7th Middlebury Maple Run Set for Sunday, May 3rdBy Sue Hoxie
Organizers Make Changes to Event to Enhance Runners’ Experience
Middlebury, Vermont – February 17, 2015 – The organizing committee for the “Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half” is pleased to announce that the seventh edition of this popular running event is scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd with a starting time of 9 a.m. The Middlebury Maple Run is one of New England’s “must-do” races with an estimated 800 to 1,000 runners expected for this year’s race.
Every year race organizers add new features or tweak existing ones so that the race day experience is fresh and fun—keeping runners returning year after year. There are a handful of runners who have run every race since 2009 and several dozen who have run the race five times. Some of the new and upgraded amenities being offered this year include:
- The post-race party meal will feature a pancake breakfast. The Rotary Club of Middlebury will be cooking and serving pancakes complemented by locally produced maple syrup.
- New finishers’ medals will be produced by Maple Landmark Woodcraft, a wood toy manufacturer based in Middlebury. Each runner will receive a wooden finishers’ medal as they cross the finish line. Many runners collect and cherish these keepsakes as mementos of their achievement.
- Every runner will receive a shot of UnTapped maple syrup. UnTapped is an all-natural athletic fuel founded by Middlebury College grad and professional cyclist, Ted King, and Andrew Gardner, a Cornwall resident.
- Runners’ race bibs will be personalized with their name and hometown.
Community Support Essential
Support from the business community is essential to the event’s success. There are many expenses incurred prior to race day, such as professional services, logistics, equipment and marketing. This year local investment firm, Addison Advisors, has signed on to be a title co-sponsor alongside IPJ Real Estate which has sponsored the race for many years. Support is also provided by Omya, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Cabot Cheese, Clif Bar, Deppman & Foley, J.P. Carrara, Middlebury Fitness, National Bank of Middlebury, and Robert Frost Mountain Cabins as well as media sponsors Addison Independent and 92.1 WVTK.
“We are proud to support an event that brings such tangible benefits to our community,” said Don Devost and Matt Wootten, Addison Advisors’ principals.
Proceeds Distributed Via Grants
The proceeds from 2014’s Middlebury Maple Run were donated via grants to eight Addison County- based non-profits. For example $2,000 was awarded to the Middlebury Congregational Church to help renovate their kitchen to handle the 400 meals per week they serve to those in need of community lunches or suppers. Another grant of $1,000 was awarded to Homeward Bound Addison County's Humane Society to pay for vet costs and medical care of animals that are seized by law enforcement in the course of cruelty investigations.
Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Approximately 40% of the runners have been from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York. Many runners will be traveling with family and friends resulting in more than 1,000 visitors in the area during race weekend. The Addison County Chamber of Commerce estimates the Middlebury Maple Run provides direct economic impact to the area of at least $100,000.
About the Middlebury Maple Run Organizers
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 visitors. The Middlebury Maple Run organizing committee is made up of: Terry Aldrich, Middlebury College; 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.