Race Description

Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run *50 Mile Mtn Bike *50 Mile Run *50 K Run *Team Relay *Free Kids Fun Race!! Ascutney Mountain Resort, Brownsville VT. The race happens every year the last Sunday in September! Race proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mike Silverman Interviewed by DFL Ultrarunning

Episode 37 Vermont 50 Special

October 28th, 2014

Joining DFL is Mike Silverman, Race Director of the Vermont 50.  Next, the first and second place finishers will join in a joint interview (Kevin Tilton and Eric Ahern).  Finally, we have a new feature on DFL which we are testing out-  the Roundtable. 
Thanks for listening, don't hesitate to send feedback to dflultrarunning@comcast.net.
Mike SIlverman                 00:02:45
Kevin Tilton & Eric Ahern   00:38:20
The Roundtable                01:44:00

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Day To Remember and To Honor Chad Denning-TODAY


Please join us TODAY September 20, to honor and remember Chad Denning with a trail race and picnic. All are invited to attend one or both of the events.

At 9:00 a.m. in Lebanon, N.H., the Lost a Lot Trail Race—which was created and organized by Chad—will proceed as planned. The seven-mile course is not easy, but it is fun. As anyone who knew Chad can tell you, he loved competition, but his primary goal was always to get as many people as possible outside just having a good time. In that tradition, all ages, abilities, and paces are encouraged to participate.

At about noon, following the race and awards, there will be a picnic at the Oak Hill recreation area in Hanover, N.H., about five miles from the finish of the race. We will have directions available at the race for anyone who needs them. We will also post additional details and directions here. At Oak Hill, there will be a family-friendly fun run (about 2.5 miles) and a community picnic. Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself and a dessert to share potluck style. Don't worry if you can't bake: peanut M&Ms (or "power pellets," as Chad always called them) are perfectly acceptable. As we picnic, we will share memories of Chad and celebrate his remarkable life. All are welcome to attend the picnic (including leashed dogs) regardless of whether they participate in the race.

Directions:
Oak Hill is at Storrs Pond in Hanover. Take RTE 120 north to Hanover until it reaches RTE 10 (Lyme Rd). Take a right going north to the roundabout. First exit to the right off the roundabout on Reservoir Rd. Go past the Ray School on your left, and then make a hard left into Storrs Pond Recreational area. Oak Hill is the first parking area on the right.

A fund has been set up to collect donations to Chad's family. Donations will be accepted at both the race and the picnic, or you can mail donations to:
The Chad Denning Family Fund
Ledyard Bank
67 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

(Checks should be made payable to Becky Denning.)

If you would like to make an online contribution to the Chad Denning Memorial Fund, a site is now available. We will also be collecting donations (checks and cash) at this weekend's Lost-a-Lot race and the event at Oak Hill.

Chad Denning was truly an inspiration. We will never forget his kindness, his spirit, and his smile. We hope you will join us to celebrate his life. It was far too short, but it was so full of adventures of every kind.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Congrats to Lea Davison on World Bronze! @leadavisonbikes #VT50 #vt502014 #VT

Lea at one of our Vermont 50 Races

By Peggy Shinn
Sept. 10, 2014,
11:04 a.m. (ET)

When Lea Davison crossed the finish line at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway on Saturday, she couldn't believe that only two women had finished in front of her. With a bronze medal around her neck, Davison shared the podium with Catharine Pendrel from Canada and Irina Kalentieva from Russia.

"It still hasn't really sunk in," Davison said via Skype from Norway. "I look at the medal and I'm like, 'Wait, is that mine?'"

It was the 2012 Olympian's first world championship medal - and not an award that she expected. The 31-year-old Vermont mountain biker spent last winter rehabbing her right hip.

