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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Vermont 50 Sunday Schedule #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #VTadaptive




Sunday September 25, 2016

5:00 am
Racer Check-in Opens

Parking is at the Ascutney Mountain Base Lodge, one way in/one way out road. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC, Please plan ahead and leave plenty of time. Follow the signs to the designated parking area. Please DO NOT park where it is signed DO NOT PARK and please obey the Volunteer Parking Attendants.

Google Map to race weekend area


5:30 am!!!
50 Mile pre-race meeting is at 5:30 am SHARP. You must check in the morning of the race to participate.
50 Km pre-race meeting is at 7:30 am


6:00 am-8:00 am
Wave Starts


Wave 1 6:00 (EXPERT 27-34)

Wave 1B 6:00 (ALL SINGLESPEED)

Wave 2 6:05 (EXPERT 26 & UNDER)

Wave 2B 6:05 (EXPERT 35 & OVER)

Wave 3 6:10 (SPORT 35-44)

Wave 4 6:15 (SPORT 45-64)

Wave 5 6:20 (SPORT 34 & UNDER)

Wave 5B 6:20 (SPORT 65 & OVER)

Wave 5C 6:20 (SPORT CLYDES)

Wave 6 6:25 (NOVICE & TANDEM)

Wave 6B 6:25 (NOVICE CLYDES)
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Wave 7 6:30 (50M RUNNERS)
Wave 8 8:00 (50K RUNNERS)

If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time. Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.

The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.

9:00 am-4 pm
Pacer Van:

Pacer Van runs from Cunningham's Parking lot (The Big Tent) to Aid Station #9 Stone’s from: 9 am until about 4 pm every 45 minutes. If a Pacer was not registered on Saturday, they can pick up their Pacer Bib in the Van before being transported to Aid Station #9 Stone’s to meet their runner.

Race Weekend Food Page
Approx. 11:30-approx. 6:45 pm
Sunday Post Race Meal-Coventry Catering
Racers- included in registration fee
Vegetarian Chili, Meat on the side

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Macaroni and Cheese
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Quinoa Salad

This meal is NOT self served and is NOT all-you-can-eat. This food is provided to feed our race participants, volunteers and landowners. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mtn Bikers your wristband or Runners Race Bib pull tab will be your meal ticket.

Approx. 1:00-approx. 3:30 pm
Awards and Prizes on Sunday afternoon:
Mtn Bikers at approx.1:00 PM

Runners at approx. 2:30 PM
Plaques and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each category.


Vendor food will be available for purchase.

Vermont 50 Kids Activites on Saturday #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #VTadaptive


8th Annual VT 50 Kids Fun Trail Run or Ride
“Our Next Generation”
Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Bike Ride 2:00 p.m. 
Fun Run 3:30 p.m.
Ascutney Trails,
Ski Tow Rd. Brownsville, VT

Free for children 14 and under

Donations for Vermont Adaptive are appreciated


Our Fun Runs and Rides
Kid's Bike Ride Saturday September 24
Bike check-in noon-1:45 p.m.
Bike Ride -2 p.m.
1 mile Bike Ride
2 mile Bike Ride*
Helmets are required for ALL Bike Rides
Bike rides are limited to 25 riders for each ride
first come, first serve

 
Kid's Fun Runs Saturday Sept. 24-Big Tent
Run check-in Noon-2:45 pm
Run races-3:30 p.m.
1/2 mile Run
1 mile Run
5 Km (3 mile) Run*


*2 mile bike ride and 3 mile trail run 
are for children who are able to bike or run independently

The course will be a loop at the start/finish of the VT50 race 

The final mile will be the final mile of the VT50.



Thanks to our Race Sponsors


Strafford Organic Creamery
Donates the Finish Line Chocolate Milk





Riverview Farm
Donates the Finish Line Apples and Cider





And with lots of help from











Other Activities for Kids at the Vermont 50


3rd Annual Hay Bale Treasure Hunt at 4 p.m.
Bring sand pails to collect your treasures! (Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old, 4-6 years old, 7-10 years old



Cheryl The Clown
Making Balloon Creations from noon-3 p.m.




Face Painting!
From noon-3:30 p.m.



Vermont 50 Race Weekend Begins! #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #VTadaptive


Vermont 50 Racers, Families and Friends
Welcome to Vermont
On behalf of the Race Committee I'd like to welcome you to Vermont and to our 24th Annual Vermont 50 Race. Our race benefits Vermont Adaptive and we hope you'll visit their booth at the Vendor Fair to see just where your donations go.

Weather looks great (a little chilly but dry-fingers crossed!)

