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50 Mile Run

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20th Annual Race - Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Date:

Sunday, Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Location:

Registration, Meals, Start and Finish at Ascutney Mountain Resort in Brownsville, VT

Entry Fee:

Runners:$125

Fee Includes:

Breakfast munchies, aid station food, post-race dinner meal ticket, t-shirt and festivities.

Registration:

Pick up your registration packets on Saturday, Saturday, September 28th, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. under the tent in the Cunningham building of Ascutney MT Resort, Brownsville VT. Participants must each pick up their own registration packets.  Photo ID is required to pick up packets.

NO REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY
Entrants must pre-register and pick up racer packets on Saturday.

Pre-Race Meeting:

Early morning on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Meeting times:

50 Mile (Bike and Run)

5:15 a.m.

You must check in at pre-race meeting and give bib # in order to participate.

Race Starts:

Category

Start Time

Runners - 50 Mile (including relay)

6:25 am

12 Hour Limit. Be prepared for a chilly and foggy morning start!

Aid Stations:

Ten stations throughout the 50 Mile course. Three aid stations will be accessible to handlers. The aid stations are well stocked with drinks and food. You won't go hungry!!

Note: Aid station close times are NON-NEGOTIABLE.

Aid station mileages posted here may change, depending on weather, trail problems, etc.

 

Post-Race Lunch:

Cookout served from approximately 12:00 - 6:00 PM (included in fee for racers).  This is not an all-you-can-eat buffet.  Please try to be considerate of others who finish later and are at least as hungry as you are. For extra lunches, the cost is $12 per person. Live music, snacks, and beverages will be available at the finish line as well.

Pre-Race Dinner:

Saturday, September 28th. Spaghetti Dinner will be served, cost is adults @ $15, children 12 and under @ $7.50 per person (Not included in entry fee and limited to 100 people per seating).  The pre-race dinner will be Harvest Room in the main hotel. There will be 3 seatings 5:00, 6:00 and 7:15.

Awards:

Runners at 3:00 PM
Plaques and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each category.

Runners

Male and Female in each category and class

Age Groups:

  • Under 29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 & above

T-Shirts:

Extra T-shirts - $12.00

Lodging:

Check the separate Lodging page.

Should you need more information, just give us a call.

Directions:

Ascutney Mountain Resort is 10 miles from exit 8 or 9 off Interstate 91. Take Route 5 to Route 44. (From north, take Route 44A to Rt. 44). Located on Route 44. Take a left into the Resort, and follow the signs for Vermont 50 parking. This is the main parking lot for the ski resort, just below the base lodge.

All activities happen at the base lodge, including: Registration, Start/Finish, Pre-Race Meal, Post-Race Meal. 

Google Map of Ascutney Mountain Resort

Parking:

Please park at the base lodge and walk down to the Cunningham Building. Please use parking lots only for parking!! To get to the parking lot 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!

Refund Policy:

Refunds will be available until August 31st 2013, but not after that date, no exceptions. We will refund $40 as well as fees for any pre-paid meals and T-shirts.

50 Mile Runner's Description by Zeke Zucker

The race starts at Ascutney Mountain Resort in Brownsville.  For the first 4 miles racers will be on smooth gravel roads, one mile down, two on the level and the fourth one up. Now it's time to get to work, when you get onto 2+ miles of snowmobile-ATV trail which is fairly steep at the outset.  Another road segment, hilly this time, followed by more trail miles.

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.  

Another brief road segment is followed by a weaving route through the woods and meadow around Blood Hill, some steeps near the 100 finish area 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 a pacer at Linda's (mile 41) but they have to ride on the shuttle to get there.  The rest of the way is all trail, which gets progressively tougher, entering on the cross country network at mile 46 and from the last aid station at 47.3, you're criss crossing the lower Alpine slopes on mostly grassy trails. 

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 of it and 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 knock your socks off. For the statistically-inclined, there is about 8,900' of vertical in the 50 Mile.

For the statistically-inclined, there is about 8,900' of vertical in the 50 Mile.

Ask Zeke

It is highly recommended that you check out Zeke's Runner FAQ page for great info and tips.

If, after reading these, you still have a burning question, email Zeke at zekezucker@yahoo.com

 

Runner Rules

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.
 
3. NO VEHICLE PACING IS ALLOWED!
 
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.

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