About 1,800 runners are expected to test their mettle in the third annual Vermont 10 Miler Nov. 3 in Stowe.
The 10-mile road race runs through some of Stowe’s most stunning fall scenery. The starting line is at the Stowe Event Field, and the route runs along Weeks Hill Road to Edson Hill Road. At Mile 7, the course joins the Stowe Recreation Path for 3 miles of pedestrian-only traffic, crossing the West Branch River and finally returning to the Events Field for the finish.
The Vermont 10 Miler is produced by Gray Matter Marketing, which also produces the Craft Brew Races 5K and Beer Festival in Stowe in May. A portion of every registration fee from the Vermont 10 Miler will be donated to the Stowe Land Trust in support of its conservation efforts and mission to preserve and protect Stowe’s open spaces.
Since its inception in 2017, the race has become a favorite of runners from near and far.
“You get an aerial view of the mountains around mile 5 or so, which makes all of the hills in the first half worth it,” said Jen Porto, a 2018 participant from Gorham, Maine. “Running through the woods and over little wooden bridges, waving to the cows in the meadows, smelling the pine trees, and smiling through the little snow flurries was nothing short of amazing.”
“The course is hilly, but it’s both positive and challenging,” said Heidi Caldwell from Winooski, who won the race in 2017. “It’s a great run for everyone, a really great challenge.”
The 2019 finishers will receive a medal and a custom-designed long-sleeve event shirt. Awards will be given for the top three male and female finishers, and top finishers in age groups.
The Vermont 10 Miler is the third of three events in the 2019 New England 10 Miler Series, which began in April in Portland, Maine. The series then continued to Newport, R.I., in June and will culminate in Stowe. Runners who completed all three events in 2019 will receive an additional medal and a finishers’ running hat.
Locals can expect minor traffic delays along the course, and local police will help to manage traffic and keep runners safe. Roads will remain open to traffic, with single lanes open in certain places. For more information, visit vermont10miler.com.
A very limited number of registrations remain available, and the event is expected to sell out before race day. The 10 Miler Series is already scheduled to return to Stowe in 2020.