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July 2014

July 6 - 11, 2014 - Intermediate, 5 Night Adult Horsemanship Camp
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont offers a 5 Night Adult Horsemanship Camp Package appealing to all levels of riders. Whether you have always dreamed of learning to ride or your goal is to improve and advance your riding skills, you will find the perfect week. Our location in the Green Mountains of central Vermont is ideal for this five day intensive program. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737. For more information visit The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. Or call 802.483.2311. http://mountaintopinn.com/adult_horsemanship_camp.php 

July 6, 2014, Fourth Annual Mad Marathon
The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon! Take it easy or take it tough...we have a race for every runner at any level. The Fourth Annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half and relays are scheduled for July 6, 2014 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. You will be running through this extraordinary rural community on back and dirt roads, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, challenging rolling farmlands with tough climbs and descents, quaint villages, historic barns, covered bridges and fields of our famous Vermont cows! www.madmarathon.com

July 6,  St. Albans, VT -  Great Race XXXV Triathlon/Duathlon
Family friendly competition for individuals and teams "All athletic levels welcome. An excellent choice for first time racers, kids & families. Teams, iron men, iron women and duathlon teams (run + bike). Course is closed to traffic, monitored to ensure safety. Run 3 miles, bike 12 miles, and paddle 3 miles. Post-race live music, food & award ceremony. Register online at www.active.com   (keyword search: Great Race XXXV) Registration deadline: Saturday, July 5 at 5:00 pm  NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION." St. Albans Bay Town Park St. Albans Bay Road 802-524-2444 www.fcrccvt.com info@fcrccvt.com

July 11 - 13, 2014, Green Mountain Bike Festival
Picture yourself riding on your favorite trail. You and your chapter have worked hard to raise funds, hosted trail days, and maybe hired a professional builder to design and construct what is now the network you spend quality time with friends and family. Do you ever wonder how many people riding your trails support and appreciate them as much as you do? Does seeing deep mud bike ruts after a rain on your trials drive you crazy? https://vmba.org/

July 11 — 13, 2014, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Get Ready, Set, Launch! Presenting and co-presenting sponsorships 2014 are available. Email marketing@stoweflake.com  for information. More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar through the sky above Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa during Stoweflake’s 28th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 11-13, 2014. One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa will once again host the spectacular three-day event. www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

July 11 - 13, Aquafest 2014
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is the home to many lakes and streams providing the perfect place for recreation and competition. Summer is a wonderful time to dip in the lake with your paddle, keel, or body and soak up the natural beauty from within it. Because of love for the Kingdom's waters . . . Aquafest. With a weekend of fun activities and competition, the whole family will have tons of fun at this . . . the premier summer event in the Northeast Kingdom. We encourage you to venture through the pages of this site and plan your festival carefully. Take in the entertainment, participate in a competition and celebrate summer in the Kingdom. www.kingdomaquafest.com

July 12, Groton, VT -  Bird Walk
Join Sue Wetmore for a morning walk to find the breeding birds of the Lake St. Catherine area. Warblers, thrushes, vireos are some of the possible birds you may see. Groton Nature Center 1595 Boulder Beach Road 802-365-7500 www.vtstateparks.com/htm/groton-nature.html 

July 12,  Islands Bike Tour
At Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero. Bike to the heart of the Champlain Islands during the annual Open Farm and Studio Weekend. Choose a 10 or 25-mile route with stops at a variety of island farms, art studios, and vineyards. Registration opens at 9am, tour begins 10am. All routes include a mix of lakeside views and scenic back roads. Wide shoulders on most paved stretches, dirt roads, and mild hills make for unmatched cycling. There will be plenty of places to fill your water bottle, rest, and sample local eats along the route. http://www.vermontfarmtours.com/biketour.html

July 12, - Bennington, VT. - Bennington Bike Night
The Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents Bennington Bike Night, Saturday, July 12th, 2014 from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. on School Street in Bennington. There will be a bike show, raffles, bikes for sale, vendors. food and music. The event is free and all bikes are welcome. Vendors include, Tunnel City Riders Motorcycle, American Legion Riders Post #90, Custom Designs by Andy Smith of Bennington, Tire Works, Win's Trikes and Bikes, Graphic Design Businesses and Jimmy Joe's Curbside Grill. If you would like to sell a bike, bring it and sell it. Downtown businesses will be open. The event is sponsored by Better Bennington Corp, Ronnie's Cycles, Coca-Cola of Rutland and the Bennington International Motorcycle Club. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/bennington-bike-nite/

July 12, 2014, Full Moon Paddle
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Northwoods Stewardship Center, Cost: $10. If you missed our June full moon paddle, then here is your chance to get out and experience the wonder that is the Clyde River at sunset/moonrise! Join NorthWoods staff for a guided paddle through the calm waters of this unique wetland. Canoes and gear provided. Bring a headlamp and warm layers of clothing. Weather permitting. Registration Instructions: To reserve your space for a Northwoods event or workshop, please use the form below. You can also reserve a spot by emailing Events or call 802-723-6551 extension 115. http://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/events/full-moon-paddle-5/

July 12,  Poultney, VT -  Plant ID Walk
Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Lake St. Catherine. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, edibles, medicinal Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Lake St. Catherine. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, edibles, medicinal Lake St. Catherine 3034 VT Rte. 30 - South 802-287-9158 www.vtstateparks.com/htm/catherine.htm 

July 12, The Sixth Annual Kingdom Swim
Second Annual WOWSA 10 Mile World Championship. 10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile, 100 yard. Hosted by Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association. Kingdom Swim is a true celebration of open water swimming held on Lake Memphremagog in the heart of the summer in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are proud to host the 2014 WOWSA World 10 Mile Open Water Championship in a world class venue with world class accommodations. In addition to the World Championship, Kingdom Swim is a competitive and recreational swim for all open water skill levels, young and old alike, now offering distances of 10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mi. http://www.kingdomswim.org/

July 12 - 13, 2014, Vermont Bowhunters Association’s 2nd Annual 3D Shoot
30 - 3D Animals in Field and Forrest settings. Hosted by Whistling Arrow Archery Club, Route 14, East Montpelier. Registration 8:00 AM – Noon. Open to Everyone! You do not have to belong to VBA or WAAC VBA & WAAC Memberships Available at the Shoot. Door Prizes and Raffle Drawn on Sunday at 1:00 P.M. VBA Contact Men’s & Women’s Divisions WAAC Contact Roy Kilburn Shoot for Competition or Shoot for Fun Ken Boutin 802-793-7002 Competitive Classes 802-249-6059 www.vermontbowhuntersassociation.org

July 12 - 13, Rutland, Vermont -  35th Anniversary RAVE Car Show & Flea Market
Benefits local charities - TOP 50 Awards and specialty awards. Saturday night dance. July 12 & 13, 2014-35th Anniversary RAVE Car Show & Flea Market. No restrictions. Auto related flea market, car corral, handcraft & new item vendors, food, music, kid's coloring contest,s ilent auction. 50/50 raffle for WSYB Christmas Fund. To celebrate 35 years, this year is a TOP 50 Show with many specialty awards-enjoy the weekend-park with your friends! Donations to local charities. Sat. night dance at the Holiday Inn-benefits RRMC Bone Marrow Donor Program-open to the public, $5 per person! Vermont State Fairgrounds Route 7 South Sat 9am-4:30pm/Sun 9am-3 pm 802-265-8026 802-779-2556 www.ravecarclub.com     ravecarclub@gmail.com

