The resurrection of the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Trail Series continued this morning with the opening of registration for the TARC Spring Classic.
The event made its debut in 2011 and was held annually through 2019. The 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as were most other TARC races during that time. The Trail Animals resumed a handful of races in 2021 and hoped to revive the full TARC Trail Series in 2022.
Though races in the 2022 Trail Series are taking a patient approach to opening registration, the results have been promising thus far. The TARCtic Frozen Yeti will open the series on Jan. 29-30 at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., followed by To Hale and Back in March at the same location. The Trail Animals’ original race, the “Don’t Run Boston” 50K and 50-miler, is accepting applications for entry to the mid-April event, and the Wapack and Back 50/43-miler and 21.5-miler recently announced its May race date. Of the Trail Series events during the first half of the year that have announced race dates, only “Don’t Run Boston” took place in 2021.
The Spring Classic will take place on Saturday, April 23, in Weston, Mass., and it will offer its traditional 50K, marathon, half-marathon and 10K distances on a loop course. The entry fee for each distance is $25 per runner, and can be done via RunReg at this link. Registration is capped at 250 total runners, which is a decrease from prior years.
In addition to the reduced cap for total runners, additional pandemic-related measures for the 2022 event include not providing communal food at the aid station. The race will provide water, Tailwind, and potentially some pre-packaged energy products. Hot broth will also be provided if the weather is cold. Runners are expected to provide their own nutrition and will have space to set up their aid supplies near the start/finish area.