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Mud Season, Carpooling, Course Conditions…

April 26, 2018

The Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race is a few days away and we look forward to seeing you at Sleepy Hollow!  We have a couple of important updates about the race.

Race Day Details: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Start Time: 12 Noon
Number Pickup: Sunday from 10:30am-11:45am at the pavilion
Day of Race Registration – the race is full, so no day of race registration this year
Start Location: In front of the Pond/ Gazebo
Finish: Molly’s Meadow
Awards and refreshments to follow the completion of the race at the pavilion.

Mud Season Watch: Important Notice

While we are doing all kinds of sun & wind dances here, mud season is still underway in Huntington, VT. The Sleepy Hollow parking lot is quite muddy. The best way to help this situation is to have as few cars as necessary.  Please carpool! If you have a choice of bringing a 4wd/AWD vehicle we suggest that option. And if not we’ll will make sure to park you on solid ground. Sherman Hollow Road and the Sleepy Hollow driveway are both dirt roads and currently in good condition.  

Directions to Sleepy Hollow

Carpooling Info:

We always encourage all racers, volunteers and spectators to carpool to reduce our event’s environmental footprint. Vermont has a lot of very useful and convenient Park & Rides. Even if you can’t carpool for the entire trip to Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center on Sunday, you could set up a partial carpool by arranging to meet fellow racers at a Park & Ride en route. Enhance your trip by coordinating your Park & Ride choice with Vermont’s other main attractions (see local breweries… for non-driving consumption only and Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops).

Full Map of Vermont Park & Rides & Popular options along Interstate 89:

  • Richmond Park & Ride – ON US 2 SOUTH OF EXIT 11 ON I-89
  • Waterbury Park & Ride – OFF VT100 NE OF EXIT 10 ON I-89 ON LINCOLN ST. OFF STOWE ST.
  • Montpelier Park & Ride – DOG RIVER RD. OFF MONTPELIER STATE HWY NW OF EXIT 8 ON I-89
  • Sharon Park & Ride – ON VT 132 SOUTH OF EXIT 2 ON I-89

Course Condition Update

Spring arrived late in northwest Vermont. The snow at Sleepy Hollow has only just melted in the last few days and despite warm and sun earlier this week we have also received quite a bit of rain. MUD will be the name of the game on much of the race course! That said the single track sections are actually in pretty good dryish condition. Course Maps/Info and NOAA Huntington, VT weather link

Footwear

Speaking of course conditions, an assortment of Salomon demo trail shoes will be available to test out in partnership with the SkiRack. We recommend the Salomon Sense Softground or Salomon Speedcross for our current trail conditions with their deep, mud-gripping tread.

Aid Station

There are 2 aid stations on course located at approximately 2 miles and 4 miles. The 2 mile aid station is located on Liberty Meadow Trail at the bottom of Tina Turner. The 4 mile aid station is in Molly’s Meadow with the lap and finish. The on course aid stations will provide water.  Gatorade and water are available at the finish and in the pavilion.

Staying at Sleepy Hollow

There are still rooms available at the Sleepy Hollow Inn. For reservations please call the Inn directly at 802.434.2283. There is also an option to camp at Sleepy Hollow. Camping is located on the Sleepy Hollow property in Molly’s Meadow near the finish line. Other close towns to stay in include, Shelburne, Williston and Waterbury (depending on the direction you are traveling from). Click here for info on camping and other ideas about places to stay.

Post Race we will gather in the pavilion for burritos and awards!

Awards and Prizes

Top 3 overall and in each age category, King and Queen of the Mountain (first to the top of the first loop), and Muddiest finishers will receive awards. This year’s prizes include Running Saps Maple Syrup and homemade Triple Berry Jam. There will also be raffle items distributed at bib pickup. Each year raffle prizes are a little different, but usually include several Solomon products, Running Saps Maple Syrup and whatever else we think would be fun – to be revealed on race day! Click here for more info.

Post Race Food

We will have a burrito bar again this year! Burritos or Nachos (GF) are free for all racers and volunteers. Coffee from Brio Coffeeworks, made in Vermont, will be on hand as well as water and gatorade.

Maple Syrup For Sale

Running Sap Maple Syrup, produced by Kasie and Eli right here on the Sleepy Hollow property, will be for sale in the pavilion. Please bring cash or check if you would like to purchase syrup.

Staying Connected

We will post results and links to race photos online after the race at  sleepyhollowmtnrace.com and on our Facebook page.

Visit the USATF NE Trail website for info/results/etc and don’t forget to Like USATF-New England Mountain Ultra Trail for race series updates and race info.

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