The Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run
("Vermont 100") is a 100 mile (162 km) long ultramarathon
An ultramarathon is any sporting event involving running longer than the traditional marathon length of .There are two types of ultramarathon events: those that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during specified time...
held annually in July at Silver Hill Meadow in West Windsor, Vermont
West Windsor is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,067 at the 2000 census.-Geography:According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.7 square miles , of which, 24.7 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of...
. It is one of the four 100 mile races that comprise the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning
The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is a set of four of the most prestigious 100 mile races contested in the United States, comprising the Western States 100 in California, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run in Vermont, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, and the Leadville Trail 100 in...
. It is also the only known ultra race in the USA where entrants run alongside horses over a similar course, in a separate but simultaneous race. (Horses avoid some of the more treacherous single-track and technical trails.) The race has been held every year since 1989.
The majority of the course runs on dirt roads with the remainder on hiking trails and a few miles of pavement. There is up to 15,000 feet of elevation gain and loss.
In 2010, Michael Arnstein won first place for the men, with a time of 15:26:20. Serena Wilcox was the first woman (and seventh overall) with a time of 18:09:46.
The Vermont 100 used to follow a different course, and keeps separate records for the old and new courses.
Current course records are:
|| Leigh R. Schmitt
|| Kami Semick
The Vermont 100 is a fundraising event put on by and in support of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
(VASS), a non-profit that provides sports and recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. This race was founded by Laura Farrell, an ultra-runner and the founder of VASS, who felt a strong link between the two events.
The Vermont 50
race in September is also hosted by and benefitting VASS.