Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: June 18, 2014

By Zeke Zucker

The Courses:

1. How will I follow the race route during the day?

The courses will be marked with 10" diameter yellow plastic pie plates, with bold dark black arrows indicating go right, left or straight.  The standard for a turn will be one arrow plate 50 to 100' before the turn.  Two plates at the turn and another plate 50 to 100' after the turn.  On some stretches you will see Confidence plates.  This is a smaller, 7" plate with a large C on it, to assure you that you are still on the course.   

2. How will I follow the race route in the dark?

There will be green glow sticks (chem.-lites) marking the route.

3. How much of the 100 Km. course is the same as the 100 Mile?

The 100 Km. course also starts at Silver Hill Meadow, but takes a different route.  The runners do 5.6 miles in getting to Lillian's Aid Station, which is the 43.5 Mile aid station for the 100 Milers.  From that point to the end the two courses are identical.  

4. Will the strictly 100 Km. portion (the first 5.6 miles) be marked differently from how the 100 Mile is marked?

Yes.  It will be marked with LAVENDER pie plates, but only until it joins the 100 Mile course, at which point everyone will follow Yellow plates.  

5. Are the trail sections rocky?

For the most part, no.  There will be some roots, small rocks and ruts, so pay attention and pick up your feet.  We have driven or run all of the trails and cut downed trees and tossed limbs and branches, but some can fall the evening before or the day of.

6. Where do the courses go?

The 100 Mile goes thru parts of 9 towns in a three lobe cloverleaf pattern.  The 100Km goes thru parts of 6 towns on the latter two cloverleaf 'lobes'

7. Are the courses hilly?

Yes, indeed!

8. What is the total vertical for the 100 Mile? For the 100 Km?

Approximately 14,000' for the 100 Mile and 9,000' for the 100 Km.

9.. What percentage is:     gravel road/ trail,jeep rd./ paved?

For the 100 Mile:         67.5%   /        27%       / 5.5%

For the 100 Km.           67.5%  /        31%        /  1.5%

Directions & Handler Stations:

10. How do I get to Camp Ten Bear (from Silver Hill)?

See the Handler Directions

11. How do I get to Silver Hill (from Camp Ten Bear)?

See the Handler Directions

12. How many Handler aid stations are there?

9 for the 100 Mile and 7 for the 100 Kilometer

13.  Where are the Handler aid stations?

See the Handler Instructions

14. Where can I park at the Handler access aid stations?

Where the Handler Directions and/or station personnel tell you.

15. How long does it take to drive to the first Handler Station?

42 minutes will get you there in plenty of time to set up for your runner

16.  How long does it take to drive to the other Handler Stations?

See the Handler Directions

Weather and Celestial Items:

17. What time does the sun come up?

5:26 a.m. Saturday and 5:27 a.m. Sunday

18.  What time does the sun set Saturday evening?

8:25 p.m.

19. How cool/cold will it be at the start of the 100 and overnight Saturday?

It is usually in the 50's, but could be in the 40's or 60's

20.  How warm/hot will it get on Saturday and Sunday

It is usually in the 70's, but could be in the 60's, 80's or 90's.

21. Will it rain during the races?

It could and has but on average does not.  We'll give you the latest weather forecast at the pre-race briefing.

The Schedule:

22. When does the 100 Mile start?

4:00 a.m. Saturday

23. When does the 100K start?

9:00 a.m. Saturday

24. What is the cutoff time for the 100 Mile?

10:00 a.m. Sunday

25. What is the cutoff time for the 100Km?

5:00 a.m. Sunday

26. When and where will the pre-race briefing be held?

4:00 p.m. Friday in or near the main tent

27. When and where is the pasta dinner Friday evening?

5:30 p.m. in the main tent

28. When and where is the post-race barbeque?

In the main tent at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

29. When are the awards?

Following serving of the barbeque on Sunday (about 11:15 a.m.).


30. Should I take a flashlight for the start of the 100 Mile?

Yes, a small inexpensive one, that you can afford to discard

31. Should I wear regular (non-trail) running shoes?

We suggest trail shoes but you could get by with road shoes

32. Should I carry a water bottle or hydration pack for the race?


33.  Should I carry two water bottles for the race?

Not if you have a hydration pack.  Yes, if the weather is above 85 degrees and you anticipate taking over 28 hours to complete the run. The greatest distance between aid stations is 5 miles (occurs 3 times).  Slower runners will take close to 1.5 hours for 5 miles.  

