150 Runners Expected at ‘Foliage 15’

Communities / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

The second annual “Vermont Foliage 15” running race will return to Randolph on October 7. The event features a 15-kilometer course that takes runners across the golf course to Stock Farm Road, where they begin a dirt road loop with nearly 1,000 vertical feet of elevation change before crossing back across the golf course to the village.

“It will hurt. You will love it,” claims the race’s website (www.VermontFoliage15.com). There’s also a 5K out-and-back course for the less ambitious. Race-day registration is available.

Last year’s inaugural event had over 100 runners hailing from eight mostly-New England states.

“We also had a runner from North Carolina and a couple from the Netherlands. They made Randolph a stop along their travels because of the race,” said organizer Matt Murawski of Randolph.

He’s expecting closer to 150 runners this year.

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Only about half the runners last year were from the greater Randolph area. The rest traveled an hour or more to attend. Participants last year ranged in age from 10-76. Walkers are also welcome.

Murawski, who calls himself “a sporadically avid runner,” says he promotes the race because he wants to celebrate and promote Randolph as venue for recreation.

“Our local trails and back roads are fantastic for running and bike riding,” he said. “They’re an asset worth promoting.”

Also, as the race grows, he hopes it will provide a reliable source of funds for Randolph Youth Soccer, an organization he heads up. That organization supplies many of the 25 volunteers needed to pull off the foot race.

The registration fee for the VF15 includes food and drink and longsleeve shirts for all finishers. This year, the race is on improved financial footing, thanks to significant sponsorship from Kinney-Pike Insurance and Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital, and additional support from Edward Jones and Vermont Technical College.

The race starts on Main Street in front of Belmain’s at 1 p.m. The finish line is around the corner on Randolph Avenue. Race headquarters in located in the town lot on Pleasant Street behind The Herald office.

Finishers will enjoy complimentary food and beer provided by Upper Pass Beer Company out of Tunbridge. Awards for winners this year are ceramic mugs by Stephanie Tyler of First Branch Pottery in Randolph.

Last year, the event was headquartered in Randolph Village in conjunction with a bike ride and the brew fest. Those two events have moved this year out of the village to the Ayers Brook Goat Dairy.

The VF15 is staying in the village to avoid changing the course and because organizers want to bring people to downtown Randolph to promote the town.

“Runners often come with family and friends, and they’ll explore the downtown while the runners are on course,” said Murawski.

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