Big Brad Ultras


Oct 13, 2024 at 6:00 AM

Big Brad Ultras

587 Elmwood Rd

Pownal ME, 04069


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Entry Fee $67.5
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $87.5
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 50K
  • 50M

Type: Ultra

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2012


Course Description:
Maine’s got some BIG BAD ULTRAMARATHONS: races with single-track trails, big hills, and gnarly terrain. Trail Monster Running is proud to present the eighth annual Big Brad Ultras on October 13, 2019 on the trails of Bradbury Mountain State Park and the surrounding area.

Get ready for a beautiful challenge. Runners start each 15.5 mile loop with a gauntlet of great Maine singletrack, then journey over Tryon Mountain, Chandler Brook, and back into Bradbury Mountain State Park. The course has tough hills, rocks, roots, and very little flat including a1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 mile of dirt road. With the fall foliage at it’s peak, there are sure to be many fantastic vistas along the route. Be sure to check out our website for a more detailed description, including a slideshow of the course!

The 50 Mile Punisher entrants will run a 3.5 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain and then complete 3 laps of the 15.5 mile course. Consider the 50K Pounder as a still ambitious alternative – 2 laps of the same 15.5 mile course. The courses themselves are tough, but there are also strict cutoffs: 12.5 hours for the Punisher, 9.5 hours for the Pounder. Headlamps will be required at the 50 mile start.

There are 4 aid stations in each loop, with the longest distance between aid stations about 6.5 miles. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area.

The Punisher – 50 Miles
Start: 6:00 AM
Cut-off: 12.5 hours
$77.50 before 7/1/2019
$87.50 after 7/1/2019

The Pounder – 50 kilometers
Start: 9:00 AM
Cut-off: 9 hours
$67.50 before 7/1/2019
$77.50 after 7/1/2019

Sorry, no refunds. transfers, or deferrals.

The race start and finish will be at:
Bradbury Mountain State Park,528 Hallowell Rd, Pownal, ME
Registration will start at 5:00 AM and outhouses and portapoties will be available.

50k runners will complete 2 laps of the 15.5 mile course, 50 mile runners will complete a 3.5 mile lap of Bradbury Mountain followed by 3 laps of the 15.5 mile course. (Please note that some parts of the race course as detailed above are provisional and are pending review from the State of Maine, any required changes are likely to be minimal.)

50 mile elevation: 7,500′ gain (equal loss)
50 km elevation: 4,500′ gain (equal loss)

The race course is primarily single-track trails over hilly, technical terrain. There is approximately 1/2 mile of paved road and 1/4 mile of dirt road on the 15.5 mile course.

50 mile runners will be starting before sunrise and will be required to run with a headlamp or flashlight for at least the initial 3.5 mile loop before returning to the start area.

Runners will pass 4 aid stations in each 15.5 mile loop, with about 6.5 miles being the longest distance between aid. Drop bags may be left at the start/finish area.

You’ve got options!
A little worried about the 50 mile cut-off? Don’t let that hold you back. Remember we do have a drop down option. Anytime after you have completed 2 big loops, you will have earned yourself a Pounder finisher’s hoodie (of course, there will be a DNF in the Punisher). Also, there is the option of having a pacer for your final loop of the 50 miler. Pounder or Punisher, both Big Brad Ultras!

In 2016 we raised the prices by $2.50 in order to raise awareness and funds for the Royal River Conservation Trust. Please take a look at their website to see all the great work they are doing to ensure there are trails to enjoy. Remember to think of them and the landowners they work with each time you’re powering up Lunch Break Hill!

50 miler: $100 from 5:00am to 5:45am
50k: $90 from 7:00am to 8:45am (or between 5am and 7am)

Registration is right next to the start/finish
Cash or check only please


No photos available.


Past Event Dates

Held on Oct 13, 2024

Held on Oct 08, 2023

Held on Oct 09, 2202

Held on Oct 10, 2021

Held on Oct 11, 2020

Held on Oct 13, 2019

Held on Oct 14, 2018

Held on Oct 15, 2017

Held on Oct 16, 2016

Held on Oct 11, 2015

Held on Oct 12, 2014

Held on Oct 13, 2013

Held on Oct 14, 2012