Burlington, VT (August 25, 2010) — Nine hundred eager hill climbers are flocking to Stowe, Vermont this weekend for the FJG (Fleischer Jacobs Group) Race To The Top Of Vermont organized by the Catamount Trail Association. On Sunday, Aug 29th, participants from 23 states and provinces will take the challenge to hike, run or mountain bike the 4.3 mile hill climb on the famous Mt Mansfield Toll. This unique race is shaping up to be one of Vermont’s premier athletic events and a tremendous fundraiser for three important non-profit organizations dedicated to the physical and mental welfare of Vermonters, Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association, Mobius Mentoring Movement, and Girls Move Mountains.
Some of the top mountain runners in the country are currently registered and ready to set new course records for this third annual event. Last year’s record holder, Jim Johnson of Salem, NH will join an impressive field of top mountain runners including Eric Morse from Berlin, VT, Eli Enman of Huntington, and Olympian Marc Gilbertson of Hyde Park. Coming off a tremendous race season, local Stowe runner Robynn Anderson is eyeing the podium for the women’s win. World Championship racer Audrey Huffman and last year’s record holder Rebecca Ruseckas, both from Waitsfield, VT, will hotly contest the women’s mountain bike category. A sure bet for top placing in the men’s mountain bike category will be Matt Mainer of Hinesburg and Kip Roberts of Moretown.
All participants will gather for a chicken BBQ and music following the event and be eligible to win over $14,000 in raffle prizes. Handmade stoneware race mugs will be given to the top three males and females in each 10 year age group while the top three overall will receive cash awards. There will also be a special award for the fastest three-person teams.
Race start on Sunday is at 9:00am for hikers/runners and 10:00am for mountain bikers. Late registration is open on Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm and Sunday from 7:30-8:30am at the Midway Lodge at the Stowe Mountain Resort. Visit http://www.catamounttrail.org for more details and registration information.