Description

The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultrarunning. Each year, 300 runners attempt to finish this hilly race over beautiful Vermont back roads and trails under the 30 hour cutoff point, and a well-trained few finish in under 24 hours. The race proceeds support Vermont Adaptive.

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Vermont 100
100 mile and 100 km
FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS


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A few Questions have been asked and we think you ALL might be interested in the answers...

What are the trails/roads like that runners will be using?
The total paved surface is about 2.5 miles. There are 6 pieces of between 1/16 and 1/2 mile, and then the longest is just shy of 1 mile long, just after Lillian's.

The Jeep Roads that we refer to are hardly rutted at all, but occasionally a heavy rain will cause some erosion. There's one segment just before the halfway point, where logging was done a few years ago, and the loggers didn't pay any attention to drainage. Therefore there are about a half dozen locations where there are sizeable puddles (mini ponds) that extend across the width of the road. Unless you do some fancy 'tight-roping' along one side or the other, your feet are going to get wet. The next drop bag station is Margaritaville, at mile 58.5, so if you don't want to run in wet shoes the rest of the way, you might place a pair and some dry socks there.
The 70 miles of smooth gravel roads, though hilly, are very run-able. The trails and jeep roads, for the most part, are also quite run-able, with a paucity of rocks or roots. Most are part of the local Horse Association trail network, and are well-maintained.

The Course Composition:
Gravel /trail-jeep road/ paved
100Mi. 68.5%/ 29% / 2.5%
100Km. 66.5%/ 32% / 1.5%

Hills
There are hills throughout the course. This is Vermont. If you're the type who doesn't want to know ahead of time, then I suggest skipping this item. Some of the hills are short, and some are long. Some are easy, others moderate (Mod.), and a few are steep. I won't attempt to tell you about all of them, but here are the uphills that I believe will get your attention, according to the mile point at which each of them begins.

100 Mile Only:
4.5 mi. Densmore Hill Rd. moderate for 2 miles
10-16 & 19-21 Rollers before Pretty House - Mod.
26+ Climb up to Sound of Music Hill - Mod.
30.5 After Stage Rd. 3/4 mi. up thru meadow and woods. Steep then Mod.
38.5 Fletcher Hill Rd. 1.5 mi. Steep road
(100K joins. In your 1st 5.6 mi. you have a 1/2 mile Mod. hill at 3.2 miles) For the rest, subtract 38 miles from given figures for your mileage points)
49 Agony Hill begins1.5 mi. after Ten Bear 1st time. Mod. to Steep for 7/10 mi.
56.8 Tracer Brook up to New Margaritaville Station 2 mi. Mod. to Steep.
59 Prospect Hill 1/2 mile Steep
62.2 Brown Schoolhouse Rd. Climbs for 3 miles. Mod.
70 Heartbreak Hill, just after Ten Bear 2nd time. 7/10 of Steep
74 Calendar Hill Rd. Climbs for 1/2 mile. Steep to Mod.
76.1 Driveway approach to '76 aid station. 0.15 mi. and Steep
87.5 Coon Club Road roller coaster on the 1 mi. before Bill's - Mod. to Steep
90 Hewett Rd. (1.5 mile Mod.) then Hunt Rd. 0.3 Steep
92 Marton Rd. 1st 1/3 is VERY STEEP. then eases to Mod. for another 1/2
98 Trails before Blood Hill. Short, mostly Mod. with one Steep


This is Vermont so expect hills!
Some Aid Stations on this map have been removed...just a heads up.

AID STATIONS info page

Aid Station List 100 mi and 100 Km with Hard Cut-offs
(list subject to change)

Drop Bags: What are the Station Numbers (you can have a drop bag at any aid station that allows crews.)

Drop Bag Instructions

100 Mile runners can send drop bags to station numbers
5 (Pretty House/mile 21),
7 (Stage Road/mile 30),
11 (Camp 10 Bear #1/mile 47),
14 (Margaritaville/mile 58),
17 (Camp 10 Bear #2/mile 69),
19 (Spirit of 76/mile 76),
22 (Bill's/mile 88),
24 (Polly's/mile 95).

100 K runners can send drop bags to station numbers
11 (Camp 10 Bear #1/mile 9),
14 (Margaritaville/mile 20),
17 (Camp 10 Bear #2/mile 31),
19 (Spirit of 76/mile 38),
22 (Bill's/mile 50),
24 (Polly's/mile 57).

