Your intrepid reporter hit the streets of Hartland this morning to preview the Under the Tree 10K course, which is the next race in the Upper Valley Running Series. Other than some wicked humidity, here’s what I found:
- Mile 0-1: running North on Rt. 12, narrow shoulder, slightly uphill, but generally flat
- Mile 1-2: left onto Brownsville Rd, pass Skunk Hollow on your right. Less traveled road, a little more uphill profile than the first mile.
- Mile 2-3: left onto County Rd. This is where the fun really begins. This entire mile is pretty much all uphill, nothing steep, but just a steady climb. Easy to overdo it at this point before reaching the half-way point.
- Mile 3-4: left onto Rice Rd. Rice is a dirt road and a welcome relief from County Rd. More shade here as well as this area has many more trees. Profile of this mile is relatively flat with a few nice downhills. One noticeable uphill right as you approach mile 4.
- Mile 4-5: still on Rice Rd. The easiest mile of the course, some nice downhills with a killer view of the Mt. Ascutney area as you close in on the mile 5 marker.
- Mile 5-6.2: left onto Rt. 5. A busy road with a narrow shoulder. Also about 1/2 mile uphill from Rice Rd. towards Hartland Five Corners. Once you see the Mobil station on your right, it’s flat to the finish, turning on Rt. 12 with 2/10 of a mile to go.
Remember, to score points in the UVRS, you must complete the 10K course, as the 5K will not count. See you next Saturday morning on hopefully a less humid day!!