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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.

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Will Crissman

It's a Family Affair
Scott Livingston

For 2013
I turned 32 on the course in 2002, and will turn 43 on course this year! Looking forward to it! Mike T

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I've been to the last (2) VT50 and loved them. The first one totally hooked
me on the endurance venue. Not only did it point me in a new exciting
direction but I was able lure some friends into it this past year and we had
a great time.

We turned it into a weekend event camping in the local campground and will
again this year!

I've attached a couple of pictures, one of our campsite and another post
ride of the 4 of us.

We have multiple alarms set for May 25th registration and are looking
forward to the 20th VT50!
Ken D

From 2012

I have a story to tell, as last year, 2012, was my first Vermont 50 miler.

Vermont was my third 50 miler and I was very excited to make the trip from Augusta, Maine at the time. I had not made accommodations for staying so I went on the assumption that I would be parking on the side of the road and sleeping in a 2 man tent that I packed in my car. Needless to say, the officials at the expo were very kind and accommodating to allow me to find a small space to pitch my tent on the Ascutney Mtn. grounds the night before the race. As you know, it rained the entire night and it was less than perfect conditions but that didn't matter, it was part of the experience.

As I awoke the morning of the race I noticed my tent was less than waterproof as I had been sleeping in wet conditions but luckily my running gear was dry I thought, but quickly realized that my gear would not stay dry for long as I made my way to the prota-potties and it was STILL raining.....lol.

I prepared for the worst. Thinking I traveled without family, friends or support of any kind, I would have to make this happen, so I got myself ready for the "long haul mail run" as I call an ultra run.

I realized when I approached the staging tent that morning that there were so many enthusiastic and eager bikers and runners....it got my energy level and juices flowing.... we all patiently awaited the signaling that runners would begin after the Mtn. Bikers departed. I felt the excitement, but withheld as I knew It would be hours of running ahead and couldn't get wrapped up in the hype.

The starter begins the run....off we go....everyone smiling, chatting, sharing, having fun......

As any Ultra runner may state, there are so many thoughts that cross one's mind while running an ultra. In the beginning all that was in my mind was noticing other runners ahead and how amazingly good they looked in their strides, posture and mental state. That would soon change during the run but all still good as we all knew it was to be expected.

My thoughts soon changed to I traveled to Vermont to run this event and had no support! I t would be so fantastic if I had someone there to share the accomplishment with as I knew I had to complete the task. So, during my run I made new friends....Bill, the runner who noticed I had left the aid station without my refilled water bottle, who ran to catch me and hand me the bottle....Kim, who had fallen on her Mtn. bike and I stopped to help her back on and encouraged her to continue....but it would be remiss of me to not mention the most incredible feeling I have ever had in a running event and the reason for my story.

Bare with me.....it still chokes me up.....

I traveled to Vermont without support as I previously mentioned, but there's more to the story. I recently had made a decision to change some things in my life, be more active in groups, make more and new friends. So, I joined a group named the MidCoast Triathon Club, based out of Brunswick, Maine. See, the funny thing is, I am NOT a triathlete, but the group opened their arms and accepted me anyway. I was and still am considered the "Newbee".....lol. They were all very supportive of my running and training and the group running was a huge factor in my training success. It got me to Vermont.

The day came for the event and I was there and running, with many thoughts in my mind.....family, friends, training, finishing, enduring, mind over matter, you know the usual things runners think. But the one thought I never had was that I was alone. As I made my way through the ruts, 6" of mud and rain to the finish I made it to the point I could hear the music coming from the finish, it was getting louder. Then, I could here the voices of cheer, they were getting louder. The I could see the crowd, they were getting closer. I made my way to the finish descending the Ascutney Mountain......it was here that the most amazing thing happened to me......it brought a feeling over me I have never experienced......As I made my way to the finish shoot I heard my name "John"???? I peered to my left and there was the most amazing friend I had met through the MidCaoast Triathlon Club, Anne Nakamura, waving and cheering my name.....it literally brought tears to my eyes after my long emotional endurance run.

I asked myself, what is she doing here as I kept on my way down the slope and finish shoot, as I crossed the finish line there I see Anne's Husband Roy. He is standing there with the biggest smile I had ever seen, cheering me on, taking photos. I ran directly to him and extended my arms and basically wrapped my arms around him in amazement they were there. I had never been so happy to see friends more than that day. We all met near the finish and talked about my run. I had to ask, "What are you doing here?", the answer I got was, " We wanted to take a drive and see you finish the race, so we hopped in the car and drove over".

