Fall is my favorite season and it has finally arrived in the Northeast Kingdom–so it feels like it anyway, even if it’s technically summer for a few more days! With the beautiful weeks of Fall come cooler weather racing.
Here’s a look at some of the events coming up in and around Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom:
Circumburke Mountain Run. October 25, 2014. +/-18 Mile circuit beginning and ending at the Belmont Stock Farm on Kirby Rd in East Burke. 2000+ feet of climbing and descending! Circumburke info.
The Kingdom Challenge Half-Marathon and 5K. October 25, 2014. Certified 1/2 Marathon point-to-point with typical Vermont terrain and views. Kingdom Challenge info.
Kingdom Marathon. October 5, 2014. 26.2, 17, and 13 mile runs on dirt roads through “the gut” of Orleans County in the heart of the Kingdom. Kingdom Marathon info.
October 25, 2014. 10 K, 5 K, and 1 mile costume run in downtown Newport on the bike path. $25 for adults in costume, $10 for youth in costume. Halloween Hustle info
Newport’s Santa Run.
December 6, 2014. A 5K and 1 mile run as part of the Newport Santa Festival. A benefit for Toys for Kids, Adults $35 plus a toy. Kids $15 plus a toy. We provide the Santa Costume. Santa Run info here
As the colder weather rolls in, planning your future race schedule may help you find the motivation to keep focused and enthusiastic about your running. Recreational and competitive runners may have different goals and training plans in mind, but for both, planning is an integral part of running and race success. There are a variety of races in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, from fun costumed runs such as Newport’s Halloween Hustle to serious trail runs such as the Jay Peak Ultra 50K, to satisfy the spectrum of athlete goals and interests.
You can find links to local Vermont races here.
If pounding pavement isn’t your thing–and perhaps it’s one reason you have put off registering for a marathon, you might want to check out the new Kingdom Marathon. It’s a new dirt road marathon that takes place in Northern Vermont in the midst of the Fall Foliage Season on October 5, 2014. The race organizers are marketing the race as a “Marathon Race You Will Talk About the Rest of Your Life. One of the Most Challenging and Beautiful Marathons in the East.”
In addition to the Marathon race option, the event offers bike and relay race options.
You can find details over at Kingdom Marathon.