The 18th annual Sugarbush Mad Dash is set for Sunday, October 13, at 10 a.m. The fun and low-key running and community fitness event includes 5k and 10k running races, a 5k fitness walk and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Kids Fun Run.

The 5k and 10k Mad Dash courses begin and end on Meadow Road in Waitsfield. Runners will follow a rural, primarily dirt road course, along North Road across the Pine Brook covered bridge through beautiful farm fields, with views of the Mad River, Lincoln Peak, Camel's Hump and the other mountains and hills which surround The Valley.

Registration for the Dash includes food, refreshments and a commemorative T-shirt for all participants.

Registration is available at the following locations: General Wait House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; Waitsfield Farmers' Market; Sugarbush's Community Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 12; and at the event, starting at 8 a.m. There is a registration cost for the 5k and 10k courses. The Kids Fun Run is free and registration is available at the event on race day.

The Mad Dash is an annual community fitness event and benefit for the Mad River Path Association. The Path Association is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose vision is for a network of public paths throughout the Mad River Valley in order to foster healthy community and connecting the people, businesses and special places of the Mad River Valley. To learn more about the Dash, the Path or the Path Association, visit

This year's Dash is sponsored by Back To Action Physical Therapy, Friends of the Mad River, Elevation Physical Therapy and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.