8 Tips for Conquering the MEMIC Peak2Peak Challenge

The MEMIC Peak2Peak Challenge has been postponed until next summer. Check for updates on the 2017 event at sundayriver.com. 

New this year, Sunday River will host the MEMIC Peak2Peak Challenge on September 10, 2016, which tasks racers with summiting all eight peaks with no set course. That’s right. Whatever way you think is the fastest way up, down, across, and around our mountain is fair game. The best part? There’s $2,300 on the line for the top three competitors for individual male and female, teams of two, and teams of four. Here are our suggestions on prepping for success.

Map your route. Whether you choose to shoot for designated hiking trails, blaze up grassy ski trails, or cut through the woods, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the mountain before diving head first into Peak2Peak. Pick up a trail map to make your plan on paper or head out for a pre-race hike to really get a feel for your options.

Buddy up. If you don’t want to tackle this alone, recruit a friend (or three). Teams of both two and four can compete for prize money. Just make sure to figure out how you’re splitting your winnings before the race.

Download this app. MYLAPS is a free app for your smartphone that’s nothing short of spectacular. It offers live tracking, sends you alerts for inclement weather, lets you cheer on your fellow teammates, and allows you to find your teammate’s location on the mountain.

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Stick to your training plan. Some competitors may be marathon runners, while others may be novice hikers. It’s up to you to assess your level of fitness and create a training plan that helps you come race day. Depending on your route, you’ll travel 8-10 miles as an individual, 4-5 miles for teams of two, and 2-3 miles for teams of four.

Include the kiddos. Kids ages 13 and up are eligible to compete in the full Peak2Peak Challenge, while tykes ages 4-12 can participate in the Kids and Family Challenge. Part hike and part scavenger hunt, these little racers will explore the South Ridge area, solving riddles, deciphering maps, and collecting items to redeem for a prize.

Lift some weights. Okay, maybe just a few. At the top of each peak, racers will find an item to collect in order to prove that they made it to that peak. If you like to keep your hands free, plan to carry a small backpack to hold your loot.

Stay hydrated.  A water station will be located at the Peak Lodge, but if you don’t want to be slowed down by stopping for fluids, carrying a pack with a bladder or a belt with water bottles will help to shave minutes off your time while keeping you in tip-top shape.

Be alert. While you likely won’t find any lions or tigers, there’s always a chance of coming across wildlife. Be aware of your surroundings and familiar with the proper protocol should you have a run in with one of our furry friends. That is, except for Eddy and Betty the Yetis.

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