Benson, VT



SHALE "HELL" Northeast Regional OCR Festival is located in Benson, Vermont on the World Famous Shale Hill Obstacle course with over 70 obstacles on 140 acres! This 4 day festival of OCR and Adventure racing takes place August 10 - 13, 2017.

There are 12 races to choose from and 9 opportunities to QUALIFY FOR OCR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!

  • CASH PAYOUTS for top 3 Ladies & Men's in: 24 Hrs. of Shale HELL, 8 Hrs. PRO (MOC), and the Benson Bear 10K (Sat. 8 AM)
  • "9" OCRWC Qualifying Events: 72 Hr. Ultra OCR, 24 Hrs. of Shale HELL, 8 Hrs. PRO (MOC), 8 Hrs. OPEN, Benson Bear 10K, 10K FRI Night Ops, 10K SAT Night Ops, 5K Baby Bear & 1 Mile Sprint (Best of 4 chances)
  • Custom finisher medal from each race entered!
  • Shale HELL finisher T-Shirt for ALL participants (1 for the entire festival)
  • NEW this Summer...KIDS RACES on Saturday 1-4pm (ages 4-12)
  • Camping available at $15pp/per night (Wed-Sun). Note: camping is "included" for the nights you are racing if registered for the 72 / 48 / 24 Hr. long format races.
  • Food vendors on-site Friday-Saturday-Sunday
  • Details and complete race descriptions can be found by clicking this link:

SCHEDULE (below) of long format races and additional race "ADD-ONS" available that would not conflict (Note: If you are signed up for 72/48/24 Hr. races, you will have to take time out of your "long" race to participate in the 1 Mile OCR Sprint and other short-format races at some point during the Festival)...

  • The 1 Mile Sprint fee includes up to four (4) chances to run (at your discretion) during the times listed on the Festival Schedule below. Your BEST time will count towards final placement, prizes & OCRWC qualification.
  • OCRWC Qualifier races are indicated with an (*) above, and in registration.

  • DETAILED information about the races and how to sign up can be found at

DIVISIONS: PRO 18+, OPEN ADULT 18-49, MASTERS 50+, YOUTH 13-17 & JOURNEYMAN available in most of the races listed above. The Kids MINI BEAR races are restricted to ages 4-12 and offered on Saturday from 1-4pm only (first lap is $35. Additional laps are $20 (CASH paid on race day), 1 medal & t-shirt per child participant).