One of Thetford Academy’s largest and finest traditions, the annual Woods Trail Run gathers the best of New England’s middle and high school runners to race in TA’s beautiful mountain setting. Each year, thousands of students come to Thetford to compete on this challenging 5K course through the woods and hills of Thetford.
This now-iconic cross country trail was the vision of Dan Grossman, longtime Thetford resident, TA parent, and volunteer. In 1991, Grossman took his idea for the trail to Thetford neighbor and Olympic biathlete John Morton of Morton Trails. Immediately on board, John designed the trail that would become one of Thetford Academy’s most important community resources.
Building the Woods Trail was a true collaborative effort involving hundreds of volunteers and countless hours of labor. Spearheaded by Dan and his wife, Dana, and together with John Morton, Bob Fisken, and Tom Ozahowski, the Thetford Academy community worked together to make the Woods Trail a reality.
In 2010, in recognition of Dan’s vision and of the 13 years he spent as meet director of the Woods Trail Run and other big meets hosted by TA, the course was named the Dan Grossman Woods Trail.