"I would have been happy to just simply be back training and racing my bike, but to have a dream season like this after having hip surgery in January and missing the first half of the season, I'm completely thrilled," she said. "I am the happiest girl in Norway."
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The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Upper Valley Plans Time to Remember Chad Denning #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT


Please join us on Saturday, September 20, to honor and remember Chad Denning with a community race and picnic. All are invited to attend one or both of the events.

At 9:00 a.m. in Lebanon, N.H., the Lost a Lot Trail Race—which was created and organized by Chad—will proceed as planned. The seven-mile course is not easy, but it is fun. As anyone who knew Chad can tell you, he loved competition, but his primary goal was always to get as many people as possible outside just having a good time. In that tradition, all ages, abilities, and paces are encouraged to participate.

Around noon, following the race and awards, there will be a picnic at the Oak Hill recreation area in Hanover, N.H., about five miles from the finish of the race. We will have directions available at the race for anyone who needs them. We will also post additional details and directions on Team Amp's Facebook page.

Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself and a dessert to share potluck style. Don't worry if you can't bake: peanut M&Ms (or "power pellets," as Chad always called them) are perfectly acceptable. As we picnic, we will share memories of Chad and celebrate his remarkable life. All are welcome to attend the picnic regardless of whether they participate in the race.

We encourage you to share your favorite photos of Chad on the Team AMP Facebook page or to email them to lars@ameridane.org by Friday, September 19. We will print as many as possible and display them at the picnic. We also encourage you to write and print recollections of Chad. We will have an area available at the picnic to display those recollections.

Finally, a fund has been set up to collect donations to Chad's family. Donations will be accepted at both the race and the picnic, or you can mail donations to:

The Chad Denning Family Fund
Ledyard Bank
67 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

Checks should be made payable to Becky Denning.

Chad Denning was truly an inspiration. We will never forget his kindness, his spirit, and his smile. We hope you will join us to celebrate his life. It was far too short, but it was so full of adventures of every kind.

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vermont 50 Race Committee Mourns the Loss of Chad Denning #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT


Chad Denning, VT50 Race Committee Member died on Sept. 7, 2014.
It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you we have lost a dear member of our Vermont 50 Race Committee Family, Chad Denning. Chad was an integral part of our race, we're not sure how we will fill his running shoes.




The Valley News printed a great story about him...
Well-Regarded Endurance Athlete Chad Denning Dies While Running Appalachian Trail 
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
(Published in print: Tuesday, September 9, 2014)
(reprinted with permission)

New London — It shouldn’t happen to Superman.

That was one somber-faced reaction to the news that spread throughout the area’s running and recreational communities on Monday: Chad Denning, a beloved and seemingly invulnerable endurance athlete from New London, collapsed and died while hiking on the Appalachian Trail on Mt. Moosilauke in Benton, N.H., on Sunday afternoon.

P.J. Lovely, the director of the Newport Recreation Department, said that when he heard the Superman reference from an area race director, it seemed apt because, to many local athletes, the 39-year-old Denning seemed like a bona fide superhero. READ MORE

We will keep you posted about how the Upper Valley plans to honor this amazing athlete and friend.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VT Sponsor Riverview Farm is Picking Apples! #applepicking #vt502014 #VT50 #NH

One of our Race Sponsor is Riverview Farm 
they are located in Plainfield NH, 
And it's Apple Picking Season!
From their blog:

Hard to believe (did summer fly by for you, too?), but the early apples are ready! Blueberries are in full swing and should continue for another 2-3 weeks while the raspberries are just starting and will go until late October. Pumpkins are growing well and will be ready for picking soon.

Gary's designed the MAZE this year with a nod to our newest member of the family, granddaughter Ella. Nursery rhymes get all mixed up as you wind your way through to figure out "What's the Hubbub, Bubba Hubbard?"

Jim Fitch will have his team of horses and wagon here for hayrides, weekends from noon-4 , weather permitting. Our own sweet cider (and weekend doughnuts, if you get here early enough!) start this Saturday, too.

