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Welcome to the website of the Ultra Around the Lake. Somerville Road Runners is proud to present the 18th annual race on July 25-26, 2014. We will offer four events - 24 hour ultra, 12 hour ultra, 24 hour relay and marathon. The flat race course is run on sidewalks and paths around scenic Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. The 24-Hour Race raises funds each year for Wakefield Educational Foundation and Christmas in the City. Come join us at the 24-Hour Race and challenge your limits.



Start times:

24-Hour Ultra, Marathon and Relay — Friday July 25, 2014 at 9 PM
12-Hour Ultra — Saturday July 26, 2014 at 9 AM

Venue: 100 Quannapowitt Parkway, Wakefield
Course: Small changes to 2013 course including relocation of timing area, start line, and course will no longer go through hotel parking lot
Status of Course certification: On April 17th, the course was measured by USATF course measurer Bob Kennedy. He has certified over 50 courses. The loop distance is 5.1064721 km. The start loop distance is 1.343224 km. Bob will mark and describe the 50 km, 100 km, 50 mile and 100 mile marks later. The course map and application will be submitted to USATF for approval in the next week. Upon approval a USATF course certification number will be issued. Links to preliminary course maps and lap chart are below.
Map - start line detail
Map - start loop
Map - start and finish of first loop detail
Map - lake loop
2014 Lap Count and Mileage
Parking area: 5 story parking garage about 50 yards from course
Runner safety: 24 hour police and fire department details. Medical assistance at the main support station (passed once every loop)
Registration: OPEN

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Important Dates and Times

Race Date:

July 25-26, 2014

Start Times:

24 Hour Ultra: 9:00 PM July 25
12 Hour Ultra: 9:00 AM July 26
6-8 person relay: 9:00 PM July 25
Marathon: 9:00 PM July 25

Race Day Number Pickup:

100 Quannapowitt Parkway - parking garage
Marathon, 24 Hour ultra, Relay - Friday, July 25 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
12 Hour ultra - Saturday, July 26 from 7:00 - 8:30 AM


Location and Directions

100 Quannapowitt Parkway
Wakefield, MA 01880

The race is located near exit 39 of I-95 and accessible by public transportation

Google Maps
Driving directions
MBTA bus 137 near start/finish
MBTA Haverhill commuter rail 1.1 miles away
GPS coordinates of 100 Quannapowitt Parkway: 42.518681, -71.086148

Entry Fees

Entry Fees and Registration

Race may close prior to race day due to permit limitations

All service fees are included in entry fees listed below
No mail-in registration this year, online only
Early Registration (1/1/2014 - 4/30/2014)
24 Hour ultra: $130
12 Hour ultra: $105
6-8 person relay: $230
Marathon: $85
Somerville Road Runners Member Registration online 15% DISCOUNT (1/1/2014 - 4/30/2014)
24 Hour ultra: $110.50
12 Hour ultra: $89.25
6-8 person relay: $195.50
Marathon: $72.25
Email: for coupon code
Information on SRR membership
Regular Registration (online: 5/1/2014 - 7/18/2014)
24 Hour ultra: $140
12 Hour ultra: $115
6-8 person relay: $255
Marathon: $95

Entry fee includes custom designed technical tshirts for all entries prior to July 1, 2014. A limited selection may be available on race day for $20.00 each

Online Registration
Entrant List
Race Waiver and Liability Release



Scenic, flat, wheel-measured 3-mile* loop course around Lake Quannapowitt is well marked with minimal traffic. The course is entirely on paved surfaces (sidewalks, paths, and office park access road). The marathon course is pending certification for USATF and as Boston Marathon Qualifier.

*Due to minor course changes the course was remeasured on April 17, 2014. The new course maps and course certification information should be available in early May 2014

2013 Lake Quannapowitt Loop Map
2013 Lap Count and Mileage
2013 USATF Measurement Certificate
2013 USATF Course Certification Map


Weather Forecast

Realtime weather from nearest weather station in Melrose, MA from Weather Underground


Extended forecast from Accuweather
Historical weather forecasts (5 minute increments) from Weather Underground


IAU bronze label listing

The 12 Hour and 24 Hour races have International Association of Ultrarunners bronze label listing (No 399 and 400) for 2013. Bronze label listing for 2014 is pending.



The race will be timed with chip timing

All runners will receive split times for each loop around Lake Quannapowitt


Awards and Prize Money

Custom medals will be given to finishers in all events

12 hour ultra and 24 hour ultra:  Prize money given to the top 3 finishers, male and female in 12 hour ultra and 24 hour ultra (Prize money amounts to be announced soon). Custom belt buckle awarded to ultra runners completing 32 laps (about 102 miles) or more

Marathon and Relay:  Awards given to the top 3 finishers, male and female in marathon and first relay team. Category awards (male, female and mixed) for relay teams will be given if there are at least 2 teams per category



Clarion Inn 0.25 miles from finish
Sheraton Colonial 3.4 miles from finish

Aid Stations

Aid Stations

At start/finish area: A good selection of food and drink including sports drink, baked goods, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, energy gel and 12 portapotties

Halfway around lake: water and energy drink



Volunteers are essential to the success of the race. Volunteering with the 24 Hour Race is an exciting opportunity for you to share in the fun and excitement of race day. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from setup, registration, to staffing aid stations and cleanup. Help is needed throughout the race, from the starting line to the finish line. Please sign up today to help with the 2014 race.
Volunteer Registration
Confirmation of Volunteer Registration


Race Charities

2010 Donation to Wakefield Educational Foundation

The 24 Hour race has contributed over $50,000 to our beneficiaries in the last 4 years.

In 2014, the race is supporting the following charities:

Wakefield Educational Foundation is an independent non-profit that works to address needs unmet by public funding within the Wakefield Public School System. It supports individuals and groups from the Wakefield Public School System through mini-grants awarded for initiatives that have long-term creative and innovative educational benefits in such key areas as arts in education, science and technology, math enrichment and environmental science.

Christmas in the City  was started as a volunteer-driven effort to offer homeless children a holiday experience. It hosts an annual party, which serves over 6000 children from the region’s homeless shelters, matching all of them with gifts and a special experience. Also, beyond its holiday party, Christmas in the City (through its Adopt a Family program) offers advice and assistance to families transitioning from shelters to their own housing, and provides Thanksgiving food baskets to families who need help to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It strives to ameliorate the impact of homelessness on families and children living in shelters.




Telephone: Larry Horlick @ (617) 731-7767

US Mail:
Larry Horlick
45 Kendall St
Brookline, MA 02445