July 13, Stowe 8 Miler Run & Relay
The Stowe 8 Miler is a classic summer race now in its 33rd year. Vermonters and runners from all over New England and Canada return year after year to Stowe for this historic event. A two-person relay was added in 2012 and has proven to be a popular addition. If you are a veteran runner of this race we welcome you back; if you are considering running the Stowe 8-Miler, don’t miss the fun! http://locorunning.com/stowe8miler/

July 13, 2014, Rutland, VT. - Ride for The Dodge House
The Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Vermont Chapter III of Rutland is hosting the Ride for The Dodge House fund raising ride Sunday, July 13th. The ride starts at the Rutland City Fire Department, 104 Center Street in Rutland. Registration begins at 9 and the ride leaves at 10 a.m. The scenic ride ends at Franklins in Proctor for "lunch on your own". Donations are $20 per bike (includes a passenger). http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/ride-for-dodge-house/

July 13, 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Women's Picnic on the Causeway
The 2nd in our women's social ride series! Ride a few miles on the smooth gravel onto the Colchester Causeway. Enjoy stunning lake views. We will picnic at the Cut - if wind is in our favor - or on the marble boulders en route. Observe sailboats, people fishing stone sculptures and wildflowers. Ride, smile, repeat! No advance sign-up or RSVP needed!  http://www.localmotion.org/events-main/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2014/07/13/2648/-/women-s-picnic-on-the-causeway  Location Meet at Airport Park (parking available) Contact andynanne@burlingtontelecome.net

July 13 - 18, 2014 - Advanced Intermediate/Advanced, 5 Night Adult Horsemanship Camp
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont offers a 5 Night Adult Horsemanship Camp Package appealing to all levels of riders. Whether you have always dreamed of learning to ride or your goal is to improve and advance your riding skills, you will find the perfect week. Our location in the Green Mountains of central Vermont is ideal for this five day intensive program. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737. For more information visit The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. Or call 802.483.2311. http://mountaintopinn.com/adult_horsemanship_camp.php

July 14 - 18, Mountain Bike Camp
A fun half day camp focusing on mountain bike riding. Campers are taught technique and offered guidance by experienced riders and counselors ensuring a terrific time on the go. Counselors are certified in first aid and CPR. Build stamina, strength and hone your riding skills in fun and safe environment. You'll ride the trails at Hard'ack, the Franklin County Rail Trail and then hit the City Pool for a refreshing dip before heading home. Mountain bike camp makes for a fun and exciting week. 12:00noon to 4:00pm, Drop off at Hard’ack, pick up at St. Albans City Pool. $69 residents, $90 non-residents. online at www.stalbansrec.com 

July 15-16 - Guest Clinician Series at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Riding with the Whole Self with Paris Kern. $140 per day includes lunch. For more information and to register call the Equestrian Center at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737. 802.483.6089. www.mountaintopinn.com.

July 18 - 19, Burlington, Vermont - Brewers Festival
Celebrating Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them. The third weekend in July at Burlington Waterfront . "A New England tradition celebrating for twenty two years. A Craft Beer Festival celebrating Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them. The third weekend in July at Burlington Waterfront Park with scenic views of Lake Champlain framed by the Adirondack Mountain Range. Located at Burlington’s Waterfront Park.  Tickets available online:" Waterfront Park I Main St Fri 5:30-9:30, Sat 11:30-3:30 & 5:30-9:30 802-760-8535 www.vtbrewfest.com    contact@vtbrewfest.com

July, 18 - 19, Waterbury, VT - Crossroads Motorcycle Rally 2014
The Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in Waterbury, VT is a true biker rally, run for fun, while giving back to the local community. This year’s rally is July 18 th and 19th and promises to continue their tradition of good music in a friendly atmosphere.  Bands are big part of the Crossroads Rally. This year, the Friday night bands are Cruise Control and The Chin Hippies. Saturday bands include an AC/DC tribute band, the Jimmy T Bird and the Party Crashers.
The Crossroads has always had great contests and this year is no exception. Friday night there is the Painted Lady Contest. Saturday there is a Loud Pipes and Burn out contest, dyno shoot-out, mud wrestling, a mechanical bull riding contest, a wet t-shirt contest and the Miss Crossroads contest.
This year’s bike show is Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/crossroads-motorcycle-rally/

July 19, Goshen, VT. -  The Goshen Gallop 2014
5 or 10 K cross country trail race. "Trail Race run through the rural roads of Goshen and trails of Blueberry Hill. Open to all ages. Race entry fee includes BBQ meal, goodie bag and prizes. Spectators welcome - everyone can enjoy the entertainment and the meal can be purchased separately. Free T-Shirt to 1st 100 entries." Blueberry Hill Inn 1307 Goshen Ripton Road Mass start at 4 pm. 802-247-6735 X2009, 802-3882009 www.facebook.com/events/514140911956639/    gallop@blueberryhillinn.com

July 19, 2014, Black River Beatdown 15k Trail Race
Running at Craftsbury Presented by Lost Nation Brewing. Craftsbury Outdoor Center and the Green Racing Project are excited to host to the 5th Annual Black River Beatdown Trail Race. Whether on foot or by bike, racers will enjoy an adventurous mix of singletrack, ski trails and meadows beginning at 8:00am, Saturday, July 19. Tentatively, we plan that cyclists will do 2x7.5k laps, mostly on singletrack. Runners will do one 15k lap. Post-race, racers and their families should stick around for post-race food and wood-fired pizza lunch from our VT Fresh Network Dining Hall included as part of the event. www.craftsbury.com/running/events/black_river.htm

July 19, Benson, VT -  TRI-OBSTACLON
Mountain Bike - Swim - Obstacle Course Run "Register at http://raceroster.com/events/2014/2406/tri-obstaclon Non-traditional triathlon: Mountain bike single track & gravel roads, swim, mountain bike back to start & finish with a run on our 5K or 10K obstacle course at Shale Hill Adventure Farm" Shale Hill Adventure Farm 517 Lake Road 802-537-3561 www.shalehilladventure.com   shalehilladventure@aol.com

July 20th 2014, Vermont Sun Triathlon
start at 8:30AM, Important age group information: The age group of a participant will be determined by age on Dec. 31 of the event year, not by age on race day. For example: If you turn 25 years old in November of 2014, you will race and be ranked in the 25-29 age group for the entire 2014 season. Triathlon Individual Age Groups: will be every 5 years: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. for men and women. Relay Teams: 2 to 3 person teams are allowed. Categories will be: all female, all male and mixed (co-ed) with 39 and under OR 40 and over age groups (note: all members of a relay team must be 40 and over in order to compete in that division). Awards: Top 5 overall, top 3 in each age group and top team in each category will receive beautiful custom awards in an awards ceremony immediately following the race. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com

July 20, 2014, 8th Annual Champ's Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis
On July 20th, 150-200 people from across the country will come together for a day of activity at the 8th annual Champ's Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis. The event will be held at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT and directly creates change by raising funds for exercise based activities, a critical part of thriving with the lung congestion of CF. www.champschallenge.org

Jul. 24 - 26, Ludlow, Vermont -  2014 Iron Adventure Run
Celebrate the sport of motorcycling, the legend of Harley-Davidson and “Livin’ Life Behind Bars”! Harley Davidson riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts travel to the Okemo Valley region for this exciting three-day event to share their passion for motorcycles and riding from the moment they arrive in our region. From the array of colors, motorcycle models, lights and chrome, visitors will have an opportunity to experience some of the finest motorcycles on the road. Jackson Gore 111 Jackson Gore Road all day 802-747-8567 www.ironadventurerun.com/ 

