To help inform USATF-NE voters, we’ve given each race a chance to state their case to the voters. This is their chance to sway any voters that may or may not be on the fence. All content was provided by each race, with only minor editing on our part (if needed).
Middlebury Maple Run—The Sweetest Half
Middlebury is a picturesque, authentic Vermont village which is home to one of the country’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges. The Middlebury Maple Run was founded in 2009 by local runners to create a fundraising event and bring visitors to the area during tourism’s “shoulder” season. In the last six years the race has grown steadily and has earned a reputation of being runner-friendly and well organized:
- Professionally and accurately timed by Bay State Race Services with B-Tags
- Economical entry fees: $40 early bird/$50 pre/$60 post & race day
- Age group awards in 7 categories; age group winners receive bottles of Vermont maple syrup
- $3,400 in USATF prize money—($2250/team and $1150/individual)
- Rolling terrain, 50/50 mix of paved/hard packed dirt roads
- Amazing views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains
- 1st mile completely closed to traffic; last 5 miles open only to residents; middle miles managed by sheriff, police, volunteers
- Miles 1-7 loop; Miles 8-13 out and back
- Finishers’ medals (made by local wooden toy manufacturer)
- Typically 800-1000 entrants (1/2 marathon & 2-person relay)
- Free entry to post-race party with bib number—great food and live music. Tickets available for friends and family
- Upgrade available to tech t-shirt
- 2015 will be the 7th annual race
- Indoor registration area
- Plenty of free parking nearby
- Discounted rates at local hotels
- Free on-site baggage check
- Live music along the race course (new for 2015)
“To anyone wondering if they should choose to run the Middlebury Maple Run half marathon, I emphatically say “Yes!”. I raced there two years ago and was impressed with the excellent organization and the reasonable entry fee. The course is described as “challenging” but I would call it “fair” nothing killer out there except for the killer views. You’ll see some great scenery along the quiet country roads, but it isn’t lonely out there as you also get cheered on by spectators as you run through the Middlebury College campus. I thoroughly enjoyed this race which also had good amenities such as high quality t-shirts, plenty of parking and bathrooms, and a post-race party with live music.”—Dave Dunham, USATF member.
- As the saying goes, “Vermont Ain’t Flat.” The race is run on a 50/50 mix of paved and hard-packed dirt roads with several elevation changes—some long grades but nothing too steep.
- Run through the beautiful campus of Middlebury College—a prestigious liberal arts college.
- Amazing views!
- Friendly volunteers!
- Enjoy a great post-race party with food and live music.
- Race proceeds are donated back to the community through a grant program. 2014’s proceeds went to 8 different charities—for example:
- $2,000 partially funded a kitchen renovation that serves 400+ meals a week
- $1,000 went to the county’s humane society to pay for vet costs and medical care of animals that are seized by law enforcement in the course of cruelty investigations
- $1,000 to a free medical clinic to purchase flu vaccines for migrant workers on local farms
The organizing committee is made up of Middlebury College employees, a professional event planner, an attorney, local newspaper publisher, tourism marketing specialist, and retired Middlebury College cross country coach (6 Women’s NCAA Championships, 29 All-Americans). Co-Race Director Sue Hoxie has directed a USATF-NE GP race before—2006 Groton (Mass.) 10K.
Why run a race course you’ve run many times before, when you could spend a great day or weekend in Vermont!
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