Vermont Sports Scene

Running and Sports in Vermont

Vermont hosts several sports & endurance events from spring to autumn

Vermont is repeatedly ranked among the
Healthiest States in the nation. From its chiseled farmers to Olympic skiers and riders and mountain biking mommas, it shows. In the Green Mountain State, there’s an ultra-marathon, adventure race, century ride, distance swim or yoga-fest for all athletic appetites. Sports enthusiasts come to train, race, compete, tour and experience the state’s beautiful landscape. Of course, Vermont’s farm to plate culinary scene also plays a large role in fueling and tantalizing visitors and local athletes alike.

Vermont’s sports events schedule is proliferating; plus, the caliber of the events and participation continues to increase and appeal to destination-savvy athletes. Seventy-five percent of marathon runners in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the state’s largest marathon, come from out of state. Other races like the Half Marathon Unplugged doubled in participation in the last two years and the 24th annual FirstRun 5k on New Year’s Day saw 107 percent growth from 2009 to 2012. The fact that the 5k race is growing most quickly, followed by the half marathon, reveal a welcomed increase of new runners regionally, reports RunVermont.

This season's events “run” the gamut from gentle to grueling; the choice is yours:

4th-8th - Tour de Kingdom, Northeast Kingdom (Cycling)
8th - Tour de Heifer, Brattleboro (Cycling)
14th - Vermont Gran Fondo, Addison (Cycling)
19th-22nd - Wanderlust, Stratton Mountain (Yoga)
21st - Switchback Bike for Lake Champlain, Sandbar State Park (Cycling)
21st - Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Sports, Killington (Cycling)28th-29th - New England Trifest, Fairlee (Triathlon & Duathlon)

6th - Mad Marathon, Mad River Valley (Running)
6th - The Great Race Triathlon XXXV, St. Albans (Triathlon & Duathlon)
7th-20th - LAX Bitter Lacrosse Tournament, Stowe (Lacrosse)
11th-13th - Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, Ascutney (Mountain Biking)
12th - Islands Bike Tour (Cycling)
12th - Kingdom Swim, Newport (Swimming)
13th - Stowe 8 Miler, Stowe (Running)
19th - Tri-Obstaclon, Benson (Obstacle & Endurance Triathlon)
19th - Goshen Gallop, Goshen (Running)
26th - Onion River Century Ride, Montpelier (Cycling)
27th - The Biggest Loser RunWalk, Killington (Running)

4th-11th - Lake Champlain Inn-to-Inn Bicycle Tour (Cycling)
9th - Harpoon Point to Point, Windsor (Cycling)
13th-17th - The Vermont Challenge(Cycling)
16th - 100 on 100(Running)
23rd - Champlain Basin Bike Tour, Stowe (Cycling)   
24th - North Face Race to the Top of Vermont, Stowe (Run, Bike, Hike)   
29th-Sept 1 - Green Mountain Stage Race(Cycling)
31st - Labor Day 15K, Burlington (Running, USATF – New England Championship event)

6th - Kelly Brush Century Ride(Cycling)
6th - Manchester Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5k(Running)
12th-14th - Connecticut River Cycling & Camping Tour(Cycling)
21st - St. Albans Raid Half Marathon,(Running)
Fall Date TBD - Spartan Race, Killington (Obstacle Race)

5th - Kingdom Marathon, Coventry (Running or Cycling)

Vermont Sports & Outdoors Scene by the Numbers:

50+ Vermont State Parks
273 miles of the Long Trail
7,000 miles of rivers and streams, including part of the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail
50+ alpine and Nordic ski areas
212 miles of Vermont shoreline along Lake Champlain, the nation’s sixth largest lake
200 Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) outfitters and services ready to assist
223 Mountains
18 Mountain Bike Clubs in the Vermont Mountain Bike Association
626,000 Residents
9,200 sq. miles of land; 76 percent forested
Bonus: Local brews to toast your athletic endeavor? One for every mile of a marathon, plus some: 27 breweries.

Happy Training!



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