Covered Bridge Half Marathon Taking Place June 5 - Details and HistoryMay 26, 2022 04:43PM ● By Virginia Dean
The 30th running of the Covered Bridge Half Marathon is slated for June 5th this year, and so far, over 2,000 runners will be participating. The popular event that sold out in February in under ten minutes is a road race of 13.1094 miles or 21.0975km, which is exactly half the distance of a full marathon.
The CBHM is known for getting to experience some of Vermont’s most picturesque covered bridges while also supporting local charities. Each year, CBHM runners give back $50-60,000 in donations to youth groups, non-profits, and local recreation departments.
There is also a pre-race pasta supper on Saturday of race weekend with Woodstock’s finest food establishments making sauces and donating food products and local service volunteers from Change the World Kids and other local groups pitching in to make the event a success.
The CBHM was founded by David Chioffi and a group of community members who created the event along some of the best running routes around Woodstock, VT. Since the first run in 1992, the course has been adjusted several times but the current course has been in place since 1997. The course has a very gentle downgrade, dropping 200 feet in elevation over the 13.1 miles. There is a moderate hill at mile 5 and a short, steep hill at mile 8.
Over 600 volunteers help make the race happen on race day, with many of the volunteers giving their time for over 30 years. Race parking opens for parking at 5:45 a.m. in the Quechee Antique Mall backfield off Route 4 in Quechee (in the Quechee Village lot for buses). There is free runner bus transport to the start area at the Suicide Six Ski Area area in Pomfret, VT. The race start is 8:15 a.m.