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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Many thanks to the race organizers, the Mad River Valley community and all 1200 runners for a spectacular 1st Annual Mad Marathon! Billed as the "World's Most Beautiful Marathon", I think it lived up to its marketing.

On your mark, ready ... GO! Photo by Sandy Macys

The first woman to reach the Sugarbush aid station at Mile 18. Nice view!

The race was an unequivocal success, drawing runners from 45 states, and 12 countries. The event was smoothly organized, and the weather was just about perfect. Mark July 8th, 2012 on your calendar for the Second Annual Mad Marathon!

From running to rolling, the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is this weekend, July 16th-17th. Based in Waterbury at the base of the CC Putnam State Forest trails, the fest features demos, clinics, guided group rides around the region, parties, food and much much more. Sugarbush, Stark Mountain Bikes and the Mad River Riders are hosting several rides, including a shuttle ride with lift access to the mountain on Saturday.

Cyclone, Camel's Hump State Forest, part of the guided Mad River Valley rides.

Check out some video from last year's shuttle ride. Please support the Vermont Mountain Bike Association!

Moving from riding trails to building them, I was lucky to spend time earlier this week working with some Project Harmony students, who are staying at the Sugarbush Inn. This group has teens from Vermont, Turkey and Armenia. If you know some of the history between Turkey and Armenia, you know how challenging and important this integration is.

Before, a perpetually wet area on the Mad River Path, Mill Brook section.

Building trail together was an ideal activity to promote cooperation and understanding. Getting your hands dirty is a great equalizer.

After, drainage improved and trail surface armored!

Speaking of dirty hands, Fungi Fest this past weekend was really fun too. We had some extra help from Nick Laskovski, a commercial shiitake producer from Dana Forest Farm and an unexpected myco-star, Bridget Janko, whose father is one of Quebec's most famous mushroom pioneers.

Check out the next Fungi Fest on September 10th! Photo by Sandy Macys

While the hike and forage were really fun, the dinner by Chef Tim Chalifoux was the true highlight of the evening. Mmmmmushrooms.

We found all these varieties within 200 yards of Timbers. Photo by Sandy Macys

Summer adventure camps are still rocking along, with lots of great activities and fun.

The mountain is so different in the summer. GREEN!

Jake Petrasch of Valley Anglers giving a flyfishing lesson to the campers.

The weather looks even better than last weekend, the trails are dry, the golf course is mid-summer sweet, and the river is pleasantly refreshing. It's high time to get back to Sugarbush.

We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Director of Strategic Programs and Partnerships
802-583-6534 | jatkinson@sugarbush.com

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Follow our own 'John of all Trades' as he explores and documents adventures in and around Sugarbush Resort and the Mad River Valley.



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