2015 Annual Labor Day Rail Trail Ramble Details
Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)
What is the Rail Trail Ramble? It’s a family and community event where you can walk, run, or cycle along the Northern Rail Trail at your own pace, then enjoy a BBQ at Colburn Park (i.e. The Green) in Lebanon, NH. The course follows an 8 mile leg of the Northern Rail Trail that starts in Lebanon, NH (just across from the CCBA) and passes trestle bridges, rock cliffs, and lake views on its way to Enfield, NH. For the first 50 people who get to Enfield, we give them pie! We’ve seen runners, cyclists and even the occasional very fast walker get all the way out there.
How long is it to the turnaround point in Enfield? 8 miles. (And you get pie when you get there!)
Is there a specific start time? Our course opens at 9 AM and you can come start your ramble at any time between 9 AM and 11 AM. If your goal is to get all the way to Enfield, we suggest starting closer to 9 AM. Keep in mind: you’ll also want to get back to Colburn Park in time for the BBQ, which takes place between 11AM - 1PM. We supply water along the course until 12 PM only, after which our support stops and the trail will close down.
Where can I register? Online? Day of? There are two ways to register. (1) You can register on line clickhere to register online which gives you a discount and makes it easier for you to simply walk up to our registration table and get out on the course without having to handle money when you get to the event. (2) You can register on the day of the event at the Spencer Street Rail Trail trailhead, located across from the CCBA.
Will there be water provided on the course? There are water stops every 1-4 miles. They are maintained from 9-12 PM. If it’s a hot day, we do recommend carrying extra water with you. There will be no water on the course after 12 PM.
What’s the deal with the ‘pie in Enfield’? Our roots were in a movement we called ‘Pedal for Pie’, which rewarded folks for biking 8 miles from Lebanon to Enfield with pie. We still give folks pie – it’s a great break and super-duper-tasty.
What’s the difference between pie in Enfield and the BBQ on the green? The BBQ is for absolutely everyone who attends the Rail Trail Ramble – ramble a bit then head over to Colburn Park for a bite to eat! The BBQ starts at noon and wraps up around 1 PM. The pie in Enfield only goes to the first 50 folks who follow the rail trail all the way to Enfield while the course is open (i.e. between 9 AM and 12 PM).
I am a runner; is this a good event for me? The RTR is a great event for runners because it’s one of those rare events where you can have a goal of any distance without racing against a clock. It’s a beautiful run with great views and features, and you’ll get water support along the way too (and even snacks – if you can keep them down!). Just be aware: that water support is only there until 12 PM when our support of the course shuts down.
What kind of bike is right for the trail? The trail is mostly gravel and dirt – so you want to be sure you use a bike with tires that can handle this terrain. Mountain bikes and many hybrids are good fit – and tricycles are certainly seen too!
Where can I register? Online? Day of? There are two ways to register:
(1) You can click here to register online, which gives you a discount and makes it easier for you to simply walk up to our registration table and get out on the course without having to handle money when you get to the event. Online registration is open until 8 PM on 9/6/2015
(2) You can register on the day of the event at the Spencer Street Rail Trail trail-head, located across from the CCBA.