Frequently Asked Questions
With 5 different races we get a lot of questions! Below are some of the most asked. Simply select your questions and the answer will be revealed.
Aid Station and Crew/Handler Questions
NO, and please if you’ve found one online DO NOT use it. Most of our race goes over Private Property. The landowners grant us ONE DAY USE of their land for Sunday, Race Day ONLY. If people pre-run or ride the course the landowners will withdraw their consent to use their land and our race will change dramatically or go away all together. So PLEASE DO NOT PRE-RUN or RIDE THIS COURSE.
If you’d like to train on similar terrain-Check out: http://ascutneytrails.com/ and http://www.stabvt.org/ They can fix you up with some challenging trails.
At Saturday Registration Bib Pickup
Your Bib and Bike plaques are available on Saturday, of race weekend, noon to 8:00 p.m..
Participants must pick up their own registration packets.
Photo ID is required to pick up packets.
THERE WILL BE NO BIB/Bike Plaque PICK UP ON SUNDAY.
Unfortunately, no. Our cell and internet service is spotty at best making it difficult to upload the racers info live. Hopefully sometime in the near future.
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.
Google Map to Vermont 50 Registration Tent and Start/Finish.
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!
You will need to park at a camp ground equipped to accommodate RVs. RVs are just too big for our parking areas. RVs will not be allowed in our race parking spaces AT ALL during the race weekend.
Please make arrangements to arrive for packet pick up Saturday and the race on Sunday without your RV.
The courses are marked with 5” bold black arrows on colored backgrounds. 50 Mile (Bike and Run) has SALMON (PINK) background. Strictly 50 Kilometer Run segments have ROBINS EGG BLUE background. (this is for 50K segments only; there will be no double marking). A large black W on orange background means Wrong Way, go back. A large black X on yellow background means something that merits your special attention such as a hole, ditch, drop-off, obstruction, etc. i.e. a hazard.
Please view this document VT 50 Race Trail Markers
25.8 Miles are the same; The first 7, the last 18.3 and a one half mile piece in the middle.
Yes, the arrows will have a bright blue background. See trail markers above.
Three: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s.
One Biker/One vehicle allowed on course. Note: in order to park at these three aid stations, the vehicle must have an official Parking Permit, which must be obtained at the Information Desk. No exceptions. You may only have contact with your crew at these three aid stations ONLY.
Three: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s. One Runner/One vehicle allowed on course.
Note: in order to park at either, the vehicle must have an official Parking Permit, which must be obtained at the Information Desk. No exceptions. You may only have contact with your crew at these three aid stations ONLY.
Relay Teams are allowed ONE vehicle for all three team members and only one team member is allowed on course at any given time.
Gravel Rd./Trail or Jeep Rd./Pavement
50 Mile: 30% 67% 3%
50 Km.: 37% 58% 5%
On the Ski Tow road, near Cunningham’s Ski Barn about 100 yards from the check-in tent.
YES! This is Vermont!
For the most part, no. There will be some roots, small rocks and ruts, so pay attention and pick up your feet.
They can be. It depends on how much rain falls before race day, or on race day. Normally there isn’t too much mud, but a couple of years there’s been a whole lot of it.
If you have them wear them, but you can get away with a sturdy training shoe.
They wind around through four towns in roughly counter-clockwise loops, with plenty of zig-zagging throughout.
Mountain Bike and 50 Mile run = 8,900′
50 Km run = 5,600′
Bikers – In 5 min. increments from 6:00 to 6:25 a.m.
50 Mile Run – 6:30 a.m.
50 Km Run – 8:00 a.m.
The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. for the 50 Mile Bikers and Runners
7:30 a.m. for the 50 K Runners
Location-BIG TENT Cunningham’s Lot
It is highly recommended. I wouldn’t dare run without it.
Bright T-shirts that say Race Official on the back.
Bikers: Men – 4.5 hrs., Women – 5.5 hrs.
50 Milers: Men – 6 ¼ hrs., Women – 7 hrs.
50 K’ers: Men – 4 hrs., Women – 4.5 hrs.
Yes, CLIMB Fitness is hosting showers for our race participants usually for $5 per person. FOR 2017, SHOWERS ARE FREE
Please hose yourself (and bike) off before entering the Fitness Center or any of the buildings on the mountain.
The Pre-Race Pasta Dinner (not included in your registration fee) will be served from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Ballroom, Windham Building, which is a short walk from the Main Registration Tent. $14.95 for adults, and $8.95 for children. Tickets are on sale in the hotel lobby.
Coventry Catering will provide the post race meal for our participants. They will be serving from approx. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
A limited number of meal tickets will be available for purchase for the post race meal.
Yes and your cooperation will make our recycling program a success. Clear bags for compost, yellow bags for recyclables and black for trash.
Three Crew Access Stations:
Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s.
Aid is allowed for both runners and bikes at these designated Aid Stations, ONLY.
