Over 875 competitors have registered for the premier running of the Mad Marathon this summer and race organizer Dori Ingalls has finalized her route and her traffic control for the event.
Over 1,000 runners are expected on race day, July 10. The race starts and finishes at the Mad River Green in Waitsfield. Runners will head north on Slow Road, along Route 100 to Bridge Street, through the covered bridge and up East Warren Road to Joslin Hill Road.
From Joslin Hill Road, runners will head down North Road through the Pine Brook covered bridge to Loose Cow Lane where they double back along North Road to Common Road.
From Common Road, runners intersect East Warren Road and stay on that until they take a left onto Roxbury Mountain Road. After a brief time on Roxbury Mountain Road, the course takes runners to Senor Road, Fuller Hill Road and Plunkton Road, then back along East Warren Road. Runners recross the covered bridge and return to the finish/start area along Route 100.
There will be road closures at various times on race day as well as traffic control officers, volunteers and multiple aid stations. Additionally, race pace cars will actually be race pace cyclists who will lead and follow the marathoners. The race begins at 7 a.m. and the last runner is expected to be finished in the early afternoon.
When roads are closed for the race, local residents will still be allowed through. Roads will be closed for short periods of time (circa 30 minutes) and then re-opened.
At the Mad Marathon website madmarathon.com is a map of the course as well as an interactive “run the course” feature. Other race details as well as lodging information and area information can be found there as well.