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Mountain Trail Race

Smuggs Mountain Race & Madonna Vertical Challenge!

August 10-11, 2019

This Summer, Smugglers’ Notch Resort has partnered with Ironwood Adventure Works to bring you the ultimate weekend of Vermont mountain trail racing! We are offering two unique races in our beautiful mountain playground complete with resort festivities to celebrate your efforts in style!


Smuggs Mountain Race

Smugglers' Mountain Race is a weekend of stout mountain runs at their finest. These are extremely challenging sky-run style mountain races located on the rugged slopes and trails of Smugglers' Notch Resort, in Mount Mansfield State Forest!

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Both races climb to the highest point of land; Madonna Mountain, on the north side of Smugglers' Notch via steep, unforgiving terrain. Loose rock, mud, slippery slopes and long unrelenting climbs with spectacular views should be expected.

Two days of races and two days of fun! Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of the best family resort destinations you will find! In addition to incredible mountain trails, Smuggs offers infinite family fun! While you run, your family will be enjoying a weekend of waterparks, zip lining, disc golf, and more!
The details:
SATURDAY: Madonna Vertical Challenge
()()()()()(*) 7:30 am Racer check-in, 9:00 am start
()()()()()(*) The MADONNA MOUNTAIN VERTICAL CHALLENGE is just shy of a vertical K of elevation gain over a few short but well earned miles. To be specific; 2,700 ft of gain in 3.9 miles. Starting from the village of Smugglers' Notch resort, runners will climb more than 1,000 ft in just over a mile to the top of the Village Lift, then run a short downhill segment before starting a steep, "test of will" climb of over 1,700 ft for just shy of 2 miles to the finish and summit of Madonna Mountain! Steep, loose rock, and internal doubt should be expected on this lung bustin' ascent. Runners then walk downhill back to the start/finish area.
()()()()()(*) Vertical Challenge Event Cost: $45 before August 1, $60 until race day.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Racer’s party
()()()()()(*) Join us on the Smugglers’ Village Green for the Madonna Vertical Challenge Awards. There will be food, craft beer, and live music!

SUNDAY: The Smugglers' Mountain Race
()()()()()(*) 7:00 am Racer check-in, 9:00 am Start
()()()()()(*) Test your endurance on our 25k race Sunday, August 11. Start with a gradual climb from the Village base area up to the base of Madonna Lift, then gain 1,500 ft of elevation to the top of Sterling Mountain on steep terrain. Runners then drop back down towards the base station before making another steep ascent to the summit of Madonna Mountain and your first aid support. Expect long sweeping views west towards Lake Champlain, followed by a long traversing descent down to a connector trail that takes you up to another high point near the top of the Village Lift on Morse Mountain. After one more short descent to your third aid station runners will cruise through the incredibly runnable single track trails of the Smuggs nordic/bike trail system. Expect another gradual climb back to the start area on single track and mixed dirt double track trails.
()()()()()(*) Smuggs Mountain 25k Race Event Cost: $75 before August 1, $90 until race day.

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