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Dear Runners,

Many of you have been waiting for an update around registration for the 2016 Ultra Around the Lake race. It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of the event this year. This was a difficult decision for our race committee but we were not successful in securing a location for this year after many attempts. The safety and convenience of you, our runners, is our top priority and we cannot stage an event without a secure location and the town of Wakefield's permission. With only a few months left, we do not have enough time to put forth a good event like last year. That said, we are looking ahead to 2017 and will put our efforts into securing a location for next year to offer our running community a new and improved race experience. We thank you all for your patience with all our updates over the last few weeks, appreciate your understanding with this difficult decision, and are looking ahead to a new event.

Thank you for your loyalty.

The 2016 Ultra Around the Lake Race Committee

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Important Dates and Times

Race Date:

Look for us to return in 2017!


Location and Directions

200 Quannapowitt Parkway
Wakefield, MA 01880

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

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Driving directions
MBTA bus 137 near start/finish
MBTA Haverhill commuter rail 1.1 miles away
GPS coordinates of 200 Quannapowitt Parkway: 42.518681, -71.086148

Entry Fees

Entry Fees and Registration

Registration 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


Entry fee includes custom designed technical tshirts for all entries prior to July 1, 2015. A limited selection may be available on race day for $20 each



Scenic, flat, wheel-measured 5.1064721 km 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 certified by USATF (course number is MA14007JK) and is Boston Marathon Qualifier. The race is USATF sanctioned (sanction number 14-02-535).

2015 USATF certification map and measurement certificate
2015 USATF Sanction Certificate
2015 Lap Count and Mileage


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 2014.



The race will be timed with chip timing by RaceWire
The following timing chips will be used:
Marathon: Disposable RFID bib tag
12 Hour Ultra, 24 Hour Ultra, 24 Hour Relay: Reusable RFID Ultratag which is mounted on a velcro band attached to the athleteís ankle.
Results are available during the event on RaceWire website with about 10 minute delay.

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.

1st place $300 (M and F) plus free entry to 2016 race
2nd place $200 (M and F) plus free entry to 2016 race
3rd place $100 (M and F) plus free entry to 2016 race

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 2015 race.


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 2015, 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 regionís 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.