Covered Bridges Half Marathon-A Community based road race. Runs the first Sunday in June. The Best 13.1 miles in New England. Experience some of Vermont's Covered Bridges and support local charities.

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For Local Runners: Hagley to Speak at the Howe Library in Hanover NH

Team Amp's Inspire Active Living series concludes on Wednesday Sept. 25 with a talk at the Howe Library in Hanover by Lebanon's Laura Hagley on improving running performance and preventing injury.

Laura HagleyAbout Laura Hagley, DPT, CSCS, HFS Laura earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and a Health Fitness Specialist through the ACSM. Laura was a competitive Division III cross country and track runner and she has since found a passion for marathons. Laura has been a member of the Upper Valley Running Club since she moved to the area in 2010. Laura's racing history includes the Boston Marathon in 2006, and she has placed in several races since then, including the Green Mountain Marathon (2nd place female 2009), MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon (2nd place female 2010), and Wallis Sands Half Marathon (1st place female 2012).

Hagley's discussion is entitled "Myths of Running and the Research Behind the Minimalist Movement." An active runner herself, Hagley will talk about myths runners accept as true that research doesn't support. Presenting current literature, Hagley plans to deliver principles that runners can use to improve efficiency and reduce the risk of injury.

The talk begins at 7 pm and is FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information on the event or series visit www.teamamp.org.

Runner Jack Pilla to Speak at Howe Library: Inspire Active Living Speaker Series

Runner Jack Pilla to Speak at Howe Library: Inspire Active Living Speaker Series

 Runners this one's for you!

"Inspire Active Living Speaker Series" #2, 
Wednesday, August 28th @ 7pm
Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Jack Pilla was just recently featured on VPR about his Ultra Running Career and Run Coaching background. He has had amazing success over an extended period of time in the Ultra Running world. He just recently passed the 30,000 mile mark since he started tracking those stats just 6 years ago... yep that is all on foot!

He has a sweet powerpoint full of great info on races in Europe and around the country. Just two years ago Jack was the third OA United States Finisher at UTMB in France and that was at the age of 53. Want to know how he does it?

Here is Jacks personal blog if you are interested in finding more about him. Better yet come meet him in person this week!

Race Registration Opens in 104 DAYS!!
December 9, 2013 7 pm ET
See you next year for the 23rd Annual CBHM
Mike, Bill and the Race Committee
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The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont

Note: Registration Prices Increase August 1st - Register Now & Save!

The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont
4.3 miles and 2564 feet up Mt Mansfield
Vermont's Highest Peak

Sunday, August 25th
Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, VT
Event Options: Run, Bike, Hike, 1k & 3k Kids Fun Run

Start Time:
Run/Hike - 9am
Bike - 10am
Kids Fun Run - 12:00 Noon

$27,000+ in Awards & Prizes

Every August the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont draws as many as 800 hikers, mountain bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. The course climbs up the historic Toll Road, is 4.3 miles in length and climbs 2564 ft. For some it's all about trying to achieve the fastest time up this tough 4.3 mile course. For others, they come to challenge themselves, compete against their friends, and to enjoy the spectacular views. Either way, we promise the Race to the Top of Vermont will be one of the most challenging and fulfilling days you experience all season long.

And let’s not forget about the kids! 2013 will mark the second running of the MVP Health Care Run For Fun! This 1 or 3 kilometer mini hill climb is for children 4-14 years of age and serves as an introduction to the life long sport of running. Every child is a winner and everyone will receive a custom made medal and a souvenir bib for participating in this fun event.

Entries received by July 31: $50 for CTA Members | $60 for Non-Members
Entries received between Aug 1 - Race Day: $70
Kids Fun Run - $10
Extra BBQ Meal Tickets - $10

Race Website: www.rtttovt.com

Active Registration:

For more information contact:
Greg Maino
Catamount Trail Association
1 Mill Street Suite 350
Burlington, VT 05401


See you next year for the 23rd Annual CBHM
Mike, Bill and the Race Committee 

 Covered Bridges Half Marathon
 We are Boston Strong!

Congrats to ALL Our Runners!! Race Results are Posted!!

Race Winner Rich Smith Enfield NH. Rich is a back to back race winner.

Congratulations to ALL our runners. 
To run in this heat and humidity you are all WINNERS!!

Race Results are posted!!

Congratulations to our Top Three Women and Men!
Krista Brown, Lindsay Crouse and Brittany Boulanger
Jotham Burnett, Rich Smith and Ben Schippers
More pics will be posted over the next few days (http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/CoveredBridgesHalfMarathon/2013)

There was NO Official RACE PHOTOGRAPHER so if you have pics or videos you'd like to share. please email the jpgs and YouTube links to: coveredbridgeshalfmarathon@gmail.com

See you next year for the 23rd Annual CBHM
Mike, Bill and the Race Committee 

 Covered Bridges Half Marathon
 We are Boston Strong!

Race Hydration Begins NOW!!

From About.com-Running

Staying hydrated is critical to your running performance and, more importantly, for preventing heat-related illnesses. Dehydration in athletes may lead to fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. Other heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, have even more serious consequences. Runners need to pay attention to what and how much they’re drinking before, during and after exercise.

Pre-Run Hydration
If you're doing a long run or race (more than 8 to 10 miles), it's important to make sure you're well-hydrated during the few days leading up to your long run. You know you're well-hydrated if you void large volumes of pale urine at least six times a day. 

