Main content

Exciting race on Mt. Mansfield is not downhill, but rather up the hill

There have been plenty of downhill races on the storied slopes of Mt. Mansfield, but only one major competition in recent memory challenges racers to go up to the summit as fast as they can.Race to the Top of Vermont

On Sunday, August 29, 2010, the Catamount Trail Association puts on the Third Annual FJG Race To The Top Of Vermont. It's actually two races: one for mountain bikers and the other for runners and walkers. Either way, it's a quad-burning exercise that is rewarded with summit views to Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, New Hampshire and the Vermont countryside from the state's highest peak.

The course is 4.3 miles long and climbs 2,550 vertical feet on the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road. Last year, the runners narrowly edged out the mountain bikers for fastest times of the day.

Bikers Male: Nathan Ringquist, Stowe, VT 36:12.0
Bikers Female: Marilyn Ruseckas, Waitsfield, VT 45:37.1
Runners Male: Jim Johnson, Salem, NH 35:30.6
Runners Female: Kasie Enman, Huntington, VT 40:12.5

Registration is limited to 900 (yes, it's a popular race!), so check out the <link http: news external-link-new-window>race details and sign up pronto if you are interested.

This contest benefits the <link http: external-link-new-window trail in>Catamount Trail Association -- the protector of the 300-mile-long ski trail that runs from the southern to the northern border of Vermont -- as well as Mobius Mentoring and Girls Move Mountains.

The August issue of Runner’s World selected The FJG Race To The Top of Vermontas one of the top four “short-but-sweet-climbs” in the country. “We currently have entrants from 17 states and Canada and we expect that to rise to 25 states by early August. The entries are pouring in,” said Jim Fredericks of The Catamount Trail Association.

Photo: Courtesy of Catamount Trail Association.

Share This Blog Post

Latest posts

Photo of a ski swap with people looking at lots of skis

SkiMaven’s 2021 list of Vermont ski swaps

Posted 9/7/21

Updated 9/22/2021 PM When there's a chill in the air and we start to reach for fleece layers, that's a sure sign that ski swaps will soon take place in Vermont! Here's our annual round-up of ski…

Photo of a skier moving through the woods with blue sky

Spring has sprung! Gotta make the most of the snow!

Posted 3/20/21

We're looking at a stretch of sunny (yay!) and warm (not so yay!) weather in Vermont. Better get out on the snow while we have it! Forty-six inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. That's…

Photo of mountain view while Nordic skiing on February 8

Bring on the snowstorms, March! We know you can do it!

Posted 3/3/21

Recently we've been enjoying the snow any way we can — from powdery goodness to challenging crust.  This morning after a thaw-and-freeze cycle, it was nice to cross-country ski on groomed trails with…

Photo of thick rime ice on branches in the woods

Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for snow!

Posted 2/5/21

We’ve been clicking into our skis a few times a week lately. We especially like getting out on the snow before we work from home. It's such a great way to start the day. Here in northern Vermont the…