COVID-19 update - 5/30/2020
For the past several weeks, Nor'east Trail Runs race management has been assessing all options for responsibly hosting safe running events through the 2020 season. Working closely with race venues, search and rescue organizations, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 NETR events. All registered and waitlisted runners will receive an email detailing your options moving forward.
As race organizers, our first priority is ensuring runners have a safe course to compete on. The particular dynamics of travel to Vermont and the resource availability in small mountain communities have made this primary consideration impossible to guarantee. While the current (10-person) cap on gatherings in Vermont is being increased to 25, no broader loosening of restrictions is currently planned. All fairs and festivals have been canceled by the Governor's executive order through the end of summer, and all visitors arriving from out of state are required to self-quarantine in Vermont for 14 days. Amidst the current uncertainty, we feel any proposed date in the near- to mid-term would be purely speculative.
The amazing communities that provide such a warm Vermont welcome to runners from all over the world will miss seeing your smiles, pain-cave faces, and sweaty post-race celebrations, but they need us more than ever. They will be here to host us again, so let's be here for them, too! NETR will be announcing new ways to bring the trail fam together, support our charity and hospitality partners, and have some fun even while observing physical distancing... stay tuned!
It's often said that ultrarunning is all about problem solving. This pandemic is a lot like an ultra. It might last longer, hurt worse, and require us to dig deeper or sacrifice more than we expected, but what's at stake is much more important than any belt buckle. We know how much it means to put in the training for a goal race. We're super bummed to miss out on those starting line goosebumps this year, but know we will all come back stronger in 2021. Races are as much about gathering the running tribe together as they are about medals. We miss the Nor'east fam and can't wait to welcome everyone back to the Green Mountain State, to dig deep, to smash goals, to explore. We'll say "Go!" the second it's safe to get back out there!