So safe travels and we'll see you all soon!
Mike Silverman Race Director

Our 24th Annual Race Weekend is about to begin!

Saturday September 24, 2016
Directions to Ascutney Mountain Resort

Coming South on I-91, Ascutney Mountain Resort is 10 miles from Exit 9. Take Route 5 South 4 mi. into Windsor town center, then right onto Route 44. Stay on 44 for 5.5 miles (includes two 90 degree turns), and Ascutney Resort entrance is on the left.

Coming North on I-91, Ascutney Mountain Resort is 6 miles from Exit 8. Take Route 5 North one+ mile and bear left onto Route 44A. At the end go left on Route 44. The Resort entrance is 2 miles ahead on the left.

On the entrance road go straight up the hill until you see the Base Lodge on your left and the Parking lot on your right. Do NOT take the first right.

Please walk down to the Big Tent to pick up your race packet.

Note: A parking pass is not needed for the parking lot, but it will be required for parking at a Handler or Crew Station on race day. Passes are available at the Information Desk in the big tent. Please know your license plate number.

Parking:
Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only) and walk or bike down to the BIG TENT in the Cunningham lot (look for signs). Please use parking lots only for parking!!
If you park on the grass you will be towed!
Google MAP to race weekend area

Noon-8 pm Cunningham's Lot Big Tent

Race Packet and Bib Pick Up
Racers will pick up their registration packets and race t-shirts at the registration area (BIG TENT.) Please have your ID ready to collect your Bib #, race packet and participant t-shirt.

Mtn Bikers-a wristband will be placed on your wrist -this is our meal ticket for Sunday's post Race Dinner.

Runners-your BIB will have a pull tab for you meal ticket on Sunday.
Race Bibs are chipped and will be electronically recorded at each aid station.

Relay Teams-The Team Captain will pick up the Team Packet. ONLY ONE BIB will be in the packet and will be passed among the team members. ONLY one team member on course at any given time and ONLY one vehicle can be registered per team. Please look over our Relay Team Info Page before the race. The other two team members may pick up their BIBs for their meal ticket at the BIG TENT.


Runners with Pacers: Register your pacer and pick up their Pacer Bib. at the Information table in the BIG TENT. All pacers must wear a bib while on course. Please look over our Pacer Info Page before the race.


Drop bags:
Racers may drop off their drop bags at the Information Table. Drop bags will be handed to the "Baggage Handlers". Bags must be no larger than 9”x 9” x 16” and weigh less than 10 lbs. Mark them so you can identify them at the Aid Stations with the name of the aid station , your name and, most importantly, your Bib Number, because that’s how they will be arranged.


Runner Handler/Bike Crew Parking Permits:
Racers will pick up their vehicle parking permit at the Information Table. One permit per racer (this includes the Relay Teams-One vehicle per team). The permit will have the racer's Bib # and Vehicle Plate # on it. These permitss are needed to park at the designated Aid Stations on Course.

Runner Handlers: Skunk Hollow, Greenall's and Johnson's
Bike Crews: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson's

Vendors:
Lots of Vendors to check out at our vendor Fair! Noon-6 p.m. Saturday.

Kids FREE Fun Ride or Run Kids Free Race Page
Check-In your child for the Kids FREE Fun Race, Face Painting and Clown with Balloons
Ride
Noon-1:45 pm Check In
Rid Begins at 2 pm

Run
Check-In: noon-2:45 pm
Kids Free Fun Race: 3:30 pm

Kids Treasure Hunt: 4 pm (weather permitting) for toddlers- age 10.


Race Weekend Food Page
5:00-8:30 pm
Saturday Pre-Race Pasta Dinner (not included in racer registration)
prepared and hosted by Orange Lake
Where: Mountain View Ballroom
Windham Building
Holiday Inn Club Vacations
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 5-8:30 pm
Prices $14.95 adults, children under 12- $8.95
Meal tickets available for purchase at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hotel Front Desk.

Menu will include:
Linguini, Penne
Meat Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Baked Ziti
Assorted breads
Assorted steamed vegetables
Apple Crisp, cookies, brownies
Assorted can soda
Water
Cash Bar
Buffet style starting at 5 pm and will remain open till 8:30pm
Gluten Free Options will be available.

Get some sleep, we'll see you dark and early and chilly (we'll call it CRISP!) on Sunday morning.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vermont 50 Weekend Weather #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

 Looking good!

