Frequently asked questions

What course are you using this year?

We are using the course that's been run since 2019, however in 2019 we made a slight change to alleviate traffic and runner congestion in front of Porter Hospital and improve runner safety. At approximately Mile 7.5 runners will head onto a trail that's part of Middlebury College's NCAA XC course. The trail section is slightly more than 1 mile and runners enter South Street Extension just south of EastView retirement community to start the out and back segment. The start and finish line is located in the parking area behind Porter Hospital.

Do you offer finishers' medals?

Every finisher will receive a nip bottle of maple syrup when they complete the race. Commemorative finishers medals locally made by Maple Landmark Woodcraft are available for purchase at the time of registration for $5.

What time does the race start?

All distances will start at 9:00 a.m. Both races use the same start and finish lines.

Why is the out-and-back section at the end of the race?

We've had many questions and comments over the years wondering why we don't reverse the course and have the out-and-back section (currently miles 8.5-13) at the beginning of the race. If we reversed the course, miles 0-2 that go near downtown Middlebury would become miles 12-13. At that point in the race, the runners become very stretched out--a difference of 90 minutes between the first and last runners. We try to keep the traffic disruptions and inconvenience to the town to a minimum and we'd have to stop traffic frequently to let runners safely cross Route 30/South Main Street. South Street Ext. (miles 8-13) is a lightly traveled road with few residents, so it can be closed to ensure runner safety with minimal disruption.

Can I walk the Middlebury Maple Run?

Sorry, this is strictly a running event. You must be able to run at a 13-min/mile pace to participate in this event. To ensure the safety of our runners and volunteers and to re-open closed roads, there will be a time cut off. If a runner hasn’t reached the 7 mile mark by 10:30 a.m. (13 min/mile), we cannot guarantee support through the remainder of the course–meaning aid stations will close, you will not be officially timed, and the sweep vehicle will move up to the next runner. Runners may be asked to remove themselves from the course or be picked up by the sweep vehicle.

Do I get a free t-shirt?

All runners who don't upgrade to a wicking t-shirt receive a free cotton t-shirt if we receive your registration by midnight, Friday, 4/17/20. If your on-line or postmarked entry is after that date, you can get a shirt on a first come, first serve basis. Sizes are not guaranteed after Friday, 4/17/20. We urge you to register early to guarantee a shirt.

Do you offer wicking t-shirts?

Yes, you have the option to upgrade to a wicking t-shirt for a fee of $12. Your order needs to be placed by 4/17/20.

Can I register in person?

You can register in person on Saturday, May 3 between 4 and 6 p.m. at Middlebury Regional EMS at 55 Collins Drive. Or, register on Sunday, May 3 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the race start area at Middlebury Regional EMS.

Where and when do I pick up my race number?

You have two options: You can pick up your race number on Saturday, May 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Middlebury Regional EMS at 55 Collins Drive. Or, register on Sunday, May 3 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the race start area at Middlebury Regional EMS.

Will I receive any confirmation once I register?

If you've registered online or by mail you will receive a confirmation email. Please print out your receipt and bring it when you pick up your race number. If you registered by mail and did not include your email address, you can email Sue Hoxie, race director, or call 802-989-6980 to confirm your registration status.

What happens if for some reason, I cannot run the race?

You may transfer your registration to another runner. You cannot change between categories, e.g. adult transfers registration to student. To transfer email Sue Hoxie, race director, or call 802-989-6980.

Will the race be cancelled for any reason?

It will be run rain or shine, unless there is an event such as an Act of God or the Towns of Middlebury and Weybridge deems it unsafe. The race committee will take under advisement rescheduling or offering refunds after that time.

What if I wish to switch between the full 1/2 marathon and the two-person relay?

We will accept changes up until Thursday, April 30th at 5 p.m. ET. No switches will be processed after that time. You may change in either direction--individual half marathon to two-person relay or vice versa. You cannot change from the student category to the adult category or vice versa.There is a $25 fee to switch if you're creating a two-person relay team and adding a runner.

How many water/ aid stations will there be?

There are five aid stations along the course providing water, Gatorade, band aids and Vaseline. They are located at approximately miles 3.2, 5, 7, 9.5 and 11.5.

What if I can't finish the race?

There will be support vehicles on the course for any medical emergencies and/or to provide transportation back to the start/finish area.

What will the weather be like?

Temperatures are typically in the 40s to 50s in late April/early May. However, New England weather is known for its unpredictability so be prepared for anything!

Can I push a stroller or run with my dog during the race?

For insurance and safety reasons, both for yourself and other runners, please do not bring strollers or dogs onto the race course. You will be disqualified if you run with a dog or stroller.

Can I register by mail?

Yes you can! You'll also avoid credit card service fees. You can download a print & mail application here.