The runners get the glory, and rightfully so, but at the Vermont 100 there were many more volunteers and crew members than there were racers. From family members who got up before dawn to volunteers who stayed up late at the finish line, they all played a part in getting runners safely (and hopefully happily) through the race. Below are some photos from around the course of both the runners and those who supported them along the way.
The last supper.
Cheese the night before running 100 miles? Hey, this is Vermont.
All their bags are packed.
Saturday morning at the starting line just seconds before the 4:00 a.m. start.
Only 99.98 miles to go (approximately).
As the sun came up, many crew members headed to Mac’s Market in Woodstock to meet their runners for the first time, including the wife of runner Rich Moran, whose car was well stocked with supplies.
Do your directions tell you to look for a snowplow?
Michael Dixon had the streets of Woodstock all to himself when he pulled into town just before 6:00.
The early morning sky at the Pretty House aid station (and yes, it is pretty).
A member of the 100: Head/Heart/Feet crew takes photos.
Volunteers Caroline Shepherd (left) and Emily Mooney, both of whom live nearby, prepare to check runners off as they go by at Stage Road.
Josh Katzman gets an assist from his crew at Stage Road.
Brian Rusiecki, wearing bib #1 in honor of his victory last year, pulls into an aid station.
Bob Ayers flagrantly violating a clearly posted traffic sign. Ayers went on to finish 11th, leaving him halfway toward his goal of completing the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning.
Zak Wieluns, who is being featured in 100: Head/Heart/Feet, arrives at Stage Road and is greeted by the film crew.
By mile 47.6, Chad Ricklefs had pulled into the lead.
Meanwhile, Traci Falbo held first among women, just three weeks after running the Western States 100.
Larisa Dannis looked strong halfway through the race, and even offered words of encouragement to another runner as she pulled out of Camp 10 Bear.
Don’t worry, they’re not cheating—there’s also a horse race at the same time.
There were a number of Shenipsit Strider shirts present around the course.
Kathleen Cusick, who won the Vermont 100 last year, finished fifth among women this year.
Dawn Hamel gets checked by the medical team. Obviously she must have been feeling pretty good, as she was on her way to a third-place finish overall in the 100k.
Canadian Adam Hill weighs in at a medical checkpoint. He went on to finish sixth.
Chad Ricklefs was the first runner to Camp 10 Bear at mile 47.6 and the first to return there at mile 70.5. He gets some help restocking from his wife, Sam.
Throughout the day, Mount Ascutney could be spotted from a number of spots on the course.
Volunteers prepare runners’ drop bags at Bill’s aid station at mile 89.
The sky grew dark several times during the day, and there was a passing shower in the late afternoon.
Lon Freeman is welcomed to Bill’s aid station by his wife.
Jason Lantz trailed Chad Ricklefs for most of the race, but he left Bill’s on a mission to catch up to him.
Jim Garcia, who won the Vermont 100 in 1994, paced Nick Clark this year, as Clark ran to a third-place finish.
Woodstock native Jordan Fields paced Ian Sharman from mile 70 on, and here he races into Bill’s aid station ahead of Sharman to resupply.
Sharman and Fields at the aid station. Sharman went on to finish fourth.
No one was sure who would come out of the woods first, or even whether it would be a 100k or 100-mile runner. The word was that Lantz was catching up to Ricklefs in the 100-mile race. Freeman had a solid lead on Leigh Schmitt in the 100k race, but as time passed, it seemed possible that he had been caught.
Then Freeman ran up the last hill and through the finish to claim first in the 100k.
He was followed a few minutes later by Lantz, who passed Ricklefs with about 1.5 miles to go.
Lantz and Sam Ricklefs greet Chad Ricklefs at the finish line after a tough battle, as race director Julia Hutchinson looks on.
Leigh Schmitt is met at the finish by his son and daughter after claiming second in the 100k.
After the race, many of the top finishers talked and waited for other runners.
Larisa Dannis took home her first win in a 100-mile race.
Adam Wilcox accepts his medal after finishing in 10th place.
Obviously, it wouldn’t be an ultramarathon without a little bluegrass.
After the brief shower, the temperatures fell and it turned into a beautiful, cool night.
What exactly is he looking at?
A drone, of course. But I’ve said too much already.
It was a long day.