Sunday, August 29, 2021
Marlboro, Vermont to Greenfield, Massachusetts
The New England Green River Marathon is one of the most beautiful races in New England. Starting in Marlboro, Vermont and following the course of the Green River through an 1870’s classic covered bridge, and ending with a finish-line celebration in the shade of maple trees at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. Hosted by the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club in partnership with Connecticut River Conservancy, the race builds community in support of the environment and to help our runners achieve their goals. This USATF-certified (Certification MA18003JK), Boston qualifier course has a net 1,400 foot drop over a rolling, downhill course that has seen many personal best and qualifying times for well-trained runners.
COVID-19 Pandemic Information
The Race Committee is closely monitoring changes in public health guidance and regulations as vaccination continues. Depending on official guidance and government regulations, we will take appropriate measures to ensure that the the race is safe and in compliance. Measures could include changes such as wave starts, masks at the start and finish areas, no-touch awards, safety measures at aid stations, more buses for social distancing, etc. Again, this will depend on the status of the pandemic at that time. In the unlikely event that we cannot hold the race, deferrals will once again be provided.
About the New England Green River Marathon
The idea for the New England Green River Marathon was sparked by the exceptional beauty of the course itself, which follows nearly the entire length of the Green River from its headwaters in Marlboro, Vermont to its confluence with the Deerfield River in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It’s a favorite running spot for many local runners; we can’t think of a better place to run, and we’d like to share it with you! This is a small, rural, community race and isn’t a big money maker; to us it’s more about getting together to celebrate our love of the outdoors and running.
As runners, we cherish our environment, and we want to give something back through this race. The proceeds will be shared between the Connecticut River Conservancy, which works hard to preserve the natural beauty of this habitat, and the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club, which is hosting the race. Our running club was founded in 1972 as a club for female athletes, but has since then been open to everyone who wants to discover the joy of running.
We couldn’t set up this event without the invaluable support of Marlboro College in Vermont, where the race will start, and Greenfield Community College, where it will finish. A college-to-college, state-to-state race adds something to the uniqueness of this marathon. So come run with us, and we will do what we can to provide you with a first-class marathon experience, with chip timing, a certified course, awards, local food, and a great vibe!
More about us and our cause
Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has worked to protect your rivers from source to sea so everyone can enjoy them. Our rivers belong to all of us. CRC is their voice. They find environmental problems and fix them, across all four Connecticut River states. They run community river cleanups. They remove deadbeat dams and plant trees. They protect and restore wildlife. They speak up on behalf of your rivers. To learn more or join the effort, visit www.ctriver.org. Connecticut River Conservancy’s work includes the many tributary rivers and streams that flow into the Connecticut River, including the Green River. The Green River Cleanup is the largest local cleanup group participating in CRC’s nationally recognized 4-state Source to Sea Cleanup event each fall. Hundreds of volunteers get their hands dirty and feet wet keeping the Green River free of trash. To learn more about the Source to Sea Cleanup, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.
Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness, and friendly competition through running in Western Massachusetts. Originally founded as a women’s running club in 1972, it quickly moved to wecome all runners. Today the club has over 300 members and reaches over 2,800 runners each year through its races, track and hill workouts, track meets, and robust youth track program. We are a member club of both USA Track & Field (USATF) and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). To learn more – and to join, visit us at https://sugarloafmac.org/