ALL DROP BAGS MUST BE IN PLACE AT SILVER HILL BY 5 PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 14TH. Unfortunately we can not accommodate people postponed (even by emergencies or travel delays). If you arrive late, you will have to do without your drop bags.

DROP BAGS 101

Drop bags should be soft sided, waterproof and durable.

A small backpack or gear bag about 9” by 9” by 16” (or smaller) will be sufficient to get what you need to the stations without stressing our volunteer staff who have to move them all. Because they have to move upwards of 150 bags to each station, they will not accept unreasonably large or unwieldy ones.

Keep it simple. The more stuff you cram into your drop bag, the more valuable time you’ll lose rummaging through the unnecessary clutter to find what you really need.

Mark Each Drop Bag with: BIB#, Last Name, and Aid Station Name.


Entrants Lists
Start Lists: 
100 mile start list
100 Km start list


Aid Station volunteers will organize the drop bags by bib # for easy organization and retrieval at the aid stations. If you don't write your bib # or they can't read it, it will likely get put in the"unknown pile" and will be harder to find during the race.
We will do our best to return all drop bags to the start/finish by noon on Sunday. Don't forget to pick them up before your return home!

The Vermont 100 is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged bags or belonging. Arrangements must be made in advance for the return of any bags runners are unable to retrieve by 3 p.m. on Sunday.


Camp Ten Bear Drop Bag Question #11, #17? 
Q: Camp ten bear is aid station 11 and 17. If I want to leave a drop bag there, do I mark it 11or 17? In other words, is there going to be one area at camp ten bear where all the drop bags are going to be located or will those marked 11 be in one area and those marked 17 be in another area?

A: There will be 2 areas. One for 11 and One for 17. If you only want to use ONE bag, mark it 11, we'll take it there, after you use it, drop it in the 17 pile before you leave and it will still be there when you return!

What are the official course cutoff times?
Sunday Morning
5:00 AM-100 K course closes
10:00 AM-100 Mile course closes

Are there showers available post race?  
There is one very rustic shower available. There is also a pond for swimming!

Some Common Questions...
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 or more 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 43.3 Mile aid station for the 100 Milers. There they join the 100 mile course and 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 100 Km goes thru parts of 6 towns on the latter two cloverleaf ‘lobes’

7. Are the courses hilly?
Yes, indeed! This is Vermont!

8. What is the total vertical for the 100 Mile? For the 100 Km?
Approximately 17,000’ for the 100 Mile and 9,000’ for the 100 Km.
Elevation Profile

9. What percentage is: gravel road/ trail,jeep rd./ paved?
For the 100 Mile:   68.5% / 29% / 2.5%
For the 100 Km.     66.5% / 32% / 1.5%

10. Can we use drop bags? YES please see our Drop Bags Page for specifics.

11. Can I get a course map? Sorry we do not publish our race course because most of it is on private land. We want to respect our landowners privacy, they grant us ONE weekend access to their land and we thank them for it. Without their permission to use their land, there would be no Vermont 100.


How Do I Get to the Handler Stations
Directions to handler aid stations are available in the Runner Handbook.  Keep in mind that crews can only access the Handler Stations with a Crew Access Tag.

Please DO NOT use GPS or you may end up on an impassable, primitive,  class 4 road!



12. How do I get to Camp Ten Bear (from Silver Hill)?
See the Handler Directions

13. How do I get to Silver Hill (from Camp Ten Bear)?
See the Handler Directions

14. How many Handler aid stations are there?
8 for the 100 Mile and 6 for the 100 Kilometer

15. Where are the Handler aid stations?
See the Handler Instructions

16. Where can I park at the Handler access aid stations?
Where the Handler Directions and/or station personnel tell you.

17. How long does it take to drive to the first Handler Station? 
About 35 minutes will get you there in plenty of time to set up for your runner

18. How long does it take to drive to the other Handler Stations?
See the Handler Directions

Weather and Celestial Items
(Please check out our Weather Forecast at the bottom of this page)

19. What time does the sun come up?
approx. 5:26 a.m. Saturday and 5:27 a.m. Sunday

20. What time does the sun set Saturday evening?
approx. 8:25 p.m.

21. 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

22. 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.

23. 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
Event Schedule

Please view our Guidelines page
Directions and Maps
Please Download these documents.
Our cell service is spotty at best!

