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Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Race- May 18, 2024

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Rockport and Gloucester, MA (parking by Evans Field, 3 Station Square, Rockport)


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Join Cape Ann Trail Stewards for our 7th Annual Dogtown Trail Race!

(runners and walkers are welcome!)


This annual race covers a beautiful and challenging 5.4 mile course starting and finishing near the water tower at the top of Summit Ave. in Rockport.   The terrain ranges from carriage roads with minor rocks/ roots, to more extreme technical sections with extensive large rocks (requiring a degree of "boulder-hopping"), and everything in-between! 

The course travels through many historic and popular sections of Dogtown, including the Squam Path, New England Forestry Foundation's Norton Memorial Forest, Whale's Jaw, the Luce Trail, Briar Swamp, and the Rockport Town Forest.

Attention Runners:  

Note that this race will be also be part of the new 2024 North Shore Trail Series! 

(featuring additional races from Essex County Trail Association, Greenbelt, Team Gloucester, and Trail Animals Running Club)

Click HERE to view  a flyer listing all of the races in the series,

and go the North Shore Trail Series page on the Trail Animals Running Club website for further information!

This race will be also part of  Wicked Running Club's 2024 Wicked Grand Prix.

Online Registration is $20.00 for CATS Members, and $30.00 for Non-members.

Race Day Registration is $25.00 for CATS Members, and $35.00 for Non-members.

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Both Runners and Walkers are welcome to Register!  Walkers will start behind the runners, at the same time as the runners (all walkers will start promptly at 9am when the race starts).  The marked course will remain open with support (safety monitors, water stop, etc.) from 9am to 12pm. 

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Dogtown Trail Race T-shirts guaranteed for the first 100 registrants! 

Prizes for first overall male and female, and for first male and female in the age group categories of 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. 

Additional raffle prizes will be awarded to both walker and runner finishers at random intervals at the race finish.

Click on the images below to view and download a Course Map:

Dogtown Race Course shown on Dogtown Common Trail Map*:


Dogtown Race Course Map shown on GaiaGPS  Trail Map:

  • Click HERE to view and download a gpx file of the route in GaiaGPS.
  • To view and download a full copy of the Dogtown Common Trail Map (without the race course overlaid), click HERE

*Note that the Dogtown Common Trail Map was first published in 1987 and does not show all current existing trails.  Refer to the GaiaGPS map version of the race course for a more complete reference of surrounding trails.

Meeting Spot:  Race parking will be by Evans Field at 3 Station Square in Rockport.  Participants will walk through Evans Field to a trail that will take them to the race registration and check-in area, which is near the water tower at  the top of Summit Ave. (signs and volunteers will guide you on where to go).

Registration and race check-in will be from 7:30am to 8:45am.  The race starts at 9:00am.

For any additional questions about the race, registration, or CATS memberships, email us at contact@capeanntrailstewards.org.

Cape Ann Trail Stewards | PO Box 690 | Essex | MA | 01929

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