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May 24, 2012

Skiers Test Their Fitness at The Race to the Top of Vermont


NENSA skiers looking to develop their strength this summer should include The Race to the Top of Vermont in their racing schedule. On August 26th, 2012, athletes who take on the challenge will run, mountain bike, or hike the 4.3-miles up the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road in Stowe, VT.

Demanding physical strength and mental stamina with each step, this is the ideal opportunity for skiers preparing for the season ahead. As the second longest hill climb in the New England, participants are rewarded in full when they crest the top of Vermont’s tallest mountain to take in spectacular views of the Northeast from the summit.

This race draws Olympians, World Champion hill climbers, and elite athletes from 24 states and Canada who bring a high level of competitiveness to the race. For the non-competitive, the hiking component is a friendly way to join in on a great event. For team players, signing up with two other co-workers, friends, or training buddies adds another dimension of motivation and encouragement to race-day.

For the first time, this event will also include the MVP Health Care Run for Fun, a 1-kilometer mini-hill climb for kids between the ages of 4 and 14. This fun event will offer youth the opportunity to be exposed to the life long sport of running in an atmosphere where everyone is a winner!

This year, the race is benefiting two great non-profit organizations, the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT). These two organizations are teaming up to help conserve 1,161 acres of forested land in Bolton Valley, Vermont for recreation and wildlife habitat. Bolton Valley is a popular destination for both cross country and backcountry skiers of all ages and abilities. The land being conserved is home to 88-kilometers of Nordic and backcountry ski trails as well as sections 21 & 22 of the Catamount Trail.

The VLT has committed to fundraising over $1 million dollars to conserve the 1,161 acres in Bolton Valley and prevent future commercial development. As a part of their fundraising efforts, participants can ask their friends, family members and co-workers to sponsor them in the race on behalf of the VLT and their conservation efforts.

The CTA is a non-profit organization that protects, manages, and maintains a 300-mile long backcountry ski trail, the entire length of Vermont. One of the Catamount Trail’s most popular sections is the section that passes through the Bolton Valley area being threatened by development. Even though the CTA is protected with an easement, conserving the surrounding land will allow ski enthusiasts to climb, glide, carve, and adventure throughout the Bolton trails.

Set your sights on the top this summer with the CTA and the VLT. Participants will have the option to fund raise for this conservation effort or just enter as an event participant. What ever you do, make sure you stick around after the event for a post-race BBQ, live music, and an awards ceremony at the Stowe Mountain Resort. In a recent poll taken by Vermont Sports Magazine, the Race to the Top was voted the race with the best prizes for all of Vermont. Top age group finishers receive cash prizes and handmade stoneware mugs, but all participants are entered into a raffle with over $14,000 in prizes!

For more information, to donate to the Bolton Backcountry project, and to register, visit www.CatamountTrail.org.





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