A race distance of 4.3 miles; an elevation gain of 2,564 ft.- This is what sets apart the Northeast Delta Dental Race to the Top of Vermont a.k.a. “The Hardest Race Anyone Can Do.” Every year, during the month of August, several hundred hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada converge at Mt. Mansfield; Vermont’s highest peak.
The 14th Annual Race To The Top Of Vermont was a bit different; additional pandemic safety protocols were implemented to protect participants and the integrity of the event. Numbers were down from years prior. However, Race Director, Greg Maino was still extremely excited to be able to welcome 600+ runners, hikers and bikers to the big event. Start waves allowed 80-90 participants to more safely begin their journeys up the mountain in 15 minute intervals. It may have been wet but spirits weren’t dampened! Enjoy highlights from the race here and here.
According to Maino- “The Race To The Top Of Vermont provides critical support for Catamount Trail Association in addition to the Vermont Head Start Association and we feel very fortunate to be able to partner with Northeast Delta Dental. Their support as title sponsor really amplifies the impact of this event, helping to not only ensure a great experience on race day, but also generating benefits that ripple through the greater community all year long.”
At Northeast Delta Dental, community is an essential part of our mission—not just touching communities and offering high quality oral health services, but creating community and by fostering deep partnerships with the people who make that part of our vision a reality. That’s why we are incredibly thankful for the continued support of The Catamount Trail Association, a passionate group of backcountry skiers and outdoor enthusiasts working to expand access to Vermont’s backcountry, and Champlain Valley Head Start, a Vermont program that promotes the health, safety and well-being of children, and maintains strong collaborative partnerships to meet the changing needs of children, families and communities.
All proceeds of the race are donated to both organizations to sustain local communities and provide youth with the oral healthcare they need. If you haven’t already, please enjoy a short video overview of the race for yourself by clicking here.