This was my first time to Vermont and I immediately fell in love with the area. Vermont is known as the “Green Mountain State” and I know why. Everywhere I looked was the greenest grass and trees I had ever seen. I signed up for the 16th Annual Covered Bridges Half-Marathon beginning in Woodstock and ending in Quechee, not really knowing what to expect.
I had debated whether I should sign up for a fall race instead of one in June, because I had heard how beautiful the New England states are in the fall with the changing leaf colors. However, as I said in my post about the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, Florida- 8th state, I was planning a vacation to Hawaii later that fall and wanted to test out our daughter with flying shorter distances before we flew all the way to Hawaii. This would be a short flight so it fit the bill. She was a champion traveler this time as well as on the flight to Florida, so I felt like we would have no problems flying to Hawaii.
I highly recommend anyone looking for a scenic half marathon to run the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. It was hilly and normally I don’t like running a hilly course, but it was so beautiful the hills truly didn’t bother me. We ran past four covered bridges and the Ottauquechee River. The local people running the race and the volunteers were all awesome as well. They were extremely friendly and had great senses of humor. I had fun running this race from beginning to end.
Tip: this race sells out fast so register as early as possible. They do have options to run for charities, however. If you commit to raising at least $500 plus pay your entry fee, you’re in! When considering lodging, remember this area has some wonderful bed and breakfasts. There are links to several nearby on the race website.
I received a short-sleeve technical shirt, pretty plain and on the large side but fine. It was white with the race logo on it:
Medals weren’t given out until beginning in 2012 for this race so I didn’t receive one.
From my post-race notes: “Started at ski resort area and ran along country roads. Was somewhat hilly, but was so scenic, didn’t bother me at all. People were all outstanding as well. One of my favorite races. My finish time was 1:59:43.”