But check out the low temp 
for Sunday morning...brrrrrrr

Remember when "Ask Zeke" said be prepared for chilly weather...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Vermont 50 Still Needs a Few Volunteers! #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive



A messaged from our Volunteer Coordinator Liba:

Volunteers who are working on Saturday and Sunday at start/finish area (not aid stations),
Please park in the main parking lot, up by the old base lodge-parking attendants will direct you.

Then walk down to the volunteer check-in table at the BIG TENT in Cunningham's Lot. You can pick up your t-shirt, meal ticket wristband and your volunteer assignment will be explained.

Please check out our Volunteer Page.


We are still looking for volunteers to help out at:

Skunk
Greenall's

 
And mid afternoon to evening on Sunday at the finish area


For open and closing times of the aid stations: Aid station List 


Please sign up online if you think you can help out at any of the spots! 

Thanks,
See you this weekend.
Volunteer Coordinator, Liba Hladik
For Information about volunteering please email: vt50volunteer@gmail.com

Vermont 50 #TBT Who are these people? #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

No Really, Who Are These People Contest...

Here's a flash back to the original Vermont 50


Here's an updated version of a few of them at
 Vermont 100 this past summer

Looking good lady and gentlemen!

The first person to name ALL seven ultra-runners correctly, in the first picture, will get a prize this weekend! 

Put your answer in the comment section below! 
(Spelling with be at the judges' discretion)

People in the photo are disqualified but we thank you for supporting our race these many years!

(Add some way to contact you this weekend, BIB #, email...something.) 

You have until Friday at midnight to respond!
GOOD LUCK

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

VT50 A Few Last Minute Updates #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive



We've had a few last minute changes to the race course and our aid station drink.

The course needed to be re-routed some but not much. You'll hear about it at the Race Meeting on Sunday morning. The Aid Station List has been update to reflect these changes. And the Relay Team mileage splits have also been updated.

Aid Station List

Food On Course

We won't be using Tailwinds this year due to an unavoidable glitch. So we'll have Gatorade for your replacement drink.

If any other changes pop up, we'll post them here on the blog (probably won't be updating the website) so check here first.

We also have a few surprises up our sleeve but you'll need to be at the Race Meeting on Sunday to find out just what they are.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Racer Check IN Opens at 5 AM
Racer Meeting at 5:30 AM SHARP.

Don't forget that there will be traffic on Sunday morning. One road in, one road out and road closing once the race starts at 6 am. Please plan accordingly.
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Saturday Packet Pick Up-Know your Car License Plate number-you'll need this to get a parking permit to park at the three Handler/Crew aid stations. No permit and the volunteers at #3 Skunk, #7 Greenall's and #10 Johnson's will turn you away.

Drop bags-Save time and label them before you leave home.
They will still be sized and weighed before our volunteers can deliver them to the aid stations. Come prepared and save yourself some time.

Coming with children?
Have you signed up for the KIDS FREE Fun Ride or Run? Again, save time sign up NOW!
And don't forget, face painting, balloon shapes and our treasure hunt!

VOLUNTEERS
We still need a lot of volunteers. Our volunteer coordinator isn't in a panic yet but she's close...help her out and sign up to volunteer today! SPREAD THE WORD!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

VT50 Kids Free FUN Ride or Run R U Ready? #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePSazwYswSaeTPelLB9MAXQG3hPVI7HI08hWiG6rQxMhKhnQ/viewform
8th Annual VT 50 Kids Fun Trail Run or Ride
“Our Next Generation”
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bike Ride 2:00 p.m.
Fun Run 3:30 p.m.
Ascutney Trails,
Ski Tow Rd. Brownsville, VT


How about a shout out to OUR NEXT GENERATION!

In a few days, these children will be riding 1 or 2 miles, or running 1/2 mile, 1 mile or a 5 K. That's really cool.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePSazwYswSaeTPelLB9MAXQG3hPVI7HI08hWiG6rQxMhKhnQ/viewform


Don't wait in line filling out forms when you could be getting your face painted or getting a cool balloon creation REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Kid's Fun Runs Saturday Sept. 24-Big Tent
Run check-in Noon-2:45 pm
Run races-3:30 p.m.
1/2 mile Run
1 mile Run
5 Km (3 mile) Run*
 
Kid's Bike Rides Saturday September 24
Bike check-in noon-1:45 p.m.
Bike Ride -2 p.m.
1 mile Bike Ride
2 mile Bike Ride*
Helmets are required for ALL Bike Rides
Bike rides are limited to 25 riders for each ride
first come, first serve
Sign up TODAY
 
*2 mile bike ride and 3 mile trail run are for children who are able to bike or run independently

The course will be a loop at the start/finish of the VT50 race

The final mile will be the final mile of the VT50.

