Outdoor Center News

Craftsbury Beer Run 2019 Results

Last Updated: 03.Jun.2019

60 intrepid runners set out this morning under cloudy skies and cool temps to tackle the 2019 Craftsbury Beer Run. A point to point half marathon from the Outdoor Center to Hill Farmstead Brewery, the course covered trail, dirt road, and class IV roads, with some impressively grueling climbs and challenging terrain. What a way to spend the first morning of June here in the NEK!

Frederick Rountree of Barre, VT ran to the overall win - and King of the Hill glory - in a time of 1:30:51. Fellow Vermonters Paul Chambers of Newport and Jake Lester of Craftsbury rounded out the top three in times of 1:38:14 and 1:40:32, respectively. Hallie Grossman of Craftsbury Common, VT captured the Queen of the Hill crown and fourth overall in a time of 1:44:03. Lori Preston of Richmond, VT ran to second place female in 1:56:19 and Courtney Koshchei crossed the line as third female in 1:57:31. Congrats to all the runners for conquering the climbs and trails of this year's challenging course! Full results can be found here

With the help of our local partners and community support, we were able to raise over $2,000 for the WonderArts VT 'Farm to Kids' Table' program. WonderArts VT has served both youth and adult populations in the Greater Hardwick Area (Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick) for the last two years. Their goal is to support lifelong learning for all age groups by emphasizing creativity, recreation, technology, and sustainability. The Farm to Kids' Table program works with age groups 6-12 and 13-16 and teaches basic cooking skills under the direction of a WonderArts staff chef. We are excited to be able to support this kid-centered and kid-driven initiative working to empower young people through learning about local food and food creation.

Many, many thanks to Hill Farmstead Brewery for the beer and ideal race destination, Craftsbury General Store for the tasty picnic, KIS Kombucha for sharing more local brews, UnTapped for the maple feeds, Gebbies' Maplehurst Farm for the liquid gold prizes, and John Lazenby for capturing the scene! Thank you also to the volunteers and community for your generous support - this event could not have happened without you!

And, of course, thank you to all the participants for embarking on the 2019 Craftsbury Beer Run! We are excited to have partnered with so many local businesses in a team effort to raise money for WonderArts VT's 'Farm to Kid's Table' program. A day filled with running and local food & drink really did feel like the perfect way to give back to such a great program. We hope to have you back for another adventure run through the Northeast Kingdom soon!

For more photos (coming soon!) and information about our fundraiser run for WonderArts VT, please visit our Facebook page and website event page