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

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Vermont Dept. of Tourism reports that 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.

Beautiful scenery is one of the many perks of sport events in Vermont.

Vermont sports events are proliferating; the caliber of the events and participation continues to increase and appeal to destination-savvy athletes as well.

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. 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,” says 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, Craftbury
  • Rollin Irish Half Marathon: April 20, Essex
  • Tour of the Dragons: May 4-5, Shires of Vermont
  • Middlebury Maple Run – the Sweetest Half: May 5
  • Mad Triathlon & Kids Triathlon: May 11, Mad River Valley
  • Shires of Vermont Marathon: May 19
  • KeyBank Vermont City Marathon: May 26, Burlington
  • Killington Stage Race: May 25-27
  • Tour de Kingdom: June 5-9, Northeast Kingdom
  • Tour de Heifer: June 9, Brattleboro
  • WanderLust: June 20-23, Stratton Mountain
  • Long Trail Century Ride: June 22,
  • LAX Bitter Lacrosse Tournament: June 20-28, Stowe
  • Northern Champlain Century: June 22
  • New England Tri Fest: June 29-30
  • Kingdom Swim: July 6, Newport
  • Mad Marathon: July 7, Mad River Valley
  • The Great Race Triathlon XXXIV: July 7, St. Albans
  • Vermont Mountain Bike Festival: July 13-14, Ascutney
  • Stowe 8 Miler: July 14
  • The Biggest Loser RunWalk: July 28, Killington
  • Tough Mudder: August 10-11, Mount Snow
  • Harpoon Point to Point: August 10, Windsor
  • The Vermont Challenge: August 15-18
  • 100 on 100: August 17
  • Green Mountain Stage Race: Aug 29-Sept. 2
  • Spartan Beast Race: Sept. 21-22

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 http://www.VermontVacation.com. For a broader calendar of Vermont sports, visit Vermont Sports Magazine. Happy training!

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