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Vermont > Peak Snowshoe Marathon, Half Marathon & 6-Mile Race
Pittsfield, VT  •  Saturday, March 1, 2014  •  Course Map

With a course that takes participants through the snowy mountain terrain of western Vermont, the Peak Snowshoe Marathon, Half Marathon and 6-Mile Race stands out for the difficulty of the conditions and the terrain, as well as the sheer uniqueness of the event.

Billed by race organizers as one of New England's toughest marathon and half marathon courses, the Pittsfield Snowshoe race was run for the first time ever in 2007 and welcomed 84 participants who bundled up and strapped snowshoes to their feet for a course made up of snowmobile trails and backcountry roads. At the race's 2012 running, nearly 120 finishers crossed the finish line in all races combined.

The opening portion of the race presents a daunting challenge, a 200-yard dash through three feet of pure, unbroken snow, followed by 13 miles of trails that climb more than 2,000 feet in elevation on the way toward the peak of South Mountain, the race’s high point. For the full marathon, the course remains open for 9 hours – which is clearly a necessity when you realize that only 16 of the inaugural race’s 84 participants continued on after the half-way point to finish the full marathon.

The course for the race – which starts at 8:00 AM is a double 6.55-mile loop for the half-marathon (and four loops for the full). Prize money is also offered -- $1,200 to the winner of the full marathon (though no prize money for the half).

Race Weather & Climate

The town of Pittsfield, a small town of just under 500 residents, is part of a popular winter vacation area for skiing and snowmobile enthusiasts. As could be expected, average March temperatures in the area are still quite cold, ranging from 17°F to 41°F.

Snow is usually on the ground and frequent this time of year, as the town sees an average of over 3.5 inches of rain during the month (and more than 15 inches of snow). On the day of the race (March 1), the average low is 11°F and the average high is 36°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Peak Snowshoe Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2014 running of the Peak Snowshoe Marathon, Half Marathon or 6-Mile race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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