Race Details:

Presented By: Craftsbury Outdoor Center

We are excited to bring back the Marathon Ski Festival in-person in 2022, but we are still unsure of what the COVID-19 situation will look like in Vermont this coming winter. Please bear with us as we figure these things out.

If we are able to host the race as planned, the goal is to bring back two days of competitive, fun marathon racing. We hope to expand our course in 2022 to a 25k loop, allowing for 25k and 50k classic options on Saturday 1/29 and a 25k freestyle option on Sunday 1/30.

Continuing the waste-reduction effort we started in 2020, we again plan to have no single-serve feeds at our feed stations. The central feed station in the Upper Field will again have reusable cups serving our in-house maple lemon sport drink (washed after each use), while all outer feed stations will have insulated coolers serving drink mix. Racers are encouraged to wear a bottle holder and be responsible for their own feeds.

All feed stations will serve Center-made bars (Clif-inspired). These will be served by volunteers in the Upper Field, while being available on tables at outer feed stations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers of each gender in each category, as well as the male and female winners of each age class.

2022 will also see the return of the Brodhead Challenge, named in honor of Marathon founder and longtime Director of Skiing at the Outdoor Center, John Brodhead. Brodhead Challenge competitors are those who race both the 50k classic and 25k skate, with the fastest man and woman getting their names emblazoned on the Brodhead Challenge trophy hanging in our touring center. 

Whether you choose to compete or to volunteer, we believe you'll find that the marathon is an event with something for everyone Hope you'll join us!

Important Dates for the Marathon

Friday, Oct. 1 - Online registration opens. 
Wednesday, Jan. 12 - Marathon price increases to $75 (open), $60 (college), & $50 (high school).
Wednesday, Jan. 26 - Online Registration closes for the Marathon Ski Festival.
Saturday, Jan. 29 - 40th Annual Craftsbury Marathon, 25k & 50k classic races.
Sunday, Jan. 30 - 25k Craftsbury Freestyle Marathon.

Race Information

This event is a non-fluorinated event. No fluorinated waxes are permitted. Please help us regulate the amount of PFAS we put into the environment by sticking to paraffin waxes only. This means non-fluorinated wax only. The Outdoor Center crew trusts the racing community to honor this effort to improve our public health and environmental stewardship. However, those found to be in violation of this rule will be disqualified.

The 50k and 25k classic and 25k freestyle races races offer competitors a mass start, timed challenge over a beautiful, PistenBully groomed courses. Feed stations will dot the route every 4 to 7 kilometers. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer a post-race meal this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 

For Zak Cup racers, the NENSA masters committee has decided that this year's 50k classic will be the Zak Cup points race for racers in the M1-M6 age classes. M7 and up will be scored off results in the 25k classic.

BKL skiers must be accompanied by a chaperone. That chaperone can register in the BKL race category and must ski the race with or behind their child. Chaperones can accompany up to four BKL racers.

Another exciting development for 2022 is that the Marathon Ski Festival is continuining our push to eliminate our race-related waste. This means that we will not be using single-serve feeds or disposable cups at our feed stations. Organizer-provided feeds will consist of bananas, energy bars, and a homemade electrolyte drink or water. Our feed in the stadium (passed twice per lap) will have reusable cups for drink, while the Ruthie's feed at 8k will only have coolers from which to refill bottles (along with bars and bananas). We hope that competitors will help us in our commitment to reducing race-related waste by carrying a refillable bottle for their hydration needs. 

Day of race registration will be available in the Activity Center starting at 7:00AM. Price will be $100 for ages 15 & up, $25 for ages 14 and below. 

Note: raffle prizes will only be awarded to pre-registered racers. Day of race registrants will not be eligible for raffle prizes (so register ahead of time!).

Check out the 2018 Marathon race course map for our backup 16k course. The 25k course map will be uploaded as soon as we secure all the landowner permissions. 


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