Sue Hoxie is a member of the committee of seven that organize the Middlebury Maple Run. She has directed several races over the years, most recently the Groton (Mass.) Road Race from 2005-2008 which is one of New England’s largest with 2,000 runners participating in four different events. She has also ran many half marathons, as well as the Boston Marathon on two occasions.
The Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half is located in Middlebury, Vermont. Middlebury is located halfway between Burlington (north) and Rutland (south). We are located 5 hours from New York City, 4 hours from Boston, and 2-3 hours from Montreal.
The 2010 race will be the second time the race has been held. The race was created by a group of runners from the Middlebury area with an interest in creating a community running event that would bring visitors to the area during a time a year that we don’t see many visitors.
The route is scenic with views of the Adirondacks to the west and Green Mountains to the east. The course has rolling hills and a few long uphill grades, but no steep inclines. The first mile runs through downtown Middlebury, the early miles run past farm pastures, the middle miles are through the campus of Middlebury College, and the last few miles are an out and back along a scenic dirt road. About 50% of the race is on pavement; 50% on hard packed dirt roads.
The first year (2009) we had 220 runners. We are anticipating 500 runners in 2010. Skill level of runners vary and we’ve added a 2-person half marathon relay in 2010 to attract runners who aren’t ready for a 13.1 mile run.
There’s a half marathon and 2-person half marathon relay held on the same date (same start time).
Weather in New England is unpredictable almost any time of the year. Late April could bring temps between 40 and 60 degrees (F). Weather for the 2009 race was cool and windy.
There will be a post-race party held near the finish line. Details are in progress.
If the post-race party isn’t of interest, Middlebury has a lively downtown with several shops and good restaurants. If a weekend stay is planned, there’s plenty of other sightseeing and activities such as hiking, biking. A website with listings of lodging, dining and activities can be found at www.addisoncounty.com.
A beautiful, scenic run in a quintessential New England town that will challenge any level of runner.