In the days leading up to your long run (or race), drink plenty of water and nonalcoholic fluids. Not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it can also prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. It's not a good idea to run with a hangover because you'll most likely be dehydrated when you start running.

An hour before you start your run, try to drink about 16 ounces of water or other non-caffeinated fluid. Stop drinking at that point, so that you can void extra fluids and prevent having to stop to go to the bathroom during your run. To make sure you're hydrated before you start running, you can drink another 4 to 8 ounces right before you start.

Drinking on the Run
The current advice about running and hydration is very simple -- try to drink to thirst. Scientific evidence says that drinking when you're thirsty can help prevent underhydrating (which can lead to dehydration) and overhydrating, which can lead to hyponatremia (low blood salt level due to abnormal fluid retention).

If you're looking for a general rule of thumb for fluid consumption during your runs: You should take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. Runners running faster than 8-minute miles should drink 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. 

During longer workouts (90 minutes or more), some of your fluid intake should include a sports drink (like Gatorade) to replace lost sodium and other minerals (electrolytes). The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drink also help you absorb the fluids faster.
Gatorade Drinks Available at Stops: 
6, 8, 10 and 12 miles.

If you don't have access to water on your running routes, you'll have to carry your own fluids with you. Here are some fluid carriers that you can use to hold your fluids while you run. However, if you're running in a race, you shouldn't have to carry your own fluids because they should have water stops on the course.

Water Stops: 
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 miles, plus Start and Finish.

Determining Your Sweat Rate
The above guidelines are the basic rules of thumb, but it's important to remember that everyone's fluid needs vary. Some people sweat more than others.

To determine how much liquid to take during a run or race, you need to know your sweat rate, and that can vary between 1 to 4 quarts per hour. Weigh yourself nude before a timed training run, and then again after. One pound of weight loss equals 1 pint of water loss. Calculate your sweat rate and use this to determine your fluid needs during a run or race. For example, if you lose 2 pounds during an hour run, that's 2 pints or 32 ounces. Thus, you need 8 ounces of water or sports beverage every 15 minutes. Note the weather conditions on that day, and keep in mind that you may need to adjust your consumption if the conditions are different. You can do the sweat rate test on another day to see how different conditions affect your sweat rate.

Post-Run Hydration
Don't forget to rehydrate with water or a sports drink after your run. You should drink 20 to 24 fl oz. of water for every pound lost. If your urine is dark yellow after your run, you need to keep rehydrating. It should be a light lemonade color.
Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon Runners' Hydration Practices and Perceptions
Eric K. O'Neal, PhD, Jonathan E. Wingo, PhD, and Phil A. Bishop, EdD

We have a weather link here on our blog...please monitor it. Looks like HOT HOT HOT!!

Remember to stay hydrated!!
Water Stops: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 miles, plus Start and Finish.
Gatorade Drinks Available at Stops: 6, 8, 10 and 12 miles. 

We hope to see you all on June 1st and 2nd, ready and eager for the fun festivities.
Mike, Bill and the Race Committee 

 Covered Bridges Half Marathon
 We are Boston Strong!
SEE YOU JUNE 2, 2013!!

Saturday June 1, 2013
Information Booth
Race Information & Course Maps
Time: 1-5 pm Mike and Bill will be in front of the Norman Williams Public Library Woodstock by the green to answer any questions you may have. Stop by and say HI!! Look for the CBHM banners outside.
Pasta Dinner:
The Pasta Dinner on Saturday, June 1 is at the start area at Suicide Six in South Pomfret. Check out the start area and join the fun. The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the great, all-you-can-eat
feast. A great family event with meat and vegetarian sauces as well as salads and bread. There are three separate seating’s at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm.
Call the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Office to reserve seats. 802-457-3555.
You will need to give your credit card to guarantee your spot.

Sunday June 2, 2013
BIBS ARE PICKED UP AT THE START. This can take time so again allow extra time. 
NO PARKING AT THE START!!!!! Say your "good byes" early to your friends and family.

Race gun goes off at 8:15 AM

Thanks to Our Race Sponsors

Our 2013 Race Sponsors

We receive generous support from the following sponsors in both monetary and in-kind donations. When in Town for the Race, just visiting for the weekend, or out on a Stay-Cation please visit our Sponsors and Thank them for supporting the Covered Bridges Half Marathon!!


Foley Distributing, Rutland Vermont

Harpoon Brewery


Quechee Gorge Village

Listen to MAXX 93.9 online
Woodstock VT

Listen to WGXL online
Hanover NH

Listen to Pulse 94.3 online
White River Junction VT

Listen to KIXX 100.5 online
Lebanon NH

Shackleton Thomas
Top Acres Farm South Woodstock

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
Quechee Lakes Landowners Association
Towns of Hartford, Pomfret & Woodstock
Villages of Quechee and Woodstock

Contact us, email the Race Director at CBHM Race Director.
Snail Mail Address:
CBHM, Inc.
P.O. Box 722
Woodstock, VT 05091

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C​BHM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations/Registration fees are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thoughts and Prayers to victims and families...

To all those touched by the tragedy April 15th at Boston Marathon, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We must be strong and support one another now and in the future and not let acts like this keep us from participating in our passions.
Mike, Bill and the Race Committee