13 days until our 30th race!
All race registration is CLOSED-except our FREE FUN KIDS RACES! (see below)
WOW, 13 days until our 30th race. How’s your training going ?
History Lesson…back in 1993
In 1993 Laura Farrell (blue jacket above) and a handful of runners started The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run in West Windsor, Vermont.
While the VT50 was conceived as a qualifying race for the Vermont 100, there was local interest in a mountain bike race, so six (6) bikes started with the runners in the race’s first year.
After that, the mountain bike visionary, Lou Schmertz took the mountain bike portion in hand and was the driving force behind creating what we know and love today.
It was through Lou’s dedication to the sport of mountain biking and his belief that biking should be accessible to all that we have this amazing race. More than a few of us think of Lou every time we’re pedals up.
Our race has grown from a small group of runners, mountain bikers and volunteers to over 1300 Ultra Runners and Mountain Bikers and 100+ volunteers.
Thank you for being here with us as we celebrate 30 years.
–THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out for our Trail Day Sunday, Sept.10
And THANKS to Ascutney Trails Association for organizing the event.
There have been a few course changes, which will be revealed at our mandatory race meeting on Sunday 9/24 at 5:30 AM for 50M (7:30 AM for 50 K).
Part of this re-routing is the result of a landowner not allowing us on their property any longer.
That said, YOU MUST NOT RIDE OR RUN ON ANY OF OUR RACE COURSE PRIOR TO RACE DAY
In addition, there are horse trail rides planned for Saturday 9/23-so stay off our course, please.
We don’t want to lose any more of our sweet trails-and I’m sure you don’t want this either.
We’re still tweaking the mileage on our aid stations because of the re-routing mentioned above but this QR code will get you to the page.
–Race Weekend Schedule
We’ve got lots planned for you during race weekend Sept. 23-24, this QR Code will take you to the Schedule Page.
—Things that can get you DQ’d
–On race day, ANY contact with racers ANYWHERE but the designated aid stations is grounds for removal from our race
–Absolutely NO HEADPHONES. If you are seen, you will be asked to leave the course on the spot.
—DIRESPECT anyone during race weekend.
Make sure you bring cash for camping ($40) payable at the camping entrance
Email Mike to make your reservation.
–PLEASE, OBEY ALL SPEED LIMITS!
When in doubt-drive slowly!
Please Review our Race Handbooks:
Mountain Bike Handbook
Things that would help us out on race weekend:
–Come earlier on Saturday to pick up your bib, or plate number (before 7 PM)
–Sunday morning leave plenty of time to park and get settled for our 5:30 AM racer pre-race meeting/briefing.
–If camping onsite, please bike or jog over to the 5:30 morning meeting at the BIG TENT/Ascutney Outdoors Building Race Staging Area (a nice warm-up!).
–When driving in and around Brownsville-OBEY all the speed limits, please
–When driving around the mountain (Ski Tow RD) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE drive slowly-you will get noticed and could jeopardize our future races.
We are always look for volunteers to help out at our race, before, during and after the race. If you have a few hours to give, we’d love to put your energy and skills to good use! More info on our Volunteer Page
Fence Days are Tuesday 9/19 and Wednesday, 9/20 9AM
If you can help out, please meet at Ascutney Outdoors at 9 AM each day
Directions 449 Ski Tow Rd, Brownsville, VT 05037
We’ll be setting up our fencing around Ascutney Outdoors and around the VT50 Finish Line.
Bring work gloves, water bottle, snacks.
Lunch will be provided.
14th Annual Kids FREE FUN Races
Bring your kids so they can enjoy our Kids Fun Run or MT Bike Races, followed by a Hay Bale Treasure Hunt (always a BIG HIT!)
Register your child/children using this QR Code-one from per child please.
Help out our friends–Lucy Mac 5K9 Sept. 16th
Our friends at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society are hosting The Lucy Mac 5K9, one of their largest fundraising events of the year, offering a great opportunity for animal-lovers to have fun on the trails while raising critical funds to support the work of Lucy Mackenzie.
The 5K9 offers both a 5K route as well as a 1-mile option. Runners and walkers can participate solo or as a team while enjoying the thrilling and beautiful trails of Ascutney Mountain. As always, dogs are welcome to join in on the fun!
The registration fee is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile. All participants completing the 5K9 will receive a custom Lucy Mac 5K9 medal!
**The first 50 participants to register for the 5K9 will receive a free race-day t-shirt!**
Click here to register now: https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/
Check-in and registration will be 9-10AM at the Ascutney Outdoors Center, located at 449 Ski Tow Road, Brownsville, VT 05037.
The 1-mile race will kick-off at 10AM, and the 5K race will start at 10:30AM.
Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-484-5829 with questions.
Please support our athletes who are fundraising for