July 26, 2014, 11th Annual Onion River Century Ride
8:30am. To benefit the Kellogg-Hubbard Library 2014. LOCATION: Ride begins and ends at the Montpelier Rec. Field beside the Montpelier Pool (Poolside Drive, Montpelier, VT). The Onion River Century Ride is a beautiful ride through the heart of central Vermont and the North East Kingdom. The ride leaves at 8:30am sharp with a police escort through downtown Montpelier. All proceeds benefit the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. All rides leave at 8:30 with a police escort out of Montpelier as far as Route 302. http://www.onionriver.com/events/onion-river-century-ride/

July 26,  East Dorset, VT -  Plant ID Walk
Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Emerald Lake State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, edibles, medi Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Emerald Lake State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, edibles, and more. This event will be held from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Emerald Lake State Park 65 Emerald Lake Lane 802-362-1655 www.vtstateparks.com/htm/emerald.htm 

July 27, 2014, The Biggest Loser RunWalk Killington Half Marathon/5K/Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
9:00am. The Biggest Loser RunWalk Killington Half Marathon/5K courses each have a twist! Participants run/walk down the mountain, then take the ski lift back up and continue along with breathtaking views of Killington Peak, the second highest peak in Vermont. A race for all fitness levels, whether you are ready to set a personal record or this is your first race, come join us at The Biggest Loser RunWalk! Killington Resort's K-1 Lodge, 4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT 05751  Office: 815-464-1265, CallieP@biggestloserrunwalk.com  www.biggestloserrunwalk.com

July 28 -31, Hiking the Appalachian Trail: West Hartford, VT to Kent Pond
For: Children entering 7th to 9th grade. Cost: $475 member, $525 nonmember (overnight camp, includes meals) North Branch Nature Center is proud to offer our first foray along the Appalachian Trail. We'll be hiking along a 33 mile section, starting in the village of West Hartford and ending at Kent Pond, near Killington. We'll average 8 and 1/4 miles a day as we traverse rolling mountains and forgotten farm fields. While no previous overnight backpacking experience is necessary, participants are expected to provide their own gear and be able to hike while carrying a 35 lb pack. Please contact Ken Benton at the North Branch Nature Center for more details (802) 229-6206 or ken@northbranchnaturecenter.org

 

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August 2014

 

August 1, 2014, The 5th Annual 2014 Hank Schaefer Memorial Golf Tournament
Starts at 9:00 AM, Rocky Ridge Golf Club in St. George, VT. The 5th Annual 2014 Hank Schaefer Memorial Golf Tournament is a fundraising event that supports the services provided to the community at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County. $90 per player or $360 per foursome, includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, prizes, raffle, and more! Contact Gary De Carolis at garyd@turningpointcentervt.org  for more information or go to http://turningpointcentervt.org/home/news/golf-tournament-2014/  to register.

August 2, 2014 , 11th Bitter Pill Adventure Race
The Green Mountain Adventure Racing Association wants to show you what Vermont outdoors is really all about. Challenge yourself to trek, swim, paddle, mt bike, and navigate through one of the toughest, muddiest 12-hour races anywhere. (And get yourself an entry to USARA Nationals if you win.) Past years have seen everything from pouring rain and swollen rivers to baking heat, but accelerated cutoffs mean even beginners can finish with the pack and have a great time. Luckily, our course designers make it their mission to get you lost and damaged - if you don't want to work for it, are you sure you're in the right sport? This is the 11th Bitter Pill - yes, we've been creating awesome for that long. You want to be here - ask anyone who's raced with us in the past. Bring your friends, bring your enemies, push pull or tow... if you miss it, you'll be sad! (And so will we.) What: Trekking, swimming, canoeing, mt biking, paddling, navigation . Who: Teams of 2 or 3, coed or single-sex. Where: Richmond, VT. Cost: $310 for 2, $435 for 3. GMARA membership is included! Price increases June 2nd, so register soon! http://www.gmara.org/bitter/index.shtml

August 2, Bike N Brew Fest
4 PM -30 types of Vermont-brewed Beer. Cast your vote for Best Vermont Brew, -Commemorative Glass with sampling tickets, -Free Shuttle from Village to Base Lodge ( 3 to 4:00 PM) and return ( 8 to 9 PM), -Live Music by Hornbeam -BBQ and Bike Games. Discount to all season pass holders to both the Burke Bike Park and Kingdom Trails, as well as August 2nd KT day pass buyers. http://skiburke.com/events/q-burke-mountain-resort-bike-n-brew/view/2014-08-02?CalendarStart=2014-08

August 3, Burlington, VT -  Sisters At Heart and Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival 2014
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont presents the liveliest event of the summer: the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival! It’s 1,600 dedicated teammates racing 41-foot long dragon boats for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are put together by local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. Our fun, fast-paced DRAGON DERBY returns this year! Teams will match up head-to-head in 200 meter sprints to crown the champions! Are you ready for some dragon boat racing? www.ridethedragon.org/

August 3, Wild Mushrooms of Summer
1 - 3 p.m. - Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Ari Rockland-Miller, co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. Join your mycological tour guide for a colorful presentation introducing the region's most distinctive and delicious species, followed by a foray in the rich woods that surround the Audubon Center. Once you put on your forager's eyes, your hikes will never be the same again! http://themushroomforager.com/  Ages: Adults and children 12+, Fee: Members $25, Non-members $30
Pre-registration is required: 434-3068,  email vermont@audubon.org

August 7, Insect Extravaganza
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  The metamorphosis is about to begin! Keep your eyes and ears open for insects of all shapes and sizes. We'll glide through the goldenrod in search of our six-legged friends and listen to the meadow music of the crickets and grasshoppers. Get ready to hop, crawl and fly!  Ages: 3-5 with adult companion. Fee: Members $8 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Non-members $10 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068  email vermont@audubon.org  Meeting Place: Audubon's Sugarhouse Parking Area, Green Mountain Audubon Center

August 9, 2014, Ride the Harpoon Point to Point
The Harpoon Point to Point presented by National Life Group is a charity cycling event created in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Whether choosing to tackle 100, 50, or 25 miles, all riders will find a beautiful, well supported course. The post ride party at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor is top notch with hot showers, delicious BBQ, live music and fresh beer, straight from the source! Family and friends are welcome. Help a neighbor in need and have fun doing it! www.harpoonpointtopoint.com

August 9, Winooski River Clean-up
Save the morning of Saturday August 9th to help clean up the Winooski River! With help from some of you, we have identified a number of sites/river reaches for clean up in Northfield, Waterbury, Barre and Montpelier. If you know of an area that needs clean up and would be willing to help direct the work of other volunteers, we may be able to add it to our effort this year. If not, we hope that this is an annual event that will grow and we will get it next year. The Friends is partnering with Keurig Green Mountain and American Rivers on this event. Online registration will be available in mid-July. We will send another email with that link. However, if you want to 'pre-register', please send us an email. If you enjoy the Winooski River and appreciate what the Friends are doing to protect it, please become a member and support our work. Any amount helps! http://www.winooskiriver.org/

