NOR'WITCH Halloween 


 25k · 50k · 100k 


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic ALL 2020 Nor'east trail runs races have been cancelled

stay home, stay safe, stay #netrstrong!!


100% trail course for 2020!

Run the witch

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Merck Forest & Farmland Center

Rupert, Vermont


Welcome to the NEW Nor'witch Halloween 100K! Choose from ALL-TRAIL 100K, 50K & 25K options at this hair-raising ultra spooktacular in Southern Vermont's Taconic Mountains. Softshell jackets for runners in all distances, pro photography with free downloads, and unique finisher awards and leather belts for 100K finishers. Tons of candy and treats at the aid stations, and a nonstop Halloween trail party with fun family-friendly events at the start/finish! 


Oh yeah, and HUGE cash prizes! Total prize purse of $2,200 in the 100K (including a cash prize for best costume)!!!

Registration is capped at 150 total runners.

start times


100K: 8 AM

50K & 25K: 10 AM



The course is a 25-km trail loop through the backcountry hardwood forests of the Northern Taconic Mountains in Rupert, Vermont. The loop starts and ends on the working Merck Farm, and climbs and descends Mount Antone and The Gallop, the two highpoints in the area. Runners will be treated to plenty of elevation change on this mountainous course. 100K runners will complete the loop four times, and 50K runners twice. 

Late foliage, early snow, and unseasonable warm weather are all possible! It might be cold, wet, and/or windy, especially at night! There will be heated cabins along the course and a heated area at the start/finish to warm up. 

Full course map and elevation profile coming soon! 

2019 course

photos & swag

The Nor'witch Halloween 100K will be photographed by renowned sports photographer Joe Viger. All runners will receive free downloads of all photos! High res downloads and prints will be available to purchase - please support your race photographer! 

All entrants in all distances get a softshell jacket! Sign up by September 30, 2020 to guarantee your jacket size!!

awards & prizes

100K finishers earn a leather belt. 25K and 50K finishers earn unique finishers medals.

Custom awards for top three female and male finishers of each distance. 


cash prizes


With a total of $2,200 in cash prizes available at the 2020 Nor'witch, things could get interesting!! Cash prizes will be awarded six deep in the 100K in both genders, with bonuses for elite times:

1st place: $175
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $125
4th place: $100
5th place: $75
6th place: $50

$100 bonus awarded if the male winner goes under 10 hours, and/or the female winner goes under 11 hours

PLUS a $225 bonus if the male winner goes under 9 hours, and/or the female winner goes under 10 hours

AND a $200 prize for best costume!!! (all distances eligible)

aid stations

Frequent fully-stocked aid stations with scary good snacks throughout the course. Expect hot cider, soda, electrolyte drinks, standard salty and sweet snacks, gels, hot food, local treats, and yes, plenty of candy! Heated cabins/warming areas will be available on the course and at the start/finish.


Want to join in the fun but not feeling a race? We have lots of options for volunteering!


Volunteers get $15/hour in Nor'east Trail Runs race entries or merch, in fully transferable credits that never expire!  Help out for 4+ hours and we'll throw in a Nor'east BOCO hat, too, for when your witch hat is at the dry cleaners.

Sign up now and bring your costume!

2019 course

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