The 2023 Joe English Twilight Challenge
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
The Joe English Twilight Challenge is an evening/nightime trail run hosted at Freestyle Farm in Amherst, NH. This event consists of a marathon, a half-marathon and a 6-hour ultra-marathon. The 6-hour ultra may be run individually or by 2- or 5 member teams. Shorter distance runners compete in the two-lap run which covers 5.24 miles. After dusk, much of the race is run in the moonlight on equestrian trails through woods, over fields and around a 50-acre pond. The course is marked with fluorescent light sticks, ground flags and occasional signal fires. Headlamps are essential.
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Competition With a Purpose
The objective of the Joe English Twilight Challenge night of distance races is to raise funds for the preservation of land for public use. All proceeds benefit the Amherst Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. The trust protects rural, scenic, and open-space lands for future generations. Serving as educator and deal-maker since 1975, the trust has preserved hundreds of acres of New Hampshire conservation land for public enjoyment.We have worked to develop a high-quality distance running event which appeals not only to competitive runners, but to outdoor and fitness enthusiasts, and individuals and organizations with an environmental ethic.The Joe English Twilight Challenge also enables us to foster broader awareness of the programs of the Amherst Land Trust and create linkages with the running community, trail users and environmentally conscious corporate entities. We also seek to encourage participation in distance running and events on the trails at Freestyle Farm.