August 9, 2014, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE SCHOLARSHIP RUN
Walkers start at 8:45am, Runners at 9:00am.  St. Albans City Pool House 99 Aldis Street, This 4.4 mile walk/run has become an end of the summer tradition in St. Albans. All proceeds benefit the Brandon Stephenson Memorial Scholarship fund. Walkers and Runners are welcome. A note this year – The 3rd Annual Kid’s Triathlon will be taking place at 12noon at the St. Albans City Pool. We’ll be setting up in the St. Albans City School Parking lot, so we ask that all RFL participants park in the Public Works Parking Lot on Aldis Street. There will be volunteers and signage to direct you. Fee: $25 in advance, $30 Race day Register at www.runforyourlifevt.com

August 9, - VASA’s BIG EVENT 4
Join us for our premier event of the summer–  Vendors on site with the latest and greatest in new ATVs. $5 per poker hand, $5 per Obstacle Course, or Mud Runs, $10 (winner takes it) Tug-O-War, Located on Route 2 in Danville, Next to Marty’s First Stop. Helmets and Valid VASA membership required. http://www.vtvasa.org/

Aug. 9 - 10, Killington Downhill Throwdown
Freeriders from across the globe ride East Mountain Road! Freeriders from all over the world will gather at Killington to ride two miles of pavement down East Mountain Road, known for its twists, turns and big downhills. Reaching speeds over 50 mph, gravity lovers will now have a new reason to visit Vermont in the summer. East Mountain Road 802-422-2105 amy@killingtontown.com

August 10, 2014, Vermont Sun Triathlon
start at 8:30AM, Important age group information: The age group of a participant will be determined by age on Dec. 31 of the event year, not by age on race day. For example: If you turn 25 years old in November of 2014, you will race and be ranked in the 25-29 age group for the entire 2014 season. Triathlon Individual Age Groups: will be every 5 years: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. for men and women. Relay Teams: 2 to 3 person teams are allowed. Categories will be: all female, all male and mixed (co-ed) with 39 and under OR 40 and over age groups (note: all members of a relay team must be 40 and over in order to compete in that division). Awards: Top 5 overall, top 3 in each age group and top team in each category will receive beautiful custom awards in an awards ceremony immediately following the race. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com

Aug. 10,  Jeffersonville Trail Race at Smugglers'
Join us for the second trail race in our new three race series! A 4k, 8k and Kids' Fun Run in and around our cross-country trail network for runners of all abilities! Races start at the resort's Tennis Center. The Kids' Fun Run begins at 9:30 am, the 4k and 8k at 10:00 am. $20 online registration, $25 day of event. $10 for 7-15 yrs., online or day of. 7 & under compete for free. A sports waiver is required before the start. Proceeds go to the Flyin' Ryan Foundation, Cambridge Food Shelf, and Lamoille County Girls on the Run. Smugglers' Notch Resort Tennis Center 4323 Vermont Route 108 South 802-644-8851 www.smuggs.com/pages/summer/amenities/events.php 

August 13 - 17 Stratton Vermont Challenge
A challenging multi-day bicycling tour plus Gran Fondo you don't want to miss! "The Vermont Challenge is a bicycle challenge that traverses Southern and Central Vermont over 3 or 4 days plus a one day Gran Fondo century option on Saturday for all riders.  Challenge Options: • The 4-day Grand Challenge, including Gran Fondo Saturday, • The 3-day Weekend Challenge, including the Gran Fondo Saturday, • The 1-day Legendary ""Gap"" Century Gran Fondo, 73 & 65 mile shorter options" Stratton Mountain, Vermont 8 am 203-668-0194 www.vtchallenge.com   info@vtchallenge.com

August 16, 2014, 100 on 100 Running Race
The 100on100 Relay is a 100-mile team running relay race through the Heart of Vermont. Runners from across the country converge on the Green Mountain state each August for this long distance relay along scenic Route 100. Running races in New England are bounding in popularity and Vermont running races put on by Heart of Vermont Productions are looking to lead the way. Heart of Vermont Productions has taken the Plege of Sustainability and aims to produce great events that are respectful of our delicate surroundings. Please help us in this effort whenever you participate in an event or by the way you run through life. http://www.100on100.org/

Aug. 16,  Ludlow Plant ID Walk
Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Camp Plymouth State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, ediblies, medicinal, and poisonous. No experience necessary – bring a camera. Camp Plymouth State Park 2008 Scout Camp Rd. 802-228-2025 www.vtstateparks.com/htm/plymouth.htm 

Aug. 16 Bennington, VT. -  Annual Bennington Battle Day 5K Road Race
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument. The race begins at 9:30 AM and ends with cannon fire. Following is an easy 1/2 mile "kids fun race." Registration forms available at the Monument Gift Shop. Raffle tickets for antique commemorative plates and dinner at the top will be drawn at the end of the race. BENNINGTON BATTLE MONUMENT 15 Monument Circle Registration 8:00 am, 9:30am race 802-447-0550 www.historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/bennington    Marylou.chocote@state.vt.us

August 17, 2014, 3-D BOW SHOOT
The Mendon Fish & Game Club will be holding their annual 3-D Bow Shoot, Saturday, August 16th from 7am-3pm, and Sunday, August 17th from 7am-1pm, at the Mendon Fish & Game Club, 3547 Chittenden Road, in Pittsford, Vermont 05763. Archery enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 3-D shoots with new Rinehart targets and improved course layout. Cost is only $10.00 person and all proceeds benefit the sponsorship of the 2015 Green Mountain Conservation Camp attendees. There will be a concessions stand but no alcohol. Directions: At the corner of Rt. 4 & 7 take Rt. 4 East four miles to Meadow Lake Drive (Sugar and Spice Restaurant), turn left and go one mile to Chittenden Road, Turn right and Mendon Fish & Game Club is ¼ mile on the left. Contact: Gary Severance, (802) 558-5702 sevfam3@comcast.net

August 21 - 24 West Dover, VT -  2014 New England Victory Rally
Join your fellow Victory Riders for an end of the summer bash in the beautiful Deerfield Valley of Southern Vermont. "Join your fellow Victory Riders for an end of the summer bash in the beautiful Deerfield Valley of Southern Vermont. Located near Mount Snow, right on Route 100, the Valley offers some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Brought to you by the Massachusetts Bay Victory Riders and the Granite State Chapter of the Victory Motorcycle Club. Benefiting ""Home for Our Troops"" and the ""New Hampshire Make a Wish Foundation.""" Matterhorn, Inn West Dover. VT 248 Route 100 802-464-4676 www.massbayvictoryriders.com   info@massbayvictoryriders.com

August 23,  Milton, VT -  Champlain Basin Bike Tour
This is a ~60 mile, point-to-point, bike tour to help draw attention to water quality issues in the Lake Champlain Basin Remember, Vermont isn’t Vegas: what happens upstream doesn’t stay upstream! Funds raised from the Champlain Basin Bike Tour will directly support Lake Champlain International’s year-round work to protect and restore the streams, rivers, and lakes, including Lake Champlain, of the Champlain Basin. Saturday at 8:00am 802-8645794 www.rtttovt.com     info@rtttovt.com

Aug. 23 West Dover, VT -  Deerfield Valley Food Pantry Annual Benefit Motorcyle Ride
100+ mile self-guided motorcycle ride, After the Event Party, silent auction and all day, on-site vendors "Registration 9-10:30 AM and After The Event Party 3:30-5:30 PM. A $20 per rider pre-registration donation or $25 per rider donation on the day of the event includes the 100+ mile self-guided ride, an event t-shirt and a BBQ meal at the After the Event Party. Vendors will be on-site all day and a silent auction held at the After the Event party. All donations benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. To pre-register or for more information e-mail: bikeride@deerfieldvalleyfoodpantry.com. " Valley View Saloon 131 RT 100 802-464-8520 bikeride@deerfieldvalleyfoodpantry.com

