There’s nothing better than running in the Fall, New England style….don’t get me wrong, I’m not rushing summer, since Summer weather has decided not to show up yet…. If you are looking for an action packed running weekend…..look no further than The Shoefly Trail Running Festival in East Burke, Vermont.
Shoefly is a two-day Trail Running Festival starting September 16-17th. This is actually the Grand Finale to the Shoefly Trail Series they kicked off in April of 2017. It runs through August and it’s only $45 bucks…distances are 1 mile, 5k or 10k. Check it out! Sign Up HERE for the monthly Series and/or Festival.
Back to the Main event…..What caught my eye as I was signing up for the Horsefly 25k (great warm up race for all you runners racing the VT50), was the descriptions of the different races, and boy are there a lot to choose from. They really intrigued me and made me smile….it sounds like an EPIC weekend of FUN!!! Whether your just dipping your toes into running or are a seasoned Ultra runner, there’s a race for you. Here’s the scoop:
–Butterfly 1 mile: Saturday come run or walk or dress up for your mile race!!!
-Butterfly 5k’s: There are different 5k options…costume or follow the lighted torches.
–Horsefly 10k: There are 2 10k’s over the weekend…….Costume and Firefly torch run or both.
-Firefly 10k: This is a night run for those of you who have wanted to run with headlamps and follow glow sticks!!! You can choose to register only for this or take advantage of this race being included in the one you signed up for. Night running is the best!!!! Come see what it’s all about…..
-Horsefly 25k: This is a mid day start race, so you can enjoy some of the festivities or listen to the local bands before lacing up your shoes. You also get access to run the Firefly 10k at dark. My whole family signed up to run this one!! Can’t wait!!
Blackfly 50k: This will have you running two 10 mile loops, a 10k loop and 2 5k loops…..Will this be your first Ultra, or are you coming back for more?
Dragonfly 12/24 hour Solo/Team: How many loops will your legs carry you? Check this one out if this makes you curious!! You can choose to run it solo or grab your favorite running buddies….Let’s see what you’re made of…..
There are so many choices!! Besides running on some of the best trails in the East, Shoefly will have live entertainment, local food, vendors, & games. What a great way to run, exercise, and hang out to cheer friends and family on. All participants (except the 1 milers) will receive a Shoefly Signature Patagonia Long Sleeve t-shirt and all races will receive a finishers prize. Tenting is also available for out-of -towners….10×10 tent sites are $20 per night, or you can treat yourself to a room at Burke Mt. Resort. Mention Shoefly for a discounted group rate. But hurry, Shoefly is smack dab in the middle of leap peeping season……Rooms may be selling fast.
Fall is the perfect time to run on the Northeast Kingdom’s finest dirt. The crisp cool air and beautiful colors will surround you and keep you coming back for more. Look them up…..hope the Shoefly Trail Running Festival will be marked on your September Running calendar……
Which races are you signed up for?? Would love to hear about them…..
See you on the trails……