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Road to the Pogue 2018 Race

From The Blog Local’s guide: Spring & summer running events

There's no better place to stretch your legs than Woodstock Vermont, our quaint historic village settled within vast spans of rolling hillsides, mountainous vistas, and protected forests. And with a wide array of races for all ages and ability levels, getting active in the great outdoors has never been easier. From .5 miles to 100 - it's all covered here on the blog.

SPRING

Saturday, May 11: Road to the Pogue

Races don’t get more scenic than this! Imagine rolling carriage roads surrounded by lush greenery that gives way to stunning vistas of Woodstock’s quaint village and surrounding farmland. That’s just a sample of what you’ll find at the Road to the Pogue 10k. Beginning and ending at the park’s Forest Center, this course affords myriad landscapes, from a pine needle path through towering red spruce trees to the sunny banks of Pogue, a picturesque 14-acre pond amidst the wilderness, to the summit of Mount Tom. Expect water stops throughout, prizes for the top three finishers in each age group, and fresh pancakes at the finish line!

  • Start Time: 8:30 AM
  • Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091
  • Distance: Approximately 10k (6.1 miles)
  • Difficulty: “Challenging but beautiful”
  • Registration: $40 entry fee, register here (no day-of registration)
  • For Spectators: The carriage trails are open – but please remain on the edges and ensure furry companions are leashed.
Road to the Pogue race
Road to the Pogue Facebook page
Lakeside view of the Road to the Pogue race

Sunday, May 19: BarnArts Race Around the Lake

Barnard’s Silver Lake is a destination for locals and visitors alike, and what better way to tour this pristine natural setting than a race? As a competitor, you’ll traverse scenic paths, country roads, and wooded trails with peek-a-boo views of the lake. After crossing the finish line, runners and walkers (5k only) can celebrate their victories lakeside with a free catered lunch (from Twin Farms, the Barnard Inn, and Marceau’s Fine Foods), live music, and awards for the top 3 finishers in each race. Kids, stick around for a post-race fun run!

  • Start Time: 10:30 AM (10k), 10:45 AM (5k)
  • Location: Silver Lake State Park, North Road, Barnard, VT US 05031
  • Distance: 5k and 10k
  • Difficulty: 5k mild to moderate, 10k challenging
  • Registration: $35 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under before May 10, $40 for adults, $20 for kids 12 and under after May 10. Register online here.
  • For Spectators: The soft, sandy beach at Silver Lake is a picture-perfect spot to post up during the race!
Close by Silver Lake
Jumping Rocks
Relax & refresh at Silver Lake
Start of the Faulkner Trail
Katie Berdan
the Faulkner Trail

Saturday, June 1: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun

The newest race on our list presents another chance to conquer one of Vermont’s two national parks: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller – with a twist! After the inaugural run, free weekly walk/runs will follow so you can enjoy the great outdoors on your schedule, at your pace.

  • Start Time: 9 AM (arrive at 8:50 AM for a pre-walk/run briefing at the Carriage House)
  • Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
  • Distance: 5k
  • Difficulty: Mild to moderate
  • Registration: Pre-register online here

    Sunday, June 2: Covered Bridges Half Marathon - SOLD OUT

    On your mark, get set, go – on the best 13.1 miles in New England! Although this road race sold out (2,300 bibs in 7 minutes; talk about setting a strong pace!), you can still join in on one of Vermont’s most scenic half-marathons. If you commit to raising $500 for a non-profit partner, you can snag one of the last few bibs. But don’t wait. Register now for a chance to jog through three of our local covered bridges as they pass the Ottauquechee: Middle Covered Bridge, Taftsville Covered Bridge, and Quechee Covered Bridge (see photos on our covered bridges tour here). Hot and cold beverages, as well as treats like Covered Bridges Cookies, yogurt, fruit, Lazy Cow Ice Cream, and a beer garden await at the finish line! Fuel up the evening before with a Pasta Supper.