Aug. 24,  Stowe, VT -  The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont
Run, Bike or Hike to the Top of Vermont on this 4.3 mile course that climbs 2564 feet up VT's highest peak-Mt Mansfield Every August the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont draws as many as 800 hikers, mountain bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Come challenge yourself and help support the Catamount Trail Association, the non-profit responsible for maintaining Vermont's 300 mile long backcountry ski trail. Stowe Mountain Resort Sunday at 9:00am 802-8645794 802-8645794 www.catamounttrail.org  info@rtttovt.com

Aug. 24, Stowe, VT -  MVP Health Care Run For Fun
This event is a 1 or 2 lap off-road run for youths ages 4-14. The MVP Health Care Run For Fun youth event is designed to give youth ages 4-14 the opportunity to experience running in a fun environment with other kids in a similar age group. The event takes place before the awards ceremony at the Race to the Top of Vermont and there will be hundreds of people on hand to cheer the kids on. Every child will receive a custom made finisher medal. Stowe Mountain Resort Sunday at 12:00pm 802-8645794 802-8645794 www.rtttovt.com     info@rtttovt.com

Aug. 24, Hubbardton, VT. -  Military Road Car Tour
A driving tour along part of the 1776 Mt. Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. The Crown Point Road Association offers a driving tour exploring sections of the 1776 Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. Meet at the visitor center for orientation. This tour along the Hydeville Branch goes from East Rd. in Benson to West Castleton and finishes at the outlet of Lake Bomoseen. Hubbardton Battlefield 5696 Monument Hill Rd. Sat., 9:30 AM 802-273-2282 www.historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/hubbardton     elsa.gilbertson@state.vt.us

August 24, 2014, Zoe's Race 5K Walk/Run and 1K Fun Run
9:30am. The first annual Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race was held on August 30, 2009. The idea for the race came about when Erika Nestor, mother of then-6-year-old Zoe, began to renovate her home to accommodate her daughter, who was left severely disabled in a near-drowning when she was 18 months old. As Zoe grew, she became dependent on a wheelchair, which was difficult to maneuver in a home with stairs and standard-sized doorways. Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race is a 1K fun run and 5K walk/run designed to raise funds for Vermont families who are in need of creating accessible homes for their children. In its first year, the race had incredible community support and raised over $13,000. To date, Zoe’s Race has raised nearly $100,000 and has helped 13 local families to make their homes accessible. www.localmotion.org/events-main/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2014/08/24/2668/-/zoe-s-race-5k-walk-run-and-1k-fun-run

Aug. 28 - 31 Killington, VT -  Killington Classic Motorcyle Touring Rally
The best riding in the heart of the green mountains returns! The Killington Classic returns to the Foundry at Summit Pond for the second year, bringing with it the vendor village, tours through scenic Southern Vermont, demos,the parade to Rutland for the block party, and much more! The Foundry at Summit Pond 802-422-2105 www.DiscoverKillington.com   amy@killingtontown.com

Aug. 29 - 31, Ludlow, VT -  2014 Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show
First Annual Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show On Labor Day Weekend, cars from decades ranging from the 1910’s-1989 will be represented and judged. Car enthusiasts, novices, family & friends are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to view the antique & classic cars and guests will even have a chance to rate their favorite car in the “People’s Choice” competition. There will be a Car parade each day. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts 611 Route 103 S 802-228-5830 www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/2014-okemo-valley-antique-classic-car-show/ 

August 30, The 2nd Annual Dirty 40 Fall Classic
start at 9 AM EST at 57 Junior High Drive in Derby, VT. Hailed Vermont’s Toughest Gravel Road Race, this 60 mile (40 miles of gravel) road race travels some of Vermont’s most pristine, scenic landscapes. The Dirty 40 is themed to focus on the rural and vintage lifestyle of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.” www.dirty40race.com

August 30, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30am – 9:30am. Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. We end the walk with cocoa, coffee and tea at the Bird Viewing Window inside the Museum. Free • Please pre-register Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167, museum@birdsofvermont.org,   www.birdsofvermont.org

Aug 30-31, Jay Peak Trail Run
This is a family friendly weekend long trail running festival on Aug 30-31 (Labor Day weekend). Last year’s Trail Fest saw more than 600 runners and racers head up to Jay Peak for a jay peak trail runweekend of sunshine, adventure, good food, and good fun. This year promises much of the same with a barbeque both on Saturday and Sunday, plenty of beverages and fun for every member of the family. The festival is a series of trail races for all abilities (ages 4-109) over Labor Day Weekend. There are three 5Ks on Saturday: run one, two or three races rated in difficulty like your ski slopes (green circle, blue square, black diamond). You may enter all three for our “Trail Runners with Issues” award too. There is a 25K and a 50K ultra trail race on Sunday. This race series allows the beginner to the trail running nut multiple levels to compete. New this year! Our 2/4 person Tram Relay!! http://jaypeaktrailrun.com/jay-peak-trail-fest/

Aug 31, 15th Annual LCI Evinrude Fox Marine Bass Open
Lake Champlain Big Bass Action! Two-person teams are encouraged to register online soon and prepare to head out to Malletts Bay for your six best bass. This is an exciting one-day event with a guaranteed cash prize of $3000 for first place. There are additional cash prizes for the first 15 places, including both small and largemouth bass categories, based on at least 90 pre-registered teams participating. Anglers can also win the Alumacraft Smallmouth Bass Lonely Lunker and the Alumacraft Largemouth Bass Lonely Lunker. This all-day event is open to anglers of any ability. Experience bass fishing at its best and the reason why Outdoor Life Magazine lists Lake Champlain as “one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country…it’s a beautiful lake that all anglers must visit once in their lives.” So hook up with a partner and head out to the Malletts Bay Boat Launch on August 31st to try your luck. www.mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

Aug. 31,  Stowe, VT -  Darn Tough Ride
A bicycle ride held in Stowe annually on Labor Day Weekend The FULL Darn Tough Ride is indeed TOUGH, with over 100 miles of challenging road cycling on Vermont’s most scenic roads. Be ready for over 7,300 feet of elevation gain and two timed-hill climbs on both sides of Smuggler's Notch (Mt. Mansfield). Who will be KOM and QOM this year? Fun low key 65, 45 miles and family ride are also offered to satisfy friends and family of all levels. Count on us to assist you, to feed you, to cheer you on, and to pick you up if needed. No worries. Commodores Inn 823 South Main Street 7am-3pm 802-2539216 802-2539216 www.darntoughride.com/    info@darntoughride.com

 

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September 2014

September 1 – 2, 2014 - Guest Clinician Series at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
‘Centered Riding’ with - Lucile Bump. $280 for the 2 day program; includes lunch both days. For more information and to register call the Equestrian Center at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737. 802.483.6089. www.mountaintopinn.com.

