Race Description

Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run *50 Mile Mtn Bike *50 Mile Run *50 K Run *Team Relay *Free Kids Fun Race!! Ascutney Mountain Resort, Brownsville VT. The race happens every year the last Sunday in September! Race proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive.


24th Annual Vermont 50
September 25, 2016

updated Sept. 22, 2016

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was started in 1993 by Laura Farrell (see below in blue jacket) and just a hand full of runners. It has since grown to over 1300 Mountain Bikers and Ultra Runners. Folks gather the last weekend of September every year to race this challenging and Vermont-Scenic Course. The race is a benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, which was also founded by Laura.

Vermont 50 Race Committee
Mike Silverman, Race Director
Karen Bailey, Mike Bell, Yuen Chun, Laura Farrell, Liba Hladik, Molly Houseman, Jim Lyall, Rob Mather, Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Lou Schmertz, Deb Shearer, Bill Stillson, Erika Stillson, Stew Stryker, Clayton Zeke Zucker.

Directions and Parking

Race Weekend
  • We do not use a waiting list
  • No Walk Up Registration
  • No Registration on Race Day
  • No Transferring of Race Registrations
  • Race Registration closes on September 14 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.
Please Note:
Mt Bikers race age is as of 12/31 of race year.
Runners age is what they are on race day.

Your Participant Fee Includes:
  • Breakfast Munchies
  • aid station food
  • Post Race meal
  • T shirt and festivities, and a few more surprises. 
Our Refund Policy:
Refunds will be permitted before September 1st. We offer a partial refund of $50.

Entrants must pre-register online before September 14 or before if we hit our limit, which ever comes first. No walk up registration on Saturday.

Saturday Registration/Bib Pickup:
Pick up your registration packets on Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon-8:00 PM
Participants must pick up their own registration packets. 
Photo ID is required to pick up packets.

Exceptions to the Saturday Bib Pick Up were abused last year causing a lot of confusion at racer check-in on Sunday morning. So NO BIB pick up will be allowed on Sunday.

Parking Plaques:
Participants must register ONE vehicle per runner or mountain biker at the Information Table to be allowed on course. Relay Teams-one vehicle per team.

Drop Bags:
Your drop bags should be labeled well and as unique as possible for your easy ID at the aid stations.
The bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. 

Sunday Race Day Racer Meeting: Traffic WILL be an issue, please plan ahead!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Racer Check IN Opens at 5 AM
Racer Meeting at 5:30 AM SHARP.
All 50 mile racers must attend and give Bib # to check-in person. (50 mile racers only)

50K runners: Meet at 7:30am (50k runners ONLY)

Wave Starts
Expert Senior II (27-34) (Men & Women) & All Single Speed 6:00 a.m.

All other Experts: (12-26) & (35-65+) (Men & Women) 6:05 a.m.

Sport Veteran (35-44) (Men & Women) 6:10 a.m.

Sport Master I & II (45-64) (Men & Women) 6:15 a.m.

All other Sports: (12-34) & (65+) (Men & Women) 6:20 a.m.

All Novice & Tandem & Clydesdales (Men & Women) 6:25 a.m.

All 50 Mile Runners 6:30 a.m.

All 50K Runners 8:00 a.m.

The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.

Be prepared for a chilly and foggy morning start!

Relay Team Information
ONLY person per team on Course at any time!

Mileage breakdown:
12.3 Miles Start to Skunk Hollow
17.9 Miles Skunk Hollow to Greenall's
19.8 Miles Greenall's to finish
Relay runners are responsible for getting themselves to the exchange points.

Only one vehicle per team will be allowed, and it must have an official Parking Permit, obtained at the Information Desk.

Mountain Bike Categories:
Novice – entry level or first time competitor.
Sport – intermediate competitor
Expert – very advanced competitor

Mt. Bike Age Groups
12- 17 Junior
18 - 26 Senior I
27 - 34 Senior II
35 - 44 Veteran
45 - 54 Master I
55 - 64 Master II
65 and up MasterIII
Biker age as of 12/31/2014 (not on race day)

Additional Mt. Bike Classes:
Clydesdale – Novice (min. weight 200 lbs)
Clydesdale – Sport (min. weight 200 lbs)


Runners Male and Female in each category and class
Runner Age Groups:
70-and up
Runners age is what they are on race day

Awards and Prizes Sunday Afternoon: (Times subject to change)
MT Bikers approx. 1:00 PM
50 K Runners approx 2:00 PM
50 Mile Runners approx 3:00 PM

Prizes will be awarded to the Top Three in each category only.

50 Mile Run Relay Teams we will award First: Male team, Female team,
Mixed gender team

Mountain Bikers
Top Three Males and Females in each category and class

VT50 Info Documents to Print

8th Annual Kids Fun Races
Race Registration is Open Online

8th Annual Kids Race!
These FREE fun races gives the kids a chance to feel like they're part of the Vermont 50 and are held during registration, starting Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m.

