Vermont Sports Scene

Open water swim on Lake Memphremagog, courtesy of Kingdom Games; Vermont City Marathon, courtesy of Run Vermont; Vermont Farm Tours, courtesy of Chris Howell.

Major Sports, Wellness & Endurance Events

Vermont is consistently recognized among the nation’s healthiest states. From its ‘chiseled’ granite sculptors to Olympic skiers and riders and mountain biking mommas, it shows! Sports enthusiasts come to train, race, compete, tour and experience the state’s beautiful landscape. There’s an ultra-marathon, adventure race, century ride, distance swim or yoga retreat for all athletic appetites. Vermont’s farm to plate food scene also helps fuel visitors and local athletes alike!

As Vermont’s sports events schedule proliferates, 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 come from out of state. Other races like the Half Marathon Unplugged, have doubled in participation in two years. No matter where you are starting from, Vermont’s welcoming sports culture helps you stay motivated and accomplish goals  - while also having fun in a gorgeous setting!

Upcoming events “run” the gamut from gentle to grueling:

MAY
4th - Middlebury Maple, Middlebury (Running)
17th - Dandelion Run Half Marathon, Northeast Kingdom (Running)
18th - Shires of Vermont Marathon, Bennington (Running)
25th - KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, Burlington (Running)
24th-26th - Killington Stage Race, Killington (Cycling)
31st-June 1st - Tough Mudder, Mount Snow (Obstacle Race)

JUNE
4th-8th - Tour de Kingdom, Northeast Kingdom (Cycling)
8th - Tour de Heifer, Brattleboro (Cycling)
12th - Islands Bike Tour (Cycling)
14th - Vermont Gran Fondo, Addison (Cycling)
19th-22nd - Wanderlust, Stratton Mountain (Yoga)
21st - Switchback Bike for Lake Champlain, Sandbar State Park (Cycling)
21st - Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Sports, Killington (Cycling)
22nd - Central Vermont Cycling Tour, East Montpelier (Cycling)
28th-29th - New England Trifest, Fairlee (Triathlon & Duathlon)

JULY
6th - Mad Marathon, Mad River Valley (Running)
6th - The Great Race Triathlon XXXV, St. Albans (Triathlon & Duathlon)
7th-20th - LAX Bitter Lacrosse Tournament, Stowe (Lacrosse)
11th-13th - Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, Ascutney (Mountain Biking)
12th - Kingdom Swim, Newport (Swimming)
13th - Stowe 8 Miler, Stowe (Running)
19th - Goshen Gallop, Goshen (Running)
19th - Tri-Obstaclon, Benson (Obstacle & Endurance Triathlon)
26th - Onion River Century Ride, Montpelier (Cycling)
27th - The Biggest Loser RunWalk, Killington (Running)

AUGUST
4th-11th - Lake Champlain Inn-to-Inn Bicycle Tour (Cycling)
9th - Harpoon Point to Point, Windsor (Cycling)
13th-17th - The Vermont Challenge, (Cycling)
16th - 100 on 100, (Running)
23rd - Champlain Basin Bike Tour, Stowe (Cycling)
24th - MVP Health Care Run For Fun, Stowe (Kids Run)
24th - North Face Race to the Top of Vermont, Stowe (Run, Bike, Hike)
29th-Sept 1 - Green Mountain Stage Race, (Cycling)
31st - Labor Day 15K, Burlington (Running, USATF – New England Championship event)

SEPTEMBER
6th - Kelly Brush Century Ride, (Cycling)
6th - Manchester Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5k, (Running)
12th-14th - Connecticut River Cycling & Camping Tour, (Cycling)
21st - St. Albans Raid Half Marathon,(Running)
Fall Date TBD - Spartan Race, Killington (Obstacle Race)

OCTOBER
5th - Kingdom Marathon, Coventry (Running or Cycling)
5th - Leaf Peepers Half Marathon, Waterbury (Running)

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
  • 15 Mountain Bike Chapters in the Vermont Mountain Bike Association
  • 626,000 Residents
  • 9,217 sq. miles of land; 76 percent forested
  • Bonus: Local brews to toast your athletic endeavor? One for every mile of a marathon, plus some: 30+ breweries.

Pair these sports events with arts, agriculture, attractions and...... happy training season!




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