See Who Runs the Mad Dash: 60 Volunteers tad

09 20 2018


It takes a village of 60 volunteers to “run” the Mad Dash, a professionally timed 10K/5K foot race, 5K Fitness walk and Free Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Kids Fun Run which takes place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 7th on Meadow Road, Waitsfield.

Without volunteers’ collective behind-the-scenes power, this popular community and visitor-friendly event that includes a delicious lunch, silent auction and live music couldn’t be the smooth operation it’s been for 23 years. Here’s a look at some of the Mad Dash volunteers:

Chrissy Gilhuly: Last year was Chrissy’s first time volunteering for the Mad Dash. She helped with the silent auction and registration. “It’s a wonderful community event. It was really fun and extremely well organized,” she said. “I met a lot of new people, which is always a treat living in a small town.”

Audrey Huffman: Audrey has volunteered for many years in various areas of the Mad River Path Association: trail work, board member, Mad Dash participant. For the past 7 years, she has volunteered to create all the graphics for the newsletter, annual brochure, ads and map. “It’s wonderful to volunteer for the Dash and know it’s another way to support the Path and be a part of a special annual community event,” Audrey observed.

Christy Ketchel: Christy has taken on the monumental task of preparing lunch for the hundreds of Mad Dash participants. Like her predecessor, Heidi Benjamin, who passed away two years ago, Christy puts her heart and soul into creating a hearty, healthy lunch for runners and walkers. “I love the Valley and I love the Dash,” Christy said. “I like to help out however I can.”

Nancy Myrto: Nancy has volunteered at the Mad Dash registration table for the last 5 years. “It is one of the few times I am able to set aside time each year to hopefully help the community in some small way,” Nancy said. “I love the sense of community and joy that is always present at this event. No matter the weather, all who participate come with smiles and a willingness to help each other reach the finish line.”

Kevin Russell: Kevin came up with the Mad Dash idea as a fundraiser and ran the event for 9 years. These days he volunteers before, during and after the Dash, rounding up and returning equipment with longtime volunteer Harrison Snapp. On Dash day, Kevin oversees the course marshals. “The dedication of others to continue the success of the Dash year after year is outstanding,” said Kevin.

Funds raised by the Mad Dash go to the Mad River Path Association, a member-supported, non-profit organization working to create a network of public pathways throughout the Mad River Valley.

To volunteer, please email Liz First Raddock at To register for the Mad Dash 10K/5K footrace or Fitness walk, please go to and click on Mad Dash.