2017 MAD DASH is scheduled for Sunday October 8.

09 07 2017


This year’s Mad Dash is especially focused on celebrating community and the beauty of the Mad River Valley, home of the Mad River Path.

“This event is a signature one for Mad River Valley residents and visitors – often in the height of fall foliage, a perfect outdoor event for a crisp holiday weekend,” said Laura Brines, Mad River Path Board President.

Sugarbush is the title sponsor of the 22nd Annual Mad Dash. Other leadership sponsors of the Dash and the Path include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Jamieson Insurance, West Hill House, Mehuron’s and Friends of the Mad River. Path project sponsor leaders include Lawson’s Finest, The Taste Place and Mad River Valley Rotary Club.

The Dash will take place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 8th on Meadow Road in Waitsfield, behind Small Dog Electronics.

There’s something for everyone and all are invited to register on line now for a discounted registration fee at www.madriverpath.com. Click on the Mad Dash link.

“I have been involved for all 22 years, in the race and helping with organization and logistics,” said Harrison Snapp of Weather Hill Company, a long-time Path Board member. “It really is a highlight of the year, whatever the weather. It’s outdoors, it’s a welcome to fall and a big boost for the Mad River Path Association. Thanks to the Neill Family and all those who support the Path.”

For runners there will be a professionally timed 5K and 10K foot race; a 5K fitness walk for anyone who can walk; and for the smaller set, there’s the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Kids Fun Run immediately following the race. A tee-shirt, delicious lunch, live music by Phineas Gage and great raffle prizes are included in the registration fee. Registration is open till the day of the race, although only pre-registered participants will be entered in the raffle. There will also be a silent auction with hundreds of items from local businesses.

The course has a quintessential Vermont backdrop with a classic dirt road, rolling farmland, mountain views, gorgeous foliage and an unaltered covered bridge built in 1855.

Last year’s Dash Master’s female winner, Kate Williams, said, “It’s a fun and positive running experience. It encompasses everything about the Valley that I love - the people, the land, and the community we share. It’s got everything.”

The Dash is the largest annual fundraising event to benefit the Mad River Path Association, a non-profit organization that builds and maintains a network of trails from Warren to Moretown. It’s one more way to “get into the Valley’s Great Outdoors,” said Path Executive Director Ned Farquhar. “Whether you’re running or biking for recreation, commuting to work, or shopping and dining, the Path can get you out in the Valley’s fresh air and natural environment.”

Volunteers are needed and encouraged to sign up by emailing path@madriver.com.

“It’s a great way to support the Dash and the Path,” said Liz First Raddock, event coordinator. “Volunteers commit two and a half hours on race day, October 8. No previous experience is needed. There are jobs before, during and after the race, so send us an email with the subject Dash Volunteer, and let us know your availability.”

This year’s Dash will take place a year after the loss of five local students: Mary Harris, Cyrus Zschau, Eli Bookens and Liam Hale from Harwood Union High School and Janie Cozzi from Kimball Union Academy. The event will remember these students, their families, and their friends. In their honor, a share of the registration fees will be dedicated to a recreation path around Mad River Park. Runners from both schools are invited to participate. The Path organization appreciates the families’ support in commemorating the five students on this weekend.

For more information about the Dash, email path@madriver.com