800+ Runners Expected for 8th Middlebury Maple RunBy Sue Hoxie
Middlebury, Vermont – April 21, 2016 – Approximately 800 runners, many traveling with family and friends, are expected in Middlebury the weekend of April 30-May 1 for the eighth edition of the Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half. The race starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 1st from the parking lot behind Porter Hospital.
Event organizers add a new feature or two to the event every year. New incentives for 2016 includes:
- The oldest male and female finishers will receive a bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey for their efforts.
- A new age group award has been created for the race’s youngest participants. Boys and girls aged 13-15 and 16-19 will have separate age group awards. The first, second, and third place boys and girls will be awarded bottles of maple syrup.
And, this year Mr. Sappy, the race mascot, will make a special appearance and perhaps even run the race.
In addition to bringing visitors to Middlebury during tourism’s shoulder season, the race’s secondary mission is to raise funds for local charities. Race proceeds are distributed through a grant program. This year, four non-profits serving Addison County will receive funding: Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, Open Door Clinic, HOPE, MiddSummer Lunch/Charter House Coalition. The common thread among the recipients is that their projects will have the biggest bang for the buck in terms of the number of people served, reached, or affected.
Race proceeds are also distributed to 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, April 28th at 4 p.m. Registrations will be accepted in-person at the Middlebury Inn from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th 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, employees, hospital visitors 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 co-title sponsors, IPJ Real Estate and Addison Advisors; Medium Amber sponsors, Omya, Deppman & Foley and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Dark Amber sponsors include Cabot Cheese, Drink Maple, Middlebury Fitness, National Bank of Middlebury, Two Brothers Tavern, and WhistlePig Farms. Our media sponsors are Addison Independent and 92.1WVTK.
About the Middlebury Maple Run
The Middlebury Maple Run, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 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.