    • Start Time: 8:15 AM
    • Location: Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067
    • Distance: 13.1 miles
    • Difficulty: Challenging distance, with a gentle topography (200-foot drop from start to finish)
    • Registration: Only available through non-profit partners through May 1st
    • For Spectators: Take a space along the sidelines to cheer on friends and family!  
    Middle Covered Bridge Inside
    Katie Berdan
    Inside Middle Covered Bridge

    Saturday, June 15: West Windsor 5 & Dime Trail Run

    Anyone from seasoned runners to newbies can partake in this race-day through the beautiful Ascutney Trails, featuring “a hilly lollipop loop course” with a mix of single and double-track uphill climbs and downhill slopes.

    • Start Time: 9 AM (10k), 5k will begin minutes later
    • Location: Ascutney Trails, 449 Ski Tow Road, Brownsville, VT 05037
    • Distance: 5k and 10k
    • Difficulty: Challenging 10k (running only), mild (walking) to moderate (running) 5k
    • Registration: Pre-register online here, $15 for adults, $10 for teens 15-19, free for kids 14 and below. Race-day registration from 7:45 – 8:45 AM, $20 for adults, $15 for teens 15-19, free for kids 14 and below.
    West Windsor 5 and Dime Trail Run
    Ascutney Outdoors Facebook Page
    Competitors at the West Windsor 5 and Dime Trail Run
    4th of july race

    SUMMER

    Thursday, July 4: The 43rd John Langhans Green Mile Road Race

    Put your patriotism on parade with this community race through the center of town, ending with free tee shirts, snacks, and music on the Green.

    • Start Time: Runners and walkers at 8:30 AM, kids’ fun run (under 10) begins at 10:30 AM
    • Location: The Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock, VT 05091
    • Distance: 10k
    • Difficulty: Mild (walking) to moderate (running)
    • Registration: $30 for online registration here or $35 for on-site registration beginning at 7:30 AM.

      Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21: Vermont 100 Endurance Run - SOLD OUT

      Although this beast of a race has already sold out, you can join the wait-list here for both the 100 mile and the 100k. Following a serpentine path down dirt roads, wooded trails, and along the Green Mountains, it’s no surprise runners are in for a challenge: 17,000 feet of climbing, to be exact.

      • Start Time: 4 AM (100-mile race), 9 AM (100k race)
      • Location: 1850 Silver Hill Rd, Windsor, VT 05089
      • Distance: 100 miles and 100k
      • Difficulty: Very challenging
      • Registration: CLOSED, but wait-list is available
      Point to Point Half Marathon
      Point to Point
      Runners during the Point to Point Half Marathon

      Saturday, August 10: 18th Annual Point to Point Half-Marathon

      Climb up and over ski slopes, winding through stony tracks, thick forests, open fields with lush grasses waving in the breeze, and across spring-fed mountain streams on this majestic 13.1 mile course on Mount Ascutney. Now in its second year, this trail run offers all the scenic vistas and post-run celebrations you could ask for – all for a good cause (benefitting the Vermont Foodbank).

        Friday, August 16 through Saturday, August 17: Ragnar Trail Vermont

        This race kicks things up a notch: think running and camping in a three-day extravaganza of outdoor adventure. Wrangle your most adventurous friends to tackle three trails that begin and end at Ragnar Village, set on beautiful Mount Ascutney. When you’re not hitting the trail, you’re taking in spectacular music, movies, and food around a bonfire, glowing beneath a night full of stars.

        Saturday, September 14 through Sunday, September 15: Vermont Ultra, Beast and Sprint Weekend

        Choose your own adventure with Ultra (30 mile/50k), Beast (13 mile/21k), Sprint (3 mile/5k), and Kids Races (from two to .5 miles) all in one weekend at Killington. Steep slopes, daunting climbs, and icy swims are guaranteed at a course built to challenge even the most prepared athlete. To the victors go the spoils (e.g. prize money, medals, goodies, and bragging rights).

        • Start Time: See website for start times by race
        • Location: Killington Ski Resort, Killington, VT
        • Distance: Races feature lengths from 50k to .5 miles
        • Difficulty: Very challenging to mild
        • Registration: Register here
        Spartan Race Vermont Ultra, Beast & Sprint Weekend
        Spartan Race Vermont Ultra, Beast & Sprint Weekend Event Facebook Page
        Competitors during the Spartan Race Vermont Ultra, Beast & Sprint Weekend

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