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North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont

August 28 2016
Stowe, Vermont, USA

This event isn’t only for those individuals that are driven to train 7 days a week or are blessed with outstanding genetics. This is an event for Everyone. Now… that doesn’t mean the Race To The Top is easy. It’s not. It means this course is going to challenge you, but with enough determination you will succeed, you will make it to the Top of Vermont, and we hope you will be inspired by your achievement.

Every August the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont attracts as many as 800 hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak located in Stowe, Vermont. The course climbs up the historic Toll Road, is 4.3 miles in length, and climbs 2564 ft. For some it’s all about trying to achieve a fast time up this tough 4.3 mile course. For others… they come to challenge themselves, and to enjoy the spectacular views. For non-competitive individuals, hiking is perfect way to experience this beautiful course, enjoy the company of friends, and be inspired by their effort and yours. Either way, we promise that the Race to the Top of Vermont will be one of the most challenging and fulfilling days you experience all season long.

Men's Record  |  2014  |  Gered Dunne, White River Junction, VT  |  30:53.6  |  Bad-A$$ Biker

Women's Record |  2012  |  Lea Davison, Jericho, VT  |  37:18.7 | 2012 Olympian

Bike Restrictions: 

All bikes must have knobby tires and disc or sidepull/V-type brakes. Bikes with cantilever or caliper brakes will not be allowed. All cyclists must wear a helmet and bikes must have two working brakes. Acceptable bikes include mountain, cyclocross, and gravel grinder type bikes. 

Other Considerations:

It can often be very windy at summit parking lot and finish area with summit temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler than temps at the start. Please make sure you are prepared for the descent and have the proper clothing. Prior to both starts a shuttle will be available to transport warm clothing and other post finish essentials to the finish. If interested in utilizing the shuttle please arrive at the starting area ~15 minutes early so you will have time to tag your gear and load it in the transport vehicle. Heat shields will be provided at the finish area upon request. Please make sure you return to the Midway Lodge for post race activities and to return the heat shields.



Routes: 4.3 miles, 11%, 2,564 feet
Difficulty of Greatest Route: E - Extreme terrain with frequent steep hills and long sustained climb
Entry Limit: 800 registered participants
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Saturday, August 27th

4:00-6:00 pm – Late Registration & Packet Pickup in the Midway Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort


Sunday, August 28th

7:30-8:30 am – Late Registration & Packet Pickup in the Midway Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort

9:00 am – Race Start Runners/Walkers/Hikers

10:00 am – Race Start Mountain Bikers

11:30 am – BBQ at the Midway Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort

12:00 pm – MVP Health Care Kids Run For Fun at the Midway Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort

12:30 pm – Awards and Raffle at the Midway Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort


CTA Members – $40 before July 1st  |  $50 before August 1st  |  $75 August 1st – Race Day

Non-Members – $50 before July 1st  |  $60 before August 1st  |  $75 August 1st – Race Day 

What's Included?

The entry fee includes a high quality tech shirt, post race BBQ feast, live music, and over $15,000 in raffle prizes.

Post Race BBQ:

The post race BBQ will start at 11:30 at the Midway Lodge. The BBQ will consist of delicious, pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, potato salad, a mixed green salad, a roll and a beverage brought to you by Black Diamond BBQ. Extra BBQ lunch tickets can be bought for $15 and must be purchased before August 22. 

Packet Pickups

Race Packet Pickup will be at theToll House Conference Center at Stowe Mountain Resort on Saturday evening and Sunday morning before the event. 

Saturday, August 27th from 4-6:00 pm @ Toll House Conference Center

Sunday, August 28th from 7:30-9:30 am @Toll House Conference Center



Prize / Race Categories

Age Category Awards:

The top 3 male and female racers in each age group will be presented with Handmade Stoneware RTTTOVT Mugs and a pair of Darn Tough Socks.  The top 3 overall men and women in each discipline will also receive cash awards of$200[1st], $100[2nd], and $50[3rd].

The age categories are… Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


$500 For Setting A New Course Record:

Any racer who sets a new overall course record for their gender regardless of discipline will receive a bonus cash award of $300 for a total cash award of$500. Mountain biker, Gered Dunne set the overall course record for men in 2014 with a time of 30:53.6. Also, in 2014, Olympic nordic skier, Liz Stephen set the women’s overall course record with a time of 37:15.9. The overall course record doesn’t care if you run or bike. All that matters is who’s the fastest… Period! 


The James Fredericks Award: 

The James Fredericks Award is given in honor of former CTA Director and Race To The Top Of Vermont Founder, Jim Fredericks. This award is named in grateful recognition of Jim’s dogged pursuit of excellence, his stamina, his competitive spirit, and his belief in the value of lifelong fitness. With these qualities, Jim guided the Catamount Trail Association to an era of increased capability for maintaining and sustaining nordic and backcountry skiing here in Vermont. It is awarded each year to the fastest male and female finishers of the race. 


Young Competitors:

Each year we have competitors, both male and female, in the mountain bike and running divisions that are 14 years old and even younger. These young competitors are the future of our sport and many of them are already performing at an amazingly high level. We feel that only awarding the top 3 finishers in this category does not adequately honor the effort that these young persons put forth, and instead, we will be honoring all of the 14 and under participants  in the running and cycling categories at the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont!


Toughest Of Them All Award – Darn Tough Ride

This year we are partnering with the Darn Tough Ride to offer the Toughest Of Them All Award! To be eligible all you have to do is participate in both the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont and the Full 100 Mile Darn Tough Ride.  Your running, or cycling, finishing time from the Race To The Top will be combined with your times on the two timed hill climbs during the Darn Tough Ride. The man and woman with the lowest combined times will be honored during the Darn Tough Ride awards ceremony. How tough are you? 


Clydesdale and Athena Awards: 

Handmade Stoneware Mugs will be presented to the top performing male and female finishers in each discipline (run/mtb).  To qualify for the Clydesdale and Athena classes, men must weigh 200+ lbs and women must weight 150+lbs. Clydesdale and Athena competitors will not be required to weigh in during check-in.



FATBIKE Awards: 

Handmade Stoneware Mugs will be presented to the top performing male and female finishers on Fatbikes.  To qualify all you have to do is ride a fatbike to the top of Vermont. 



Handmade Stoneware Mugs will be presented to the top performing male and female finishers completing both the run and bike legs. 

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Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
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Results Within 24 Hours
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
One Hill Climb
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Mt. Mansfield Toll Road in Stowe, VT
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