They are open every day from 10am - 5pm, through October 31st.
Riverview Farm
141 River Road
Plainfield, NH 03781
603-298-8519
(Please remember that while we love dogs, for safety and sanitation reasons we cannot allow dogs out and around the farm--thanks! )

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome Our Newest Sponsor Hammer Nutrition #vt502014 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #VT50

 

 

From their website: http://www.hammernutrition.com/

Getting Started with Hammer Nutrition

  1. Keep fluid intake during exercise between 16-28 ounces per hour.

    HYDRATION: What You Need to Know
    What Is Hyponatremia? Am I At Risk?

    FACT: In general, most athletes, under most conditions, will satisfy hydration needs with a fluid intake in the range of 20-25-ounces/hour - roughly the equivalent of a standard size small or large water bottle. Lighter athletes and/or athletes exercising in cool weather conditions may only require an intake of 16-18 ounces/hour. Larger athletes and/or athletes exercising under very hot and humid conditions are the ones that can consider a fluid intake in the range of 28 ounces/hour, perhaps up to 30 ounces/hour in extreme conditions. It's important to remember that regular fluid intake over 30-34 ounces hourly significantly increases the potential for serious performance and health problems.

  2. Restrict caloric intake to 120-150 cal/hr during exercise.

    Less is Best - The right way to fuel
    Proper Caloric Intake During Endurance Events
    The Hammer Nutrition Fuels - What They Are, How To Use Them

    FACT: Your body can't process caloric intake anywhere near your expenditure rate. If you want to achieve your best performance, DO NOT follow the "calories out, calories in" protocol that some "experts" recommend. Instead, replenish calories in "body cooperative" amounts, allowing your fat stores to make up the difference, which they will easily do. For most athletes, 120-150 calories/hour will do the job.

  3. Avoid simple sugars in your fuels; use complex carbohydrates only. For workouts or races in the 2- to 3-hour or longer range, 10-15% of the calorie content in your fuel should come in the form of protein, ideally soy protein. This protein donation helps satisfy energy requirements more completely while also helping prevent muscle tissue catabolism.

    Simple Sugars and Complex Carbohydrates - An Incompatible Combination
    Fructose - Negative Impact On Energy Production

    FACT: Simple sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc.) are inefficient fuels for exercise, and they're health hazards when consumed regularly in typical dietary quantities. These "ose" sugars give you energy peaks and crashes, and they also have a severe limitation on absorption. They need to be mixed in weak concentrations for efficient digestion, which means you can only intake about 100 cal/hr. You can consume more, but you can't absorb more. You'll only get sick trying. Complex carbohydrates, however, absorb at about three times the rate as simple sugars. Plus you get smooth, steady, reliable energy - no peaks and valleys.

  4. Supplemental electrolytes in a balanced formula (not just salt!) should be taken in amounts appropriate to the heat, humidity and personal metabolic characteristics of the athlete.

    Electrolyte Replenishment

    FACT: Sodium chloride (salt) is indeed an important component of electrolyte replenishment but it does not fulfill the entire requirements. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium should be replenished as well as all these minerals play key roles in the maintenance of many important body functions. Additionally, body weight, fitness level, weather conditions, acclimatization level, and biological predisposition all greatly affect electrolyte depletion and the need for replenishment, which is why a "one-size fits all" bottled drink or drink mix usually won't work. Electrolyte depletion is widely variable, which is why the hourly Endurolytes dose can range from 1-6 capsules/hr. That being said, 2-3 capsules of Endurolytes hourly is a good starting point. Certainly there will be occasions when 1-2 Endurolytes will be completely adequate; on hot-weather workouts or races, it may be necessary to consume 5-6 Endurolytes hourly.

  5. Replenish your body with carbohydrates and protein as soon as possible after each exercise session, ideally within the first 30-60 minutes.

    Recovery - A Crucial Component For Athletic Success
    Post-Exercise Meal: Carbs Alone or Carbs + Protein?

