As the saying goes, "Vermont Ain't Flat." The half marathon is run on a 50/50 mix of paved and hard-packed dirt roads with several elevation changes—some long grades but nothing too steep. Runners will enjoy beautiful views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains and green pastures throughout the race.

Half Marathon: The first half of the course is a loop. Runners will head down South Street towards downtown Middlebury and cross Routes 30 and 125 onto Weybridge Street, then turning onto Morgan Horse Farm Road. They’ll pass the UVM Morgan Horse Farm and eventually head back into Middlebury via Sheep Farm Road. The race's middle miles and relay exchange zone are on the beautiful and historic campus of Middlebury College. Runners will traverse the campus and head into the woods near Dragone Field for approximately 1 mile. The trail is hard packed dirt and gravel and is part of the college's NCAA XC course. Runners will enter onto South Street Extension (near EastView retirement community) and head south. The last 4.5 miles of the race are out-and-back on South Street Extension, a hard-packed dirt road.

Course Highlights

  • 9:00 a.m. start time
  • Scenic 13.1-mile course
  • Mile 1 completely closed to traffic
  • Miles 8-13 closed to traffic, except residents
  • Start/finish lines behind Porter Hospital
  • Relay exchange zone 10-minute walk from start/finish
  • More than 50 volunteers to support your race!
  • Aid stations approximately every 2.5 miles--all stocked with water, Gatorade, first aid supplies
  • Roving medical and safety personnel
  • USATF certified (#VT14007JK)

View course, elevation, venue maps here.

3-Mile Fun Run: The fun run uses the same start and finish as the half marathon and a subset of the longer route. Fun runners will take a left at Freeman Way, traverse the Middlebury College campus, and head directly to the finish line shortly after the runners turn onto South Street.

Course Highlights

  • 9:00 start time
  • Mile 1 completely closed to traffic
  • Start/finish lines behind Porter Hospital
  • Plenty of volunteer support
  • Aid station at Mile 2
  • This course measures approximately 3 miles and is not USATF-certified.