Not Too Late to Register for the Mad Dash

10 05 2017

Not Too Late to Register for Sunday’s Mad Dash

It’s not too late to pre-register for the 22nd Annual Mad Dash on Sunday October 8th, which includes a professionally timed 5K & 10K foot race and 5K fitness walk plus a free Kids Fun Run on Meadow Road in Waitsfield.

Here are a few last-minute tips to help make the day fun and easy:
• How to Register: Three options: 1) Pre-register online for discounted registration and entrance in a raffle at, click on Mad Dash. 2) Pre-register at the Waitsfield Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 7. 3) Register on race day, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration closes 1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 7th.
• Harwood Pre-Registration Special: For every Harwood student who pre-registers, the Mad River Path Association will donate $5 to the Harwood cross country program.
• Blue Cross Blue Shield Kids Fun Run: Starts after the 5K and 10K is complete, around 11 a.m. Register at the race.
• What’s the course like? Scenic, gently rolling course on a dirt road, near the Mad River, through a covered bridge, with mountain views.
• When should I arrive? Get there early to park, sign in, get bib and tee-shirt at the registration table, enjoy bagels and coffee under the big tent. Then, check out the silent auction before the race. Auction items include a standup paddle board and paddle; a Mad River Glen season pass; local restaurant dinners, B&B overnights, shopping gift certificates, health, beauty and fitness items.
• Directions & Parking: Meadow Road is the road north of Small Dog Electronics, off Route 100 in Waitsfield. Carpooling is encouraged. Free parking.
• Race start: 10 a.m. Runners at the front of pack. Walkers and strollers to the back.
• Lunch and live tunes: A delicious lunch and live music by Phineas Gage provided.
• Medal Ceremony: Immediately following Kids Fun Run, approximately 11:30 a.m.
• Rain or shine: The Mad Dash takes place rain or shine.
• Volunteers Needed? Yes, contact us at

With the support of the five families, this year’s Dash honors the memory of Harwood Union High School students Eli Brookens, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau, and Kimball Union Academy student Janie Chase Cozzi, a year after their passing. The Path Association will dedicate a portion of registration proceeds to build a walking path at Mad River Park in their honor.

Memorial ribbons combining HUHS black and gold school colors and KUA’s orange and black school colors will be available. Additionally, the students’ names are inscribed in hearts on the sleeve of this year’s commemorative Dash tee-shirt. Gold hearts for Harwood and an orange heart for KUA.

The Mad Dash benefits the Mad River Path Association, a non-profit organization that builds, maintains and repairs a network of public trails from Warren to Moretown.

Sugarbush is the title sponsor of the Mad Dash. Other leadership sponsors include Mehuron’s Supermarket, Jamieson Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and Friends of the Mad River, along with many other generous local business partners.