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This is definitely one of our racers' favorite races. There are no huge hills and the scenery is beautiful. Beginning and ending at picturesque Shelburne Beach, you will run along dirt, gravel and paved roads featuring scenic views of Vermont countryside and rural farmland. Run past Charlotte Beach situated on beautiful Lake Champlain just before entering the Holmes Creek Covered Bridge for the first time. The course continues on quiet, rolling hills before arriving at the turnaround. The half marathon runs through the covered bridge twice. The 5K and 10K turn around before reaching the bridge (although it's not that far beyond the 10K turnaround, so if you want to run through it, it's not going to add that much to your finish time for 10K runners).
This race will be limited to 3-1/2 hours regardless of distance. If you are out on the course after the time limit has passed, you will be running at your own risk because police officers and other staff/volunteers may not be available on the course.
Race bibs and t-shirts will be available at Fleet Feet, 77 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, Vermont on Friday, September 9 from noon to 5 pm for those who would like to pick up their packet early. You are welcome to pick up a friend's race packet as long as they've already signed the waiver. Racers will receive a 15% in-store discount when picking up their race packets. Those who pick up their packets on Friday do not need to check in on race day, but they should arrive no later than 7:40 am to be sure to hear pre-race announcements. Note: If you are entering the address into your mapping app, be sure to use Essex Junction, VT; NOT Essex, VT.
Race day check in will open at 7:00, Saturday, September 10 for those who have not already picked up their packets.
Parking will be available on both sides of Bostwick Road, and possibly in some drier fields nearby. Please follow race staff and police directions. Once parked, please walk down to Shelburne Beach. Please avoid the timing mats prior to your start in order to receive accurate results. The start and finish will both be at Shelburne Beach.
Find the course map here for all three divisions.
There will be water stations at 3 locations along the course. They will be located at:
Plain water and Nuun will be available in cups at the water stations. Because of COVID, volunteers will be filling cups and placing them on a table. They will not be handing out the water. For your protection, and that of our volunteers, we recommend that you travel with your own water; however, water will be available to any who want it.
In addition to the portable toilets located at the start/finish, there will be a portable toilet at Charlotte Beach and at the half marathon turnaround.
It is every racer’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with our Racer Rules. If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If COVID-19 is still a factor
Other Race Rules
We are pleased to have SkiPix photographing this event. Participants will receive a link to the photos directly from SkiPix following the event. Don't forget to smile when you see the photographer!
Racevermont.com is pleased to offer, and HIGHLY recommends the use of RaceJoy - a GPS tracking system for Android and iPhone users. Why use it?
Have we convinced you? Go ahead, download the app today. It will provide you with an even better race day experience!
Age group winners will receive a commemorative Age Group Winner Racevermont.com pint glass. Top three overall winners are excluded from age group awards.
The 5K/10K awards ceremony and raffle drawings will begin sometime around 9:30-9:45 am. The half marathon awards ceremony and raffle drawings will begin sometime around 11:15-11:30 am.
Prizes for a post-race raffle have been generously donated by our race sponsors.
Should this race get cancelled due to extreme weather or by order of the governor or other government official, you will have the option to either defer your registration to next year's race, or defer to another Racevermont.com race of equal or lesser value . We do not offer refunds for unattended races regardless of who cancels the race, and transfers/deferrals will only be offered in the event that this race is cancelled.
Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!
We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Charlotte Covered Bridge 5K/10K & Half Marathon by Saucony.
Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!
Some key RaceJoy features include:
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