Saturday, September 10, 2016 • Shelburne, VT • Course Map
Surrounded by the rolling green Adirondack Mountains and the deep blue waters of Lake Champlain, the small Vermont town of Shelburne, population just over 7,000, plays host in mid-September to the annual Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon, which takes runners on an out-and-back race that starts and finishes at Shelburne Beach.
From there, the race unfolds along a largely north-south route, heading south along Beach Road, Bostwick Road, Orchard Road and Lake Road, all the way south down to the half-way turnaround point near Thompson’s Point Road.
Once there, the course then returns north along the route runners just covered, all the way back to Shelburne Beach for the race finish.
Along the way, runners get to see the peaceful, bucolic scenery of this part of western Vermont, with wide-open farm fields specked with rolled hay bales, and the occasional tree-lined stretch of road.
There’s a brief stretch along the shoreline of the lake near Holmes Creek, and there are plentiful farm fields and farmhouses all along the route.
While they’re in town, runners can check out Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark that’s devoted to sustainable farming and cultivating environmentally-friendly farming practices, as well as the Shelburne Museum and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, where you can take a tour of the factory where these world-famous toys are made.
Organizers emphasize that for anyone who’s run the race in past years, the newly designed route isn’t as hilly as before and is actually “a pretty fast half marathon course.” Registration will be limited to the first 300 entrants, and the terrain is a mixture of paved and dirt roads.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, about 7 miles south of Burlington and roughly 40 miles northwest of Montpelier, Shelburne typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 25°F (in 1963) and as high as 98°F (in 2002).
On race day (Sept. 10), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- 2015 Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon Results
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered by Sept. 9 (without race t-shirt)
- $70 with race t-shirt
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Shelburne’s Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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