The ninth edition of the “Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half” is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th with a starting time of 9 am. The Middlebury Maple Run is one of New England’s “must-do” races and is included in the March 2017 issue of Runners’ World as being one of the country’s best food- and beverage-themed half marathons. The article’s backdrop includes a panoramic photo (attached) of Middlebury’s South Street Extension, approximately Mile 9 of the half marathon course. With 660,000 subscribers, Runners’ World is the running community’s most-read publication.
Race organizers have added a three-mile fun run to this year’s event, giving athletes three distances to choose from—a half marathon (13.1 miles), a two-person half marathon relay, and the three-mile fun run. This shorter distance will appeal to new runners who are interested in getting their feet wet in a running event or anyone interested in making it into a full family event. The three-mile fun run uses the same start and finish as the longer races, starts at the same time (9 am) and uses a loop course that is a subset of the longer course. The three-mile fun run is not recommended for children under 7 and baby strollers are not permitted on the course.
After finishing their race, athletes can load up on freshly-made pancakes and locally-tapped maple syrup. The Rotary Club of Middlebury cooks the post-race breakfast which in addition to satisfying hungry runners, it also serves as a fundraiser for Rotary projects. Entry into the post-race breakfast is included in the registration fee for all runners, and guest tickets are available for purchase.
In addition to the pancake breakfast, back by popular demand this year:
- Event sponsor WhistlePig Farms is offering a bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey to the oldest male and female finishers of the full half-marathon distance
- Live music along the route provided by Middlebury College student bands
- Finishers’ medals produced by Maple Landmark Woodcraft
- Vermont-made syrup for age group awards
- Winners’ medals produced by Danforth Pewter
Community Support Essential
Support from the business community is essential to the event’s success. There are many expenses incurred prior to race day, such as professional services, logistics, equipment and marketing. IPJ Real Estate and Marble Trail Financial (also known as Addison Advisors) return this year as title co-sponsors of the half marathon. Middlebury Pediatric Dentistry is sponsoring the three-mile fun run. Support is also provided by Deppman & Foley, Omya, Cabot Cheese, Middlebury Fitness, WhistlePig Farms, Two Brothers Tavern, National Bank of Middlebury, Drink Maple, Mitchell’s Tees, Middlebury Regional EMS, as well as media sponsors Addison Independent and 92.1 WVTK.
Proceeds Distributed Via Grants
The proceeds from the Middlebury Maple Run are donated via grants to non-profits that serve Addison County. Since the race’s inception in 2009, more than $55,000 has been distributed. Grant applications are now available and the deadline for submission is March 1st. Contact Sue Hoxie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application.
Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Approximately 40% of the runners come from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York. Many runners will be traveling with family and friends resulting in more than 1,000 visitors in the area during race weekend. The Addison County Chamber of Commerce estimates the Middlebury Maple Run provides direct economic impact to the area of at least $100,000.
About the Middlebury Maple Run Organizers
The Middlebury Maple Run was founded 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 visitors. The Middlebury Maple Run is managed by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce with a supporting committee that includes: Terry Aldrich, Middlebury College; 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.