Vermont’s Oldest Villages, New England’s Newest Marathon
Discover the 2011 Shires of Vermont Marathon, a scenic 26.2 mile course connecting the Shire Towns of Bennington and Manchester on May 15, 2011, as they celebrated their 250th anniversaries!
This marathon is a point-to-point race from Bennington to Manchester Center, Vermont. The course follows mainly secondary roads through the villages of North Bennington, Shaftsbury, and Arlington, the campus of Bennington College, and rural countryside. There is a net elevation loss of 160 feet, with 500 feet of vertical gain between Miles 2 and 13. The last six miles of the course are flat. About nine miles consist of hard-packed dirt, with the remainder of the surface paved.
The Eddington House Inn was on the marathon route and our guests cheered as fellow guest, Kenton ran his 12th marathon on that rainy Sunday morning. Kenton’s family was here to cheer him on as well. Also joining us at the Eddington House that morning was my best friend Pattie, husband Mark and nieces Melissa & Megan to cheer on Pattie’s daughter & sister Gail. Kelly returned to her hometown of Manchester from her current home in Fargo, North Dakota to run in this southern Vermont race and of course to visit her family and friends. Gail is a local schoolteacher and this was her first marathon. Kenton, Kelly & Gail successfully finished the marathon. Congratulations to all.
We look forward to welcoming those running in the Shires of Vermont Marathon in 2012.