Vermont 50 Celebrates 20 Years of Mountain Biking and Ultra-Running in Brownsville VT

David Le Porho #1569 a 50 mile runner from Montreal set a new course record
6:09:31.2, a pace of 7:24.
He is seen here with the Ultra-Run Director Zeke Zucker.  

September 28-29, 2013
Photos and Story by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
This past weekend Brownsville VT increased its population by about 3000 when the Mountain Bikers, Ultra-Runners and their families came to town for the 20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run Race. Founded in 1993 by Brownsville's own Laura Farrell, the race has steadily increased its participants seeing the largest field of athletes this year.

The race weekend began on Saturday at Race Registration; there was a vendor fair, free ice cream purchased by the Vermont 50 and scooped by Woodstock's The Lazy Cow Vermont; three Free Kids Races 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 5K; a treasure Hunt for the littlest race fans. A Pre-Race Pasta Dinner was hosted by Orange Lakes at the Harvest Inn at Ascutney Mountain Resort.

On Sunday over 1300 bikers and runners took to the trails beginning at 6 am. They biked or ran 50 miles or ran 50k to the finish line on the mountain. Waiting for them at the finish line was a delicious meal catered by Woodstock's Worthy Catering and lots of spectators cheering them on.

The event is a major fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, an organization founded by Brownsville's own Laura Farrell at Ascutney Mountain back in 1986 which is now being hosted at Pico Ski area.

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20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run
Brownsville VT September 28-29, 2013
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