To this day, every time I see Anne and Roy, the thoughts of them being there at the finish appear in my mind.....I am still amazed as to their willingness to support a friend and to drive 4 1/2 hours to do so. For this I am forever grateful as they most definitely made the Vermont 50 mile event a special event for me that day.

I want to thank you for your organization and commitment to the Mtn bikers and runners that participate in your event. I truly enjoyed the entire time I was there, regardless of weather and conditions. It will be an event I will cherish forever.

I have included a few photo's....one my friend Anne and I as I finished and another of me showing how happy I was to receive the finishers medal......

That is my story. John R  

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Another great race, so thank you many times to you and your dedicated staff. My story to relay to you this year, on top of the usual encouraging exchanges between bikers and runners, is the following...

I was running way ahead of my anticipated time by Skunk and the first marathon, but then the increasing rain caused my core temperature to drop about 6 miles out from the 2nd handler aid station at mile 32. I went pre-hypothermia, slowing down with fuzzy vision, legs tightening, and no shivering. When I came into the aid station, my crew huddled around me, an one of your volunteers noticed the behavior and came over to ask if all was ok. When he heard of my situation, he immediately set out to find soup (we didn't know any was being made) and found a space blanket. In ten minutes, I had changed to my thermal top and was shivering again. Good sign! So I blasted off in good faith that I'd stay warm for the duration, and finished with a time with which I was very pleased. Even ran that last climb up Ascutney at 47.

The attention to detail of the VT50 crew and their hospitality is always top notch. Looking forward to next year and the big 20yr anniversary! Kevin L

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IT'S ALL A BIG BLURR...
Somewhere between mile 20 and 30, we are up in the fog in the middle of an open field. It feels as though we are on top of a mountain. The wind is blowing and we have been running uphill for a while now. How long? I have no idea, maybe it was for the last 15 minutes or maybe it was for the last hour and a half or maybe it was this whole last 25 miles, a marathon of running uphill in the mud trails. All i know is that i feel actually very good and very happy that there are people serving us hot soup at this aid station (there were 8 or 9 stations alomg the course). I think it's raining but i'm not sure. I'm just wet, though i don't feel wet. I learn that this aid station is supposed to be on the border of New-Hampshire and Vermont with outstanding endless views of the mountains on either side. That's great...except all i see is Vermont fog on one side and NH fog on the other side - endless fog ' n rain...just like what it feels like in my brain...;)
The hot soup was too hot...so i water it down with what i think is water, but it's not. It's the colourless type of "gatorade" called HEED. Not the best tasting combo -chicken noodle soup "à la gatorade", but they say - heed is very important for recovery, replacing lost salt and energy and I want to believe them so i gulp it down and it helps...:) I just hope my stomach will hold it. There is nothing much worse on a long run than a queezy stomach that forces you to stop in the woods looking for wet leaves!!!
Soon enough though, the soup warms my brain and the fog slowly lifts and my new friends on the trail call out: "hey Gillesss, time to go!" So off we go ----back into the tunnel vision of the endless single track trail. You figure --running 12 hours in the montains of Vermont--wow --nice views and all....NOT...!!!!! There is not much sightseeing to do when you are trying to run as fast as you can on a muddy, rocky, rooty, full of trees trail. All you do is stare 4 feet in front, keep your legs wide, your feet and ankles nimble and try to keep your arms from flailing by keeping them close and tight to your body. It's really amazing to think how the body and the mind need to be in synch when you are runnng in the woods. The mind keeps saying: "lookout, rock on the left, tree on the right, careful, slant left, root,rock, whooooaaaaa raise arm -branches coming right at you....!!!!" And it goes on and on and on and on like that ---endlessly...You really have to be carefull because you do not want to stumble ---injuries are lurking and there is a loooooong way to go.
Ans so we keep going. Trail -dirt road - ATV trail -single track - dirt road -single track and on and on...
I don't focus on time, i don't focus on speed. I just AM. At times, on the dirt roads where we do have time to think --- i just think ---family at mile 31....then my pacer at mile 41...then the finish line at mile 50...3 clips of 10 miles...not that bad....i<m almost there ;)
And the rain keeps falling, though i'm not really sure. I'm just wet and it is only the sound of the rain falling in the forest (and the deepening mud holes) that convinces me that it is raining. Hard.

It' 6 something in the AM as we enter the woods for the first time. I say to my running partner : : "can anybody turn the lights on here ?" I can hardly see the trail...
Next thing i know, it's still 6 something but it's my buddy and pacer Phil who says : " Man, darkness is coming, this trail could be dangerous, it's about time we get there !!" We are less than a mile from the finish line as I answer back to Phil : "you're right bud, it's about time....;) "
cheers gp


From 2010

Listen, I meant to write you a month or two after last year's race and all the hoopla died down, but time escapes. I thank you so much, you and all your volunteers, for the most perfect experience last year. The VT50 (in my home state) was my first ultra and everything went so well, beyond wildest expectations. I still have moments of disbelief that I did it. Thank you all for providing the opportunity to make the goal a reality. I will always talk fondly to people about the VT50 as a prime highlight of my running career. Enough can't be said about how pleased I was with the experience, how memorable. You all are dynamos.