Aid Stations:

34. What kind of energy drink will be provided at the aid stations?

Lemon-lime Gatorade

35.  What kind of food will be provided at the aid stations?

The standard 'buffet' of chips, fruit, M&M's, cookies, ginger candy, P.B.&J. and turkey sandwiches, baked potato chunks.  Soup, broth, coffee, tea or hot chocolate at some stations after dark.  Burgers and Dogs at Camp Ten Bear.  Grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup at Spirit-of-'76.  Possibly cheeseburgers at Margaritaville.

36.  Can I get basic first aid supplies, such as band aids, at the aid stations?

Yes, at all of the manned aid stations.

37. Can I get electrolyte caplets at the aid stations?

Yes, at all of the manned aid stations.

38. Can I get energy gels at the aid stations?

Normally no.  When using your own gels, please hold the wrappers and dispose of them at the next aid station.  Do not discard on the roads or trails.  We pride ourselves on being green.

Running with Horses:

39. Will the horses run over me?

No.  They really want to slow down to your pace.

40. Do the horses start at the same place the runners do?

Yes, for the 100 Mile ride, but an hour later.  There are also 75 and 50 mile rides.

41.  What should I do if a horse wants to pass me?

Talk with the rider and step aside, if asked to.

42.  What should I do if I want to pass a horse?

Talk with the rider and wait until he/she says it's OK.  At night, in particular, talk to the rider as soon as you're within earshot; until it knows you are a human, the horse will be frightened.  


43. Where can I get medical attention?

The medical center is at the main tent.  Minor aid can be obtained at one or more of the handler stations if an EMT is present.  Otherwise we have ham radio communication with all of the Handler Stations in order to connect an injured runner with medical personnel.  

44. Are there mandatory  medical checks?

Yes, at Ten Bear (mile points 47.2 and 70.1) and at Bill's (mile 88.6).  There's an Optional check at Stage Rd. (Mile 30.1), where it's wise for everyone to check for any early weight change.

45. For what reason(s) would the medical personnel stop me from running?

For significant weight gain or loss or other obvious physical demise.

General and Miscellaneous:

46. Where can I get ice and other supplies?

At the following country stores: South Woodstock, Teago, Downers, Taftsville, Hartland, Brownsville, Watruba's in Reading and at Mac's Market or Maplefields in Woodstock          

47. Where can I find a pacer?

You can request one via our website at:
Once you get to Registration, look for John Bassette in the yellow "West Point" baseball cap at the main tent.

48. Can I provide assistance to my runner at other than the Handler aid stations?

No, it is not allowed, and can be grounds for runner disqualification.

49. Where exactly is the start?

The 100 Mile start is between the main tent and the adjacent road at Silver Hill Meadow, with runners heading down the road.  100 K'ers start at the top of the hill. ,and go in the opposite direction.

50. Where exactly is the finish?

For both races it is out behind the main tent, over where there's an opening in the trees, and a little ways into the woods.  

51 Have there been any course changes?

Yes, we're back to the original (2011) course, going through Taftsville Bridge, returning the 'missing' mile after Pretty House, and running up around the top of Blood Hill a mile from the finish.  


52. How fast will the winners run the races?

For the 100 Mile, the men in about 15.5 hrs and the women in about17.5 hrs.

For the 100 Km, the men in about 9.5 hrs and the women in about 11.5 hrs.

53. What will race officials be wearing?

They will be wearing green shirts that say Race Official.

54. What is VASS?

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, which provides sports and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.  Your entry fee goes directly toward provision of these services.  

55. What do I need to know regarding Local Resident Sensitivity this year?

Because of some 'dissatisfaction' on the part of one particular local landowner, we absolutely must keep the noise down at Silver Hill Meadow and keep event-related vehicles off of some specific roads.  Regarding the roads issue, there will be road closures with signage that says "Closed to all event vehicles" or "Road Closed; local traffic only' or "Road Closed to other than local residents."  Violation of these closures could easily result in the termination of our Event.   Please be acutely aware of this situation and spread the word.

We have revised the routes for participants getting to Silver Hill, and the routes that Handler Crews will use in getting to and between the various authorized Handler Access Aid Stations, in order to avoid the off-limits roads.  

Have a fantastic weekend and run here in Vermont!  


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