Sept. 6, 2014, 9th annual Kelly Brush Century Ride
Starting and ending at Middlebury College. Participate in the Kelly Brush Century Ride as a volunteer or as a rider (the steps to register are the same for both). Get rolling by choosing your method of participation (individual or team captain/team member) and then selecting your participation type. When you register for the Kelly Brush Century Ride, you gain access to your very own Participant Center that allows you access to a personal web page, sample fundraising emails, tips, ideas and much more! Use your personal page to tell others why you are riding and accept donations online in support of your personal fundraising goal. www.kellybrushfoundation.org

Sept. 6, 2014, The Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K Run and Fun Walk
The premier half-marathon in Manchester and the Mountains, VERMONT. All participants in this year’s Maple Leaf will be receiving a performance material runner’s beanie, a Maple Leaf magnetic decal for your car, and, for finishing, a commemorative Maple Leaf medallion with a dated lanyard. http://www.manchestervtmapleleaf.com/mapleleaf/

September 7, 2014, 2014 Tour de Taste: A Pedaling Picnic
at 10:00 AM (EDT) Fairlee, VT. Join us for our very popular, scenic, progressive pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace, meet local food producers and community members, and stop at local farms and restaurants along the way to taste delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: Classic Loop (20 miles), River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles); or the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles). Please see below for information on other new features this year as well as a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-11570526757

September 12, Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing with Stowe Parks & Recreation
Vermont has an abundant array of rock climbing crags and autumn is the most spectacular time to explore them—offering you a unique view on the foliage below. In the process, climbing builds strength, agility, and confidence. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn basic climbing skills, introducing them to a great lifetime sport. Our Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of safe and enjoyable rock climbing. We'll start by learning proper belay techniques (used to secure the climber) and then focus on rock climbing movement and technique, helping you to reach new heights and fantastic foliage views! www.adventurespiritguides.com/rock/vermont/  . The contact info is adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  and 802-535-1498

Sept 13, 2014, Jeffersonville, VT. - 5k Goes to The Dogs!
Proceeds go to the North Country Animal League. Please join us on September 13, at Sterling Ridge Resort in Jeffersonville, for a 5k Fun Run/Walk. 5k starts at 9 am, please pick up race packet by 8:30 am. Pre-register at Sterling Ridge Resort or NCAL. for only $20 ($25 on day of the race.) DOGS ARE WELCOME! (please be sure that they are leashed) For more information please call Jessica at 802-644-8265 or email info@sterlingridgeresort.com

Sept. 13-14, 2014, O2X Summit Challenge at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont
A new kind of mountain running race that finishes at the summit of 4,083-foot Mt. Ellen. The winding course includes single-track trails, glades and open slopes, as well as unique natural terrain challenges. Two different race courses include a Single Diamond route gaining more than 1,000 net vertical feet, and a Double Diamond route gaining more than 2,000 vertical feet. For spectators and participants, a weekend-long “BaseCamp” will blend on-site camping, scheduled nature hikes for friends and spectators, training-and-performance exhibits, and a farmer’s market-inspired gathering of local fare. Registration is $120. Limited camping is available. For more information, please visit www.O2X.com  or go to www.facebook.com/O2Xchallenges.

September 14, TOUR DE GOAT - BIKE TOUR | DINNER | FESTIVITIES
A road and mountain bike ride followed by dinner and festivities at Vermont Goat Collaborative. When: Sunday, September 14, 11am-6pm. Where: Vermont Goat Collaborative, Colchester, VT. Join Vermont Farm Tours for the first annual TOUR de GOAT! 10 or 30mile road ride (the road goat) and/or a 6 or 18mile mountain bike ride (the mountain goat). Return to the farm for tours, music, Nepali dinner, and goat roast! $45 adult, $20 youth. Registration and more information at www.VermontFarmTours.com/tourdegoat.html

September 14, 2014, Cabot Ride the Ridges
Cabot Ride the Ridges is a fun, beautiful ride featuring the scenic ridges and rugged terrain of Cabot and Peacham, Vermont. All rides are fully supported and we offer the best local food Vermont has to offer: Woodbelly Wood Fired Pizza, Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheeses, Specialty Goat Cheeses of Vermont Creamery, Vermont Switchel, and Kingdom Creamery Ice Cream. Start time: Family 10K and Sturdy 30: 10am, Rugged 60K and Warped 100K: 8am. Entry fee: Before Sept 1st: 12 and under: Free, 13-17: $15, 18 and over: $25, Family Max: $40. All proceeds benefit the Cabot Connects Mentoring Program. Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/727084090690042/  Event website: http://ridetheridges.cabotconnects.org/  Event registration:
https://www.bikereg.com/cabot-ride-the-ridges.  Cabot High School, 25 Common Rd., Cabot, Vermont 05647

Sept 19 - 21, Fall Doe Camp
Vermont Outdoors Woman is planning a sports weekend retreat for women of all ages. Instruction in hunting, shooting, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, survival and more classes are under development. We are pleased to announce the location will be at Jackson Lodge and Cabins, Canaan, VT, located in the heart of Vermont's backcountry. www.voga.org/fall_doe_camp.htm 

September 20, Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing with Stowe Parks & Recreation
Vermont has an abundant array of rock climbing crags and autumn is the most spectacular time to explore them—offering you a unique view on the foliage below. In the process, climbing builds strength, agility, and confidence. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn basic climbing skills, introducing them to a great lifetime sport. Our Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of safe and enjoyable rock climbing. We'll start by learning proper belay techniques (used to secure the climber) and then focus on rock climbing movement and technique, helping you to reach new heights and fantastic foliage views! www.adventurespiritguides.com/rock/vermont/ .  The contact info is adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  and 802-535-1498

September 21, 2014, The 2nd Annual Raid Half Marathon
Run like Bandits on one of Vermont's most scenic and historic trails! Follow part of the escape route from the original heist. Race begins in front of the actual location of the bank that was robbed 149 years ago. The Saint Albans Raid was the northern most skirmish of the Civil War. Beautiful out and back flat and fast course. Most of which is on the rail trail. Avoid vehicle traffic. Water stations every mile. 2 N Main St, Saint Albans, Vermont 05478 https://www.facebook.com/StAlbansRaidHalfMarathon/info

Sept. 27 Jamaica< VT. -  White Water Release
A white water event that takes place when the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from its Ball Mountain Dam. The controlled water releases produce ideal rafting, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities on the West River in southern Vermont. Jamaica State Park 48 Salmon Hole Ln. 802-874-4600 www.vtstateparks.com/htm/jamaica.htm 

September 27, BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am – 9:45am. Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. We end the walk with cocoa, coffee and tea at the Bird Viewing Window inside the Museum. Free • Please pre-register Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167, museum@birdsofvermont.org,   www.birdsofvermont.org

 


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  October 2014

Oct. 1 - Nov. 14, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1, 2014, Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct. 4,  Start of Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Oct 4, Archery Turkey

Oct. 4 Barnet, VT. -  Ben's Mill Rubber Ducky Derby
Rubber Ducky Derby "Our 11th annual Rubber Ducky Derby fund-raiser for Ben's Mill. Mill tours & demonstrations. Blacksmith on duty. Ducks swim at 11 AM. Food tent. Ducks 'rented' for $5 each or a Quack Pack can be rented--5 ducks for $20. (5 for the price of 4). Hand cranked apple cider made as you watch or help. Extra prizes are 6 'Lucky Ducks'. Numbers are already in a sealed envelope. 3rd annual tub raffle as well.
FMI call Lois @ 802-748-8180" Ben's Mill 2236 West Barnet Road Sat. 9am-4pm 802-748-8180 www.bensmill.com   lgahea1308@gmail.com

Oct 4, Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing with Stowe Parks & Recreation
Vermont has an abundant array of rock climbing crags and autumn is the most spectacular time to explore them—offering you a unique view on the foliage below. In the process, climbing builds strength, agility, and confidence. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn basic climbing skills, introducing them to a great lifetime sport. Our Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of safe and enjoyable rock climbing. We'll start by learning proper belay techniques (used to secure the climber) and then focus on rock climbing movement and technique, helping you to reach new heights and fantastic foliage views! www.adventurespiritguides.com/rock/vermont/.  The contact info is adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  and 802-535-1498

