800+ Runners Expected for Middlebury Maple RunBy Sue Hoxie
Direct Economic Impact of Event Estimated to Exceed $100,000
Middlebury, Vermont – April 20, 2011 – More than 800 runners are expected in Middlebury next weekend for the third edition of the “Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half.” This is another record field—an increase of more than 200 participants over 2010’s race. Just in its third year, the race has grown steadily. In 2009’s inaugural race, more than 225 runners participated. Last year’s race had 569 runners—353 runners completed the full 13.1 mile distance and 57 two-person teams finished the relay.
Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Approximately 40% of the pre-registrants are from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York—but there are runners traveling from Quebec, California and Washington. 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. “Many of the participants will be traveling with friends and family and staying overnight. Several of our local properties are either sold out or have seen an uptick in reservations for what is normally a quiet weekend,” said Andy Mayer, president, Addison County Chamber of Commerce. “Overnight stays translate into additional revenues for restaurants and local shops as well, not to mention the runners who are here just for a day trip, but may stop to dine, shop or gas up before they head home.”
Registrations are still being accepted. Runners can register online until Thursday, April 26th at 4 p.m. or download and mail a paper entry form. Registrations will be accepted in-person at the Middlebury Inn from 5 to 8 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: $30 individual/$40 team. The rates for non-students are $50 individual/$70 team. Links to online registration or a downloadable form can be found at the event website at: www.middleburymaplerun.com.
Several improvements were made for the 2011 race. The most significant changes are related to runner safety which will result in two short-term road closures:
- 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.: South Street from Porter Hospital to Main Street and the intersection of Printers Alley. Runners will turn left onto Printers Alley and 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.
These changes have the approval of the town of Middlebury, the Middlebury Police Department, Porter Hospital, and the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association.
About the Course
The race course is USATF-certified (#VT09002RF). The race 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, Simmons Financial; lead pack sponsors, J.P. Carrara, Two Brothers Tavern, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Rushton Sports and Vermont Sun Sports & Fitness. Other sponsors include Better Middlebury Partnership, Cabot Cheese, Champlain Valley Orthopedics, Courtyard by Marriott, Danforth Pewter, Graph-X, Greg's Meat Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Middlebury Dental Group, Middlebury Eye Associates Inc., Middlebury Inn, Monument Farms Dairy, Pepsi Co., RoadID, Sentinel Pine Orchards, Skihaus of Vermont, and Vermont Book Shop. Our media sponsors include Addison Independent and 92.1 WVTK.
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 brought visitors to the Middlebury area during a time of year when there are fewer tourists. Race organizers have achieved both goals admirably. This year the Middlebury Maple Run will distribute 75 percent of race proceeds to several Addison County non-profit organizations: H.O.P.E., Porter Hospital’s Open Door Clinic and Girls on the Run. The balance of the proceeds is donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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, Middlebury College. The event website is www.middleburymaplerun.com.