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! The marathon will be fairly fast, with a net downhill of 1,450 feet. It’s about 60% packed dirt-and-gravel, and will be well within the cutoff date for a BQ.
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 should add 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!
The date for the first running of the race will be Sunday, August 26, 2018. Start time will be at 7 a.m.