Save time, don't wait in line and register ONLINE today.

https://vermont50home.blogspot.com/p/kid-race-page.html


Free for children 14 and under
 
These races are free but we'll gladly accept donations for VERMONT ADAPTIVE.

And...
We couldn't  put on these races without the support of two family owned farms

http://straffordcreamery.com/ 
Donates the Finish Line Chocolate Milk


http://www.riverviewnh.com/ 
Donates the Finish Line Apples and Cider


And with lots of help from

http://ascutneytrails.com/



http://ascutneyoutdoors.org/



Please pre-register

Questions? Call Deb Shearer at 802-384-2129    vt50funrun@gmail.com


 
Other Activities for Kids at the Vermont 50

3rd Annual Hay Bale Treasure Hunt at 4 p.m.

https://vermont50home.blogspot.com/p/kid-race-page.html

Bring sand pails to collect your treasures! (Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old, 4-6 years old, 7-10 years old






Cheryl The Clown
Making Balloon Creations from noon-3 p.m.

https://vermont50home.blogspot.com/p/kid-race-page.html







Face Painting!
From noon-3:30 p.m.


https://vermont50home.blogspot.com/p/kid-race-page.html

https://vermont50home.blogspot.com/p/kid-race-page.html
 
See you all Saturday for some good family fun!
Don't forget to visit 
Our Vendors 
While waiting for the Children's Fun Ride or Run 

VT50 Warning-Bee Sting Allergy? Bring your Kit #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

A heads up folks,
The ground bees are out in full force this year. So if you have bee sting allergies, please bring your bee sting kits.

For folks without allergy, the stings still hurt so be aware of where you are treading with tires and sneakers.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Note from VT50 Race Director. Mike S-Almost Race Time #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

Hello Vt50 Race Participants

Less than one week away and we are all getting our jitters. So many emails going out and coming in. Many of you veteran VT 50 participants know the routine but some newbies don't.


Please review and print our online documents:
Vermont 50 Documents to Print

The Saturday packet pick up from 12-8. Also on Saturday we have vendors and the kids races...

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
Saturday Night the Resort puts on a dinner you can buy tickets at the front desk. The NEW chef sounds like he will have a GREAT meal for you and the family.
Windham Building Holiday Inn Club Vacations
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 5-8:30 pm
Prices $14.95 adults, children under 12- $8.95
Meal tickets available for purchase at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hotel Front Desk.

Menu will include: Linguini, Penne Meat Sauce Marinara Sauce Alfredo Sauce Baked Ziti Assorted breads Assorted steamed vegetables Apple Crisp, cookies, brownies Assorted can soda Water Cash Bar Buffet style starting at 5 pm and will remain open till 8:30 pm Gluten Free Options will be available.



SUNDAY
It could be COLD Sunday morning!
If you are not local, you should be aware that the evenings and mornings have been chilly. Getting dark earlier and dark in the early morning, so be prepared.

Pre-Race Check-in and meeting for 50 Mi Mtn Bikes and Runners
Sunday start is early and the morning mandatory check in starts at 5AM for the 50 milers.
With the pre-race meeting starting at 5:30 sharp!

50Km Check in and Start
50K check in is at 7:30 with pre-race and the START is at 8AM



Parking, Oh Boy-PARKING
PARKING race morning it is IMPORTANT you leave enough time to check in and listen to the meeting.
Traffic is VERY heavy and the 600 cars need to flow in, which can be an issue.
Remember NO RVs, we do NOT have room.



Energy Drink On Course-GATORDE
On course drink became an issue, I will take the blame.
RUNNERS the "Tail Winds" will not be on course this year!!!!!!
We have to use "Gatorade" because of this late issue.
NEXT year TW will be there.


Race Course Changes-We have some!
As many know, the Vermont 50 goes through many Private Lands, which makes the race special. It also causes last minute issues... lands sold. New owners, logging, and so on. There have been a few last minute snarls which could cause some minor changes with distances between stations. This is more of an issue for Runners than bikers. We will do our best to keep it less noticeable and doable for you.

You'll find out some of these changes at the mandatory pre-race meeting, please be there to hear these changes!



 Chipped BIBs around the finish area-please remove the chip...
Timer request: wearing your chipped bib near the finish line after you cross causes multiple readings. It will be best if you would either remove the chip attached or just keep the bib way from the finish line. Thanks for your help.

  

Volunteers still needed.
Remember if you are not going to be with us racing, we could always use more volunteers. Sign up is on our site at https://vt50volunteers.blogspot.com/

Another reminder that there is no transferring of bibs / plates allowed.

