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The Vermont 50 is an annual race held during the last weekend of September at Ascutney Outdoors in West Windsor, Vermont. All benefits go to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. A wonderful place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities year-round.
COVID-19 has forced us to change some things about our race for 2021 but the AWESOME course will remain the same.
Since 1993 the Vermont 50 has been a destination for mountain bikers and ultra runners to enjoy a challenging and scenic Vermont landscape course that is like no other. There is something for everyone. We offer the Vermont 50 mile Mountain Bike Race, Womens 2-person Bike Relay, Over 60 2-person Bike Relay, 50 mile Ultra Run, 50K Endurance Run, 2-3 Person 50 mile Run Team Relay and the Kids Fun Runs and Bike Rides.
We are a family friendly event offering lots of kid centered activities such as the Hay Bale Treasure Hunt, The Fun Runs and Rides, clowns, face painting and more! Join us and find out why the Vermont 50 has become so popular. (Subject to change as COVID-19 rules and regulations apply.)
Spots fill-up quickly so early registration is a must!
The Vermont 50 is an annual race held during the last weekend of September at beautiful Mount Ascutney located in West Windsor, Vermont.
Net proceeds go to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. A wonderful place where youth and adults of all abilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities year-round.
Since 1993 the Vermont 50 has been a destination for mountain bikers and ultra runners to enjoy a challenging and scenic Vermont landscape course that is like no other. There is something for everyone.
Our races include:
Vermont 50 mile Mountain Bike Race,
Womens 2-person Bike Relay-Suspended for 2021
Over 60 2-person Bike Relay-Suspended for 2021
the 50 mile Ultra Run-NO Pacers for 2021
the 50 Km Endurance Run-NO Pacers for 2021
the 50 mile 2-3 Person Team Relay Run-Suspended for 2021
And 0n Saturday we have a Kids Fun Bike Rides and Runs-Due to COVID-19 restrictions these events may be modified or eliminated for 2021.
We are a family friendly event offering lots of kid centered activities such as the Hay Bale Treasure Hunt, The Fun Run, clowns, face painting and more!
Race registration opens each year on May 25th at 7 p.m. ET.
The mountain bike race sells out in minutes, the run races fill up more slowly.
We offer a Stress-Free Fundraising option visit our registration page for more information.
Join Us And Find Out Why The Vermont 50 Has Become So Popular.
NOTE-This Race DOES NOT allow E-Bikes.
The Vermont 50 is comprised of six distinct races held at Mount Ascutney in Brownsville VT.
The race happens every year the last Sunday in September!
Select a race from the list below to learn more.
Race proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive.
Fees are non-refundable, regardless of injury, lack of adequate training, an irreconcilable schedule conflict, or any other reason, no matter how valid. It cannot be moved to a future year.
Registration/Race Bib is non-transferable.
All Race Registrations close on September 7 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.
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.
The first rider will ride 32 miles of the course to the Greenall Aid Station.
At Greenall’s the riders will have to transfer the bike plaque or chipped ankle bracelet to the second rider’s bike. The first rider will then return to the Start/Finish area by road, an approximate distance of 5.1 miles or get a ride from their registered Crew Vehicle that is displaying a parking permit.
Rider Two: 18 Miles From Greenall’s To Finish
The second rider will be waiting, after coming to the Greenall Station by road from the Start/Finish area or by getting a ride from their registered Crew Vehicle that is displaying a parking permit.
The second rider will depart Greenall’s to complete the last 18 miles of the course to the Finish.
Both riders may bike the roads between Greenall’s and the Start/Finish (BUT NOT THE RACE COURSE) or get a ride from their crew member displaying a Crew Parking Permit.
50 Mile Ultra Run
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 Mile Run Relay Team -Suspended for 2021
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.
50 Km Endurance Run
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’.
Races For Our Next Generation On Saturday
-Due to COVID-19 restrictions these events may be modified or eliminated for 2021.
Free Kids Fun Runs Or Bike Rides
1 or 2 mile bike ride and 1/2, 1 or 3 mile trail run are for children under the age of 14 who are able to bike or run independently.
You’ll get a commemorative t-shirt, a wrist-band for Sunday post race meal
and lots of very cool memories. Don’t delay-sign up today!
ALL Volunteers should fill out a race waiver/release form and bring it to either the BIG TENT on Saturday
or to your aid station or BIG TENT on Sunday.
Packing food boxes days before the race
Race Packet Stuffing
Setting up the start/finish (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Setting up aid stations (Saturday night)
Big Tent Set-up
Parking and Traffic Control
Racer Bib Pick Up
Drop bag Check-in
Kids Fun Race Check-in, Trails Guides, Finish Line
Hay Bale Treasure Hunt set up
Restock Trucks drivers and helpers
Early morning trail marking
HAM radio operators
Parking and Traffic Control
Restock Truck drivers and helpers
Racer Check-in Table
Aid Stations on course
Aid Stations at finish line
Finish Line Volunteers-water, food restock, trash, awards ceremony
Shuttle Van Drivers
Cleaning up after the awards ceremony
Clean Up Monday at finish line
Clean Up and Organize Restock Barn
A place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self-confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities.
Vermont 50 proudly supports Vermont Adaptive. In our 28 years, we have raised over 2 million dollars to help support this organization.
There are two options to help support Vermont Adaptive during this COVID-19 pandemic
Option 1: We are asking people to raise (or donate) $500 before December 31, 2021 using the link I will provide to you and you will receive:
● one free race entry for the 2021 race
● lunch for 4 at our post race BBQ
● one commemorative t-shirt-made specifically for our fundraisers
Remember this fundraising option will close on December 31, 2021.
Option two: commit to raise a minimum $500 before September 7 at noon ET, you can avoid our race open registration rush on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director.
Your $500 must be received by Sept. 7 or you will not be able to race with us on the last Sunday of September.
You must contact the Race Director, Mike before May 25 at 7 p.m. if you’d like to choose this option.
Support our athletes supporting Vermont Adaptive
Additional race information can be found at http://vermont50.com/.
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