Steep Rock 10K - Steep Rock Trail Series


Steep Rock 10K

$30 early registration through August 31

$35 September 1-15

$40 September 16-Race Day

Race Series

**Runners can sign up for all 3 races in the trail series at a discounted price!

10K/15K/Half ($100) through August 31

10K/15K/Half ($115) September 1-15

10K/15K/Half ($125) Sept. 15-29


In the first race of the series, the Steep Rock 10K, runners will get to experience the largest of the three preserves, with its amazing mix of single track, rail trails, and technical trails on the east side of the Shepaug River.

T-shirts will be offered to the first 100 pre-registered runners in the 10K.

Refund Policy: There will no refunds and/or no transfers of your registration or bib to any other person. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date--including course preparation, race supplies, permits, and administration.

Location / Directions / Parking

Race Headquarters will be located at the main entrance to the Steep Rock Preserve, 2 Tunnel Rd., Washington, CT. Parking will be located to the south of the equestrian riding ring. Please DO NOT park in the main parking lot to the north of the riding ring. That parking will be for volunteers and race officials only.

Course Description

The first race in the Steep Rock Trail Series, the Steep Rock 10K starts near the entrance to the preserve where runners will begin with about 2 miles of flat terrain on Tunnel Rd., before entering the Steep Rock Tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, runners continue straight until a couple of quick left turns to enter the southern end of the preserve. A long grinding climb up to the high point of the course at the top of the Pinney Loop Trail. A beautiful descent through the fern lined trail and then it’s back onto the rail trail. A couple of quick up and downs with the last one a gentle descent on Spring Hill Rd. After crossing the new Spring Hill Bridge, runners re-enter the trail to work their way up to the Holiday House on their left. A quick left down a somewhat technical descent and runners are in the home stretch along the river, through the parking lot and to the finish at the horse corral. This course is starts off easy in the first few miles, but is very challenging in the last ⅔ of the course with several climbs on the awesome, flowy and sometimes technical single track trails of the Steep Rock Preserve.

Course Maps

Elevation Profiles




Race Day Schedule

Sunday, September 29

  • 6:30 a.m. Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. 10K Race Start
  • 10:00 a.m. 10K Awards Ceremony begins

Aid Stations

Will we have water and/or electrolyte drink at the aid stations for the Steep Rock Half Marathon. Steep Endurance events are "cupless" races. Runners are required to carry their own hydration bottle, pack, or cup. This policy is put into effect in an effort to reduce the amount of waste and adopt a sustainable “green” practice for the series and the sport of trail running.

Shepaug Rail Trail (3.2 Miles):The aid station will be located as the runners are coming off of the Pinney Loop Trail to turn right to enter the rail trail.

Runner Rules

These rules are meant to make your experience during any Steep Rock Trail Series event a positive one. Most of these are common sense type policies that you will see at any trail or ultra race.

  • Absolutely No Littering! The vast majority of each course is on Steep Rock Association preserve land. Please respect that we are using their 3 amazing and beautiful trail systems for our races. Failure to do so could jeopardize the future of the series.
  • Race entries/bib numbers are not transferrable--hence NO unofficial runners
  • Following the marked course is mandatory. Please do not cut the course, cut any switchbacks, etc. Any runner caught doing so will be disqualified. In addition, if you get lost on the trail/road you must return to the point at which you lost the trail. The course will be well marked with ribbons and other necessary course markings.
  • Though the course will be VERY well marked, runners are ultimately responsible for knowing the course and carrying course maps if necessary.
  • Please respect others that are on the trail. Most of the trails on the course are open to the public and some are fairly well travelled (especially those in the main Steep Rock Preserve). Please announce your intentions to pass if you are coming upon a hiker or another runner.
  • If you must use the bathroom, please try to do so very discreetly a good distance off the trail before returning to the race.
  • If at anytime you intend to drop out of the race, please do so at an aid station/checkpoint by notifying the aid station captain. Surrendering your bib to the aid station captain will serve as notice of withdrawal/DNF for the race. Failure to follow these policies means somebody has to come looking for you. While this isn’t a marathon/ultra race, it is a trail race with some remote sections of trail, where we will be forced to have someone come looking for you and in some cases, local authorities (at your cost).
  • Smoking is not permitted on any of the trails or at any checkpoint by runners (probably shouldn’t be doing during a trail race anyway). Alcoholic beverages are also not permitted in any sections of the Steep Rock Preserves.
  • The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Steep Rock Trail Series encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the race. We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety will be a top priority for our events.
  • SMILE and enjoy the race! You are lucky to be enjoying these beautiful trails!


Each race in the Steep Rock Trail Series will offer awards in the following age groups for both men and women:
Overall, 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up.

Special “Steep Rock Trail Series” awards will be given in the following categories for series winners in the following categories: Overall Male/Female (1st, 2nd, and 3rd), Masters Male/Female (1st).

Medals will also be given to any participant who signs up for IN ADVANCE and RUNS in each of the three Steep Rock Trail Series events.

Post Race Celebration

You’ve just finished a super challenging course! Enjoy your accomplishment, sit back, relax, and don’t forget to cheer on all the runners coming in behind you! We will have the usual spread including bagels, bananas, pizza, non-alcoholic hydration options. **There is no alcohol permitted in any of the Steep Rock Association Preserves.