Green Mountain Relay Opens Registration for 2009 Event

Registration Open for 200-Mile Vermont Running Relay
Green Mountain Relay to Run through Vermont
November 11, 2008 — Registration is open for the fourth annual Green Mountain Relay, a 200-mile team running relay race in Vermont.
The Green Mountain Relay will take place Saturday and Sunday June 20 – 21, 2009, taking advantage of the summer solstice.  According to Timberline Events, the event sponsor, the relay will start in Jeffersonville, VT at the Cambridge Elementary School, and wind down through the heart of Vermont and the Green Mountains, on both paved and dirt roads, crossing seven covered bridges, passing through many small, picturesque towns.  Runners will pass through areas in or near Stowe, Waterbury, Waitsfield, Killington, Ludlow, and Manchester; smaller towns visited include Moretown, Hancock, Pittsfield, Weston, Londonderry, and Arlington.  The finish of the relay will be at the Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington, VT.
“The communities and businesses of Vermont have been very supportive of this event,” says race organizer Paul Vanderheiden.  “Schools, ski areas, community organizations, local businesses, and town and state agencies have been very generous in allowing their facilities to be used as Exchanges for the runners.  And a later date than past year’s race is proving popular with runners as registration has exceeded last year’s total already”
Teams of 12 can compete in men’s, women’s, mixed, open, master’s, House Hash Harriers’, and High School categories.  Each runner will run three legs averaging 5.6 miles.  Longer-distance runners can form a six-person “ultra‰âÂVbCrLf team in which each person runs an average of 33.7 miles.  There is a limit of 100 teams.
Each team must provide three volunteers who will help staff the relay, working at the runner exchanges or as course marshals.  As an option, teams may make a donation to a program called Volunteers With A Purpose, where local community non-profit organizations supply volunteers to work during the relay as a fund-raising opportunity.  Since 2006. the Green Mountain Relay raised and distributed close to $22,000 to participating local organizations.
“In most relay events, teams must ask friends and/or family members to volunteer as race marshals or to staff the runner exchanges,‰âÂVbCrLf says Vanderheiden.  “With this option, we have an opportunity to support the local communities while making it easier for teams to participate.‰âÂVbCrLf
The early bird registration fee until December 31st is $1080 for 12-person teams, $630 for Ultra teams, and $300 for High School teams.
Vermont non-profit organizations interested in more information about being involved with Volunteers With A Purpose should contact the race director.
For more information, go toGreen Mountain Relay.
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