MIDDLEBURY - The running of the Middlebury Maple Run, the Sweetest Half, is set for 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 25.
The race is a half-marathon (13.1 miles, USATF-certified) over a scenic course that starts in downtown Middlebury and runs through rural pastures with views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Race organizers said 500 participants, so far, will run this year-400 athletes for the full distance and 50 two-person teams. That breaks last year's record.
The Middlebury Inn, the race headquarters hotel, is hosting a pre-race dinner on Saturday, April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The race dinner will feature a keynote address from Kelly Brush, winner of the 2009 NCAA Inspiration Award, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Tavern is catering a post-race party and The Horsetraders will provide live music. Every runner gets free admission to the post-race party with his/her bib number. Additional family and friends can purchase tickets for $10 per person.
The start and finish lines are located on the campus of Porter Hospital.
Complete details and registration are available at www.middleburymaplerun.com, or call 388-7951 ext. 32 for more information.