The Second Annual Killington Half Marathon and 5K—Vermont’s Most Challenging Half Marathon
Conquer the Beast! Enjoy this terrific and challenging half marathon coming Sunday, June 15, 2014, once again on Fathers Day. Hey Dad, are you up for it? Great family outing because it has a 5K too! It starts and ends at the Foundry Restaurant at Summit Pond, Killington Resort ski area near the famous peaks. What a beautiful course and it packs loads of fun! The half marathon is now very popular, but there are not many in Vermont—here is the newest with a challenging and memorable course.
Posted Monday, 26 May, 2014
The Killington Half Marathon will run for the second time at the world famous resort, and is the first of TWO half marathons in Vermont on the exciting New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. The Catamount Half Marathon in Brattleboro will be the second, running on June 29, and it will then take the crown as Vermont’s newest half marathon.
The Killington event has the Vermont and New England/New York running world buzzing. What a gorgeous setting, and what a challenge. Yes, it is a BEAST, but that is part of the fun. It does not go up and down those famous ski slopes, but it has enough elevation to be moderately challenging. However, the scenery and serene setting take away the hurt and add tremendously to the experience. http://www.killingtonhalfmarathon.com/
Here is a half marathon for all comers, all paces. It has an accompanying 5K and all the amenities. And, as noted, it is also one of the 14 events (many new) that make up the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014, outlined below. Best of all, it benefits the Killington Pico Rotary Charities with 20% of proceeds, plus the Sherburne Women’s Club, and provides additional funds in support of the Woodstock Union High School Cross Country and Track teams. Part of your registration fee will go to strengthen the running community and to worthwhile charitable causes.
And what a beautiful place it is to run. It is set in the midst of a gorgeous region that has a very different look season to season. The region is famous for the excellent skiing, but mid June in south central Vermont is absolutely stunning. Killington is about 27 miles west of Lebanon, New Hampshire and easy to access via Interstate 89 and US Route 4 via Woodstock and a scenic highway tour of 17 miles east of Rutland. This is near the boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge (Plymouth) and some of the best skiing east of the Mississippi.
As with all New England Half Marathon Tour events it has the amenities. Half marathoners will receive custom tech shirts and 5K runners get unique cotton T-shirts. Overall winners and age group winners will receive logoed pint glasses, and all half marathon finishers will receive an attractive custom finishers’ medal, a nice touch to remember this unique and challenging event. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.killingtonhalfmarathon.com/
The Yankee Timing Company will be using the “B tag” Chronotrack system (timing chip built into the race bib) so you know the results will be both accurate and immediate. A well supported course with 6 aid stations for the half promises fast times and runners will be rewarded with fresh fruit and pastries and more at the post race celebration. It is presented by 3C Race Productions and is sponsored in part by the town of Killington, Killington Resort, and the Killington Pico Rotary Club.
The Half Marathon will start at 9:00 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:30. The race begins and ends at the Foundry Restaurant at Summit Pond, 63 Summit Path, Killington, VT 05751. It is at the base of the many ski lifts. The course traverses rural roads along the foothills of the Green Mountains with two loops and two out-and-backs. The course has a beautiful backdrop as the mountains rise to the west, including Pico Peak, Killington Peak, of course, Shrewsbury Peak, Salt Ash Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountain; the immediate resort peaks include Skye Peak, Ramshead Peak, Snowdon and Bear Peaks. The entire race runs on country roads just west of famous Routes 100 and US 4, a mostly forested roadway where natural beauty is everywhere around you.
The Killington Mountain Resort and Ski Area is the largest in the East with 141 trails and 21 lifts. Killington Peak is the second highest mountain in Vermont at 4,235, and has the largest vertical drop of any ski area in New England at 3,050. It is a year round resort with 45 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and the excellent Foundry Restaurant with either fine dining or pub options. http://foundrykillington.com. The base elevation is 1,165.
The town was established in 1761 with a New Hampshire grant as Killington. However, it was named Sherburne in 1800 and remained so for all of the 19th and 20th centuries, with voters and the state legislature changing the town name back to the original Killington in July of 1999.
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and the Freeport Half Marathon in Maine, the Colt State Park Half Marathon in Rhode Island, the Lime Rock Half in Connecticut, the Fall River Half Marathon in Massachusetts, and many more in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 as outlined below, along with numerous other events. This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Begun in 2013, the already popular New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 is greatly expanded. It includes 14 excellent events in seven states, up from eight races last year. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all participants have an event to their liking. There will be one each in New York and Connecticut; two in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont; three in Rhode Island, and four in New Hampshire. Races for this year begin with the Moose on the Loose Half Marathon in Nashua, NH on April 13. Here is the full schedule:
+Moose on the Loose Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (April 13, 2014)
+Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge Half Marathon and 5K, Foster, RI (May 11, 2014)
+Lime Rock Half Marathon and 5K, Lakeville, Connecticut (June 8, 2014)
+Killington Half Marathon and 5K, Killington, VT (June 15)
+Catamount Half Marathon and 5K, Brattleboro, VT (June 29, 2014)
+Saratoga Springs Half Marathon and 5K, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 13, 2014)
+Twin Reservoirs Half Marathon and 5K, Holyoke, MA (July 20, 2014)
+Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K, Jaffrey, NH (August 8, 2014)
+Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K, Waterville Valley, NH (August 24, 2014)
+Freeport Half Marathon and 5K, Freeport, ME (September 7, 2014)
+Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon and 5K, Old Orchard Beach, ME (October 12, 2014)
+Fall River Half Marathon and 5K, Fall River, MA, (October 19, 2014)
+Colt State Park Half Marathon and 5K, Bristol, RI (November 9, 2014)
+Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (November 23, 2014)
Several of these events are brand new, which is very exciting. Check it out at: www.nehalfmarathontour.com
This is Your Half Marathon
You have been getting ready to do one this spring, so here it is. Whether it is your first or your 101st, this is one you should do. Killington is a unique place for many reasons, and there will be lots to see in the Green Mountains and on the way to and from—check out the cool restaurants and unique places for lodging, as well as a few micro breweries. http://www.killingtonhalfmarathon.com/
Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable event. Take this Green Mountain challenge and see Killington in an entirely different but very lovely season. The awards, the amenities and post race festivities with fruit and pastries will be a lot of fun, headed by race director Michael Amarello. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com.