It’s Mad Marathon time once again – that time of year when Vermont’s Mad River Valley is filled with the happy sound of running shoes on dirt and pavement, labored breathing, and the sweet scent of concentrated exertion.
Actually, as of this writing, the 5th annual Mad Marathon is exactly a month off – July 12th, 2015, to be exact – but now is the time to book your lodging if you’re planning on being here, either as a runner or a supporter.
The annual Mad Marathon, for those not already in the know, is certified and sanctioned by US Track & Field and, as such, is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is 26.2 miles of scenic back roads and stunningly beautiful with breathtaking views if you’re a fan of Vermont countryside (who isn’t?). Vermont’s famously mild summers should offer up some spectacular running weather, too – bright but not too hot with a touch of breeze to soothe that sweaty brow.
For those not quite ready for the full Mad Marathon, there is the Mad Half Marathon – 13.1 miles long and following much of the same course as the full marathon. Relay teams also take part in the marathons, with three and five person relay teams for the Mad Marathon and two person relay teams for the Mad Half. While walkers are asked to abstain from the Mad Marathon, they are more than welcome for the Mad Half – they even have their own category: Mad Half Walkers!
Mad Marathon 2015
A full schedule of Mad Marathon events and course descriptions can be found at the official site: www.madmarathon.com
Mad Marathon Lodging
West Hill House B&B is proud to once again be a sponsor for the 5th Annual Mad Marathon and its associated events. Our Mad River Valley B&B is located in Warren, VT along the Mad Marathon’s course. We encourage you to attend, whether in the role of spectator, supporter, or being out there in the trenches, so to speak, huffing along the Mad River Valley’s country roads with rolling fields and the scenic Green Mountains as your backdrop. During the weekend of the Mad Marathon, we ask that your stay have a 3-night minimum. As of this moment, we still have vacancies available for the weekend of the 12th – but that won’t last for long, so book soon!