|Half Marathon State # 23
Half Marathon #44
On Sunday, May 6, 2018 I ran in the Middlebury (VT) Maple Run Half Marathon. My wife and I did a quick flight up to Vermont on Saturday morning and returned Sunday evening after the race. We had to fly into Burlington, VT, which was about an hour drive to Middlebury where the race was. However, before heading to Middlebury, we decided to spend a few hours in Burlington. It was a nice scenic little town.
While in Burlington, we decided to go ahead and check off my cupcake store tour, which I try and do for each new state. We found “My Little Cupcake“. They had some really good cupcakes. They had a lot of “mini” cupcake varieties, so we did this instead so we could get a larger variety. For a cupcake store, it was also relatively inexpensive. Our favorite was their specialty cupcake, a Maple Pancake. It had a piece of waffle on the top and a little pipette with maple syrup that you would squeeze in once you were ready to eat it, so it would not be soggy! It was really neat and really good!
After leaving Burlington, we headed to Middlebury and went straight to the race bib/shirt pickup. Since it was a small town race, there wasn’t much to this. It was at a local EMS Station where the race would start on Sunday. It took us about 5 minutes to pick up everything. One thing neat that they offered at bib pickup was a maple flavored evergy gel. They said take as many as you would like. I grabbed a couple just to take back home and try on a future training run.
From bib pickup, we went and checked into our hotel. We were staying at the Middlebury Inn (really the only lodging in town) which was the race hotel. They also had a shuttle service to/from the race on Sunday. It was a very historic hotel so it was dated, but it did add to the character of the town. It was a nice comfortable room.
Here was the lobby and restaurant. We ate at the restaurant on Saturday night and it was really good.
On Sunday, it was race day. The race did not start until 9am so we were able to sleep in a little. My wife had time to have the buffet breakfast at the hotel before we boarded the shuttle bus for the race. It was only about 5 minutes away form the hotel. It was nice to be able to run in short sleeves and shorts for Vermont!
We got to the race start about 8:15am. Since it was not a big race, this was plenty of time to take a few pictures, hit the restroom, and get into the starting area. There were some lovely views from the starting area.
We had the opportunity to meet Rose. She is also trying to do a half marathon in all 50 states, but she is doing them in style. She actually took a Vermont Maple Syrup jug and made a decorative hat for the race.
Right at 9am the race was on. Since it was small, they just had pace group signs and you just fell into the corral closest to your expected time.
This is about at mile 8 on the course.
The race consisted of both road and hard packed gravel. There weren’t many water stops, so if you do this race in the future, make sure to pack your supplies to help you get through the race.
It was a pretty tough race for me. It was quite hilly for me, and not being able to train on hills where we live doesn’t help.
The finish to the race was why I signed up for this particular race. They offer a pancake breakfast with Vermont’s very own maple syrup and it was worth it. I also like the fact that their medal was carved out of a slice of maple.
After the pancake breakfast we headed back to the shuttle and back to the hotel. Since I finished the race around 11am, we had to get back, clean up, and get on the road back to Burlington for our 4:30pm flight. We had to make a few stops before getting to the airport. The most important stop was for maple syrup to take back home. This should last us a while!
So a good day turned rough in the end. We got to the airport and was getting ready to board. The pilot comes out to tell us there was engine problems, so we had about a 2 hour wait while they corrected the issues. Needless to say, this made for an extremely long day for us.
We did eventually make it back home. Another half marathon in the books, 44 total, and state 23. No more races scheduled until November, so I can start getting my training back online and ready for the Route 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Here is my updated 50 States Medal Rack (compliments of our friends Matt & Kira). This year I will finish off the bottom row of hooks and be halfway to my goal.