COVID-19 update - 4/14/2020
As of posting, all 2020 Nor'east events are still scheduled as planned. We will be communicating any changes to the schedule frequently, updating as soon as new information is available. Our next event is the Ethan Allen 24 on July 11th in Bennington, Vermont; a final decision will be made about that race by June 11, 30 days before race day. An email will be sent to all registered and waitlisted runners.
While we work together to get through these challenges, here's what Nor'east Trail Runs is doing:
Pausing all registrations for all 2020 Nor'east races (and setting up a waitlist option with payment deferred until registration reopens)*
Working with state and local officials to ensure we're up-to-date on all guidelines for the health and safety of both our runners and our neighbors
Giving back in our community by donating food from races, and working on more ways to catalyze support for local small businesses affected by the pandemic
Coordinating with other local outdoor industry partners through these tough times to safeguard the mountain culture that makes Vermont so special
In the event that any Nor'east Trail Runs races are cancelled, registrants will be given several options, including electing to defer to 2021 or receiving transferable race credits that can be used for any future Nor'east Trail Runs event.
It is our policy that any races affected by the pandemic will be cancelled, not rescheduled. Seeing what the fall racing schedule currently looks like, things are getting very crowded very quickly. If we are back to racing by the fall, between the Beebe Farm 48 and Nor'witch Halloween 100k, Nor'east offers an awesome chance to get back out there and race almost any distance, from 25K to 48-hours.
We are closely monitoring developments with the evolving IAAF, IAU, USATF and even IOC calendars to provide the most up-to-date information for our runners about qualification, points, etc. We know many elite and age group athletes have seen their plans change several times in the past few weeks and we are doing our best to stay current with all competition and qualification standards and schedules.
While our Bennington offices are currently shuttered, our team is hard at work - remotely. We are grateful for this opportunity to focus on making trail running more inclusive and impactful. The trails will be there, and we will all come back stronger. The act of running and time on the trail itself can be healing, and we are so psyched to celebrate the human spirit and the camaraderie of sport TOGETHER once things get 'back to normal'!!!
Most importantly, a huge shout-out goes to all the healthcare workers, first responders, postal workers, and essential employees. Around the world, across the country, and right here in Vermont, you are keeping us all running. One step at a time, one day at a time. The small mountain towns that provide an incredible backdrop to our races each year LOVE welcoming runners. Whatever happens, we will be here to welcome you back to the historic inns, postcard-worthy towns, and gnarly Vermont trails.
We are all counting the days until the running tribe can be back together again, making the miles and memories that sustain us through times like these.
Stay safe, and we'll see you on the trails soon! 💙❤️💚
*We have also disabled our webstore and delayed opening registration for the 2021 Merck Forest Ultra.