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    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 157 County Road, Ipswich
    • 18

    Join ECTA board member Joe Sandulli on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 for an equestrian trail ride to Greenbelt's Sagamore Hill Conservation Area We will be departing on horseback at 10AM.  We'll start at Joe Sandulli's house (157 County Road, Ipswich) and ride through New England Biolabs to Gardner Street and Sagamore Street. We will go up the Sagamore Hill Conservation Area, where we'll pick up the Donovan Reservation trail leading back to the Clark and Sears properties. Finally, we'll cross through the Trustees of Reservation's Appleton Farms and Greenbelt's Julia Bird Reservation to loop back to Joe's house. During our ride, former ECTA board member, Liz Wheaton, will be serving rum and cider at the top of Sagamore Hill!

    Fee:  $20 for non-members, free for active ECTA members

    Pre-registration is required by Friday, November 15th. Trailer parking is limited, please try to carpool or let us know if you are hacking over to the start (additional parking available at Bird field). 

    The route is about 8.5 miles and the pace will be mostly trotting and walking (similar to a hilltopping pace in the hunt field).  There is one bridge crossing (crossed twice).  The ride should take about 3 hours.  You must have your own horse and helmets are required. Please bring a horse comfortable with riding in a group.

    Maximum Number of Participants: 21

    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Patton Park, Hamilton

    ECTA is holding its 2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 29, 2019).  The 5k will begin at 10AM on November 29, and the Kids' Run will start at 9:30AM.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In addition to cash (or gift certificates) for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, there will be cash prizes for the teams (co-ed) with the most runners and that have the best score (on a traditional XC scoring basis).  We are building on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for the last 10 years with Gabe's Run, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gabe's Fund.  Whether you seek a personal record or camaraderie with old friends and rivals, this event is for you!  Check our Facebook Page @thanksforthetrails and our Instagram ectathanksforthetrails5k

    Divisions:  Men's and Women's 25 & Under, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, Over 55. Also, age-adjusted winners get a prize.

    Registration Fees: 

    Pre-Registration for 5k: $25 through Nov. 24th

    Post-Registration for 5k: $30 Race Day 7:30-8:25 AM  at Patton Park

    Kids' Run:  $15 per child  (Children 12 and Under)

    Team Competition:  For the team competition, only teams with at least 5 runners and at least 2 of each gender will be counted.  The Team with the largest number of runners will win $100 cash and the fastest team (on a traditional XC scoring with at least 2 of each gender scoring) will also win $100 cash.  Please mark your team name on your registration, or email it to

    Kids' Fun Run: This 1 mile fun run for younger runners (12 and under) will begin at 9:30 AM sharp.  It will start and finish at the 5K starting/finishing line(s). Merchandise prizes awarded to first finishing girl and first finishing boy.

    Packet Pick-up:  If you wish to pick up your bib and t-shirt early (for pre-registered runners ONLY), we will be at New England Running Company at 43 Enon Street in Beverly during the day on Wednesday, November 27th from 10am-5pm.  Otherwise, pick it up at the pre-registration table at the race starting at 7am.

    Parking and race start:  Just north of the race start/finish in Patton Park by the tennis courts and WW2 tank (in the direction of Ipswich), we will have use of a large parking area on the Myopia Schooling fields.  The entrance is marked with ECTA and Parking signs on Route 1A and is generally across the street from the First United Methodist Church. From your car, you can reach the starting area by walking/jogging a couple hundred yards south on Route 1A, or across the fields.   PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE POLICE OR WINTHROP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOTS.

    Bag Check:  November weather can be pretty chilly.  The race time temperature will probably be  around freezing.  Please dress accordingly.  We will have a gear check table/tent if you want to leave your jackets, sweatpants, etc. during the race.

    Post-race:  We will have plenty of food and drinks in the finish area, so please enjoy the refreshments while awaiting the awards and lucky number winners at or about 10:40am. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3  men and women and to the fastest and largest teams.  Merchandise prizes to top 3 in the age groups.  At least 15 lucky number prizes.  Last year's prizes included gift cards from New England Running (7 $50 gift cards), Seaside Cycle (Manchester by the Sea), Tendercrop Farms (Wenham),  a pair of Celtics tickets, and a pair of Bruins tickets.

