Runners can sign up now for the May 6 Middlebury Maple Run, a benefit race marking its 10th anniversary this year.
Founded in 2009, the event has grown from 225 runners in its first year to more than 850 last year. It now includes a two-person relay race, a three-mile fun run, a pancake breakfast, live music along the course by Middlebury College student musicians and finishers medals.
Sue Hoxie, race co-director said the Maple Run has become a tradition. “This race has really become a destination event for New England runners and annual tradition for many who live locally.”
The Middlebury Maple Run was founded by a group of local runners to raise funds for charity and to draw visitors to the Middlebury area during a quiet time of year for tourism. With approximately 40 percent of the runners from out of state, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, which manages the event, estimates the race provides direct economic impact of at least $100,000 to the area.
New this year with registration: A 16-week training program with personalized coaching for all runners and on race day, complimentary pacing services for runners based on their goal times.
Racers can choose from three distances: a half marathon (13.1 miles), a two-person half marathon relay, and a three-mile fun run. The fun run is not recommended for children under 7; strollers are not permitted on the course.
Other highlights from sponsors: A bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey to the oldest male and female finishers of the full half-marathon; Vermont-made syrup for age group awards; winners’ medals by Danforth Pewter.
Proceeds are donated via grants to nonprofits that serve Addison County; more than $60,000 has been donated to date.
Information at middleburymaplerun.com.