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February 28, 2013

Vermont, the Healthiest State to Host Several Sports & Endurance Events this Spring to September

Vermont is repeatedly ranked the Healthiest State in the nation. From its chiseled farmers to Olympic skiers and riders and mountain biking mommas, it shows. In the Green Mountain State, there’s an ultra-marathon, adventure race, century ride, distance swim or yoga-fest for all athletic appetites. Sports enthusiasts come to train, race, compete, tour and experience the state’s beautiful landscape. Of course, Vermont’s farm to plate culinary scene also plays a large role in fueling and tantalizing visitors and local athletes alike.

Vermont’s sports events schedule is proliferating; plus, the caliber of the events and participation continues to increase and appeal to destination-savvy athletes. Seventy-five percent of marathon runners in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the state’s largest marathon, come from out of state. Other races like the Half Marathon Unplugged doubled in participation in the last two years and the 24th annual FirstRun 5k on New Year’s Day saw 107 percent growth from 2009 to 2012. The fact that the 5k race is growing most quickly, followed by the half marathon, reveal a welcomed increase of new runners regionally, reports RunVermont.

“We are a state comprised of athletes, by athletes, for athletes,” said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith, also a skier and cyclist. “We offer a variety of natural settings, from rigorous to contemplative, and event organizers rise to the occasion to suit various athletes’ preferences.”

Upcoming events “run” the gamut from gentle to grueling; the choice is yours:

Mud and Ice Quadrathlon: March 31, Craftsbury www.craftsbury.com Quadrathlon

Rollin Irish Half Marathon: April 20, Essex www.gmaa.net Running

Tour of the Dragons: May 4-5, Shires of Vermont www.tourofthedragons.com Cycling

Middlebury Maple Run – the Sweetest Half: May 5 www.middleburymaplerun.com Running

Mad Triathlon & Kids Triathlon: May 11, Mad River Valley www.madtriathlon.com Triathlon

Shires of Vermont Marathon: May 19, Bennington & Manchester www.shiresofvermontmarathon.com Running

KeyBank Vermont City Marathon: May 26, Burlington www.vermontcitymarathon.org Running

Killington Stage Race: May 25-27 www.killingtonstagerace.com Cycling

Tour de Kingdom: June 5-9, Northeast Kingdom www.tourdekingdom.org Cycling

Tour de Heifer: June 9, Brattleboro www.strollingoftheheifers.com/tour-de-heifer Cycling

Wanderlust: June 20-23, Stratton Mountain http://stratton.wanderlustfestival.com Yoga

Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Sports: June 22, Killington www.longtrailcenturyride.com Cycling

LAX Bitter Lacrosse Tournament: June 20-28, Stowe www.bitterlacrosse.com Lacrosse

Northern Champlain Century: June 22, Champlain Islands www.northernlakechamplain.com/bike-for-the-lake Cycling

New England Tri Fest: June 29-30, Fairlee www.sunmultisportevents.com/New_England_Trifest.htm Triathlon & Duathlon

Kingdom Swim: July 6, Newport www.kingdomswim.org Swimming

Mad Marathon: July 7, Mad River Valley www.MadMarathon.com Running

The Great Race Triathlon XXXIV: July 7, St. Albans www.facebook.com/TheGreatRaceVT Triathlon & Duathlon

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival: July 13-14, Ascutney www.vmba.org Mountain Biking

Stowe 8 Miler: July 14 www.locorunning.com/stowe8miler Running

The Biggest Loser RunWalk: July 28, Killington www.BiggestLoser.com/RunWalk Running

Tough Mudder: August 10-11, Mount Snow www.toughmudder.com Obstacle Race

Harpoon Point to Point: August 10, Windsor www.harpoonpointtopoint.com Cycling

The Vermont Challenge: August 15-18 www.vtchallenge.com Cycling

100 on 100: August 17 www.100on100.org Running

Green Mountain Stage Race: Aug 29-Sept. 2 www.gmsr.info Cycling

Spartan Beast Race: Sept. 21-22 www.spartanrace.com Obstacle Race

Vermont Sports & Outdoors Scene by the Numbers:

• 50+ Vermont State Parks

• 273 miles of the Long Trail

• 7,000 miles of rivers and streams, including part of the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail

• 50+ alpine and Nordic ski areas

• 212 miles of Vermont shoreline along Lake Champlain, the nation’s sixth largest lake

• 200 Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) outfitters and services ready to assist

• 223 Mountains

• 18 Mountain Bike Clubs in the Vermont Mountain Bike Association

• 625,000 Residents

• 9,200 sq. miles of land; 76 percent forested

• Bonus: Local brews to toast your athletic endeavor? One for every mile of a marathon, plus some: 27 breweries.

Pair these events with arts, agriculture, attractions, lodging and more at VermontVacation.com. For a broader calendar of Vermont sports, visit Vermont Sports Magazine. Happy training!

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: February 28, 2013 08:26:07
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