There are only a few days left to preregister online for the 23rd annual Mad Dash at, click on Mad Dash. The professionally-timed 10K/5K foot race, 5K fitness walk and free BCBS of VT Kids Fun Run which takes place on Sunday, October 7, Meadow Road in Waitsfield is a Valley favorite for meaningful and fun reasons. Here are six of them:

  1. Everyone can “Dash.” Old, young and in between, walking or running, slow or fast, all are welcome.
  1. Meet up with friends, neighbors or meet someone new at the Dash. This year the event honors the Neill family for supporting the Dash for 23 years.
  1. The scenery. Amidst foliage, the course is on a dirt road that goes near the Mad River, through an unaltered 1855 covered bridge and includes views of mountains and farms.
  1. All participants get a commemorative T-shirt. There’s a homemade lunch, live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes (pre-registered participants only).
  1. Free Kids Fun Run. Every kid runner gets a medal. The BCBS of Vermont Kids’ Fun Run is race-day registration only and starts after the Dash.
  1. Give back. Help create a public path from Warren to Moretown. Funds from the Mad Dash support the Mad River Path Association, which works to expand and maintain public paths in the Mad River Valley.

The Mad Dash starts at 10 a.m. Sign-in and day-of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Free parking, port-o-lets, coffee. Rain or shine. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 496-7284.