The event kicks off with packet pickup at 7 a.m. on on Sunday, July 8th in Stowe, VT. Both the 8-miler and the 5k start at 8:30 a.m.and the party goes until 1 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.
The 8-Miler boasts a rolling course that ambles through the beautiful Vermont countryside then takes you through the heart of downtown Stowe. Scenic views of mountains, fields, and country roads abound. The race starts at the recreation fields on Weeks Hill Road and finishes in front of the Golden Eagle Resort.
The course starts relatively flat with no real elevation gains for the first 2.5 miles. At this point you go up a very short steep hill just before mile 3 and then a gradual downhill run to Mile 4.5, but take it easy as you will pay for this later! Mile 5 to 7 is rolling with two miles along a nice dirt road and the final stretch a gradual uphill climb back into town.
The start of the race will be wider than a standard race and includes a “cross-country” type start on dirt. But don’t worry, you can wear normal running or racing shoes – no spikes needed – the dirt section is only about 1/4 mile and fairly smooth.
This course has been measured and certified by the USATF (Certification #VT10003RF).
The 5k Course
The 5k is a very easy course with no hills and only a few small inclines. The total course elevation changes only 70 feet over the entire distance. The 5k starts at the same time and place as the 8-Miler, but veers off at Mile 2 and continues the last mile on the scenic Stowe Bike Path. The finish will be close to the parking area at the recreation fields. From there it’s a short walk to the post-race party (or to see your friends and family finish the 8-miler)!
NOTE: Please run on the RIGHT HAND side on the Stowe Bike Path and single file over the bridges!
The Stowe 8-Miler & 5k is much more than just a road race! Your registration also includes access to an after-party featuring refreshing craft beer from our friends at Harpoon and delicious homemade ice cream from Island Ice Cream! There’s no better way to cool off and celebrate your finish after a hot summer run!
Directions & Parking
Registration and packet pickup take place at the Stowe Recreation Fields, 135 Weeks Hill road, Stowe, VT 05672. Please arrive by 7 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins at 8:30 a.m.
Parking is FREE at the Stowe Recreation Fields off Weeks Hill Hill Road. After the race, it’s a 5 minute walk from the finish and after-party back to your car!
The parking lot at the Swimming Hole (an indoor pool and health club) next to the recreation fields is off limits. If you park there, you’ll likely be towed!
Packet pick-up will be held at the recreation fields on Weeks Hill Road on the morning of the race from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative short-sleeve tee! Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!