The Central Vermont Runners will once again host the annual New Year’s Eve 5K Road Race. This 15+ year tradition gives runners and their families yet one more way to ring in the New Year. The race course is challenging and not for the faint of heart. Starting on Court Street near the Pavilion State Office Building, the course is relatively flat for the first half mile, but then climbs uphill for the next mile, where runners get to turn around and run downhill to the finish.
Whether you are looking for a way to burn off those extra calories from the holidays, or start a 2018 New Year’s resolution, The Central Vermont Runners annual New Year’s Eve Road Race is the place to be on the afternoon of December 31st.
Coming off of the US Olympic Trials Marathon, followed by the Boston Marathon, Leah Frost smashed her 2015 record by almost 8 minutes, finishing the hilly 20 Miler course in 2:15:34. Leah finished 1st overall, beating the first male relay team of Gavin Boyles and Mack Gardner-Morse by 50 seconds. The first male finisher was Jonathon Rea from Stowe in 2:17:17. The most hotly contested age group was the 50-59 women where Dot Martin edged out Sue Hackney in 2:39:51 vs 2:40:25. All participants enjoyed the post race feed of a variety of soups, bread, cheese and cookies. Proceeds benefit the Adamant Music School which hosts this scenic run.
Black flies were out in force to hassle the volunteers who valiantly stayed out there with the assistance of copious insect repellant.
Many thanks to the large volunteer force including:
Sigh Searles, Greg Wight, John Kaeding, June Burr, John Martin, Sean and Amy Murphy, Sue Emmons, Sarah Drapp, Newton Baker, Pam and Dave Erickson, Tim Noonan and Barb Flint.