I also wanted to mention how surprised I was by the shared use of trail with the mountain bikers. After having paced the VT100, I expected the mountain bikes (due to their far greater numbers and more rapid speeds than the horses) to be frequently in conflict with runners. The opposite turned out to be true: they were all exceptional, courteous athletes. To share one of my more poignant stories briefly, there were a number of riders who I was in proximity to for most of the race. I would see them regularly.

On the paved stretch just before the hairpin turn towards the final aid station, several riders passed me. I recognized one of them as one of those who had ridden near to me most of the day. I thought, "there's one of them...so close now, I guess this will be the last time they pass me." And as I was thinking that, he sat high in his saddle, turned to look over his shoulder, pointed at me, and said with conviction, "you ran a great race." He turned back and sped off. There were several emotional moments, emotional highs during my first 50....I thought I'd share that one with you. I loved having the bikers racing their race alongside us.

It was beautiful.

All the best to you and yours, excited to see the revamped course in September, and a million thanks again,
Kevin L
From 2003
Mudfest Memory
Keith Burrows


From 2004
Thanks for putting on a great event. It was my first 50 mile ultra run and I had a blast. I thought the course was fun: a good variety of terrain and lots of beautiful views. The aid stations were well run and I was able to get in and out quite efficiently. The post-race party was great...I could hear the band playing for about the last mile or so and it was definitely the proverbial "carrot on a stick" for me as I tried to finish off the race.—Todd

This was my first year participating in this event. Although it took nine grueling hours and my body is still exhausted it was a great experience. I just wanted to thank you for putting it all together. The volunteers at the aid stations and at the crossings were fantastic. I was hoping you could extend our gratitude to all the home owners who allowed us to ride across their yards and driveways. At one point a rider ahead of lost a wrapper when he reached in his pocket for something. The rider immediately behind him came to a screeching stoop and picked up the wrapper and carried on. being one the last few rider down the trail I was amazed at the great condition but most importantly the lack of any garbage on the trail. Anyway I just wanted you and the volunteers to know it was a terrific experience for me, and we appreciate all the work you guys must have gone through getting putting it all together. Thank you.-- Andrew

From 2005
 Thanks for everything! The 2005 VT50 exceeded expectations. Everthing I heard about the event was true - including the high level of organization related to running the event, to the outstanding MTB course and to the great attitude of all volunteers. The race was unrelenting - a challenge from start to finish. Don't change anything!!-- Shawn

From 2006
This was my third VT 50 as a biker and I just want to say that this is a top notch race!!You do a wonderful, fantastic job with the organization and it is such a pleasure to spend time in VT and participating in this race. I was able to convince a handful of people to attend this year that we bike with here in Central New York and I know that they have now come back from the race bragging about the wonderful time and we have another handful poised to sign up for next year's race!! Please keep up the good work....and let us know what, as bikers, we can do to help you to keep this wonderful event going.......-- Kat

From 2007
I am what you would call a repeat customer. This was my 10th Vermont 50, and probably the best one yet. The enormous amount of work that you and your staff have done to grow this event show in so many ways. Your solid land owner relationships allowed us to cross so much private land and enjoy what is typically not accessible to very many. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, and let you know how much I appreciate what you do.Regards,-- Bob B

From 2008
Thanks for putting on such a great race, so well organized!! I've helped in marking courses for mt bike races before, but never for a 50 miler that had 3 different events!!! Very well marked! Nice job! Well done! Thank you for all your had work!

BTW: I haven't really ridden a mt bike since 2003 (I mostly do 1/2 iron man triathlons and an ironman here and there), but I loved the single track before the 2nd last aid station. That totally rocked!!! I did struggle w/the last 5 miles though - but then again I'm a roadie...I want to thank you and your wonderful team for running such a suberb event!! It was a special day for sure, the course was marvelous, great single track, unbelievably well marked. It took everything in my gas tank to finish which makes it all the more special. 
Mark S.

From 2009
I just wanted to send you a quick note to say that this was the best event I've done in a long time. Sorry I didn't have it in me to make it past mile 46, but I still loved the challenge, scenery, aid station support and special medical support. An epic day for a special cause! Thanks for putting on a first class event. - Inge

Comments from 2004-2009






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 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550