UPDATE: Friday, January 30:
As of Friday evening, the Marathon will take place as planned, starting at 9 a.m.
The latest weather forecast continues to show temps that are better than we were seeing a few days ago. The wind is forecast to be a 10 mph at 9 a.m. (better for the start), then up to 11 in the next few hours. We will continue to evaluate the situation over the night and into the morning.
Changes to the plan may be made in the morning if warranted to address both safety and competitive concerns of all participants—both racers and volunteers.
Given the chilly temps, we will be taking the following steps for the safety and comfort of both racers and volunteers:
- We will waive the day-of-race distance change fee. 50k entrants may switch to 25k by completing an “Athlete Change Form” at Registration by 9:00am. No change form? No time.
- We’ll have volunteers checking racers for signs of frostbite. Racers will be pulled to the side and offered warmth/treatment, after which if it’s under control they may continue.
- Hand/foot warmers, and hot drinks will be available at aid stations
- There will be extra warm space, in addition to the lodge: white tent in upper field, gym, Cedar basement
- There will be extra fences at start to put clothing on, so you can stay warm as long as possible before starting.
- The cut-off will be respected. Racers may not start another lap after 2:00pm.
- There will be a van at the far checkpoint (on Ruthie’s near Creek Rd), for warming volunteers
- In the stadium, our timing shed will be next to the timers’ trailer, to serve as extra warm space for timers to rotate through
- Hand/foot warmers, and hot drinks will be available
- We’ll have extra volunteers to allow for rotation in and out of the cold.
Additional recommendations for dealing with cold weather:
- Duct tape on thighs and stomachs, between long underwear and suit, helps keep the body warm
- Wind briefs are imperative for guys
- Buffs or neck-warmers are great because you can cover a lot of facial skin with them, and move them around as needed
- Remove any earrings or piercings! (they conduct the cold!)
- Mittens keep your hands much warmer than gloves do
(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 5 year 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.