October 5th, 2014, Kingdom Marathon
Doin’ the Dirt – Pie to Pie – Run – Bike – Hike. Through “The Gut” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Coventry, Brownington, Barton, Irasburg, Glover, VT. Dirt Roads – The Kingdom – Fall Foliage. It’s a Marathon Race You Will Talk About the Rest of Your Life. One of the most challenging and beautiful marathons in the East. http://kingdommarathon.com/

Oct. 10, Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing with Stowe Parks & Recreation
Vermont has an abundant array of rock climbing crags and autumn is the most spectacular time to explore them—offering you a unique view on the foliage below. In the process, climbing builds strength, agility, and confidence. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn basic climbing skills, introducing them to a great lifetime sport. Our Autumn Foliage Rock Climbing course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of safe and enjoyable rock climbing. We'll start by learning proper belay techniques (used to secure the climber) and then focus on rock climbing movement and technique, helping you to reach new heights and fantastic foliage views! www.adventurespiritguides.com/rock/vermont/ .  The contact info is adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  and 802-535-1498

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2013

 

Nov 2, 2013, Fallen Leaves 5K Series
9:00 am, Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier, VT. Low-key, three-race series on a flat and fast 5K race course that begins and finishes on the Montpelier High School track, and incorporates the Montpelier bike path. Contact: Tim Noonan, 802 223-6216.

Nov 2, 2013, XIP Single Bypass Mountain Climb
8:00 am, Burke Mountain Resort, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, Vermont. 8am registration, 8:30 rules and course description, 9:00 race begins
Burke Mtn Resort Mid Burke Lodge, Sherburne Drive East Burke VT 05832. The Single Bypass will take competitors through one ascent and one descent of the upper mountain. There will be an obstacle at the start and finish. Competitors should prepare for a steep climb that although is not that long will tax the legs and the mind. Obstacles will be announced at 8:30 on race day…there will be prizes for top finishers as well as prizes to top men’s and women’s costumes worn by competitors. $30 for adults,$15 for kids under 16 yrs old. xiptraining@gmail.com

November 3, S. Burlington, VT. - DealChicken 5K Run and Walk
Time: 8:30 AM, Location: Dorset Street Park, South Burlington, Distance: 5K and 1M. Contact Name: Thahir Basha. Contact Email: info@runmyevent.com Website/URL: http://www.chicken5k.com  Description: VTs 1st Chicken Run! Fun event for the entire family. All participants receive a race T-shirt and are encouraged to wear it during the event. 1st 250 people to register will receive a FREE chicken hat. Kids 1 Mile Run. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and donations to support COTS, http://cotsonline.org 

Nov 3, 2013, Shelburne Half Marathon
8:00 am, Shelburne Health & Fitness at The Field House, 166 Athletic Drive, Shelburne, VT. This is the last of our three half marathons this year. Beginning at Shelburne Health & Fitness at The Field House in Shelburne, Vermont, you’ll start out running through one of Shelburne’s most popular neighborhoods before heading out into the countryside. After a short jaunt through Shelburne Farms, you’ll progress north to the Shelburne Shipyard where you’ll turn around and head back south (don’t miss the beautiful view of Lake Champlain along the way). Continue down the Shelburne Bay Path and the historic Ti Path (the path that was once used to transport the historic Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum) before returning to The Field House. Because this race will be timed using chip timing, there will be a mass start to this race. There is a limit of 600 racers for this race. http://www.racevermont.com/half-marathon-fall/

Nov. 9-10 is Vermont Youth Deer Hunt Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/hunttrap_youth.cfm

November 11, 2013, South Burlington, VT - DealChicken 5K Run and Walk
VTs 1st Chicken Run! Fun event for the entire family. All participants receive a race T-shirt and are encouraged to wear it during the event. 1st 250 people to register will receive a FREE chicken hat. Kids 1 Mile Run. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Time: 8:30 AM, Location: Dorset Street Park, South Burlington, Distance: 5K and 1M, Contact Name: Leslie Davis, Contact Email: info@runmyevent.com , Website/URL: http://www.chicken5k.com.  Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and donations to support COTS, http://cotsonline.org

November 14, 2014. Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance's "Vermont Backcountry Ski Forum".
RASTA's Vermont BC Ski Forum will bring together like-minded enthusiasts interested in the pursuit, growth and sustainability of BC skiing, riding and sliding. The purpose of the forum is to open and advance a dialogue among land owners/managers, recreationists, economic developers, industry leaders and public safety providers. The Forum will be held at Pierce Hall Community Center in Rochester, VT from 6-9pm. http://idigvt.com/event/back-country-ski-forum/

November 14, 2013, 7-9 PM - Fisheries of Vermont & the Missisquoi River Basin
Join the Montgomery Conservation Commission as we: Learn how Vermont native fishes became native by making their way through post glacial waterways. Get involved with the discussion on Vermont fisheries management strategies. Enjoy a chance to view local fish species in their own environment… underwater! Free & Open to the Public! Donations for future programs are always welcome. Email lantery@comcast.net  with questions and for directions. Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7-9 PM Public Safety Building, Rt.242 Montgomery Center, Vermont

Nov 16 - Dec 1, 2013,  Rifle Deer Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Additional_Resources/Hunting_and_trapping/Big_game/2013%20VERMONT%20DEER%20SEASON%20GUIDE.pdf

Nov 16  - Nov 24, 2013 - Black Bear Late Season
The "late season” bear tag is included on each hunting license except the nonresident small game license. www.vtfishandwildlife.com/wildlife_biggame.cfm

November 17, Journaling Nature
1 - 3 p.m., Connect with nature’s quiet season and join us for an afternoon of journal-making, drawing, and reflecting upon the world around us. Learn a few simple book-binding techniques and create your own nature journal. Hike into the woods for inspiration and to collect some treasures. Cozy up by the wood stove with some hot chocolate and let your creative side take hold. A nature journal makes a great gift; get some ideas for your winter gift-making. Ages: Families with children ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068 or email vermont@audubon.org

Nov. 22 - 23, -  Stowe Ski Swap
Come and sell your new or lightly used cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes and pick up something new! "Drop off: Friday 2:30pm – 6:30pm Sale: Friday 6:45pm – 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm, Pick-up: Saturday 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Proceeds benefit VTXC, a Stowe area based ski club that provides professional level coaching for athletes of all ages while " Outdoor Center 802-253-5755

Nov 23, 2013, Westford Turkey Trot
10:00 am, Westford Elementary School, Brookside Rd., Westford, VT. 10k run, 3k walk/run, 100 yd dash (ages 6 and under); Registration 8:30 (day of race only); Great homemade food and prize table. Fun for the whole family! Proceeds benefit the Westford Committee for Children and Families. $10 suggested donation. rodgerswsc@comcst.net

Nov 24, 2013, Middlebury Turkey Trot 10k & Gobble Wobble 5k
12:00 pm, Middlebury Municipal Gym, 94 Main St, Middlebury, VT. 5 km and 10 km Races, 12:00 Noon Start Time (Both Races) Check in between 10:00-11:40 at the municipal building, Medals for Male and Female Overall Race Winners in Both 5k and 10k, FREE Custom Tee Shirt for All Entrants, Race Gift For Each Runner. Raffle Prizes, Chip Timing, Online Registration, Food Drive to benefit Addison County Food Shelf. Presented by Middlebury Fitness and the Middlebury Recreation Department. $35 by November 22nd, $40 after November 22nd. http://middleburyfitness.com/Middlebury_Turkey_Trot.html

