Sunday, July 9, “The World's Most Beautiful Marathon!” starts at 7 a.m.

The Mad Marathon is on the countdown with runners registered from around the world and headed to The Valley with family, friends and support teams. One reason people come back to The Valley is for the hospitality of the local community, the villages, covered bridges, farmlands and especially to see Vermont cows along the course.

Mad Marathon. Photo: Jeff Knight
Mad Marathon. Photo: Jeff Knight

Events scheduled for the weekend begin at Expo at race headquarters, the Waitsfield Inn, starting Friday at 4 p.m. Also Friday there will be a concert on the green with Peace in the Valley from 6 to 9 p.m. along with Sip ’n’ Paint hosted by Valley Arts. Saturday includes a Kids Rainbow Run on the Mad River Green starting at 6:30 p.m. along with Mad Carbo dinners around The Valley. Restaurants participating include Waitsfield Inn, Rumble’s Kitchen, Castlerock Pub, 275 Main at the Pitcher Inn, The Warren Store, Tucker Hill Inn, Hyde Away, Home Plate, Mad River Barn, Big Picture Theater & Cafe, American Flatbread and Localfolk Smokehouse.

While some roads will be closed on Sunday, July 9, once runners safely pass the roads reopen. Since the Mad Marathon starts at 7 a.m., roads generally begin to open at 9:45 a.m. Dori Ingalls, race director, thanked Mad River Valley residents in advance for their understanding during the race hours to keep runners safe.

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MAD MARATHON ROAD CLOSURES (except for local residents) Sunday, July 9

7 to 7:30 a.m., Main Street between Mad River Green south entrance and
Slow Road, detour through Bisbee’s parking lot.
7:10 to 7:30 a.m., Main Street between Slow Road and Bridge Street.
7:10 a.m. 1:40 p.m., Bridge Street between Main Street and Joslin Hill Road.
7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Joslin Hill Road.
7:25 to 9:45 a.m., North Road to Carpenter’s Farm.
7:35 to 9:45 a.m., Meadow Road.
7:45 to 10:15 a.m., East Road out and back section.
7:50 to 10:30 a.m., Common Road.
8:05 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., East Warren Road – Common Road to Joslin Hill Road.
8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., East Warren Road – Common Road to Roxbury Mountain Road.
8:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Main Street between Mad River Green south entrance and
Slow Road (detour through Mad River Green south entrance – Bisbee car park
to Slow Road).
8:25 to 11:15 a.m., Roxbury Mountain Road to Senor Road.
8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Senor Road to Fuller Hill Road.
8:35 to 11:45 a.m., Fuller Hill Road to Plunkton Road.
8:40 a.m. to noon, Plunkton Road to Brook Road.
8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., East Warren Road/Roxbury Mountain Road and Brook
Road/Plunkton Road.

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