Driving from Ottawa to the New England area is always enjoyable. This time I was off to Woodstock, VT for the Covered Bridge Half Marathon. I can’t stress how beautiful the area is around Woodstock as well as the town itself. The only complaint that I have was cellular service sucked. But it was understandable why with all the mountains and valleys. I even went as far as to talk to the locals and ask what service providers they used. Their reply? They all suck around here.
Was able to take some time and see some local sites like Harpoon Brewery and Rock of Ages to name a few. Spent some time walking around Woodstock as well with their main street shops and small town feel.
Race was a point to point run from Suicide Six Ski Hill to Quechee Gorge Village area. It’s limited to 2500 runners so it is important to be on their registration page the day it opens or you won’t get a bib.
The course overall has a very gentle downgrade with only one small hill to climb. In total you get to run through two covered bridges and pass by another. There are some twists and turn but nothing that will feel like you are doubling back on yourself. It was VERY cold in the shade at the starting line so staying in the sun important. I kept walking around for the most part to try and keep myself warm. I can’t stress how beautiful the run was. The town of Woodstock matched that beauty as well.
Check out this article by Greatist.com where they name the Greatest 50 races in America by state. Covered Bridges holds the honor to be the best race for Vermont.
This one is definitely worth the drive!!