800+ Runners Expected for Middlebury Maple RunBy Sue Hoxie
Several Local Non-Profits Benefit From Race Proceeds
Middlebury, Vermont – April 25, 2014 – Approximately 800 runners, many traveling with family and friends, are expected in Middlebury the weekend of May 3-4 for the sixth edition of the Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half.
Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Historically 40% of the participants are from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York. In 2013 runners from 23 states attended. Race organizers anticipate that between runners, families, and friends, there will be more than 2,000 visitors in the area during race weekend creating an economic impact of at least $150,000.
In addition to bringing visitors to Middlebury during tourism’s shoulder season, the race’s secondary mission is to raise funds for local charities. 2014 is the first year of a grant program to distribute the event’s proceeds. More than 30 non-profits from Addison County applied for funding and eight were selected: Open Door Clinic, Addison County Parent Child Center, HOPE, Homeward Bound: Addison County's Humane Society, Bonnie's Book Foundation, Otter Creek Audubon Society, Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, and Middlebury Congregational Church..
Race proceeds are also distributed to Girls on the Run as well as organizations that provide support services such as the Middlebury Police Department and Middlebury Regional EMS.
Registrations are still being accepted. Runners can register online until Thursday, May 1st at 4 p.m. Registrations will be accepted in-person at the Middlebury Inn from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd or at the start/finish area the morning of the race from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Student registration rates never change: $40 individual/$50 team. The rates for non-students are $60 individual/$80 team. Links to online registration can be found at the event website at: www.middleburymaplerun.com.
There will be two short-term road closures to make the race safe for participants and motorists:
- 8:55 – 9:15 a.m.: South Street from Collins Drive to Main Street and the intersections of Route 30/Academy Street/College Street/Weybridge Street. Once all the runners have cleared the College Street/Weybridge Street intersection the road will be re-opened.
- 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.: South Street and South Street Extension from Porter Field Road to the intersection of Morse Road. Residents and emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass.
The road closures have the approval of the town of Middlebury, the Middlebury Police Department, Porter Hospital, and the Middlebury Regional EMS.
About the Course
The race course is certified by USA Track & Field and is run on a 50/50 mix of paved and hard-packed dirt roads with several elevation changes—some long grades but nothing too steep. Runners will enjoy beautiful views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains and green pastures throughout the race. The first half of the course is a loop and the second half is an out-and-back which will be closed to traffic. The midway point and relay exchange zone is on the Middlebury College campus.
The Middlebury Maple Run wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors! Please recognize our title sponsor, IPJ Real Estate; Medium Amber sponsors, Two Brothers Tavern, Woodchuck Hard Cider, and Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Dark Amber sponsors include J.P. Carrara & Sons, Cabot Cheese, Mitchell’s Tees, Deppman & Foley, P.C., National Bank of Middlebury and Omya. Our media sponsor is Addison Independent.
About the Middlebury Maple Run
The Middlebury Maple Run was started in 2009 by a group of local runners to raise funds for charity and to create an event that brings visitors to the Middlebury area during a time of year when there are fewer tourists.
The Middlebury Maple Run Organizing Committee is made up of: Terry Aldrich; Benj Deppman, Deppman & Foley; Dave Donahue, Middlebury College; Sue Hoxie, Race Co-Director, Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Angelo Lynn, Addison Independent; Andrea Solomon, Race Co-Director. The event website is www.middleburymaplerun.com.