July 19-20, ’08 is the 20th year of the Vermont 100 Hosted by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA where 300 runners attempt to finish, in under the 30 hour cutoff point, 100 miles over the lovely but hilly terrain and dirt roads of Vermont. The run originates in W. Windsor, Vermont. For more details check out these websites:
If you are planning to be in Vermont the weekend of July 18-20, 2008 then make your lodging plans at Leave No Trace – as of this writing that weekend is still available. As a volunteer and supporter of the Endurance Ride I will offer those nights at the cabin at a discounted rate.
Not only is this an endurance run for people but it runs simultaneously with the endurance horses whose riders compete for either 50, 75, or the 100 mile portion of the race finishing in hopefully the wee hours of the morning although some are still seen crossing the finish line at daybreak. The event not only brings out competitors but volunteers and spectators along the route providing nourishment, rehydration, medical aid and encouragement! There is quite the party atmosphere as the day wanes into the nighttime and you hear only the sound of the hooves approaching a check-point or waterhole and the eerie glow from glow sticks hanging from the trees along the trails and dirt roads to guide them through the darkness.
Check out this website with details of this year’s event as well as stories of past Vermont 100 Endurance rides:
Read Sue Greenall’s account in “Endurance News”