Nov 28, 2013, Barton Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
9:00 am, Barton Memorial Building, Main St, Barton, VT. 5k walk/run to benefit people and families with cystic fibrosis. Pre-registration is highly recommended. $12 pre-registration and $15 day of race. runnek@myfairpoint.net  or 802-525-3689

NOVEMBER 28, 2013, - 3 rd ANNUAL KILLINGTON 5K TURKEY TROT
Run to support local charities/organizations, ALL AGES WELCOME! START TIME 9:30 am, AT JAX'S, 1667 KILLINGTON ROAD, Killington, Vermont 05751 open to all ages! register below $20.00 or race day for $25.00. race day registration will begin at 8:30 am at Jax's 1667 Killington Road. plenty of parking! www.killingtonturkeytrot.com

Nov 28, 2013, Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
9:00 am, Stratton Mountain Resort, Base Lodge Parking Lot, Stratton Mountain, VT, Earn your Thanksgiving feast in the 8th Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run. Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course runs starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Register now on Active.com for $35 or register at the race for $50. Fee includes the 8th Annual GGW race t-shirt and proceeds benefit local food pantries. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2013/11/gobble-wobble.aspx

Nov 28, 2013, GMAA Turkey Trot 5K
11:00 am, Gutterson Field House, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. $5 (or $10 per family) or food donation for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. ($1 of every entry will be used to pay the UVM facilty fee and the race insurance cost) Run for fun and charity and make room for your Thanksgiving dinner! Free 1/4 mile kids’ race at 10:45 am. Prizes: The race will be timed with large race clock, but no results are recorded other than top 3 male and female finishers. Random prize raffle at noon for all participants. Race Directors: Tracy and Brian Joslin, turkeytrot@gmaa.net  Website for registration/more info: http://www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=TT2013

Nov. 30,  Stratton Mountain Village Rail Jam
The season's first terrain park contest. "Drop in and compete for a cash prize and swag on the mountain’s most visible stage in the heart of Stratton’s Village. Register for the Village Rail Jam from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Burton Store @ Stratton for $20. Rail Jam starts at 2 pm with awards directly afterward." Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont 5 Village Lodge Rd 800-STRATTON www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2013/11/village-rail-jam.aspx  Registration Fee

Nov.30-Dec 1, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
CT Valley Auto Auction Ctr ( formally Kealton Complex), 1567 Rte 14, Hartford,VT. 05047, www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com

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December 2013

December 1, Craftsbury Opener
Interval start racing to kick the season off, right on your home trails.  Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com www.craftsbury.com

Dec. 5, 2013, 3rd Annual Running of the Bells
Race starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the Peoples Trust Company & the St. Albans Messenger for the 3rd Annual Running of the Bells in downtown St. Albans. The Running of the Bells is a holiday fun run, walk, jog that involves participants attaching jingle bells to their hats, shoes, gloves, coats, strollers, and wherever they would like to in order to make some noise as they move. The course is 1 mile in length and takes participants through downtown St. Albans while enjoying all of the holiday lights. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the event for best holiday costumes! The Running of the Bells will benefit Operation Happiness. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and toys for Franklin and Grand Isle County families in need. There will be a van available on Kingman Street to place canned goods and toys in. www.runningofthebells.com

Dec. 7, Smugglers' Notch 19th Annual Brewfest Part 1
Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines. Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies, and prizes. From 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. For Brewfest Lodging info call 800-521-0536. Smugglers' Notch Resort Meeting House 4323 Vermont Route 108 South 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 800-521-0536 www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php   gvacations@smuggs.com

Dec 7,  - Dec 15, 2013 Muzzleloader and Archery Deer
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Additional_Resources/Hunting_and_trapping/Big_game/2013%20VERMONT%20DEER%20SEASON%20GUIDE.pdf

December 8, Demo Day at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Save the date as we prepare for an early season, on-snow demo from Caldwell Sport along with other retailers and manufacturers from the ski world. This is a perfect opportunity to learn what all the fuss is about the new skis, boots, poles, bindings, grinds, wax - all the gear to make your skiing more enjoyable. More details to come - keep watching the website. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.comwww.craftsbury.com

Dec. 14, East Charleston, -  Island Pond Bird Count
 Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world. Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Tens of thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas volunteer each year, collecting data that Audubon in turn uses to assess the health of bird populations, and help guide conservation action. Did we mention it will also be super fun?! Check out Audubon.org  for more details. Potluck to follow. the NorthWoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive Sat., 7:30am-4:30pm 802-723-6551 X115 www.northwoodscenter.org Free events@northwoodscenter.org

Dec. 20, Stratton Mountain Full Cold Moon Snowshoe Hike
Experience Stratton in a whole new way while letting the light of the moon guide you across the snowy mountain. Stratton Mountain Resort - www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/the-village/stratton-activity-hub.aspx 

December 21, Solstice Snowshoe over Moose Mountain
9:30am-1:30pm, $15, What better way to celebrate the first day of winter than to go for a snowshoe hike? We will hike the Moose Mountain Trail from the east to the west, just under four miles total. This is a beautiful trail through hardwood forest and rolling, not-to-steep terrain. The peak of Moose Mountain is 2,339 feet, and enroute we will come across scenic vistas overlooking the northern range of the Green Mountains, Lake Willoughby, and Wheeler pond. Meet at Willoughby Lake’s north end beach parking lot for shuttle. Bring a picnic lunch, a hot drink, and warm layers. Registration required. Snowshoes available.  The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit organization in East Charleston, VT. Our mission is to “Empower new generations to appreciate, understand, and wisely use the land through science, education and action” Please register for events at least 24 hours in advance by calling 802-723-6551x115, or email events@northwoodscenter.org . Visit our website at www.northwoodscenter.org

December 21-22, NENSA Eastern Cup at Craftsbury, VT
Craftsbury is very honored to host the opening weekend of NENSA's premier regional series, the Eastern Cup, for the fourth consecutive year. Whether you're racing, spectating or volunteering, you'll be able to learn more about the event on the website. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/easterncup/welcome.htm

December 21—30, Burlington, VT - Chill out at ECHO’s FrostFest
FrostFestAs temperatures plunge ECHO looks for ways to embrace the winter chill and celebrate winter! This year we’re having a blast with FrostFest between December 21 and 30 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when ECHO is closed)! Join us for indoor snowball fights, bury a moose in snowflakes, and explore some crazy-cold programs. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. spend time in the creation cafe making upcycled bows and decorations for the holidays - or just let your imagination run wild and add your masterpiece to our creation-cafe sculpture gallery. Too cold to stay outside and play in the snow? Come inside and join us at Story Explorers, a morning story time for our youngest visitors. There will be something for everyone at this year's FrostFest. Go to our FrostFest webpage to see the list of daily activities. Come chill out at FrostFest - we'll see you here! www.echovermont.org/events/viewevent.html?event=676

December 28, 2013, Bird Monitoring Walk at the Museum
8:00 am - 9:30am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Coffee and tea after! Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org  or calling (802) 434-2167 Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462

Dec. 31 - Feb. 25 Stowe Trapp Nordic Cup Time Trial Series
(Every Tuesday for 10 Wee A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. Compete each week on a marked race course complete with timing and start area. You pick your start time each day between the hours of 9am and 4pm. A 10 week series with prizes for both skate and classic. 802-253-5755

 

 

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