Working Together to the CBHM Finish Line-Only a few race bibs left!
The 2019 Covered Bridges Half Marathon (CBHM) is SOLD OUT. In fact it sold out in 10 minutes in December, all 2800 spots. But that doesn’t mean you can’t run the 28th Annual CBHM on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
CBHM has teamed up with five Upper Valley non-profits who are working together as a unified group to raise money and awareness for their programs.
These CBHM Non-profit Partners still have a few spots (race bibs) open for you join The BEST 13.1 miles in New England. As a runner, you commit to raise money for one of these groups and in exchange the group will give you one of the coveted race bibs. Less than 50 bibs remain.
You can register directly with one of these groups by clicking on one of these links.
“The CBHM represents community at its best. Banding together as nonprofits makes us stronger supporters of our amazing runners, and more successful as organizations with overlapping services. We make a difference together!”-Kristen Coats, Community Relations Development Coordinator, The Upper Valley Haven
For more information about the race non-profit partners, please visit: https://cbhm.com/non-profit-partners/
The Covered Bridges Half Marathon is a community-based road race that runs the first Sunday in June.
This half marathon starts at 8:15 a.m. in Pomfret, Vermont at the Suicide Six Ski area and finishes at Deweys Mills Polo Field in Quechee (Hartford), Vermont. The course winds it’s way along some of Vermont’s beautiful back roads and passes a number of iconic covered bridges while supporting crucial, local non-profit programming.
The Covered Bridges Half Marathon was first run in 1992. Race founder David Cioffi and a group of community members got together to create a half marathon along some of the best running routes around Woodstock, Vermont. The course they designed was unique because of the four covered bridges along the way. After building a mailing list of over 4,000 names, the race had nearly 400 runners that first year.
Like many races, the course was adjusted several times in the first few years to address traffic and parking concerns, as well as the growing popularity of the race. The current course has been in place since 1997. The popularity of the race has continued to rise, reaching 2,900 registrants in 2001.
The race was scaled back in 2002 to 2,000 registrants in order to maintain the small feel of the race and in response to reduced parking capacity.
The race has grown very slowly to the present cap of 2,300 runners. The on-line registration fills quickly each year, usually in a few minutes from the time that it “goes live.”
The race is organized by a completely volunteer staff, under the corporate umbrella of CBHM, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed specifically to organize running events and donate the proceeds to charity.
The race donates more than $60,000 each year to local non-profit groups focused on youth activities and youth sports in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.
In recent years, non-profit groups have used the race to inspire volunteers to seek pledges for their respective causes, raising as much as $150,000. The race’s economic impact in the region is about $1.2 million.The Board of Directors of CBHM, Inc. include the race directors and representatives from the local area. Over 600 volunteers help make the race happen on race day, with many of the volunteers now in their 28th year at their posts.