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
REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 2020 Race Entry, Gallop T shirt (Women's and Youth Tees available), other Goshen Gallop/ Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center Swag, BBQ Meal Ticket, and live music!
REGISTRATION/BIB PICK UP: Registration is on the ski-center side of the road, beginning at 2pm.
START: There will be a mass start at 4 pm for all racers (5 and 10k) under the 'start' banner hung over the road.
RACE: The course is well marked. With the exception of a few muddy spots between 6-8 km, it is generally dry.
WATER: There are three water stations along the course – (1) On the road past the Blueberry Management Area at 2.5 km. (2) Behind the Inn by the pond at 5.2km. (3) At the intersection of the Goshen Dam road and the Sucker Brook Trail at 7.9km. Water will also be available at the start/finish areas.
INJURIES: Please report injuries during the race to the nearest water station or road crossing. An EMS crew will be on-site. There is no cell phone service over most of the course.
FINISH: Through the chute and under the “FINISH” banner. You did it!
RESULTS: Unofficial results will be posted as soon as possible after the race. Please note that timers are not able to discuss results during the race. If you find an error in the unofficial results, please see the Timing Crew anytime following the race. Official results will be posted on our web page, Ultrasignup.com, as well as or on our Facebook event page.
FOOD: The food will be served buffet style around 5:30 p.m. In your race bag is your meal plate. This is your meal ticket. Non racers that wish to eat with us can purchase a meal ticket at the registration table prior to the start of the race if any remain. Meals may also be purchased in line with exact amount of $20 per meal ($ 15 for kids 12 and under). Vegetarian options will be available. This event is B.Y.O.B, feel free to bring your favorite post-race recovery beverage!
AWARDS: Awards will be presented at approximately 6:15 pm. You must be present to receive your award.
BATHROOMS: There are two bathrooms in the ski center for runner use.
POND: Feel free to take a swim in the pond behind the Inn.
CAMPING: Camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights for $10 pp (for one or two nights). Shoot us an email if you are interested or just bring along your tent!
DOGS: Your dogs are welcome to attend the Gallop, we just asked that you keep them leashed and controlled at all times. We have two of our own pups (Remy and Weezer), who are very friendly and may be wandering around the event.
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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: 5:15 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.