    Results: will be posted in the finish area and will be texted to each runner’s cellphone. It will also be posted on

    Course Maps:  5K Map - click here     Kids' Run Map - click here

    Registration Form (if you'd rather mail it in to PO Box 358, Hamilton, MA, 01936):  click here 

    Liability Waivers (ONLY for those under 18):  5k click here, Kids' Run click here **Please fill out this additional liability waiver if you registered online AND are under 18 years of age for either the 5k or the Kids' Run.  Mail it to PO Box 358, Hamilton, MA  01936 or bring to race. 

    Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

    Support the people who support us!  Click on the logos to check out the websites of our sponsors!  We couldn't do it without them!

Past events

21 Sep 2019 15th Annual Run for the Trails
22 Jun 2019 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party
02 Jun 2019 2nd Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
11 May 2019 5th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
27 Apr 2019 24th Annual Equine Expo
23 Apr 2019 Spring Annual Meeting
14 Apr 2019 Dow Brook Vernal Pool Walk with IRWA
09 Feb 2019 Signs of Life Walk with IRWA
13 Jan 2019 Ski to the Black Cow *POSTPONED*
23 Nov 2018 Thanks for the Trails 5k
15 Sep 2018 14th Annual Run for the Trails
23 Jun 2018 ECTA Trail Jamboree
09 Jun 2018 Volunteer Work Day in Wenham!
02 Jun 2018 Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
26 May 2018 Nature Walk at Chebacco Woods
05 May 2018 4th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
28 Apr 2018 23rd Annual Equine Expo
17 Apr 2018 Spring Annual Meeting
07 Apr 2018 Rail Trail Bike Ride
24 Mar 2018 Ski to the Black Cow CANCELLED
30 Dec 2017 Ski to Ipswich Ale Brewery
24 Nov 2017 Not Too Stuffed to Hike at Bradley Palmer
22 Oct 2017 Autumn Trail Ride
17 Oct 2017 ECTA night at Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table
30 Sep 2017 Adventure Biathlon: CANCELLED
16 Sep 2017 13th Annual Run for the Trails
17 Jun 2017 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party
03 Jun 2017 National Trails Day Walk
28 May 2017 Sagamore Hill Conservation Area/Donovan Reservation Trail Ride
13 May 2017 3rd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
29 Apr 2017 22nd Annual Equine Expo
11 Apr 2017 Spring Annual Meeting
08 Apr 2017 Rail Trail Bike Ride
11 Feb 2017 Ski to the Black Cow
19 Nov 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
22 Oct 2016 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
25 Sep 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
17 Sep 2016 12th Annual Run for the Trails
11 Sep 2016 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
28 Aug 2016 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
24 Jul 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
17 Jul 2016 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
26 Jun 2016 Tree and Plant Walk at Riverbend, West Newbury
18 Jun 2016 Summer Solstice Party
04 Jun 2016 ECTAthlon 2016
14 May 2016 2nd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
07 May 2016 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 3: Riverbend Conservation Area, West Newbury
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 2: Willowdale State Forest
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 1: Appleton Farms
30 Apr 2016 21st Annual Equine Expo
24 Apr 2016 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
19 Apr 2016 Spring Annual Meeting
09 Apr 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
19 Mar 2016 Warbler Alley Walk in West Newbury
21 Feb 2016 Ski to the Village Pancake House
15 Feb 2016 Ski to the Black Cow RESCHEDULED
09 Jan 2016 Stories from the Wild Side at Bradley Palmer
22 Dec 2015 DCR's Winter Solstice Celebration
18 Oct 2015 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
27 Sep 2015 Ipswich River Tree Walk
20 Sep 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
19 Sep 2015 11th Annual Run for the Trails
13 Sep 2015 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
23 Aug 2015 ECTA Polo Day
