Race Day-Last Sunday in September
Race Day Start
Sunday 6:10 a.m. for 50 Mi
Sunday 8:00 a.m. for 5oKM
Race Location: Ascutney Mountain
Registration, Meals, Start and Finish at Mount Ascutney, Brownsville, VT
Race Registration Opens
May, 25 at 7 p.m. ET.
Entrants must pre-register online by September 7 at noon ET, or until the race sells out, which ever comes first.
Just pick up racer packets on Saturday of race weekend.
We do not use a waiting list
There is NO Walk Up Registration
NO Registration on Race Day
NO Transferring or Deferring of Race Registrations.
All Race Registrations close on September 7 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.
Registration Information changes may be made until September 7 at noon. ET.
Fundraising Registration Option
If you commit to raise a minimum of $500 before September 7 at noon ET, you can avoid the race race registration rush on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director. You must contact the Race Director, Mike before May 25 at 7 p.m. if you’d like to choose this option.
Race Bib Pick-UP
Saturday Registration Package Pickup: Pick up your registration packets on Saturday, of race weekend, noon to 8:00 PM Participants must pick up their own registration packets. Photo ID is required to pick up packets.
Your Race Bib will have a pull ticket for the Sunday BBQ.
Please be sure to give your bib number at the morning racers meeting and at the aid stations. If you drop out of the race you must let the aid station staff know because we will be keeping track of everyone!!
THERE WILL BE NO BIB PICK UP ON SUNDAY.
Race Parking (Directions To Mount Ascutney)
Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only.) Walk or bike to the race office-BIG TENT (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!
Other Race Information
Age of Participants: Runners age on race day.
Fee Includes: Breakfast Munchies, aid station food, Post Race Dinner, T shirt and festivities, and a few more surprises.
Refund Policy: Refunds will be permitted until August 31 at midnight ET. We offer a partial refund of $50.
Crew Vehicles On Course Must Display A Parking Permit
Participants may register ONE vehicle at the Information Table to “crew” them on course. This vehicle MUST display the “Permit” to allow them to park at the designated aid stations.
Relay Teams-one vehicle per team.
Please stay off the actual race course as much as possible.
You will be given Crew directions to designated Aid Stations at the Information Table.
Drop bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. See Drop Bag 101
You may drop off, “shed” extra clothes you might have started out with in the morning at the aid stations, EXCEPT Garvin Hill and Cady Brook.
Please mark it beforehand with AID STATION, your name and bib number on a large piece of duct tape. We have tape and markers available.
Sunday Race Day
Pre-Race Racer Meeting: Traffic WILL be an issue, please plan ahead!
Racer Check IN
Opens at 5 AM ~ All 50 mile racers must attend and give Bib # to check-in person.
Opens at 7 AM for 5oKM~ All 50KM racers must attend and give Bib # to check-in person.
5:30 AM SHARP for 50 mile
7:30 AM SHARP for 50 KM
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.
Course Markers There are a lot of markers out on the trail of all colors for other events. Follow the official VT50 course markers. They are fluorescent markers with black arrows. Samples are in the Handbooks.
The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m. Be prepared for a chilly and foggy morning start!
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. 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.
NO Pre-Race Course Running Use this course only for this race. The property owners do not want it used at other times. If you get lost (but you won’t) you must go back on your own to the spot you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc) and then continue.
Leave No Trace We have been in danger of losing this race because of complaints by property owners about the amount of trash left on some trails. Please carry your trash to the next aid station, or drop it just after a station. Please be very considerate of the landowner’s property. Please do not litter!!
There are leash laws in the towns you will be going through. All dogs should be restrained.
If you didn’t get into our race, or cannot race with us and would still like to be involved-Please Volunteer with us!
Runner Age Groups
Runners age is what they are on race day
- Runner’s Bib 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.
- ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING! You will be disqualified if you, your crew or your pacers are caught littering.
- NO VEHICLE PACING IS ALLOWED!
- The event will provide Official Aid Stations in addition to Crew Stations.
- Aid is allowed for both runners and bikes at these designated Aid Stations ONLY.
- Aid Stations for runners with Crews (displaying Official Race Parking Permits) are: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s.
- Designated parking areas of Crew Access Stations are considered acceptable areas for participants to receive aid.
- No crew access is allowed anywhere on the course except at these 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.
- No aid is allowed from a moving vehicle.
- 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.
- Any runner accepting a ride for any reason is out of the race.
- Use of trekking poles or headphones (walkmans, radios, etc.) is NOT ALLOWED due to sharing the trails with mountain bikers who may be passing you.
- . Check point/aid station cut-off times are non-negotiable.
- Runners who get lost must return, without assistance, to the point where they left the course to continue.
- No muling (pacers carrying runners gear).
