Goshen Gallop 2018
The Goshen Gallop
Run the Road Less Traveled
OUR 40th YEAR! It is going to be fabulous!
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Since 1978 the Goshen Gallop has invited runners from across Vermont and around the world, seeking to take the road less traveled by. Hosted by the iconic Blueberry Hill Inn, in the heart of the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest… participants can tackle either the famous 10.2K— or the equally awesome, but more merciful 5K run.
Runners looking for an exceptional backcountry course find it here… in the Moosalmoo National Recreation Area. From a natural obstacle course with log-strewn trails to a stunning surprise view from the south end of Hogback Mountain, the Gallop’s elevation profile and rugged terrain have earned the race the nickname “the toughest 10k in New England.” Bragging rights for any serious runner that complete the satisfying and breathtaking experience. But you don’t need to be a hardcore runner to participate… the 5K is equally exhilarating, and you can still brag (just half as much).
Then there’s the victory party. Revel in a relaxed post-race barbecue, enjoy spirited live music, and freewheeling pond dipping. Camp out or stay over at the Inn if you like, and continue the festivities with a bonfire post-party.
By participating in the Goshen Gallop you’re contributing to a great cause – the restoration of a piece of the Green Mountain National Forest. Proceeds support the repair of trails and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011 - an integral part of the Moosalamoo outdoor experience that allows visitors to ski over to Romance Mountain.
At-a-Glance: the 39th Annual Goshen Gallop
Date: July 21, 2018
Start Time: 4 PM
Address: 1245 Goshen Ripton Road, Goshen, VT
Distance: 10.2k or 5k
(Includes race entry, meal ticket, and t-shirt for the first 100 registrants at least)
Dinner guest pricing: $19/adults; $14/kids 12 and under.
Bib Pickup: starting at 1 PM in the Nordic Center
Picnic in the orchard: starting at 5 PM
Camping available Friday and/or Saturday night; $10 per person (bathrooms & showers available).
- Conquer mud, rugged hills, fields, and woods
- Experience one of the best views in the Green Mountain state
- Enjoy a pond swim, and the perfect post-race picnic in our apple orchard
- Support our efforts to repair trails and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene
Gallop for Trails & Bridges
Nearly fifty years ago, Tony Clark bought the Blueberry Hill Inn, and transformed the inn and its environs into an iconic Nordic ski destination. Clark’s dedication to the Moosalamoo area of the Green Mountain Forest over the decades has been unwavering, and his advocacy for the area earned Moosalmoo a Congressional designation as a National Recreation Area in 2007. Maintaining public access to this wild wilderness takes hard work and funding. And your support of the Goshen Gallop can help.
In 2011, Hurricane Irene destroyed two key river crossings. To repair this damage, proceeds of this year’s Goshen Gallop will be used to replace two bridges and to fix surrounding trails, allowing visitors to ski over to Romance Mountain. These repairs will also help solidify a new relationship with the National Forest Service in 2016. This partnership will give us more support in the never-ending effort to maintain our trails, and help keep the mountains behind Blueberry Hill Inn accessible to the public for all seasons.
2018 RACE INFORMATION:
REGISTRATION: Registration is on the ski-center side of the road, beginning at 2pm.
START: There will be a mass start at 4 pm for all racers (5 and 10k) under the 'start' banner hung over the road.
RACE: The course is well marked. With the exception of a few muddy spots between 6-8 km, it is generally dry.
WATER: There are three water stations along the course – (1) On the road past the Blueberry Management Area at 2.5 km. (2) Behind the Inn by the pond at 5.2km. (3) At the intersection of the Goshen Dam road and the Sucker Brook Trail at 7.9km. Water will also be available at the start/finish areas.
INJURIES: Please report injuries during the race to the nearest water station or road crossing. An EMS crew will be on-site. There is no cell phone service over most of the course.
FINISH: Through the chute and under the “FINISH” banner. You did it!
RESULTS: Unofficial results will be posted as soon as possible after the race. Please note that timers are not able to discuss results during the race. If you find an error in the unofficial results, please see the Timing Crew anytime following the race. Official results will be posted on our web page, Ultrasignup.com, as well as or on our Facebook event page.
FOOD: The food will be served buffet style around 5:30 p.m. In your race bag is your meal plate. This is your meal ticket. Non racers that wish to eat with us can purchase a meal ticket at the registration table prior to the start of the race if any remain. Meals may also be purchased in line with exact amount of $20 per meal ($ 15 for kids 12 and under). Vegetarian options will be available. This event is B.Y.O.B, feel free to bring your favorite post-race recovery beverage!
AWARDS: Awards will be presented at approximately 6:15 pm. You must be present to receive your award.
BATHROOMS: There are two bathrooms in the ski center for runner use.
POND: Feel free to take a swim in the pond behind the Inn.
CAMPING: Camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights for $10/night. Shoot us an email if you are interested or just bring along your tent!
DOGS: Your dogs are welcome to attend the Gallop, we just asked that you keep them leashed and controlled at all times. We have two of our own pups (Remy and Weezer), who are very friendly and may be wandering around the event.
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