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Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
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(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
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4.3
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4
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3.5
The GiddyUp Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms is returning to New Gloucester with a 2-day extravaganza featuring trail races, beer drinking, barbecue, music, and fun family events! Held annually on Memorial Day weekend, race options include a 10km, 5km, kid’s race, canicross 5km, 25km, 50km ultra & 50 mile … MORE
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    robertjjeffers REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I returned to the Pineland Farms Running Festival this year after running the 1k with my daughter the 5k with my wife and the 25k last year. You get a … MORE

    I returned to the Pineland Farms Running Festival this year after running the 1k with my daughter the 5k with my wife and the 25k last year. You get a really small cowbell for the 25k, so I had to come back for the bigger 50k cowbell.

    I really enjoyed the race and the atmosphere last year. Although I did not participate in the Saturday events this year, it is probably the best day to come out. I heard it was great this year as well. On Saturday they run a 1k fun run for the kids and you can run with them, a 5k, a 5k with small dogs, a 5k with big dogs and a 10k. The atmosphere is great with lots of kids and dogs. The BBQ area is lively as no one is really on the course all that long. If you are only running one of the longer Sunday races, come pick your bib up on Saturday to soak up some of the atmosphere.

    The course – The 50k course is a 5k mini loop and then two laps of what I would call a figure 8 consisting of two loops – a field loop and a trail loop
    (my names, not theirs). After finishing your 5k which is run on the trail side you head out to the fields. This year there was a lot of rain beforehand, so there was some decent shoe sucking off mud in the fields. My feet definitely got soaked and I ended up changing socks twice. Great picture of muddy legs at the end. Although it is the “field” side of the course, about 50% is run on regular trails. The fields are fully exposed so when the sun is out, you feel it and the ground tends to be sloped, making for some interesting footing. The second loop of the figure eight, is 90% on trails. Except for one small half mile stretch that has some roots and small wooden bridges, the trails are extremely smooth and not technical at all. They are at least 6 feet wide in most places, so really easy to run. You finish up the figure 8 and then do it all over again back to the fields and then the trails again (50 milers do it a third time).
    Hills – If you are a road runner that mostly runs on flat courses this will be hilly for you. While there are no long ascents, you are either going up or down for most of the course. If you are an experienced trail runner used to the AT or frequent Mt Washington, this will be a relatively easy course for you. There are a few short steep ascents, but most of the uphill is gradual and very runnable.
    Aid Stations – They do a really good job at the aid stations. The course comes back on itself so you tend to hit the same aid stations multiple times. The longest distance you have to run between aid is 2.5 miles. I carried a water bottle, but you could probably do this race without one. Nice mixture of sweet (cookies, m&ms, bananas, watermelon) and savory (PB&J, potatoes with salt, pickles, pickle juice..). Water Gatorade, coke and mountain dew. Great attitude at the aid stations, really pleased with the support.

    50K SNAFU – This year they changed the start line for all the races, which required a 5k loop for the 50k and a 10k loop for the 50 miler. When we ran the 5k loop we came across a sign with the words first loop on the top and then 50 milers with an arrow to the left and 50k with an arrow to the right. After you finish the 5k you come to this sign again. There was nothing on it about lap 2, so most of the field saw 50k and an arrow and went to the right. I initially did this too. About a quarter mile in we were at an aid station with the bag drop. I knew I was not supposed to be there until mile 10 and we were only at mile 3.5. I looked at the map and realized we should have made the left at the sign. Unfortunately there was no one from the race to confirm this. I ran back to the turn and ended up running the course as designed. Unfortunately about 80% of the field did not. This caused logistical chaos for the race crew and some very upset runners. I’m not 100% sure what they ended up doing but I did here people were running 1k loops to correct the mileage. I had studied the course, so I knew where to go and ran my race. The drawback was there was almost no one running the course correctly so it was very lonely. They did warn us beforehand, but with the 5k loop this is longer than a 50k, it was billed as 52k, but my watch had me at 55k. A half mile of that was my course correction, but speaking to someone else who ran the course correctly, they also had 55k (34 miles)

    Overall this is a really fun event, especially Day 1. If you are relatively new to trail ultras, this is a great race to start. The trails are wide and well maintained, no major climbs and lots of great aid stations. I preferred the old start location in the grove, but if it remains where it was this year I am sure they will work the kinks out and fix the problems. It is amazing how one poorly worded sign could create so much chaos.

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    3
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    2
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pineland Farms has an interesting history. It formerly was the campus of a mental institution for the state of Maine. It’s buildings are now rented out to various businesses. Surrounding … MORE

    Pineland Farms has an interesting history. It formerly was the campus of a mental institution for the state of Maine. It’s buildings are now rented out to various businesses. Surrounding the campus, are a complex network of meandering trails. They zig zag back and forth through woods, around the edge of fields, and even a dairy. The whole course is all runnable, and the path is flat and smooth except where it goes around the edges of the fields. Even the roots found on some sections were painted orange by the race directors. There was live music, food, and free beer provided by Shipyard Brewing at the finish. The amenities reminded me of a well-supported marathon as opposed to the average trail run. Even with the controversial history of the location, you would be crazy not to run this race if you had the chance.

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    4
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    3
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    lauralariv REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great race for getting started in ultra races. Course has many rolling hills, trails (not technical), grassy fields. Very good aid stations, and cool atmosphere at start/finish area MORE

    Great race for getting started in ultra races. Course has many rolling hills, trails (not technical), grassy fields. Very good aid stations, and cool atmosphere at start/finish area

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    mikeyseymour REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little … MORE

    This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little kids, your dog, shorter runs, or longer runs. I did the 50K and thoroughly enjoyed it. Part of the run is in the forest and the other part is through a farm. The changing scenery is nice since you’re running for so long. The forest part gives you a nice break from the sun. The race director is friendly and accessible. Four of us wanted to start the 50K race at the same time as the 50M (the 50K start time was 2 hours later). Even though it was not convenient for the director, he happily accommodated us. The aid stations are great. I brought a lot of food, but didn’t need it. You can stay fueled entirely on what is at the aid stations. The course itself is constant hills. When I say constant, I mean it literally. There is barely any flat ground on the course. That being said, none of the hills are particularly steep so the varied terrain ensures different muscle groups are worked. We walked all the up hills and ran the rest.

    The post race festivities were fun. It’s in a grassy area with lots of tables and benches. The food is great, there is music, and a great time all around. This is a great event to bring the entire family to. I thoroughly enjoyed my run here!

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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