According to local legend, Metallak was the last survivor of a band of Native Americans known as the Cooashaukes who inhabited the upper Androscoggin and Magalloway rivers along the northern borders of New Hampshire and Maine. Resourceful and tenacious, Metallak roamed the enchanted forests and paddled the pristine waters of this region. Blinded in his later years, Metallak died a pauper in 1853 at the reputed age of 120. Metallak lacked monetary wealth, but rather valued the richness of land and his surroundings.
Formerly known as the North Country Endurance Challenge, Metallak Race is an endurance adventure that treks through the northern regions of New Hampshire, including Colebrook, Clarksville, Pittsburg, and Dixville Notch (home of the former Balsams Grand Resort Hotel). Previously this race was run in a linear format; however, the 2017 edition will move throughout the region in a way that allows competitors to complete the race without assistance from support crews. Much of the former route will be used, with new twists and turns that will be revealed as the race date approaches.
The 8-hour race will consist of mountain biking, gravel grinding, trail running/hiking, and paddling. Racers will be able to complete the course as an individual or as a team of two. This course will not be run with a relay option.
The 4-hour race will include trail running/hiking, mountain biking, and paddling. The 4-hour race is offered to individuals, teams, and relay teams who are seeking maximum adventure, but over a shorter distance. Teams are limited to two racers, and relay teams are limited to 3 racers.