Sunday, October 2, 2016 • Waterbury, VT • Course Map
Organized and staged by the Central Vermont Runners club, the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon has been a fixture in this northern Vermont town for a quarter century. It’s also timed to coincide with one of the most popular tourist seasons in the Northeast, the fall foliage viewing season.
From the starting line at Waterbury’s Keurig Green Mountain Complex, this out-and-back race unfolds along terrain that’s described by the organizers as “rolling,” and is mostly run along dirt trails — about 75 percent dirt surface and 25 percent paved road.
Runners will head out from there – the starting line lies just off Railroad Street and Pilgrim Park Road – and north along Perry Hill Road and Kneeland Flats Road, and continues north to the turnaround on Barnes Hill Road before heading back south.
The 13.1-mile course for the race takes the hundreds of runners who participate in the race each year through some of Vermont’s most scenic country backroad areas, through the towns of Duxbury and Waterbury, which is perhaps best known as the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, whose factory is Vermont’s most popular tourist attraction.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just off I-89 in northern Vermont, about 25 miles southeast of Burlington, Waterbury typically sees relatively even rainfall year-round and cold to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 14°F (in 1972) and as high as 84°F (in 1963).
On race day (Oct. 2), the average low is 40ºF and the average high is 60ºF.
- $40 – $45 for the half marathon
- $30 – $35 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Waterbury’s Leaf Peepers Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at ChronoTrack.com.
Official Race Website
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