Record Number of Runners Expected for Middlebury Maple RunBy Sue Hoxie
Number of Entrants Have Surpassed 2012’s Final Tally; Local Non-Profits Receive Race Proceeds
Middlebury, Vermont – April 22, 2013 – Nearly 1,000 runners, many traveling with family and friends, are expected in Middlebury the weekend of May 4-5 for the fifth edition of the Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half. This year’s field has grown to a record number of entrants with an increase of approximately 200 participants over 2012’s race. The event has enjoyed steady growth since its founding in 2009 when it hosted 225 runners.
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 2012 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. This year’s race proceeds will be distributed among H.O.P.E., Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center, Girls on the Run, and other Addison County non-profits. “Homeward Bound received a generous donation from the 2012 race proceeds which we used to help care for over 600 animals this past year. We are extremely honored to be chosen as a beneficiary for this race and grateful to the Middlebury Maple Run for supporting our furry friends awaiting their forever homes,” said Jackie Rose, executive director, Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center. “With the increased participation this year, it’s likely the race, through its participants, will make an even bigger impact on the organizations it supports."
Registrations are still being accepted. Runners can register online until Thursday, May 2nd at 4 p.m. or download and mail a paper entry form. Registrations will be accepted in-person at the Middlebury Inn from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th or at the start/finish area the morning of the race from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Student registration rates never change: $35 individual/$45 team. The rates for non-students are $60 individual/$80 team. Links to online registration or a downloadable form 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 drivers:
- 8:55 – 9:15 a.m.: South Street from Porter Hospital 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 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, 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, National Bank of Middlebury. 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 brings 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: H.O.P.E., Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center and Girls on the Run.
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.