January 22nd, 2017 my registration for the 2017 running of the Vermont 100 Endurance Race was accepted. A few California friends are also among the race entrants – Brian Purcell, Ace Ewing and Chris Jones.
The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is in it’s 29th year and was started by the same woman who founded the adaptive sports program. The VT 100 is put on every year by a committee of 10 dedicated volunteers who work year round, 200 volunteers who come out for race weekend, over 30 private land owners and many donors of funds, products or services. Every penny raised by the VT 100 goes to the continuation and improvement of the programs offered by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
The course is a “shamrock” loop, consisting of 70% dirt or jeep roads with the rest on woods trails with just a couple miles of pavement. The course both climbs and descends 14000 – 15000 feet. Participants have 30 hours to complete the race and many strive to finish in under 24 hours. All participants must have completed a 50 mile race in 12 hours or less to qualify and are required to volunteer for 8 hours at an ultra race to enter.