    FACT: Equally important as your workout (muscle exhaustion and nutrient depletion) is what you do immediately following your workout (muscle repair and nutrient replenishment). If you neglect to "refill the tank" as soon as possible after your training sessions you'll never get the full value out of all the work you just put in. Give your body what it needs immediately after exercise, when it's most receptive to replenishment, and it will respond wonderfully-recovering faster, efficiently adapting to physical stress, and "learning" how to store more and more readily available fuel in the muscles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Story of UnTapped Maple Syrup...#vt502014 #VT #untappedmaple @iamtedking


The story of UnTapped begins in Vermont.
Of course it does.
UnTapped is a startup that proposes to package maple syrup in plaid-patterned packets as portable sports fuel. It is the joint brainchild of a pro cyclist who grew up playing hockey and didn’t race bikes until he got to Middlebury, some third-generation members of American skiing’s royal family and a PR guru who used to coach Nordic at Midd. How could this story start anywhere other than Vermont?
The story of UnTapped begins with Tim Johnson bonking. This unto itself is notable: Johnson is a six-time U.S. national cyclo-cross champion, former World Championship silver medalist and, scarcely a month after that fateful summer afternoon, winner of the 2012 Green Mountain Stage Race in (where else?) Vermont. But at that moment, on July 28, he was hurting. Big-time. On a ride with his buddies, no less.

 Granted, these weren’t just any buddies—at the head of the group was Ted King, a Cannondale (then Liquigas-Cannondale) rider on the UCI WorldTour circuit with two Giro d’Italia finishes to his credit and two Tour de France appearances in his future. And granted, this wasn’t just any ride—this was a 207.2-mile, 10-hour west-east Odyssey that might make Homer wonder what was so special about the one he always told people about. Calling it “200 Not on 100”(as opposed to 2011’s 200 on 100), King and Johnson organized the expedition in part to fundraise for the Colorado Red Cross, but also because, well, because.  “It’s not a typical training ride that anyone would ever do,” explains King, before amending, “Anyone who is sane.” Straight through the heart of New England, the route climbs and falls and climbs again as it snakes along the highways from Burlington, Vt., to South Portland, Maine.
The Cochran boys
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The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Vermont 50 Welcomes Back Vermont Peanut Butter! #vt502014 #VT

Welcome Back
Vermont Peanut Butter

Their yummy peanut butter will be available 
During Race Weekend
Trust us This Stuff ROCKS!!!

As Pure & Natural As The Green Mountains

America's first AUTHENTIC BRAND, boasting the freshest USA grown nuts, the healthiest dried fruits, and fun nut butter creations. We created the first spreadable trail mix with the Mad River Mojo blend, and the first to only source USA ingredients. With additional protein, hearty ingredients and All NATURAL goodness in every jar...we have created the perfect super food FREE OF hydrogenation, palm oils, excess sugars, and preservatives. We've been doing the right thing since day 1, and WE DO IT all IN OUR OWN FACTORY. The perfect snack with sliced apples, pretzels or with a spoon right out of the jar. Carry a jar hiking, camping or road tripping and you will be so happy you did. So healthy, so natural and fun. Oh....and by the way....they taste absolutely incredible!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Check out this Podcast:
http://www.everydaycyclistpodcast.com/e/2013-vermont-50-race-report-choosing-to-suffer/

The VERMONT 50 Mountain Bike Race has been my “nemesis” since I first attempted it in 2009 in miserable conditions, in over eight hours. I suffered like I have never suffered before and coming back in 2012, I suffered with an injury and almost DNF'd twice, yet managed a 5:50 finish.

So, why would I come back in 2013 and “Choose to Suffer” for a SUB 5-HR PR?

Good question. I hope to answer that question in today’s show AND offer you some basic training techniques, and advanced training techniques to help you “choose to suffer” for a PR for you on your events.


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550