To All Racers and Volunteers -
(28 Jan 15 update)
Accuweather forecast for Saturday calls for temperatures F ranging from -10 to +2 with windchills forecast in the teens below zero.
We'll continue to follow the weather forecast very closely. It is going to be cold - the question is how cold. The problem is the marathon takes 3-7 hours of exposure to the elements for the volunteers and racers. We have a jury including 2 TDs who will make decisions on any changes, including shortening the race, shortening the lap, delaying the start - even possible cancellation if deemed necessary. The Jury will meet at 4:00 pm Friday and will email/post an information bulletin by 8:00 pm. Additional changes may be made in the morning prior to the scheduled start of the race.
We have already reduced the wind exposure by using Bailey Hazen trail instead of Sam's trail. See marathon course map.
Suggestions for racers and volunteers to stay warm (note - we will be pulling people off the course if they show signs of frost bite or hypothermia):
Neck gaiters/face covers
Chemical heater pads for hands and feet
Wind breaker jacket and pants
Water bottle in insulated fanny pack
Small back pack (required for Norwegian Birkebeiner!)
Insulated pad to stand on for volunteers
Vacuum bottle with hot drink
Our goal is to keep the marathon safe and enjoyable for all involved. Please watch your e-mail and the website for further updates.
(Looking for results from the 2014 Marathon? Check the menu at left.)
The 34th Annual Craftsbury Marathon
January 31, 2015
Note: The course will be a 12.5 km loop starting and finishing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center Ski Stadium.
Note: This year the Craftsbury Marathon is part of the 2015 Masters National Championships. See registration page for details.
Join us for the largest nordic ski event in the east! Come challenge yourself Saturday, January 31st, skiing either 25 or 50k on some of the most scenic ski terrain in New England with up to 1000 competitors of all ages.
Whether you choose to compete or to volunteer, we believe you'll find that the marathon is an event with something for everyone! Hope you'll join us!
Important Dates for the Marathon
- Saturday, Nov. 1 - Online registration opens. Prices increase as the race draws closer. Register at www.skireg.com/25or50km.
- Wednesday, Jan. 28 - Online Registration Closes for Marathon.
- Saturday, Jan. 31 - 34th Annual Craftsbury Marathon, 25k/50k Classic Race. Post-race meal, and awards.
The Craftsbury Marathon offers participants a number of ways to enjoy some of the best skiing in the east:
The 50k or 25k race offers competitors a mass start, timed challenge over a beautiful, PistenBully groomed course. Feed stations dot the route every 4 to 7 kilometers. After the finish, all participants are treated to a hearty post race meal and awards.
The top racer in each 5year age/gender/distance class is awarded a locally handcrafted pottery bowl. Special pins will be awarded to all skiers finishing within 25% of age class winners.
Volunteering offers a unique way to experience the marathon. Volunteers can net a variety of benefits including lunches, donations to your favorite non-profits and more. Keep watching the website as we finalize details.