Races-All Races Start at 3:30 pm
1/2 Mile - a single loop
1 Mile - two loops
3 Mile (For children who are able to run independently.)
Race Pre-Registration :
Please email vt50funrun@gmail.com with questions. 

Register ONLINE
This will help speed up the process on Saturday so we can focus on the races! Include your child's name, age and the race they want to run.

Opens at 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Big White Tent at Cunningham Parking Lot. Or you can sign up online ahead of time, see link below.

Please fill out one Waiver Form per Child and bring it along with you to race registration on Saturday September 24!
Race Waiver Form
Kid Race Info and Sign Up 

Also don't forget about our Treasure Hunt for the wee ones starting at about 4 pm (weather permitting!)

We will be bringing back the Treasure Hunt following the Kid's Race so have the little ones bring sand pails to collect their treasures!

Hay Bale Treasure Hunt 4 p.m. (Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old
4-6 years old
7-10 years old

Race Weekend Food Page

Saturday Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
Location: Mountainview Ballroom, Windham Building
Time: 5-8:30 p.m. (not included in race entrance fee)
For Menu please visit our Race Weekend Food Page.

Sunday Post-Race Dinner
Coventry Catering
Location: Finish Line
Time: 11:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
For Menu please visit our Race Weekend Food Page.

Lots of VENDORS at our Vendor Fair on Saturday September 24 from Noon-6 PM

General Race Information

Please Hose OFF your bikes and yourself

If we have MUDDY Conditions on RACE DAY as a courtesy to our Hosts Holiday Inn Club Vacations Mount Ascutney Resort.please HOSE OFF yourself and your bikes before going inside the Condos and Hotel common areas and rooms.
Each Building has an outdoor hose available for your use. Please USE THEM!
Please no bikes inside the buildings. Use the bike racks and bring a bike lock for overnight storage.

There will be SHOWERS offered by the CLIMB Fitness Center at Ascutney (usually $5 per person)
(hot showers are not guaranteed.) FREE FOR 2016

THANK YOU VERMONT 50 Landowners!!

Without the Vermont 50 Landowners granting us use of their property for the Race...there would be NO RACE. So we ask you to respect these folks and DO NOT use the course prior to the official race. That means EVERYONE...no excuses. Think about having all these bikers and runners come through YOUR property one day, every year, for 19 years!! Now think about this intrusion two or more days....STAY OFF THE COURSE until race time. PLEASE!

Area Lodging

About Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports:
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation to individuals with disabilities

Vermont Adaptive, the race net proceed benefactor, is a non-profit that provides sports opportunities to individuals with disabilities, and is supported greatly by donations. Visit the donors page of our website at vermontadaptive.org for more information on donating, or donate now.
Where Your Donations Go, info sheet.

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run 

Vermont Adaptive
What is now Vermont Adaptive was founded in 1986 as the Vermont Handicapped Ski Foundation by Laura Farrell; a program to teach people with disabilities the joy of downhill and cross-country skiing. At that time, the program consisted of 1 full-time director and about 20 volunteers from the Brownsville, Vermont area. Ascutney Mt Resort provided some office space and lift tickets to get us started, and their ski school gave hand-me-down ski instructor jackets so that volunteers were easily identified on the slopes. An office of the State of Vermont awarded us a small grant to purchase our first adaptive ski equipment. The following year our base of students grew tremendously as word spread that a new ski program had opened up. Thankfully, our volunteer base grew as well, though it still seemed like we taught an incredible number of lessons with the people we had.

Expanding our Focus
After our third year, we started a pilot skiing program at Sugarbush Resort, which has grown slowly and carefully over the years. That summer, to bring new fun to people with disabilities, we started an adaptive horseback-riding program, which was met with great success. The following summer, Vermont Adaptive launched an adaptive canoeing program. It was then we realized that we needed to change our name, to reflect that we did more than skiing. Hence, Vermont Handicapped Ski & Sports Association.

Changing our Base
In the summer of 1999, Vermont Adaptive moved its administrative center from Ascutney Mt. Resort to Pico Mt. at Killington. This was done to centralize the office among our program sites throughout Vermont. That fall, Vermont Adaptive moved its Ascutney Mt. Resort program site to Pico Mt. at Killington, because we realized that we could not afford to staff three separate ski programs. The horseback riding and summer activities, including the ultra marathon fundraisers held around the Ascutney area, will still be held in those locations.

Our Ongoing Commitment
Vermont Adaptive has an ongoing commitment to providing sports and recreational programs. These programs have included skiing, aquatics, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, water skiing, tennis, and New Horizons Horseback Riding Camp. During the winter, we offer the most comprehensive adaptive skier program in the eastern United States. Our programs help to integrate persons with disabilities into the mainstream of society.

Ongoing Benefits
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports was founded to provide opportunities for recreation for individuals with disabilities. While recreation is the focus of all Vermont Adaptive programs, there are many inherently therapeutic benefits for our participants. Vermont Adaptive encourages independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem by providing a fun and exciting experience that is geared toward each participant's individual goals and expectations. Each exemplifies our motto:
"If I can do this, I can do anything!