08 30 2018

This year’s Mad Dash is dedicated to Waitsfield farmer, Elwin Neill and his family. For 23 years, the Neills have allowed the annual 5K/10K foot race and walk to take place on their historic farm in the fall. The Neills also host the West Greenway along the river, thanks to an easement held by the Town of Waitsfield.

“We’re very lucky that, year after year, Elwin, Angela and Forrest Neill share their land with the Dash. The Dash tents and parking are on the farm fields. Dash participants run or walk past their historic homestead,” said Laura Brines, Mad River Path Board President.

“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, and we thank the Neills for their support,” Brines continued.

The Mad River Path Association, a non-profit organization that builds and maintains a network of trails from Warren to Moretown, and benefits from the Mad Dash, hopes to shine a light on Vermonters and the importance of their land, which is what the Mad River Path Association is all about.

Sugarbush is the lead sponsor of the 23rd Annual Mad Dash. Other leadership sponsors include Lawson’s Finest, Jamieson Insurance, West Hill House, Mehuron’s and Wilcox and Barton. The Dash will take place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 7th on Meadow Road in Waitsfield, behind Small Dog Electronics.

For runners there will be a professionally timed 5K and 10K foot race, plus a 5K fitness walk. For the smaller set, the free Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Kids Fun Run which takes place 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 great silent auction with many 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.

Volunteers are needed and encouraged to sign up by emailing “Volunteering is a great way to support the Dash and the Path,” said Liz First Raddock, event coordinator. “No previous experience required, and there are jobs before, during and after the race. Send us an email with the subject ‘Dash Volunteer’, and let us know your availability.”

For more information and to register for the Dash, go to our web-page at or send an email to