- 5 miles/8K, 10 miles
- Trail Race
The Fellsfest is a FANTASTIC trail race option for runners in the greater Boston area, and if you haven't run this race before, it is definitely worth putting on your To-Do list! This race was bigger than I expected and ended up really impressing me with all the little perks they put together for the participants.
Packet Pick-Up: Numerous options and times were available around Boston, making it very easy to pick up your T-shirt and bib ahead of time. They also offered race day pick-up. The T-shirt was cool, but not a tech tee, which would have been nice.
Parking/Access: There was parking available at the start, but what really impressed me was that they had shuttles available to pick you up from Oak Grove station (closest T-stop to the race) to take you the 4 miles to the start. This made public transportation an easy option for the race. They also had parking, though it looked very full by the time I got there, so arriving early to this one would probably be in your best interest if you have to drive to this race.
Course/Water Stations: The 10-milers started ahead of the 5-milers by 5 minutes which was smart, but there was still some congestion at the start as everyone headed into the trail. It didn't last too long though and then everyone was running comfortably. You had to watch out for the 5-milers though once they started because they blew by most of the 10-mile pack! As for the course, most of it was very runnable, even in road sneakers. Lots of rolling hills with 1 killer one thrown in that we hit just before mile 5 and again before mile 10 (the 10-mile route was just 2 loops of the 5-mile course). I think they had 2 water stations on course. I would have loved another one since it was a pretty humid day, but it wasn't too bad.
Post-Race Party: This might be the best part about this race. The post-race party was BUMPING! They had a DJ spinning tunes and 4 different breweries giving away free beer and hard cider - and runners who were of age were able to have as many as they wanted (which probably contributed to the amount of dancing that was going on)! There was also pizza, pita sandwiches, Larabars, Bai, Muscle Milk, and Suja juice. The pizza was delicious and just what I was craving after 10 tough miles.
Overall, I loved this race! I would 100% run it again.