More info to come, probably-you know me
Most importantly, this is NOT my last blog, I am sure. BUT all next week I will be WORKING on the race and mostly down at the site. There is little to no cell reception. I will try to answer your emails in the evenings.
Have a GREAT week
Mike

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Note from VT50 Race Director Mike-Mtn Bikers, Relay Teams #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

Race Waves 
What are they and Why? 

From our timing company

"I have a Penalty field set up for this year so just let me know if it will be 10:00 or some other number for leaving in an earlier wave than designated. Note that the system should handle 99% of the starters perfectly but no chip system is 100% (yet), so staging everyone correctly is very important. The WAVE number will be on every bib now on the label, so if you have strong people announcing this and making sure everyone looks at their bib and knows they have to go in the right wave or a later wave or get a penalty, that should lessen the abuse a lot.

 There were more than a dozen who went early last year.

 Race Information Changes-Things are pretty much etched in stone now.
Over the past several months we had asked for any changes to your information. This was to make sure we had it correctly stated in our database. This also gave us information we used to order our plate numbers, which are also color coated for your category and wave start.

That said at this point no more changes to your category are being accepted...Expert, Sport and Novice. This will allow us to really monitor who started when. This will also help you know when to start race morning.

The BIG orange sign stating which wave is back for dark morning hours. Between the wave number on the plate, the Big sign and the PA announcements we hope this will help organize the usually confusing start. Please understand we put a lot of effort to this.

Also remember each wave is compensated for the time they start. So you do NOT lose time.

IF YOU WANT TO START WITH A FRIEND WHO IS STARTING LATER YOU MAY. UNDERSTAND YOU WILL ACCEPT LOSING YOUR OVERALL TIME.

BUT your friend cannot start ahead with out accepting the 20-minute time penalty and the added correct wave start time.

I know MOST of you are out for the ride and this may seem "harsh" and "why"... but for those who are competing, we hope we are improving our end of the day results. If you only knew how many emails I receive telling me who started before they were suppose to. Lets just enjoy the day and ride some of the most beautiful trails in VT.

Just to let you know how important it is to start in the correct wave.

As stated on our Entrants page:


If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time. Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.


The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.


Relay Runners
One Bib per Team, One Car per Team

Please visit our web page at https://vt50relay.blogspot.com/ for more information.

BUT I wanted tell you that only one bib will be chipped and you have to pass it to each member that is running a leg. There will be extra bibs at the finish if you want one to bring home.

Also there will be a tag for the post race BBQ on each bib.

Each team will need a single car pass to be at the aid station to exchange runners. This pass will be available at packet pick up by the information table.

Please be sure to coordinate this with your team mates.

Remember only one runner from each team is allowed to be on course at a time.
On car per Relay Team.

Thanks,
Mike S. and The Race Committee

Friday, September 16, 2016

Vermont 50 Race Course #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive



50 Mile Course Description

The Course starts on the road only 100 yards from the Registration Tent. You head down the paved Resort entrance road to Rte. 44. Sharp left, followed by an equally-sharp right turn onto unpaved Brook Rd. Now after 4/10 mi. turn left to start a 2.3 mile stretch of climbing and rolling dirt, then gravel roads to the first aid station.

Now you've got about 2 miles of uphill on snowmobile ATV trail. Then 1.5 of road before your next aid station, followed by 4 more miles of trail to Skunk Hollow.

After the aid station at the Skunk Hollow Tavern (@12 mi.), the next 8 mile stretch includes less than 2 on trail. Enjoy it because it's going to change. A key feature of this course is the fact that it pretty much alternates between road and trail and gives you plenty of hills to deal with.

At mile 20 you'll encounter 1812' Garvin Hill, the highest point in Hartland, and wind up over and around it before heading back south on more trails and gravel roads. This includes a long descent of Densmore Hill Road, part of the revised 100 mile course, and then back up an equally long hill trail. At about 28 miles you come out onto Reeves Rd., where the 50K route hooks back in. Now there's over 2 miles of fairly decent terrain road, passing Smoke Rise Farm, but, of course, followed by more canopied trail. Be aware that the great majority of the trails on the course are quite ride able / run able with little in the way of rocks or roots. Almost all are part of the Green Mountain Horse Association trail network and are well maintained.

After Greenall's Aid Station at 31.9 mi there is another brief road segment; followed by a weaving route through the woods and meadow around Blood Hill, some steeps near the 100 finish meadow and a climb over a 1,600' attention getter. In the last 11 miles the only road pieces you'll be seeing will be one, then a half and then a quarter mile long, respectively.

