21st Vermont 50 Race Day Countdown

21st Annual Vermont 50
September 28, 2014

Registration Opens May 25, 2014 7 pm ET
Please Note:
Mt Bikers race age is as of 12/31/14

A Benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Sports for Every Body
Read about where Your Donations/Registration Fees go.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where Do You Wear Your Vermont 50 T-shirts Photo Contest

Announcing the 1st Annual
Where Do You Wear Your 
Vermont 50 T-shirt Photo Contest?

From now until Race Registration Day Saturday September 27, 2014, send us your photos of you or your family members proudly wearing your Vermont 50 Race Shirt, T-shirt or Volunteer Shirt in awesome locations. The crazier the location, the better your chances of winning some serious Vermont 50 Swag!!

You can upload your image to our Facebook Page:

Hash Tag us on Twitter: #VT50TShirt

or email us your image to: vermont50race@gmail.com

By sending us your images you agree to allow us to publish them on our Social Media sites.
So get out there and start taking some selfies of you in your AWESOME Vermont 50 T-shirts!!

Image Submission will be allowed for the Contest until 8 AM on Saturday September 27, 2014. But feel free to submit after that to show off your VT50 Colors for the fun of it!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Updated Regulations for Vermont 50 Mountain Bikers, Please Read and Share

Reminder: 41Days until the VT50 
Race Registration Opens
May 25, 7 pm EDST

Please review and feel free to share these race regulations with other race participants.

Vermont 50 mile Regulations for Mountain Bikers:

1) Racers shall complete the entire event, and complete it on the same bicycle upon which the event begun. But if one changes bikes they can finish the event but are not competitive.

2) All repairs during the event shall be performed by the individual racer and/ or fellow competitors only. (No other outside help or assistance is permitted.)

3) All spare parts and tools shall be carried by the participants, while on course. Cannibalizing other bikes or obtaining spare parts from a pit area or the like is not permitted. If a participant receives assistance with their bike they can finish the event but are not competitive.

4) The event will provide official Aid Stations and Handler Access Stations. No handler or crew is allowed anywhere on the course except at the designated handler stations. The 50 mile committee asks in order to protect our community relationships that all support vehicles for runners and bikers stay off the course and that includes all public roads except the designated routes to the designated handler stations. Thank you !!!!!!!

5) It is the responsibility of the challenging rider or runner to overtake safely. One must yield to the passing rider or runner on the first command. You must warn the rider or runner that you are approaching them and state which side you are about to pass them on.

6) Shortcutting and/or cutting trail switchbacks shall result in disqualification.

7) Unsportsmanlike behavior and/or the use of profane language are grounds for warning, relegation, or disqualification. The penalty imposed shall be determined by the race official or race director.

8) All local laws, rules and ordinances shall be observed during the participation in the event.
9) A racer may be suspended from the 50 Mile for up to two years for damaging or destroying public and/or private property.

10) In the event two racers are vying for position, the leader racer does not have to yield his/her position to the challenger. However, a racer may not bodily interfere, with the intent to impede another racer’s progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading racer owns the track.

11) Protests can be made by any registered participant of the Vermont 50 mile. The participant shall file the protest in writing with the race director or race official if the RD is not available. The protest period is immediately following the race and up to 15 minutes following the posting of the complete results for his/her class.

12) The Vermont 50 Race Director will make the final decision regarding any occurrence during the event.

13) NO HEADPHONES OR OTHER DEVICES that may prevent you from hearing cars, bikers, runners, etc. will be permitted while participant in this event.
14) If you get lost (but you won’t) you must go back on your own to the spot where you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc.) and then continue.

15) Course marker: There are a lot of markers out on the trail of all colors for other events. Follow the official VT50 course markers. 50 mile and 50K marker description will be published soon.

No pre-race or post-race riding of any part of the course !!! It is private property !!

Use this course only for the race. The property owners do not want it used at other time.

All bikers must wear a helmet.

Pets must be leashed.

Vermont 50 mile Regulations for Runners :

1. Runner number must be worn on the front and outside whatever clothing you are wearing. If scorers cannot see your number they cannot score you. It is the runner's responsibility to insure that you have been scored at each station.

2. ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING! You will be disqualified if you, your crew or your pacers are caught littering.


4. Handlers take note: No aid or assistance may be given other than at designated handler stations. Race officials have the right to disqualify anyone not abiding by this rule.

5. No aid is allowed from a moving vehicle.

6. For the safety of all - any runner dropping out must notify a volunteer at a manned aid station (or the finish line). Failure to do so may result in ban from future races.

7. Any runner accepting a ride for any reason is out of the race.

8. Use of trekking poles or headphones (walkmans, radios, etc.) is NOT ALLOWED due to sharing the trails with Mt Bikers who may be passing you.
9. Pets must be leashed

10. Check point cutoff times are non-negotiable.

11. Runners who get lost must return, without assistance, to the point where they left the course to continue.

12. No muling (pacers carrying runners gear).

13. Violation of any rule is grounds for disqualification. Race officials reserve the right to bar any person from this or future VT 50 events.

No pre-race or post-race riding of any part of the course !!! It is private property !!

Use this course only for the race. The property owners do not want it used at other time.

Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Spring Summer Spartan Races Announced!

 Reebook Spartan Race announces 2014 Spring Summer Races!

Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Their events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Their events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, they do this everyday and it shapes everything they do.
Having experienced many different racing events, they wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as their events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.
Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the "99.9% need not apply" extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.

 New Race Shoe, That May Be Just For You!!
THE REEBOK ALL-TERRAIN SERIES. BUILT SPARTAN STRONG. Born from the trenches of Spartan Races, the Reebok All-Terrain Series is strategically designed with drainage ports that drain water quickly and easily and 360 degrees of traction to shed mud…..The shoe that can handle any abuse a Spartan can give it so you are unstoppable on any course.

Come Out and Challenge Yourself!

More images from the Spartan World Champs 2013 at Killington Vermont: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2013/Spartan-World-Championships/

Thursday, March 6, 2014

VT50 Supports Ashley and Her Family, Will You?

The Vermont Game Wardens Association is seeking your generosity to help the family of a fellow Vermont Game Warden.

Jason Gravelle has been a valued member of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division since 2011. Unfortunately, Jason's wife Ashley has been struggling to beat a long battle with breast cancer. Despite four rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer has spread and Ashley is currently unable to work. Jason has had to take time off of work to help Ashley and take care of their two young children. The Gravelle family are our neighbors in West Windsor Vermont.

5 and Dime Race Donating 50% of Race Registrations
In addition to the Vermont Game Wardens Association efforts to raise money for the Gravelle family, the organizers of the 5 and Dime Race at Mount Ascutney were gracious enough to donate 50% of the registration fees to the Gravelle family.

You may register for the race and find more information about the race at the link below:

The race will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and includes a 5K and a 10K race (hence the 5 and Dime name!).
West Windsor 5&Dime Trail Run
Presented by Ascutney Trails and the Town of West Windsor
Hotel Road West Windsor, VT
(Online Registration Closes Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time)
Benefit BBQ
There will also be a barbeque after the race for $10 per person hosted by the Vermont Game Wardens Association. The barbeque will include two pigs, hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, and sides. 100% of the proceeds from the barbeque will go directly to the Gravelle family.

Over $35,590 raised by 391 people in 5 days.
Vermont Game Wardens Association goal was to raise $10,000 for the Gravelle family to offset living expenses. In five days close to $40,000 has been raised!

Any donation, no matter how small, would be of great help. Even if you can't contribute, please share and pass along the link to others. Any left over money will be put into a college fund for their two children. Please help the Vermont Game Wardens Association give back to one of its own!

For those who cannot attend the run, but would like to donate, please go to   http://www.gofundme.com/gravellebenefit
Dave Taddei, Central District Game Warden writes:
We have received a lot of questions regarding where hard copy checks can be sent.

If you wish to send a check (which will not be subject to gofundme fees) please send it to:
Warden Richard Watkin
PO Box 517
Wilmington, VT 05363
Please make checks out to The Vermont Game Wardens Association.

Thank you again for your continued support!!
The Gravelle family and the VGWA has been floored by your generosity!