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Pan-Ipswich Challenge

  • 05 May 2012
  • 8:00 AM
  • Hood Pond to Crane Beach


  • Runners will leave Hood Pond at 10:30 am. Dogs permitted on the first half of the route only.
  • To run the second half, please be ready to leave Appleton Farms Grass Rides between 12:15 and 12:30. You will join in with the 20-mile runners when they come through.
  • Walkers will depart Hood Pond at 8:00 am. Dogs permitted on the first half of the route only.
  • To Walk the 2nd Half of the Pan-Ipswich Challenge, meet at Appleton Farms Grass Rides at 11:15 am. Dogs are not permitted on the second half of the route.

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Join us for the 3nd Annual ECTA Pan-Ipswich Challenge on Saturday May 5th. Our 20 mile walk/run from the west end of Ipswich (Hood Pond) to the coast (Steep Hill Beach) will highlight some of the best trails and open lands on the North Shore.  We will cross through Willowdale State Forest, Bradley Palmer State Park, Greenbelt's Pingree Reservation, The Trustees' Appleton Farms, New England Biolabs, Maplecroft Trail then down Argilla Road to the Trustees' Steep Hill Beach. 

Click here to view a map of the route.
Please join us, or if you can't make the walk, please make a pledge to support the walk.  Walkers will leave at 8am.  Runners will leave at 10:30 am.  For those who are unable to make the full 20 miles, we will have a 10-mile group starting at Appleton Farms Grass Rides at 11:15 am.  All registrants will receive details about parking closer to the event. 

Participants, friends and family are welcome to attend the grand finale celebration at Steep Hill Beach where we will be joined by the Ipswich Ale truck and will be serving up hamburgers and hot dogs.  And don't miss out on the "Big Steak" raffle!  Ed Dick of Barrett Realty will provide mid-route refreshments at Appleton Farms Grass Rides.

All participants in the Pan-Ipswich Challenge are asked to raise a minimum of $100 on behalf of ECTA.  Click here to download a pledge sheet. 

Pledges can be made ONLINE through our Donation page.  Please direct your sponsors to:
There are instructions on how to donate specifically for the Challenge. 
Many thanks to all who supported the walk over the last two years, it was a great success - we are looking forward to your continued support, and to making this an even bigger success to help keep our trail network open!

Click here to link to our Facebook Page.  Find out what people are saying about the Pan-Ipswich Challenge and see more pictures from last year's event!

Special thanks to our event sponsors for their support!

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