Wicked Tough 10

More than just another 10K.

While not the ultramarathon of its big brother, this 10K is no piece of cake. The views from Battie and the shoulder of Megunticook are stunning and will come at a time when runners will be very inclined to take a short break to enjoy them. With over 1600’ of elevation gain, this course will test even the most accomplished runner.

You’ll get a nice downhill warmup to the ocean but after that you’re in for some serious fun. The majority of the course is on trails through the beautiful woods of Northern New England. But twice, you’ll break out onto open ledge and have stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the coastal areas from Acadia to Tenant’s Harbor. This signals the end to an arduous climb and the beginning of a much-appreciated downhill section. But make sure you have your “trail eyes” well trained lest a rock or root grab your foot.

Whether a competitive runner wishing to test himself against one of the toughest courses around or a fast-walker more interested in exploring the mountains of Mid-Coast Maine, you will find what you’re looking for in the Wicked Tough Ten.

Course Information

Miles Pavement

Miles Single Track Trails

Considerations

  • Carry plenty of water. This especially so if the weather is warm. There are a lot of brooks on the course that can be used if things get desperate. It’s good water but no guarantee you won’t get Ghirrardia. Symptoms won’t appear for several days anyway. Dehydration, on the other hand, is immediate and very dangerous.
  • The course will be well-marked. However, people do get off-course. If you go more than a couple hundred yards without seeing a sign or some flagging, turn around and go back until you see one.
  • Study the course before the race. Not only will it help you know where to go but it will also help you know when the climbs are coming.
  • Train for this event. Both are toughies and if you think this is an ordinary race, you could end-up in trouble.
  • Aid stations 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have snacks as well as water and electrolyte drinks. Aid stations 1 and 7 will have only water.
  • Use bug spray. Ticks are gross.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunburns hurt.

+ Start at Gate House and Cross Rt 1 to the East

+ Proceed down to the ocean and then back up through the meadow

+ Cross Route 1 again and head up the Mount Battie Road

+ Join Tablelands Trail ⅔ up Battie Road

+ From Battie Summit, Proceed Down Battie Road to Carriage Road Trail

+ Carriage Road Trail .7 Miles Then Right on Carriage Trail

+ Carriage Trail .8 Miles Then Left on Tablelands Trail

+ Tablelands Trail 1.2 Miles to Megunticook Lookout

Right on Megunticook Trail 1.5 Miles to Finish

Aid Stations

  • 2.4 mi to Aid #1 at Battie
  • 4.5 mi. to Aid #2 at Jack Williams

Course Map

Route map for WTT by David Hirschfeld on plotaroute.com