On almost any given weekend during the Spring, Summer and Fall there is a running, biking, swimming, or kayaking event in the Heart of the Northeast Kingdom. Then we hit the six months of snow, the skiis come down from the garage ceiling, and we're sliding and gliding and shushing all over the place. Here's the list of running, biking, and swimming events we have collected so far. Many, but not all, of the summer events are hosted by Indoor Recreation Orleans County (IROC) as part of it's Kingdom Summer Games, but there are plenty of other hosts of some wonderful events. We are proud of The Kingdom's place as a mecca of sorts for the widest possible variety of outdoor recreational "summer" events that, in addition to great local participation, are now drawing thousands of runners, bikers, and swimmers each year from all over the nation and all over the world to Run, Bike, and Swim The Kingdom.
May 19, 2012 – The Fourth Annual Dandelion Run – www.dandelionrun.org We can say without hesitation that “The Dandy” is the most beautiful, most fun, and most challenging half marathon in the northeast. Dirt roads, dandelion fields, fiddle, blue grass, and old country music at every relay station. Plus a 10K run/walk option. It’s May! It’s Time to Run! Just for the Fun of it!
May 30 – June 3, 2012 – The Sixth Annual Tour de Kingdom – www.tourdekingdom.org The Tour has grown to include up to five days of riding. It offers three days of guided riding (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). The Tour culminates in two days of supported Century Rides with a Gran Fondo style, timed event option. Each of these days also offers optional routes of varying distances.
June 30, 2012 - The Second Annual Harry Corrow Freedom Run -- www.kingdomaquafest.org A 10 mile trail run along the Newport-Derby Bike Path and into the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation Trails. Shorter 5K and 1 mile runs as well. For some photos, click here
July 6, 2012 – Kingdom Kayak -- The Great American NEK Flatwater Kayak Championship & Festival www.kingdomkayak.org A great 10 mile flatwater course: out the bay and around the islands. It offers four divisions, including “expedition” (non race).
July 7, 2012 – The Fourth Annual Kingdom Swim – www.kingdomswim.org On Lake Memphremagog, the Swim now offers 10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, and 1 mile swims for adults and youth, along with ¼ mile and 100 yard swims exclusively for kids. It's rally cry "No Lanes – No Lines – No Limits" is drawing hundreds of swimmers each year from around the country and around the world,
August 4, 2012 – Fifth Annual Kingdom Triathlon and Lake Seymour Swim – www.kingdomtriathlon.org We now offer three triathlon events on the same day, a radically different “swimmer friendly” Aquaman Even Up, an Ollie Even Up and a traditional Sprint.
August 11, 2012 - Kingdom Run -- www.kingdomrun.org A half marathon on dirt roads in Irasburg with 10K and 5K run and walk as well.
August 18, 2012 -- Third Annual Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 4.75 mile swim on one of the most spectacular lakes in the Americas. www.kingdomswim.org/willoughby-swim.php
August 25, 2012 -- The 20th Annual Echo Lake Road Race -- Running, walking, and biking for a great cause. For more information click here
September 9th 2012 -- Fall Foliage Run, Walk, and Bike - At the Old Stone House Museum, in Brownington - A half marathon on dirt roads with a 5K run and walk and a separate 12 mile bike race. For more information click here
September 15, 2012 -- Relais du Lac Memphremagog -- www.relaisdulacmemphremagog.com -- A remarkable 85 mile relay run around Lake Memphremagog with teams of five each running several relay legs around the entire lake.
September 15, 2012 -- 15th Annual Ben & Terry Claussen Memorial Northeast Kingdom Lakes Century Tour with 25, 50, 75 mile and 100 mile loops, starting and ending at Crystal Lake State Park in Barton. For more information click here
September 29, 2012 -- Mooving through Holland
October 27, 2012 - Halloween Hustle --A 10 K, 3 mile and one mile costume run and walk, with fresh squeezed apple cider and yummy cookies and a bit of BBQ to complete the event. Photos
November 22, 2012 -- Turkey Trot -- A 5K run and walk in Barton