20 Jun 2015 Summer Solstice Party
06 Jun 2015 ECTAthlon 2015
03 May 2015 Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
21 Apr 2015 Spring Annual Meeting
18 Apr 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
22 Mar 2015 Mill Pond Snowshoe Hike
21 Feb 2015 Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
18 Jan 2015 Hike to the Black Cow
16 Nov 2014 Sagamore Hill Trail Ride
25 Oct 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
19 Oct 2014 West Newbury Open Space Hike
18 Oct 2014 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - CANCELLED
18 Oct 2014 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
21 Sep 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
20 Sep 2014 10th Annual Run for the Trails
01 Sep 2014 Pipestave Hill Trail Ride
24 Aug 2014 ECTA Polo Day
17 Aug 2014 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Raffle
21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Festival
07 Jun 2014 ECTAthlon 2014
24 May 2014 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride - CANCELLED
18 May 2014 Ipswich River Paddle
10 May 2014 Ipswich River Tree Walk
27 Apr 2014 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
26 Apr 2014 Equine Expo
19 Apr 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
12 Apr 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
01 Apr 2014 Spring Annual Meeting
22 Mar 2014 Mill Pond Trail Walk
16 Feb 2014 Ski/Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
18 Jan 2014 Hike to the Black Cow
01 Jan 2014 DCR First Day Hike at Bradley Palmer
05 Dec 2013 Winter Tracks Benefit Party
18 Nov 2013 Winter Tracks Raffle
09 Nov 2013 Volunteer Trail Work Day
26 Oct 2013 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - Cancelled
20 Oct 2013 IRWA Trail Walk
19 Oct 2013 DCR Full Moon Hike
19 Oct 2013 WNOS Fall Trail Hike
29 Sep 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
21 Sep 2013 9th Annual Run for the Trails
15 Sep 2013 WNRDC Adventure Trail Day
18 Aug 2013 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
21 Jul 2013 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
14 Jul 2013 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
23 Jun 2013 ECTA Polo Day
22 Jun 2013 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
09 Jun 2013 Ipswich River Tree Walk
01 Jun 2013 ECTAthlon 2013
18 May 2013 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
27 Apr 2013 Riverbend Trail Walk
14 Apr 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
09 Apr 2013 Spring Annual Meeting
23 Mar 2013 Mill Pond Trail Walk
10 Mar 2013 X-Country Ski at Turner Hill Farm
24 Feb 2013 Ski/Snowshoe from to Sal's Pizza - CANCELLED
02 Feb 2013 NE Sled Dog Races - CANCELLED
26 Jan 2013 Hike to the Black Cow
17 Jan 2013 Shelly Gill Presentation
21 Dec 2012 West Newbury Trail Walks
08 Dec 2012 Turkey Hill Trail Walk
23 Nov 2012 WNRDC Post-Turkey Ride/Walk
03 Nov 2012 Volunteer Trail Work Day
29 Sep 2012 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
29 Sep 2012 REI Volunteer Work Day at Bradley Palmer
22 Sep 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
16 Sep 2012 WNRDC Adventure Trail
15 Sep 2012 8th Annual Run for the Trails
07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Party
07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Raffle
26 Aug 2012 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
15 Jul 2012 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
17 Jun 2012 ECTA Cup at Myopia Polo
02 Jun 2012 ECTAthlon 2012
19 May 2012 Topsfield Rail Trail Bicycle Ride
11 May 2012 ECTAthlon Mountain Bike Raffle
05 May 2012 Pan-Ipswich Challenge
28 Apr 2012 Equine Expo
22 Apr 2012 Appleton Farms Trail Walk
14 Apr 2012 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
07 Apr 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
19 Mar 2012 Essex Trail Mapping
10 Mar 2012 Hike to the Village Pancake House
11 Feb 2012 Hike to The Black Cow
11 Jan 2012 Sled Dog Lecture by Dr. Jerry Vanek
15 Nov 2011 Open Board Meeting
13 Nov 2011 Donovan/Sagamore Hill Walk
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