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The Vermont 50

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Fall leaves and panoramic views of the Connecticut River Valley are two draws of Vermont 50, an annual race through the wooded trails of Mount Ascutney State Park. Race the 50-mile course solo or check out the women’s relay event. Proceeds from the weekend’s festivities, which also include two running races, benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, which offers year-round adaptive sport programs to youth and adults. The race sells out quickly, and registration opens on May 27.

How to enter the The Vermont 50

  1. 50 Miles - MTB Race

    Bike 50mi
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  2. 50 Mile

    Run 50mi
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  3. 50K

    Run 50km
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The Vermont 50 routes

50 Mile Mountain Bike Race
About 2/3 (67%) of the 50 Mile course is on trails or jeep (unimproved) roads. 30% is on smooth, rolling gravel roads and 3% is on pavement. It is a challenging course, with good footing/traction, plenty of hills and classic Vermont scenery that will be a welcome distraction. The total vertical elevation for the 50 Mile race is about 8,900 feet. Categories include: Novice – entry level or first time competitor, Sport – intermediate competitor and Expert – very advanced competitor.

50 Mile Ultra Run
Runners Male and Female in each category and class, age groups ranging from 12 and under to 70 and up. Almost 2/3 of your total course is trail, most of which provides fairly decent footing, with little in the way of rocks or roots. Eight miles of it is on segments of the 100 Mile course. The total vertical for the 50 Mi is about 8,900’.

50 Km Endurance Run
Runners Male and Female in each category and class, age groups ranging from 12 and under to 70 and up. This isn’t quite so challenging as the 50 mile. Almost 2/3 of your total course is trail, most of which provides fairly decent footing, with little in the way of rocks or roots. Eight miles of it is on segments of the 100 Mile course. The total vertical for the 50 Km is about 5,600’.

Vermont 50 Mile Relay Team
Relay Mileage Breakdown – 12.3 Miles Start to Skunk Hollow – 19.0 Miles Skunk Hollow to Greenall’s – 18.7 Miles Greenall’s to finish

Event Details

What’s Included

Fee Includes: Breakfast Munchies, aid station food, Post Race Dinner, T shirt and festivities, and a few more surprises.

Raceday Logistics

Saturday, Sept. 28

12:00 - 8:00 pm - Packet Pickup and Check-in (The Big White Tent, Ski Tow Road, Brownsville, VT)

  • Racers will pick up their bibs or bike plaques and commemorative race t-shirts at the registration area (BIG TENT.) Please have your ID ready.
  • Mountain Bikers – a wristband will be placed on your wrist -this is our meal ticket for Sunday’s post Race Dinner.
  • Runners – your BIB will have a pull tab for you meal ticket on Sunday. Race Bibs are chipped and will be electronically recorded at each aid station.
  • Relay Teams -The Team Captain will pick up the Team Packet. ONLY ONE BIB will be in the packet and will be passed among the team members. ONLY one team member on course at any given time and ONLY one vehicle can be registered per team. Please look over our Relay Team Info Page before the race. The other two team members may pick up their Bibs for their meal ticket at the BIG TENT on Sunday.
  • Runners with Pacers – Register your pacer and pick up their Pacer Bib at the Information table in the BIG TENT. All pacers must wear a bib while on course. Please look over our Pacer Info Page before the race.

Runner /Bike Crew Parking Permits

Racers will pick up their vehicle parking permit at the Information Table.
One permit per racer (this includes the Relay Teams-One vehicle per team).
The permit will have the racer’s Bib # and Vehicle Plate # on it.
These permits are needed to park at the designated Aid Stations on Course: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s

12:30 pm - Off Road Adaptive Bike Ride
2:00 pm - Kids' Free Bike Ride
3:00 pm - Adaptive Bike Race
3:30 pm - Kids' Free Fun Runs
4:30 pm - Kids' Treasure Hunt
5:00 - 8:30 pm - Pre-Race Buffet-style Pasta Dinner (NOT incl. with registration)

Sunday, Sept. 29

5:00 am - Mandatory 50-Mile Racer check-in
5:30 am - 50-mile Pre-Race Meeting
6:00 am - 50 Mile MTB START (expert wave)
6:10 am - 50 Mile MTB (sport wave)
6:25 am - 50 Mile MTB (novice wave)
6:30 am - 50 Mile Run START
7:00 am - Mandatory 50K Racer check-in
7:30 am - 50K Pre-Race Meeting
8:00 am - 50K START
11:30 am - 6:45 pm - Post Race Meal (incl. with registration)
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Awards/Prizes
6:30 pm - Course Closes

Kit List

What to bring:

  • Extra pair of shoes at the first drop station, if you think there’s a chance you may need to change. Most folks never do.
  • Clean, dry socks
  • Skin lube, band-aids; If you are prone to blisters include a small ‘kit’ in each bag (i.e. band-aids, sterile wipes, talcum powder)
  • Electrolyte caplets or dissolving tablets, if you use them
  • Gels or Blocks or Stingers Gels. Gels will not be provided at the aid stations
  • Non-liquid snacks if your system, due to allergies, cannot tolerate items provided at the aid stations
  • A light waterproof or resistant layer top and lightweight cap if there’s rain in the forecast (a small pouched poncho is perfect and takes up little space)
  • A light jacket and even lightweight gloves if the forecast is for cold weather
  • I challenge you to gather the above-listed items together to see exactly how small a volume they really occupy.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Days Before the Race
  • Packing food boxes days before the race
  • Trail Marking
  • Race Packet Stuffing
  • Setting up the start/finish (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Setting up aid stations (Saturday night)

Saturday of Race Weekend

  • Parking and Traffic Control
  • Racer Packet Pick Up
  • Merchandise table
  • Kids Fun Race Check-in, Trails Guides, Finish Line
  • Hay Bale Treasure Hunt set up
  • Restock Trucks drivers and helpers

Sunday Race Day

  • Parking and Traffic Control
  • Restock Truck drivers and helpers
  • Racer Check-in Table
  • Aid Stations on course and at the finish line
  • Merchandise table
  • Finish Line Volunteers-water, food restock, trash, awards ceremony
  • Amateur radio operators, Shuttle Van Drivers
  • Cleaning up after the awards ceremony

Monday Morning Clean-up

  • Clean Up Monday at finish line
  • At Restock Barn

Head over to to sign up!


Aid Stations
RACERS DO NOT leave items at stations #4 and #5. You will not get your items back in time for your trip home.

NOTE: Vehicles will need a dashboard plaque to park at the Handler Stations and Biker Crew areas.

The aid stations are well stocked with drinks and food. You won’t go hungry!! If you have specific dietary needs, you will need to pack your own snack food in drop bags for Aid Stations #3, #7, and #10. Food On Course

Drop bags

  • A small backpack or gear bag, on the order of 9”x 9” x 16” is appropriate if shoes, a top garment and bottle are included.
  • Weight not to exceed 10 lbs per bag. We will weigh them!
  • Your bag must be soft-sided (no plastic storage boxes please)
  • Be securely closed
  • Labeled clearly with your name and most importantly your bib number
  • Also include the name of the aid station to avoid confusion by you or by us. Make your drop bag as unique a possible within our stated guidelines.

Drop bags are allowed at: Aid Stations #3, 7 and 10 for the 50 Mile and #2K, 7 and 10 for the 50 Km. We will deliver drop bags from the start/BIG TENT to aid stations

The Vermont 50 weather forecast

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