopes, and dirt trails
The course map provides a general overview of the various surfaces participants will encounter.
With a challenge such as the Loon Mountain Race it's helpful to break the course down into manageable 'sections' and 'climbs'. Described below is the course in three sections with five (5) distinct 'climbs' and some insider knowledge from legendary mountain runner Dave Dunham. Each section also includes a sample indoor workout for those folks who do not have access to mountainous terrain. As with any exercise program you must be of good health and make initial modifications if necessary.
Section 1: Start to Camp III Aid Station
Section 3: Gondola Aid Station to Finish (North Peak Summit)