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Welcome to Vermont and the Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride #vt1002014

Welcome to the 2014 VT 100!!
Whether you’re running, crewing, volunteering or just want to watch the action a little, we welcome you to Vermont! The VT 100 is excited to be starting in the lovely West Windsor, VT for it’s 26th running. We want to thank all the local people and business who have made it possible for us to return to Silver Hill.

What ever your role, thank you all for joining us this weekend! Every penny raised by this event goes to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit, volunteer based program which provides recreational and competitive athletic opportunities, instruction and equipment to people with disabilities.

 As a long time volunteer ski instructor I can tell you first hand what a huge difference it makes to have the funding to be able to purchase quality equipment and be able to offer lessons on a sliding scale to those who might not otherwise be able to afford a lesson. Just as the VT 100 runners are about to embark on an athletic and deeply personal adventure, the feeling of freedom that is felt when someone experiences skiing, horse back riding, boating or rock climbing can change an outlook or even a life.

Again, Thank you to every runner, crew member, volunteer and spectator for helping Vermont Adaptive do such good work!

I would also like to welcome and thank our sponsors who provided services, funds and items for prizes or raffle. This year, Salomon, Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock, VTel, Atayne, Petzl, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health center and Health Warrior Chia. Please help me thank them by checking them out on line!

Another welcome and thank you from me goes out to the 200+ volunteers who make this event possible! They have been clearing and marking the trials for weeks now and will be out there manning the aid stations on Saturday and Sunday and then cleaning up for days after that!

On that note, I’d like to send a huge thank you to the groups who have adopted aid stations this year! and as usual, we’ll have the Frozen Fins at Margaritaville, Zeke Zucker's Patriotism at the Spirit of 76, Vermont Adaptive ski volunteers at Brown School House and Seven Sees, the lovely ladies at Pinky’s and the awesome Red Cross at Polly’s.

 This year we’re lucky enough to also have stations adopted by The Shenipsit Striders, the Upper Valley Running Club, the Western Mass Distance Project, and the Maine Trail Monsters. I am really looking forward to hearing about how these awesome clubs brought their brand of flare to the aid stations! 

My last set of thank yous are personal. They go out to the two sets of people who have supported and helped me to be the best RD that I could be especially this last year when I have been more sleep deprived and insane than ever before!

First, the amazing Race Committee who has been meeting all year long to make this event happen. They put their hearts and souls into this event and you can really see it. They are all volunteers, most of them local to the area and very few of them ultra runners. They put endless hours into making this world class event really shine and then they rarely show their faces enough to get any recognition.

Secondly is my family. My Brother Richard, the Site Manager, has worked this event every year, on his birthday, since he was in high school.

My amazing husband who is god knows where right now finishing something for me and will be out there setting up, restocking and cleaning up aid stations all day and night tomorrow. My mother, who is at home right now tending to our farm so that we can be here.

And to my amazing mother, brother and aunt in-law who are here chasing my biggest distraction (Izzy) around the event. THANK YOU ALL!!!

It has been an honor to direct the Vermont 100 for the past 4 years and I’m glad to be here for this, my 5th. I have really gotten to see the love that comes with organizing a volunteer event. To have been able to meet the thousands of people, runners, crews, volunteers, families, landowners, and everyone else who has been touched by this event over the past decade has been truly an amazing experience. It hasn’t always been an easy job, but I have loved it all. Thank you for letting me be your Race Director.
So for the last time in my race directing career...

“Welcome to the Vermont 100, Have a Great Race!!! “

Julia Hutchinson O’Brien
VT 100 Race Director

The 26th Annual 
Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride
Stuff to share:

We still need a few Volunteers
If you can give us a few hours, we'll give you
A Commemorative T-shirt
A Ticket to Our Famous Sunday BBQ
And lots of FUN!

Email Maria, our volunteer coordinator, today EMAIL

Course Elevation Map
Download a MAP here.
Thank you Keith Knipling!

Handler Guidelines and Crew Directions 
will be handed out on 
Friday July 18 at Race Registration 
from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
You will Need:

Please read over our previous posts and share with family/friends and crew members:

Live Timing

Crew Rules for 2014

A Benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports Sports for Every Body

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