Discover the Northeast Kingdom
Dandelion Run – Just for the Fun of It!
Half Marathon and 10K Run and Walk
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Selected as one of the five most scenic running races in Vermont
by Vermont Sports Magazine
And one of the top 20 events in Vermont’s Summer of 2011
By Yankee Magazine
See why by checking out our YouTube Video Slide Show or our 2011 slide show
The Dandelion Run is a competitive and recreational half marathon (with relay options) on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Don't let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with thousands and thousands of dandelions. The “Kingdom” is one of the first geotourism areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic. And there is no more beautiful time of year than the height of dandelion season. It's Spring! It's time to run!! Just for the fun of it!!!
The consensus of our participants: “The Dandelion Run is one of the most challenging and most beautiful half marathons in the northeast.” And it is run in conjunction with fledgling Dandelion Festival of Bluegrass, Old Country and Fiddle Music – pickers and fiddlers at every relay station, led by our perennial favorite, Reckless Breakfast At Station 2 and then back at The Beach House.
We also offer a less hilly, 10K course for running and walking (adult and youth). We’ve run this in previous years as a 5 mile run, but have added a spur to make it a full 10K. Our youngest runners take part in the joy of the Dandelion Run on our special 1 mile youth Fun Run.
Pricing varies depending on the course. Registration is now open. The Adult Fee for the Half Marathon is $75 for an individual. Adult Fee for the 10K course is $30. For the full rate schedule including special prices for youth and young adults check out our 2013 Rate Schedule and Register for the event on line here.
This year we decided that any extra donations made on behalf of or by our individual runners and walkers will be collected and delivered to One Fund Boston to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Donations can be made through the Support Your Runner page on this web site. When we deliver these donations, we will identify the amount raised by each runner. We hope many of our Dandy Runners will join our effort to show our solidarity and support for the victims of that horrible attack.
The event is hosted by IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County) out of the Derby Beach House on the 4-H Road at Lake Salem, in Derby, Vermont. The half marathon and the 10K run and walk all start at 9:00 am. Relay stations are available at the 3, 6, and 9 mile points, with the final leg being 4.1 miles to the finish. Run the whole event, or enter as a team of 2 or 4 runners.
The Fun Run (1 Mile - $5) takes place at 9:20 am.
Register by May 1, 2013 to assure that we will have your Dandy T-Shirt waiting for you.
In 2013, the total number runners will be limited to 400 individual runners, first come, first served. Total number of relay runners will be limited to 200. Registration is now open.