Amherst Land Trust to hold 25K Joe English Challenge

AMHERST – The Amherst Land Trust will host a 25-kilometer running/hiking “challenge” on Saturday, May 3.

Designed and directed by a team of experienced marathon, road-race and cross-country organizers, the Joe English Challenge is expected to attract back-country trail-running and speed-hiking enthusiasts from throughout the Northeast.

The event originates from Freestyle Farm, a 300-acre equestrian center in Amherst. From there, the challenge continues on to Joe English Reservation, a roughly 560-acre conservation area.

An expected 300 participants will travel the course in an estimated three to five hours. Participants can expect to encounter a host of back-country obstacles – ledges, stream crossings, rocky slopes – and to ascend a total of nearly 3,000 vertical feet.

There are no paved surfaces, no houses and no vehicular traffic on the forested course. The start/finish area is an 8-acre field offering unobstructed viewing and good course visibility. There is ample space for parking.

For trail maps and more information, visit

Proceeds will go to the nonprofit Amherst Land Trust for protecting open space and conservation land. The trust is seeking sponsorship of the Joe English Challenge from corporations and organizations that share its interest in land preservation and stewardship.

Entry fees are $55 for entries processed by April 25, $60 for entries processed April 26-May 1 and $65 on May 3.

To register, visit or call George Bower at 566-0745.

For more information, email