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Vermont State Middle School Cross Country Championship

Updates: The race is on!
A lot of the snow has melted overnight -
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Venue: Trapps Family Lodge, Stowe, VT
Schedule: 10:15 - 5k Citizens' race
11:00 - 3k girls
11:40 - 3k boys
12:30 - awards

Each school can have one team. No pre-qualifications required.
It is open to all schools - public, parochial, private, and charter - and home schoolers in 6th-8th grade may compete. This is a school-based competition, and not club-based. Runners' affiliations will be listed as the school they attend.
This meet, sanctioned by USA Track & Field, provides a capstone to the middle school season.

Awards: Awarded to top 16 6th graders male/female
Awarded to top 16 7th graders male/female
Awarded to top 16 8th graders male/female
Awarded to top 3 teams male/female (teams based on all ages)
Results: Done by TrackLife Timing and available here.
T-shirts: Will be available for purchase on the day of the event for $20. Limited quantities and sizes will be available.
Example - here is what the 2015 shirts looked like.
Photos from race day: Pictures from the Girls Race here.
Pictures from the Boys Race here.

Registration - Middle School: Online registration is closed.
Coaches can enter athletes using athletic.net - http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=120372#/Meet. Cost per middle school athlete: $5
Online entry deadline October 26,2016
No refunds - this is an entry fee, not a participation fee. Fees should be paid in advance by mailing them to:
GMAA
ATTN: VT Middle School Championships
PO Box 194
Essex Junction, VT 05453-0194

Day of race registration will be available for middle school athletes.
$20/athlete on race day.

Packet pickup: Will begin at 9:00 AM. Packets will be available per team, and for individuals. Packets will include a roster list, chips, instructions on wearing the chips, pins, and bibs for the front and bibs for the back.
Each runner will wear an assigned numbered bib on the front. Each runner will wear a bib with their grade (6, 7 or 8) on their back.
All unused chips should be returned immediately. Used chips will be collected at the finish line as runners finish. Teams will be charged for any unreturned chips.

Registration - Citizens:

Online registration is closed.

Day of race registration will be available for citizens.
$20/athlete on race day.
Course map here: map of citizen course.

Box assignment: Box assignments here. Note: Incomplete teams and independents may be required to share a box.
3k Course :
Course Description: GMAA is excited to welcome you to Trapp Family Lodge for the Vermont Middle School State Championship Cross Country Meet! The venue provides athletes with a challenging race course that incorporates many elements of Vermont. Spectators and participants will enjoy panoramic views of the Green Mountains, farmland, forest, and sugar woods. Competitors will race through fields, and woods on the spectator friendly course. Athletes will start at the far end of the Practice Meadow and race toward the Lodge, they will then turn crossing the Meadow again heading into the woods. This first section of woods will be downhill to the lowest elevation on the course at the Sugar House. Here the course turns and begins climbing back to the Meadow where spectators will see the athletes around the 1km mark. From here, the race course levels as it turns back into the woods and follows Russell Knoll trail, then sliding over onto Sugar Road to the half way point. Turning onto Fox Track a narrower trail that has a gradual two step climb before pitching up to the courses highest elevation just beyond the 2km mark. From here racers will come into view as they descend into the Meadow gaining momentum before the final turn for the slightly uphill sprint to the finish.

Interactive map here .
Note: Changes to course may occur.
5k Course: Starts and finishes the same as the 3k course.
Runners will leave the 3k course by following the middle school course, going straing on Sugar Road trail where it hits Fox Track the 1st time, taking it out to Picnic Knoll, turn left and take Russell Knoll back rejoining the middle school course a second time. The second time the course hits Fox Track, runners will bear right onto Fox Track rejoining the middle school course through to the finish line.
Note: Changes to course may occur.
Parking : ONLY USE DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS. Parking will first be available in the Outdoor Center parking lot. (EVENT PARKING AREA 1)
Overflow parking (EVENT PARKING AREA 2) will be across the road. Parking is a short walk from the course.
Please follow directions of the parking monitors; do not ask for exceptions; and park in the designated areas for this event.
Limited parking will be available first come/first serve in the Outdoor Center parking. Overflow parking will be across the road. Please do NOT park in the House Guest Parking or on the road.
Carpooling is strongly recommended.
Directions:
    From I-89
  • Take Exit 10 (Waterbury/Stowe) from I89
  • Turn north onto Route 100 towards Stowe
  • Continue on 100N for approximately 7.5 miles Turn left on Moscow Road just past the Fly Rod Shop
  • Continue 1.5 miles and turn right on Barrows Road
  • Continue on Barrows Road until you reach a T intersection -- approximately 1.5 miles
  • Ten Acres lodge will be on your left
  • Turn left at stop sign and proceed approximately 1.5 miles up a steep, winding paved road (follow the signs to Trapp Family Lodge)
  • The Trapp Family Lodge will be on your right at the top of the hill
    Directions From the North on Route 100
  • Turn right onto Rt. 108 at the flashing light/stop sign in Stowe Village
  • Follow about 2 miles to Luce Hill Road, just past The Shed Restaurant on your left
  • Bear left onto Luce Hill Road. It will be flat for about 1/2 mile, then climbs about 1.5 miles to the Trapp Family Lodge.
  • You will pass Ten Acres Lodge on your left
  • The Trapp Family Lodge will be on your right at the top of the hill
Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
Details about Venue: Portolets on site; do not "use" the woods. No dressing area / lockers - come ready to run. Do not "use" Trapp's Lodge.
TRASH - IF YOU CARRY IT IN, PLEASE CARRY IT OUT!
Pass this information along to athletes' family members / spectators.
No dogs will be allowed at the race site - that includes ALL course/fields/team areas/parking areas.
There will be a team tent area. No large rods to secure tents as the area may have underground utilities.
Weather Issues: There is no plan to postpone the meet to another date. Conditions (lightning, torrential rains, snow) may cause a delay to schedule.
Medical: We will have medical staff on site as first responders and for minor issues. For emergency, call Stowe Rescue by dialing 911.

Questions:

Email juniors@gmaa.net with any questions.