No handler or crew access is allowed anywhere on the course except at the designated crew 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.
Offering aid to runners/bikers from a vehicle anywhere other than an official “crew access” aid station is strictly prohibited. Designated parking areas of Crew Access Stations are considered acceptable areas for participants to receive aid.
Where the station signs and volunteer personnel direct you.
Vehicles without the Crew Parking Permit will be required to leave the course/aid station.
Parking in undesignated areas will not be permitted. This is any place that the event doesn’t specifically tell you to park. Do not block roads or driveways. Do not park on lawns! If you leave your vehicle in an unapproved area, it will likely be towed at your expense.
This information is in the Crew Directions which will only be provided at Registration. (This is to preclude the illegal pre-running/riding that some entrants insist on doing. The courses are strictly off-limits until race day.)
*Our landowners grant us ONE DAY ONLY access to their properties. If we violate their generosity, we could lose our race.
A Crew Parking Permit must be used at all times. Cars on the course must be kept to a minimum so you need to follow the crew directions from one authorized station to the next. Please don’t use your GPS; there are very bad, impassable roads that your device won’t know about. Also, there are roads that we cannot use due to landowner sensitivity, and we need to keep vehicles off runner routes as much as possible.
Crews are not allowed to park anywhere other than locations posted and allowed by race management.
FOLLOW ALL POSTED SPEED LIMITS. In some locations, it is 25 or 30 mph. The local police know ‘visitors’ are in town and are quick to ticket. In the absence of a sign, the speed limit on dirt roads is 30 mph.
*Note: this is the same reason why course maps are not provided.
NO! Doing so may disqualify your runner/biker. Race Officials will be watching.
No crew access is allowed anywhere on the course except at the designated crew 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 crew stations.
The standard fare usually including chips, fruit, various candies, quartered boiled potatoes, cookies, soft drinks, turkey, cheese and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. The complete list is on the Aid Station Food list.
Yes. Leuko-Tape will also be available.
There will be EMT’s on bikes on the course and Rescue Squad personnel and a physician at the Start/Finish area, they are on call and in communication with local ambulances should an emergency arise.
Yes, electrolyte caps will be available.
No. You are responsible for providing your own and are firmly reminded to carry any used foil packets to the next aid station for disposal. Please DO NOT LITTER
Relay Teams and Drop Bag Questions
Relay runners are responsible for getting themselves to the exchange points. Directions for getting to the individual exchange points will be available at the Information Desk.
Only one vehicle per team will be allowed, and it must have an official Parking Permit, which must be obtained at the Information Desk.
ONLY ONE RELAY TEAM MEMBER ON COURSE AT ANY GIVEN TIME.
The second runner must get to The Skunk Hollow Tavern Handler Station at the 50 Mile course 12.3 mile point, in sufficient time to meet the first runner.
The third runner must get to the Greenall’s Handler Station at the 50 Mile course 31.9 mile point, in sufficient time to meet the second runner.
Relay Mileage Breakdown
12.3 Miles Start to Skunk Hollow
19.0 Miles Skunk Hollow to Greenall’s
18.7 Miles Greenall’s to finish
- Each Relay Team is allowed to register ONE (1) vehicle for the race.
- Relay Race Areas-You must Have A Parking Permit to Drop off Your Team Members-one vehicle per team!
- Only ONE Relay Team Member is ALLOWED ON COURSE At any given time!
- One CHIPPED BIB will be issued to the Team Captain and passed along to other team members at the exchange points on course.
- Mileage Breakdown (approx.) 12.3 Miles Start to Skunk Hollow, 19.0 Miles Skunk Hollow to Greenall’s 18.7 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.
- Remember to get the chipped bib from your team member!
Please visit our Relay Team Page for more information.
Aid Stations #3, 7, 10 for the 50 Mile
Aid Stations #2K, 7, 10 for the 50 Km.
The bags must be turned in at the Drop Bag Table in the Registration Tent before 8 p.m. Saturday night. There they must be approved and accepted by the attendant. BAGS THAT ARE OVER-SIZED OR TOO HEAVY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED or delivered. No exceptions! We will weigh them and measure them.
Please read Drop Bags 101 for size restrictions and detailed suggestions or review our Drop Bag sheet.
After the Aid Station closes, your drop bags will be loaded on a truck and returned to the Big Tent in Cunningham’s Lot. There will be stakes with the Aid Station name on them near, or inside the Big Tent.
NOTE-Drop bags are only returned AFTER an aid station closes.
Weather Related Questions
Sunrise is at approx. 6:44 a.m.
Sunset is at approx. 6:43 p.m.
The temps could be in the high 30’s or low 60’s, but more likely to be in the 40’s or 50’s. It could also be quite foggy in the morning.
It could be mid 40’s or high 70’s
It can, and has, but normally does not. Check the long-rang forecast for Brownsville, Vermont on-line, starting 10 days prior to race day.