- Unlike most running events that traverse public roads, stay to the right, single file and obey all traffic laws. Public roads will be open during the event and participants will encounter motor vehicles not associated with the race. DO NOT assume right-of-way unless directed by race officials. Many of the dirt roads are narrow and cars should be given as much room to pass as possible.
We do not encourage pacers out on the course because the trail is very narrow and we want the participants to have as much room as possible to enjoy the course. But if you feel it is necessary, you may have one for about the last 10 miles.
- ALL Pacer must wear a Pacer Bib and must be checked in on Saturday or Sunday morning before boarding the Shuttle to Aid Station #9 Stones. (Pacers may pick up a BIB and sign a waiver in the van on Sunday morning if needed.)
- Pacer Parking Pacers must park at the Race Start/Finish parking Area. Parking is at the Ascutney Mountain Base Lodge, one way in/one way out road. Please follow the signs to designated parking areas and please DO NOT park where it says DO NOT PARK.
- Meeting Up With Your Pacer Meet Your Pacer at Aid Station #9 Stones. Runners are allowed to have pacers from Aid Station #9 Stones (mile 42) to the Finish.
- Pacers will be shuttled to Aid Station #9 Stones. The shuttle van leaves Cunningham’s Parking Lot at the BIG TENT about every 45 minutes. The shuttle runs from about 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.. There will be a White Board listing the approximate departure and return times outside the Big Tent.
- Runners you should have your Pacers get to Aid Station #9 Stones about 1-1.5 hours before you THINK you will be running through, nothing worse than missing your pacer.
- Runners over 65 are allowed pacers throughout the 50 mile course. If you are using multiple pacers, only one pacer at a time is allowed on course. They will need to share a Pacer Bib. They can only meet you at the designated Crew Stations and their vehicle MUST display an Official Parking Permit.
- 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!
- Violation of any rule is grounds for disqualification. Race officials reserve the right to bar any person from this or future Vermont 50 events.
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 a 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.
On-course protests registered with a race official must be reported to the nearest aid station radio operator, to be relayed to net control for recording the protest. Race official should communicate protests directly to radio operator, NOT aid station captains.
The Vermont 50 Race Director will make the final decision regarding any occurrence during the event.
All result inquires, including placement and class considerations, must be made at the venue during the protest period. Once the protest period in over, results become final.
The rules and regulations (collectively “rules”) contained on this handbook are intended solely to provide for the governance of the Vermont 50 event to establish general requirements for the orderly conduct of this running event.
All participants in this event conducted according to these rules are deemed by their participation to have voluntarily complied with the rules. Vermont 50 makes no express or implied warranty as to safety or guarantee against damage, loss, harm, injury or death to participants, spectators or other as a result of publication of or compliance with these rules.
Violating any rule will be grounds for disqualification. Race management reserves the right to bar any participant from competing in this or any future Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-run races. The Vermont 50 is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged bags or belongings. Arrangements must be made in advance for the return of any bags participants are unable to retrieve by 6:30 PM on Sunday.
NO PRE-RACE RUNNING OF ANY PART OF THE COURSE!
Use this course only for this race. The property owners do not want it used at other times. If you get lost (but you won’t) you must go back on your own to the spot you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc) and then continue.
We know that you’re here to help your runner, we’re glad that you’re here and we support you. Our event is only able to continue as long as everyone involved is kind and courteous to the local residents and the volunteers who operate our aid stations. This counts doubly for the crews. Crews are seen by our neighbors more than the runners and you have more of a chance to make an impact on the locals’ impression of our event. Your positive attitude when dealing with locals and volunteers is imperative to the continuation of this event.
Know that, as a crew, you are a direct reflection of your runner. Failure to follow the rules can result in disqualification of your runner.
- Each participant is allowed only 1 crew vehicle on course.
- All crew vehicles MUST have and display a Crew Parking Permit in order to access the aid stations. One Crew Parking Permit will be given to each runner when they get their bib #.
- Vehicles without the Crew Parking Permit will be required to leave the course/aid station.
- Crews must follow the crew direction routes and stay off “closed to event traffic” roads.
- Crews must follow the directions of race officials and aid station personnel.
- Littering is taken seriously in Vermont – please help keep Vermont green!
- Parking in un-designated 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.
- Offering aid to runners 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.
- Being at an aid station that is not an official “crew access” station is strictly prohibited.
- All roads are still open to the public at all times (with the exception of designated ‘closed to event traffic’ roads). Do not set up in the road, and take care when crossing the road.
There are three (3) locations at which you will be able to meet your runners along the course. MEETING OR HELPING RUNNERS AT ANY OTHER LOCATION IS NOT ALLOWED. A Crew Parking Permit which 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.
If your runner drops from the race, THE RUNNER OR CREW MUST NOTIFY RACE PERSONNEL AT ONCE.