Two of Vermont’s Most Scenic Half Marathons Create the “MadMiddDoubleHalf”By Sue Hoxie
Fastest individual runners and two-person teams run both events and qualify for awards
Middlebury & Waitsfield, Vermont – October 26, 2012 – The Middlebury Maple Run and The Mad Marathon and Mad Half are pleased to announce a co-operative promotion, the MadMiddDoubleHalf, to challenge participants in both races. Individual runners and two-person relay teams in five categories run both events and those with the lowest total times will be eligible for ski- and golf-related awards.
The Middlebury Maple Run—The Sweetest Half is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013. The 13.1 mile race features a beautiful, scenic course on a mix of paved and hard-packed dirt roads with vistas of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. Since its founding in 2009 the Middlebury Maple Run has earned a reputation as being well-organized and friendly. In 2012, 504 individual runners completed the half-marathon distance, as did 61 two-person relay teams.
Just miles away on the other side of the Green Mountains, the third edition of the Mad Marathon and Mad Half will take place on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Running through the Mad River Valley, the race follows dirt roads with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains with tough climbs and descents, quaint villages, historic barns and covered bridges. The 2012 Mad Half had 316 individuals and 21 teams finishing the challenging, rolling course.
“The Mad Marathon crew is thrilled to be joining the race directors of the Middlebury Maple Run to promote two exciting beautiful events. I have personal ties to the Middlebury community and am delighted to launch the MadMiddDoubleHalf and meet new runners from "over the hill," said Dori Ingalls, race organizer. “Our "double" proves to be an enticing challenge with rich rewards!”
Either as an individual or as a two-person relay team, runners participating in the MadMiddDoubleHalf will run both events and their finishing times will be added together. Individuals and teams in five categories with the lowest total “net” time will be eligible for ski- and golf-related prizes provided by ski areas and golf courses located in the Mad River Valley and Middlebury areas.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- Individual male
- Individual female
- Relay male
- Relay female
- Relay mixed
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. This year the Middlebury Maple Run will distribute race proceeds to several Addison County non-profit organizations. The event website is www.middleburymaplerun.com.
About the Mad Marathon and Mad Half
The Mad Marathon, Mad Half and Relays are set for July 7, 2013. The courses are designed to enhance the unique country setting of the Mad River Valley along with highlighting the exceptional Vermont farmlands. Winding through 26.2 miles of brilliant landscapes with panoramic views of the Green Mountains, runners are mesmerized by their surroundings and fascinated by the working homesteads, vast acres of summer corn, barnyard animals, curious cows and majestic horses. The friendly Valley community hosts all the aid stations with promises to entertain the athletes as they race to the finish line. The event website is www.madmarathon.com.