You can pick up your pacer at Aid Station #9 Stones (approx. mile 42), but they have to ride on the shuttle to get there. The rest of the way is mostly trail, which gets progressively tougher when you enter onto the cross country network after the last aid station (Johnson’s), with about 3 miles to go. In the last mile you’ll be crossing the lower Ascutney Alpine slopes on mostly grassy trail, with some side pitch, mostly to the left.

It's worth all the effort you've expended when you can finally look down at the finish line by the base lodge and pound/pedal your way down a quarter mile of blessed downhill. For those familiar with the Vermont 100 course, the 50 Mile is basically superimposed on the last third but actually shares less than 10 miles of it. About 2/3 (67%) of the 50 Mile course is on trails or jeep (unimproved) roads. 30% is on smooth, rolling gravel roads and 3% is on pavement. It is a challenging course, with good footing/traction, plenty of hills and classic Vermont scenery that will be a welcome distraction.
The total vertical elevation for the 50 Mile race is about 8,900 feet.


Note, the following are the approximate percentages:
     Gravel Rd./Trail or Jeep Rd./Pavement
50 Mile: 30% , 67% , 3%
50 Km.: 37%, 58%, 5%


50K Course Description
If you're looking for flat and fast, this isn't for you. If you are looking for something that isn't quite so challenging as the 50 mile, listen.

The Course starts on the road only 100 yards from the Registration Tent. You head down the paved Resort entrance road to Rte. 44. Sharp left, followed by an equally-sharp right turn onto unpaved Brook Rd. Now after 4/10 mi. turn left to start a 2.3 mile stretch of climbing and rolling dirt, then gravel roads to the first aid station.

Now it’s time to really get to work, when you enter onto 2+ miles of snowmobile-ATV trail which is fairly steep at the outset. When you exit the trail onto gravel road, at about mile 6, you take a sharp left, whereas the 50 milers went right to tackle 19 miles of stuff you don’t have to worry about.

You’ll get to your second aid station (2K-Ralph’s) shortly, followed by 3+ miles of gradual uphill smooth road. You may see 50 milers joining in from a trail on your right. They’ll be with you for ¾ mile until you get to the Margaritaville aid station, where you turn left onto trail again, and they keep going straight. After another ¾ mile you’ll join the 50 milers again, from which point your course to the finish is the same as theirs.

After the Greenall’s aid station at 13.4 mile there’s another brief road segment, followed by a weaving route through the woods and meadow around Blood Hill. A few more steeps near the 100 mi. Meadow, and a climb over a 1,600’ attention-getter. In the last 11 miles the only road pieces you’ll be seeing will be one, then a half and then a quarter mile long, respectively.

From Stones aid station, the rest of the way is mostly trail, which gets progressively tougher when you enter onto the cross country network after the last aid station (Johnson’s), with about 3 miles to go. In the last mile you’ll be crossing the lower Ascutney Alpine slopes on mostly grassy trail, with some side pitch, mostly to the left.

It’s worth all the effort you’ve expended when you can finally look down at the finish line above the base lodge and pound your way down the last blessed quarter mile.


Almost 2/3 of your total course is trail, most of which provides fairly decent footing, with little in the way of rocks or roots. Eight miles of it is on segments of the 100 Mile course.
The total vertical for the 50 Km is about 5,600’.

Race Weekend Sheet

Directions to Ascutney Mountain Resort 
Ascutney Mountain Resort is 10 miles from exit 8 or 9 off Interstate 91

Map Of race area 

Race Parking
Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only.) Walk or bike down to the race office-BIG TENT-in the Cunningham building lot (look for signs). Please use parking lots only for parking!! To get to the Base Lodge when turning off Route 44 continue straight (do not take turn). The parking lot will be on your right. If you park on the grass you will be towed!

Vehicles On Course
Participants must register ONE vehicle at the Information Table to be allowed on course. Relay Teams-one vehicle per team. Please stay off the actual race course as much as possible. You will be given Handler/Crew directions to designated Aid Stations at the Info. Table.

Drop bags
Drop bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. See Drop Bag 101

Course Information:
Mountain Bike Guidelines and Course Description
Runner Guidelines and Course Description


The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.

Vermont 50 Relay Team
Relay Team Information
Relay Race Areas-You must Have A Parking Permit to Drop off Your Team Members-one vehicle per team!

Mileage breakdown:
12.3 Miles Start to Skunk Hollow
17.9 Miles Skunk Hollow to Greenall's
19.8 Miles Greenall's to finish
Relay runners are responsible for getting themselves to the exchange points. Only one vehicle per team will be allowed, and it must have an official Parking Permit, which must be obtained at the Information Desk.

