2023 Goshen Gallop
Come run the 45th 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
Greetings, Gallopers! Race day is fast approaching and we can't wait! Here are some important details. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns and be sure to like our Facebook and Instagram for further updates! Thanks for your support of the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center. See you at the race!
Britta, Shari, and the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center Team
RACE COURSE: There will be a mass start at 4 pm for all racers (5 and 10k) under the “start” banner hung over the road. The course is well marked. With the exception of a few muddy spots between 6-8 km, it is generally dry. Check out the course map at this link.
COVID: We are not requiring masks for vaccinated Gallop participants. If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask indoors. Regardless of vaccination status, we request that you stay home if you are showing symptoms.
WATER: The Gallop is a cup-free event. Please bring your own watery hydration device. There will be a spigot at 5km to fill up water if needed. You’ll also need your own cup for water/lemonade after the race!
AID: Volunteers will be stationed every 2-3km along the course wearing special volunteer shirts. Please report any injuries to the nearest volunteers. An EMT crew will be on-call during the race.
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: We’ll serve dinner buffet style between 4:30 and 6:30. Your plate is your meal ticket. A very limited supply of extra meal tickets may be available at registration. This event is B.Y.O.B, feel free to bring your favorite post-race recovery beverage!
RAFFLE: Raffle prizes will be available for sale before and after the race! We’ll draw names at approximately 6pm. Must be present to win!
AWARDS: Awards will be presented at approximately 6:15 pm.You must be present to receive your award. Awards for top three in each race and age group winners.
BATHROOMS: There are two porta-potties outside the ski center for runner use.
TRASH: Trash, Recycling, and Compost bins will be placed around the premises. Vermont does not allow food scraps in the trash; please compost.
POND: Feel free to take a swim in the pond behind the Inn. Please supervise children at all times around the pond!
DOGS: Your dogs are welcome to attend the Gallop, we just asked that you keep them leashed and controlled at all times. We have our own pup Remy who is very friendly and may be wandering around the event.
SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS: The Gallop is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers. Please be sure to thank the volunteers and check out our list of amazing sponsors on our Facebook page.
QUESTIONS: Please direct any questions or concerns to anyone in a purple volunteer shirt.
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: 10:56 PM
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 over 40 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 45th 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 – maintaining the very trails and bridges that you run over during the race. All proceeds go to the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center, a registered non-profit.