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Exploring Northern Vermont's Trail Running Options

Updated: 2 days ago

Nestled amidst the landscapes of Northern Vermont lies a forest of trail running opportunities. From serene trails to rugged paths, the region offers a diverse array of terrains to challenge and inspire every level of trail runner. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just dipping your toes into the world of trail running, there's something for everyone here.


As we prepare for the trail run season, we are eyeing up local events to line up with our calendars. We've found several that look amazing, and we are looking to help you prepare for the adventures. Not only are we listing the runs we think look fun, but we are also helping you prepare with info about Common Trail Running Injuries. Calves, ankles, knees, and backs are all covered.


If anything on that list sounds like you, then you need to talk with an expert to avoid the pitfalls most commonly seen with trail runners. Sign up here to schedule a call about this seasons goals, and which races you want to do.


Kicking off the season on April 7th, is the Kaynors Sap Run. This scenic race winds its way out and back through muddy, hilly, country roads through rural Westford's picturesque maple groves.

sleepy hollow mountain race, cochrans ski area, richmond vermont, untapped maple

On May 5th, lace up your trail shoes and head to Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond for the Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race. This challenging event promises climbs up the ski trail, forested single tracks, stunning views, and a memorable experience for all participants.


Pump It Up - 5 miles

Jericho plays host to the Pump It Up 5M race on May 11th, offering runners the chance to tackle a fast-paced out and back on a gently rolling dirt road crossing Browns River. This is a great tune-up to test your speed and endurance early in the trail run season.



Catamount outdoor family center, trail run series, tuesday night trails, williston vt

For those looking for a weekly race and friendly community competition, the Catamount Trail Running Series is the perfect opportunity. Running from May 14th to September 3rd, this is the longest running weekly race series in the country. Every Tuesday, Catamount Outdoor Family Center hosts an evening trail running series. On Wednesday, the event switches over to mountain bikes.



Mark your calendars for May 16th, when Montpelier hosts the Corporate Cup, one of Vermont's oldest and largest races. This unique event brings together businesses to promote physical fitness in the workplace as it winds through the beautiful capital city and along the Winooski River.


Colchester Causeway - 5k, 10k, and 15k

On June 1st, you can enjoy the scenic Colchester Causeway during this race begining at Airport Park and following a gravel trail out onto the historic Causeway where runners will make their way to designated turn-around points before returning to the finish at Airport Park.


Savor the beauty of South Burlington's Red Rocks Park on August 3rd with the Red Rocks 5k. This scenic race has plenty of terrain and trees to balance the red rocks, and this event benefits Green Mountain Athletic Association scholarships for students graduating from Northern Vermont high schools.


Jay Peak Trail Running Festival - three different 5ks, 11 miles, 22 miles, 53k ultra

Jay peak trail running festival, jay vermont, run fest

Venture to Jay, VT, on August 31st or September 1st for the Jay Peak Trail Running Festival. Runners can choose from a variety of distances and terrains to suit their preferences, and this event has a trail run or two just for you. Plan to spend the day enjoying the festival vibe.




Spartan race, killington, vermont, the beast, obstacle course, trail run

Spartan Race - 5k, 21k, 50k

You can't really be doing all that trail running and not consider the Spartan Race. On September 14th and 15th the Spartan Race is in Killington, where it all started. They don't call it The Beast for nothing. Expect the slopes to be steep and your limits to be pushed to the brink while you take on tricky climbs, descents, and obstacles. Put out the rallying call to your army for this legendary event that will have you feeling like you can move the Green Mountains.



Apple harvest 10k, shelburne orchard, fall harvest run, lake champlain

Shelburne welcomes runners on September 21st for the Apple Harvest 10k, a festive event celebrating the beauty of Vermont's autumn season. This fast out and back course is a mix of dirt and paved roads with apple orchards, views along Lake Champlain, and a covered bridge at the turn around point. After the race, stop by Shelburne Orchards for apple picking, cider doughnuts, and cider.



The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, VT  heady trotter beer race, heady topper

Heady Trotter - 4 miles

The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe hosts the Heady Trotter race on October 20th. Not only are the views around Stowe picturesque Vermont, but the Music and Beer Festival during the race has lawn games, food trucks, and award winning Heady Topper.








On October 27th, Arrowhead Golf Course in Milton hosts the GMAA The Hills Are Alive XC 5K. This challenging race along the Laura's Tears Trail will put your trail running skills to the test.


How's that for a trail run list?


If you know something we don't, let us know. We are always looking for events to be part of. Sometimes we're the athletes, and sometimes we are the support staff. There's even times when we are both!


Need running support? How about a local run group?


Looking to connect with fellow trail enthusiasts? Consider joining one of the local running groups, such as the Richmond Trail Running Club or the Long Trail Running Club. These groups offer a supportive community and plenty of opportunities to explore new trails and make lasting memories.


Or an online program?


We've got a Trail Run Prep program that is sure to keep you quick on your steps and skipping over stones from the start of mud season all the way through leaf peeping. This online program is accessed right through your phone and is the perfect compliment to your run as a warm up or on a rest day.


Check out Trail Run Prep to keep you strong and healthy all season long!


So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your trail shoes, gather your friends, and embark on an unforgettable adventure through the scenic landscapes of Northern Vermont. Whether you're chasing a personal best or simply seeking to immerse yourself in nature, the trails are calling – are you ready to answer?


If it's an injury slowing you down or keeping you off the trails, then let's get you talking with a running injury expert. Take the next step toward your running goals and schedule a FREE 15 minute call here.


Happy Trails!

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