Marathon Mania: 10 Long Events
9. Blistering Pace
North Face Around the Lake Relay: the perfect marathon for beginning footracers. Each lap around Quannapowitt Lake is a little over three miles; choose eight laps, about 26.2 miles overall, or the Ultra’s 24-hour run. Because the course is divided up so neatly, runners may stop after each lap for a break or challenge themselves for time or number of laps. Runs begin at 7 p.m., after the temperature has dropped, and the course is well lit with mid- and end-course water stops along the way. Beware of blisters, and bring plenty of socks to change into if you’re attempting the Ultra.
July 24-25, Best Western Lord Wakefield Hotel, 595 North Ave., Wakefield, MA 781-416-2857; home.att.net/~lakerun
10. Horsing Around
This is the 73rd year for the Green Mountain Horse Association’s annual 100-Mile Ride, a three-day event to support Vermont riding, and the oldest 100-mile trail ride in the country. Riders will travel 40 miles on Friday and Saturday and 20 on Sunday over beautiful and challenging bridle trails. The GMHA will provide stabling on Thursday through Sunday; the event includes pre-ride breakfasts, a post-trail lunch, and a special brunch on Sunday, all catered by Travelin’ Willy B’s. On-trail snacks will also be provided. Awards in each weight division, plus overall Grand Champion and Reserve.
September 4-6, Green Mountain Horse Association, 110 Route 106, South Woodstock, VT 802-457-1509; gmhainc.org