This is a bit late… Sorry.
Here at VTRunCo we want to support the running community in anyway we can, and one of the things we are hoping to do more of are race reports and videos from events here in Vermont. Our goal is to help promote these events, to thank the awesome people that spend countless hours organizing these events, and to give you a feel for what the event and course is like so you have a better idea of what to expect.
Today we’re going to look back at the Trapp Mountain Marathon that took place this past October. 2017 was the event’s second year and Will Robens of Catamount Ultra Events has proven that he knows how to put on a great race.
The Trapp Mountain Marathon is a challenging half and full marathon distance trail run in the heart of the Green Mountains at the beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. It takes place in early-mid October which should be the perfect time of year to spend some time in the woods. The temps are typically cool and the fall colors are typically out in force. However, it’s usually still early enough that there aren’t a ton of leaves covering the trails making navigation difficult and obscuring terrain features.
The Trapp Mountain Marathon Course consists of running (2) laps around a beautiful 13.1 mile course with 1900 feet of climb per lap. Now, 1900 feet may sound like a lot, but after participating this year we pleasantly surprised to find the course very runnable. Will did a great job laying out the course. The run is broken up nicely and, while challenging, you never feel like you’re grinding uphill for a long time.
New this year is a short section of trail up and over Round Top Mountain. It’s about a mile or so and is a narrow, technical goat path up and over the summit. We think it’s a great addition to the singletrack and fire roads that make up the rest of the course.
All of the event participants received a race shirt, and post race food & beer. Also, the awards and raffle items were great. We’d say better than average, but we also won something so we might be a little biased.
In the end, the Trapp Mountain Marathon & Half Marathon is a wonderful event. The course is awesome, it’s well organized, and it’s in Vermont!