2020 Goshen Gallop
Come run the 42nd annual Goshen Gallop at the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center! Tough trails, delicious locally sourced food, live music, and a great raffle await you. Best of all, all the proceeds from this event go to maintaining the very trails you'll run during the race. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at anytime with questions or comments. Come celebrate with us!
Detailed Race Information
COVID UPDATE: We’ve decided to hold the Gallop--with a new socially distanced format--as planned
on July 18th!
Our goal with this event has always been bringing people together to celebrate our beautiful natural environment. We hope to make this opportunity available and safe for as many members of our community as possible. With these goals in mind, we’re doing things a bit differently this year.
A list of the need-to-know changes.
We’ll have 4 different start times throughout the day, with 25 people per start time. With supporters and Blueberry Hill Staff, this will allow us to keep a minimal number of people on the property at one time and clean all bathrooms and surfaces in between each wave. Depending on interest and regulations, we may add another wave or increase wave times. Wave times will be 8am, 11am, 2pm and 5pm.
You’ll have the opportunity to pick your wave time when you enter.
If you’re hoping to go fast this year, pick the first wave! We’ll get all the speedsters in one place.
If you’re already registered, we’ve automatically put you in the last wave. Let us know if you’d like us to change this.
We’re lowering registration fees. Registration is non-refundable and includes a start/finish clock, bibs, and an awesome Goshen Gallop buff (which can be used as a face mask!!). These entry fees will just cover the cost of putting on the race, not including our labor. If you are able, we would be immensely grateful for an additional donation to support the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center.
$20 for race only
$40 for race and a hearty, delicious, contact-free picnic lunch (it will be worth it!)
Pay what you can: times are tough and everyone should have the opportunity to Gallop! We’ll have a pay what you can option if the entry fee isn’t feasible for you right now. Please email us at email@example.com for the code, no questions asked!
The Gallop will be self-timed this year. You’ll submit your time right after the race.
Many more little details will change, but we hope that you can still get excited about this modified version of the event! Thanks for sticking with us through it all!
About the Race
The Goshen Gallop originated in 1978 from the idea that Blueberry Hill Inn ought to host an event in the summer to match our annual winter event, the American Ski Marathon. In the early years the race took the runners through the roads of Goshen only, incorporating the ever famous and very steep Carlisle Hill known as “Goshen Heartbreak Hill”. Sometime in the early 80’s it was decided to make the Goshen Gallop a trail race, using the Blueberry Hill cross country ski trails and a few of Goshen’s rugged gravel roads. The course remains the same to this day, and has challenged and rewarded generations of runners from New England and beyond; due to its elevation profile and defensive running on tough terrain it was coined as the “toughest 10.2K in New England”.
Local time: 5:52 AM
Over the years the Goshen Gallop has been held through every variety of weather elements--from the “mud run” in the 90’s, to high humidity, threatening thunderstorms, to low humidity and dust. Always held the 3rd Saturday of July, the Goshen Gallop is decidedly the event of the summer. For 30 years the philosophy of the Goshen Gallop has been to stress the fun of the event by including great music, fantastic food and celebrated friendships.
Now in its 41st year, the Goshen Gallop course still takes the runner on those same gravel roads and cross country trails through the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest with fabulous views from the South end of Hogback – rated as one of the best views in Vermont.
By participating in the Goshen Gallop you’re contributing to a great cause – the restoration of a piece of the Green Mountain National Forest. In 2011, Hurricane Irene destroyed two key river crossings. To repair this damage, proceeds of this year’s Goshen Gallop will be used to replace two bridges and to fix surrounding trails, allowing visitors to ski over to Romance Mountain. These repairs will also help solidify a new relationship with the National Forest Service in 2018. This partnership will give us more support in the never-ending effort to maintain our trails, and help keep the mountains behind Blueberry Hill Inn accessible to the public for all seasons.