24. When does the 100 Mile start?
4:00 a.m. Saturday

25. When does the 100K start?
9:00 a.m. Saturday

26. What is the cutoff time for the 100 Mile?
10:00 a.m. Sunday

27. What is the cutoff time for the 100 Km?
5:00 a.m. Sunday

28. When and where will the pre-race briefing be held?
4:30 p.m. Friday in or near the main tent




29. When and where is the Pasta Dinner Friday evening?
Immediately following the Runner and Crew Briefing. approx 4:45 p.m.

Your Bib is YOUR MEAL TICKET!  
Family and friends and pacer meal tickets ARE NOT included in your entry fee. Extra meal tickets will be available at the Merchandise Table.



30. When and where is the Sunday Post Race BBQ?
In the main tent at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Your Bib is YOUR MEAL TICKET!Family and friends and pacer meal tickets ARE NOT included in your entry fee. Extra meal tickets will be available at the Merchandise Table.


31. When are the awards?
Following serving of the barbecue on Sunday (about 11 a.m.).


Gear

32. Should I take a flashlight for the start of the 100 Mile?
Yes, a small inexpensive one, that you can afford to leave behind, but please don't drop it on our race course.  There will be a box at the first aid station where you can leave it - the box will be returned to Silver Hill.

33. Should I wear regular (non-trail) running shoes?
We suggest trail shoes but you could get by with road shoes

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

35. 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
Aid Station List 100 mi and 100 Km with Hard Cut-offs
(list subject to change)

36. What kind of energy drink will be provided at the aid stations?
New this year, the energy drink that will be provided at aid stations is Base Performance Hydro. All runners will also be given a tube of the Base Performance Electrolytes, to use in conjunction with the Hydro. If you plan on using these products, it is strongly suggested that you order and try both in your training


37. 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.

38. Can I get basic first aid supplies, such as band aids, at the aid stations?
Yes, at all of the manned aid stations.

39. Can I get electrolyte caplets at the aid stations?
Yes, at all of the manned aid stations.

40. 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


41. Will the horses run over me?
No. They really want to slow down to your pace.

42. 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.

43. What should I do if a horse and rider wants to pass me?
Talk with the rider and step aside, if asked to.

44. 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.

Medical
45. 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.

46. Are there mandatory medical checks?
Yes, at Camp Ten Bear (mile points 47 and 69.4) and at Bill’s (mile 88.3).


47. For what reason(s) would the medical personnel stop me from running?
At every medical check point (Camp 10 Bear #1, Camp 10 Bear #2 and Bill's), every runner must check in with medical staff. Each runner will undergo a brief evaluation that may include being weighed or further evaluation if needed. All decisions and evaluations are up to the medical staff.

General and Miscellaneous

48. Where can I get ice and other supplies?
At the following country stores: South Woodstock, Teago, Downers, Taftsville, Hartland, Brownsville, Watroba’s in Reading and at Mac’s Market or Maplefields in Woodstock (see the map below)

49. Where can I find a pacer?  
You can request one via our website at our Pace Page 
Once you get to Race Day Registration, look for John Bassette in the yellow "West Point" baseball cap at the main tent. All PACERS must get and wear a BIB number during the race.




50. 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.



 

Directions and Maps
Map of how to get to Silver Hill Meadow Click here


51. 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.

52. 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.


53. Have there been any course changes? 
There are no anticipated changes to the course this year, however minor changes seem to occur every year.

54. How fast will the winners run the races?
For the 100 Mile, the men in about 15.5 hrs and the women in about 17.5 hrs.
For the 100 Km, the men in about 9.5 hrs and the women in about 11.5 hrs.

55. What will race officials be wearing?
They will be wearing brightly colored t-shirts that say Race Official.

56. What is Vermont Adaptive?
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit,volunteer based organization which provides competitive and recreational athletic opportunities, equipment and instruction for people with disabilities. Your entry fee and all money raised during the event goes directly toward provision of these services.

57. What do I need to know regarding Local Resident Sensitivity this year?
Our race depends on our neighbors!


Our Gracious Landowners!
The local landowners are extremely tolerant of us every year. We have been asked to reduce traffic and noise around the race course. We absolutely must keep the noise down at Silver Hill Meadow (our race start and finish) and keep event-related vehicles off of some specific roads. In an effort to maintain good relations with the local community, there will be some road closures with signage that say

Closed to all event vehicles
Road Closed; local traffic only
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.

In 2015 we revised the routes for participants getting to Silver Hill (see directions above), and the routes that Handler Crews use in getting to and between the various authorized Handler Access Aid Stations, in order to avoid the off-limits roads. 
Still have questions? Don't hesitate to Ask Me!

ZEKE



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