2012 7 Sisters Trail Race

Today was the 22nd annual 7 Sisters Trail Race on the New England Trail (NET) in the Holyoke Range of central Massachusetts. It was the 11th year in a row that Debbie has run the race, so she has done half of them. I took the year off.

I’ve written about 7 Sisters each of the last four years. There is more history and stuff about the race in my archived posts: 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Mile for mile, 7 Sisters is the toughest trail race in New England. It is also one of the most beautiful. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the race over the years. It is one of Debbie’s favorite events.

We saw a lot of friends at the start/finish in Hadley. It was great to see all of our mates from the Shenipsit Striders and Team Horst Sports.

Debbie was 2nd woman behind last year’s champ, Kelsey Allen. She had to pass another woman on the final descent to secure her spot. Ross Krause got his first Sisters win, and was a very happy man. He outran his friend, Tim Cote, but not by much.

The Summit House is undergoing renovations, so the course was rerouted at the top of Mount Holyoke.

Judging by last year, it could be a while before we see results, but I will post them as soon as they are available. According to Debbie, the trail conditions were good. The weather was fine. I hung out with our kids and watched the runners navigate the sketchy rocks on the final descent. I had to bribe my kids to stay in that spot. The light was a bit harsh…and so were the rocks. It only cost me $1 each of “patience money.” It was a great day in the Holyoke Range on a great trail.

The next race in the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series is Soapstone Mountain Trail Race. Debbie is the race director. The race is two weeks from today. We hope to see many of the folks from 7 Sisters (good luck with recovery!) at Shenipsit State Forest on 20 May. There aren’t as many rocks and the trails are a blast whether you run the 24 kilometer long course or the 6 kilometer Sampler.

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