Mountain Bike Race
Mountain Bike Categories:
Novice – entry level or first time competitor.
Sport – intermediate competitor
Expert – very advanced competitor


https://vt50mtnbikerace.blogspot.com/

Mt. Bike Age Groups
12- 17 Junior
18 - 26 Senior I
27 - 34 Senior II
35 - 44 Veteran
45 - 54 Master I
55 - 64 Master II
65 and up Master III
Biker age as of 12/31 race year

Additional Mt. Bike Classes:
Clydesdale – Novice (min. weight 200 lbs)
Clydesdale – Sport (min. weight 200 lbs)
Tandem

https://vt50ultrarun.blogspot.com/

Endurance Run Race
Runners Male and Female in each category and class
Runner Age Groups:
12-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70-and up
Runners age is what they are on race day

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vermont 50 Race Weekend Food Preivew #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

We dare you not to gain weight this weekend...

Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.

Saturday



Pre-Race Pasta Dinner (not included in your registration fee)


Where: Mountain View Ballroom, Windham Building Holiday Inn Club Vacations
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 5-8:30 pm
Prices $14.95 adults, children under 12- $8.95
Meal tickets available for purchase at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hotel Front Desk.

Menu will include:
Linguini, Penne
Meat Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Baked Ziti
Assorted breads
Assorted steamed vegetables
Apple Crisp, cookies, brownies
Assorted can soda
Water
Cash Bar
Buffet style starting at 5 pm and will remain open till 8:30pm
Gluten Free Options will be available.

Sunday

ON COURSE Aid Station Food*

FINISH LINE FOOD


Two Snack/Aid Stations for Participants Only
Volunteers will host and restock tables for our racers
One Table for Mountain Bikers and One Table for Runners
Mountain Bike Table open approx 10:30 a.m.
Runner Table open approx. noon (earlier if needed)




Post Race Meal for Participants, Volunteers and Landowners
This meal is included in your entry fee
Mtn Bikers-your wristband is your meal ticket
Runners-your BIB pull tab is your meal ticket
Volunteers-your wristband is your meal ticket 
(menus subject to change without notice)


Menu to be served on a rotating entree basis 
Serving from approx. 11:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Vegetarian Chili, Meat on the side
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Macaroni and Cheese
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Quinoa Salad
This meal is NOT self served and is NOT all-you-can-eat. This food is provided to feed our race participants, volunteers and landowners.
A limited number of meals will be available for purchase from Coventry Catering. Meal tickets will be on sale at the Merchandise Table.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Spectators, Family, Friends-Vendor Food Available
Lazy Cow

Coventry Catering 



*Aid station workers will make every effort to separate items containing nuts from the other food, but those with food allergies must take responsibility for checking about this practice each time they take food, or supply their own food with their crew or handlers. If you have specific dietary needs, you will need to pack your own snack food in drop bags for Aid Stations #3, #7, and #10.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Vermont 50 Bib Numbers and Wave Starts are POSTED! #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

The BIB numbers have been assigned 
and 
Your Wave Numbers are posted. 
Please look over the list and write down 
Your Bib # and Wave Start number.

VT 50 2016 Starting Waves
Wave 1 6:00 (EXPERT 27-34)

Wave 1B 6:00 (ALL SINGLESPEED)

Wave 2 6:05 (EXPERT 26 and UNDER)

Wave 2B 6:05 (EXPERT 35 and OVER)

Wave 3 6:10 (SPORT 35-44)

Wave 4 6:15 (SPORT 45-64)

Wave 5 6:20 (SPORT 34 and UNDER)

Wave 5B 6:20 (SPORT 65 and OVER)

Wave 5C 6:20 (SPORT CLYDES)

Wave 6 6:25 (NOVICE and TANDEM)

Wave 6B 6:25 (NOVICE CLYDES)

Wave 7 6:30 (50M RUNNERS)

Wave 8 8:00 (50K RUNNERS)

If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time.

Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.

The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Vermont 50 is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


The 24th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain 
Bike Ride or Ultra Run 
is now COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT
See you all Sept 24 for Packet Pick up 
and 
Sept. 25 for the Race

VT50 We Need Volunteers! #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive


The 24th Annual Race is just around the corner on Sunday, September 25. We are hoping you past AWESOME volunteers will return again this year to help us out.

 And SPREAD THE WORD about our Race!
If you haven't volunteered before-Sign Up and check out what a cool race this is!

We've update our website and now have a page dedicated just to you amazing volunteers, Vermont 50 VOLUNTEER PAGE

The 2016 Volunteer Sign Up Form is posted and ready for you to sign up!

