We are just five (5)) weeks out from the 31st running of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in lovely Pomfret, Woodstock and Quechee, VERMONT.
NEED TO DROP-PLEASE LET US KNOW
If you need to drop, we really hope you don’t have to, but if you do, please email RACE DIRECTOR Mike S.
and let him know. This helps us plan for water and food and helps us reduce waste.
Last week we talked about our POINT-TO-POINT RACE
This week we’ll learn a little about Race Morning.
Our race starts bright and early for our runners and our volunteers.
Getting to our Point-to Point Race Start->->Free Bus from Quechee Runner Parking Lot to Race Start at Saskadena Six Ski Area (formerly Suicide Six Ski Area) in Pomfret.
Runner Parking Opens at 5:30 AM
First Bus leaves for the Start area at 5:45 AM
You’ll NEED to BE PARKED by 6:45 a.m.
Last bus leaves promptly at 7 AM-Don’t plan on being on the LAST BUS-you might not get on.
Police and volunteers, from a lot of local NPOs, will help get you parked quickly.
You can be Dropped Off at Saskadena Six Ski Area (formerly Suicide Six) in Pomfret but NO LATER THAN 7:15 a.m.
Drop offs begin at 6 AM.
Upper Valley Running Club and Pomfret/Teago Volunteer Fire Fighters will keep the cars moving.
Make your way to the Registration/Bib Pick Up Tent
Volunteers from Woodstock Ski Runners will get you your “chipped” race bib. Please be ready to show your ID. (Snap a pic and save it to your phone)
Drop Bags- if you have them “drop” them with our volunteers from Union Arena Skate Club. They will load your drop bags up and transport them to the finish line for you.
Keep your drop bag light, not too heavy.
Label them CLEARLY with your LAST NAME and first name.
Make your bag unique so you can find it easily before you head home.
Stop off at our Food Table, where volunteers from the Woodstock Union Middle and High School Yoh Theatre Players will get you fueled with a bagel or a banana. (There is NO FOOD on Course but plenty to eat at the finish line)
Visit our Water Table , where the volunteers from Zack’s Place with fill your water bottle or gladly hand you a cup of water.
Next it’s time to queue up for the Port-o-lets (YES-there will be TP this year!)
Volunteers will try to keep the lines moving, so heads up and listen for their directions.
Meet your Pacers
The Upper Valley Running Club (UVRC) will have volunteer pacers on course to help you keep your comfortable pace.
Time to Line Up.
Faster Runners up front, slower runners to the back please for safety. UVRC will hold up signs with pace times on them-you should line up near your pace time.
FYI Baby Joggers
The rules prohibit baby joggers out of safety concerns among other issues.
If you are out of babysitting options, we reluctantly permit them but they must start at the very back of the pack and not advance through the bulk of runners until the pack stretches out around mile 5 (Billing Farm).
There were a number of close calls in the 2018, 2019 and 2022 races.
This is a running race for 13 minute mile runners or less.
Safety is our greatest concern.
Baby joggers/Strollers must start at the very back of the race or you will DNF.
Next week we’ll talk about our race course.
You can watch a video of our course by CLICKING HERE
How is your training going? Need some tips? Please visit our Training Page
Are you comfortably running 10 miles yet? We hope you are. You’ve got this!!
Remember we are expecting our runners to run at a 13 minute mile pace.
You should be crossing the finish between 11 AM and 11:30 AM, if not before.
Remember this is A RACE not a fun run or walk.
(Keeping this pace allows our overworked volunteers to get home at a reasonable hour on Sunday)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have questions-please check our FAQs page
You can also check out our Runner Handbook for more information.
Other Cool Things to Do in the Area
The Chamber’s Annual Pasta Supper Saturday, June 3rd in Pomfret VT
Spaces are filling up. Don’t miss out on this Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Tradition.
The Woodstock Chamber hosts this pre-race pasta supper at Saskadena Six Ski Area in Pomfret VT.
There are 3 seatings to choose from for you and your family and friends- 5, 6, or 7 PM.
Make your RESERVATIONS today.
Dinner, Desserts and Dancing-a great way to start race weekend
The whole race community is invited to attend. SPREAD THE WORD!
Fundraiser for ALS Awareness–Do It Like Dan Saturday, May 13th in Woodstock , VT
2nd Annual Do It Like Dan “Choose Your Own Adventure” fundraiser for ALS is scheduled for May 13th at Billings Farm and Mt. Tom.
Do It Like Dan has a couple of running options, in case our CBHM runners (and previous Road to the Pogue Runners) might be looking for a Trail Run.
If you’re “Jonesing” for a beautiful but challenging run and want to support a worthy cause organized by friends of local resident and all-around-excellent-human Dan Jones, check out The Inside Straight and Outer Limits running routes on Mt. Tom.
It’s an afternoon event, so instead of pancakes, they are having a big après event party with music, food, beverages.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN RUNNING ADVENTURE
The Inside Straight, a 5.8 mile run with 749 feet of elevation gain along the carriage trails on Mount Tom, around the Pogue and to the star on the South Peak overlooking Killington and the Village of Woodstock.
Moderately Difficult. Suggested Start Time: 3:00pm.
Outer Limits, a 10.5 mile run with 1,405 feet in elevation gain along carriage trails and single track that explores the boundaries of the park. Enjoy the scenic vistas and rugged terrain as you take the trails less traveled.
Very Challenging. Suggested Start Time: 3:00pm