Liba has returned again this year as our Volunteer Coordinator (YES!) and we hope you will join her in continuing to make this race, a race that participants come back to year after year.


Questions about being  a Vermont 50 Volunteer, email  Liba, our race volunteer coordinator

PS. Signing up to volunteer helps us make sure you get a t-shirt and a meal ticket.

VT50 Runners-Last Day to Sign Up to Run with Us #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive

Attention Ultra Runners
Today is the last day to register to run the Vermont 50-50 mile, 50 Km or 50 mile Relay.

You need to contact our Race Director, Mike Silverman to get a coupon code then hop over to ChronoTrack and log in with that code. All before midnight tonight Sept. 13.

Relay Teams
Make sure you have a Team Captain
Make sure you have three Team Members
Make sure you have a Cool Team Name 
Check your Team status: 50 Mi Relay

Runners and Mountain Bikers  Bib Numbers
Your Bib numbers will be announced within the next few days and will be posted on our Entrant List page

Keep training, stay safe and see you soon,
Mike and the Race Committee

Monday, September 12, 2016

VT50 Kids FREE Fun Run or Ride-Sign Up today! #VT50 #VT50mi #VT50K #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT #NH #vermontadaptive


8th Annual Vermont 50
Kids Free Trail Run or Ride
September 24, 2016

Bike Ride 2:00 p.m.
Fun Run 3:30 p.m.
Ascutney Trails,
Ski Tow Rd. Brownsville, VT

To all our Vermont 50 families and Friends:
It's time to register your child (children) for one of our FREE Fun Trail Runs or Bike Rides.

Yes BIKE RIDES!
NEW FOR 2016 *Kids Fun Mountain Bike Rides*
Sign Up Online Today
Only 25 spots per ride!
Helmets Must Be Worn for ALL Bike Rides!
Free for children 14 and under
Donations for Vermont Adaptive are appreciated

Dear Parents:
Some of you may have signed up through ChronoTrack when you registered for the adult race. We are asking you to please sign up on our ONLINE registration form as the ChronoTrack page is missing some much needed information for us.

Please Feel free to share this blog with other families that might be around for the Vermont 50 Race Weekend at Ascutney Trails.



About Our Fun Runs and Rides
The course will be a loop at the start/finish of the VT50 race
The final mile will be the final mile of the VT50.

These FREE fun races gives the kids a chance to feel like they're part of the Vermont 50 and are held during the Vermont 50 race check-in and packet pick up, starting Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

Run or Ride Registration/Check-In:
Saturday, Sept. 24 noon-2:45 p.m.

Vermont 50 Big Tent (Cunningham's Lot)
Look for the Kid's Fun Trail Run or Ride tables

Directions to our Fun Run or Ride
Please park at the Base Lodge Parking Area (and walk or bike ride down the hill)

You can sign up online ahead of time, and just drop off your Waiver sheet(s) and pick up your bib(s).

Run Check-in: noon-2:45 p.m.
Ride Check-in: noon-1:45 p.m.

Race Waiver Form Please fill out one Waiver Form per Child and bring it along with you to race registration on Saturday September 24!

A Poster for you to share at your schools: Kid Free Fun Race Poster

Again, this race is FREE, however we will gladly accept online donations for Vermont Adaptive or look for the donation jar at the Kid's Race Table on Saturday.


Kid's Fun Runs 
Run check-in Noon-2:45 pm
Run races-3:30 p.m.
1/2 mile Run
1 mile Run
5 Km (3 mile) Run*





Kid's Bike Ride
Bike check-in noon-1:45 p.m.
Bike Ride -2 p.m.
1 mile Bike Ride
2 mile Bike Ride*
Helmets are required for ALL Bike Rides
Bike rides are limited to 25 riders for each ride-first come, first serve


*2 mile bike ride and 3 mile trail run
are for children who are able to bike or run independently


So sign up your child, or children, and we'll see you Sept. 24 at Ascutney Trails!
Deb, Lorinda and Mike, Kids Fun Trail Run or Ride Race Directors


Questions? Call Deb Shearer at 802-384-2129
vt50funrun@gmail.com


PS. Don't forget about

3rd Annual Hay Bale Treasure Hunt at 4 p.m.


Bring sand pails to collect your treasures! (Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old, 4-6 years old, 7-10 years old



Cheryl The Clown-Making Balloon Creations
from noon-3 p.m.



See you in a few weeks!


Our Next Generation
of Vermont 50 

Runners and Mtn Bikers

Thanks go out to: