Welcome to the Ripton Ridge Run!
Sunday Oct. 9 was a great day for a race!
Check out the results here!
Nearly 200 runners and walkers took part in the 29th annual Ripton Ridge Run on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Participants came from throughout the northeast yet it was Addison County residents who took home most of the prizes. The hilly 5K was again dominated by teenage athletes while the rigorous 10.4 demanded those with more experience. However, some medal-winning finishes by high-school boys suggests they have the top spots in their sights for next year.
Henry Ganey, 17, of Middlebury won the Men’s 5K with a time of 18:22; Lance Bergmans, a 16 year-old from Ferrisburgh was behind him in 18:39. Ripton’s 14 year-old Jack Christner was third in 19:35. Malia Hodges, 14, from Cornwall won the Women’s division with a time of 22:32 (14th overall). Four seconds later, at 22:36, 12 year-old Madelyn Stowe of Weybridge crossed the finish line. Fiona Price, 15, of Northboro, MA was the third woman, coming in at 23:33.
In the 10K, Todd Smith ran away from the field, winning with a time of 38:12, more than three minutes ahead of second place finisher, Tony Bates, 57, of Salisbury who finished in 41:36. Sixteen year-old year old Sam Hodges of Cornwall made a strong third place showing in 41:56. In the women’s division, 36 year-old Sarah Lawrence of Montpelier finished first with a time of 51:00 and came in tenth overall. Amber McDonald, 38, of Middlebury was the next person across the finish line at 51:18. Ripton’s Wendy Leeds took third, finishing in 53:38.
Jack Turner, 81, of Middlebury, the oldest of the day’s competitors, proved that speed isn’t everything – he ran the 10K and finished in 1:24:29 – hats off to him!
The 5K, 10.4K and 5K FunWalk events were followed by a hearty lunch in the school gym. Afterwards, there was a large raffle of merchandise and gift certificates generously donated by Addison County businesses. The awards ceremony wrapped up the day with prizes for the top overall finishers and glass medallions for winners of each age group.
The Ripton Ridge Run benefits Friends of the Ripton School which then enables students to have enrichment programs, materials and activities not possible with the regular school budget. The efforts of nearly 50 volunteers go into making this annual celebration of Ripton and its school such a success. Be sure not to miss next year’s event marking 30 years of Ridge Runs – Sunday, October 8, 2017. Put it on your calendar now!
Here are some photos from this year's race. More can be found on the photos page listed above.
REGISTRATION FEES: Fee includes a great lunch, raffle, awards and, for the first 175 entrants, a long-sleeved t-shirt. Racers may opt not to get a t-shirt -- subtract $5.00 from appropriate fee.
REGISTRATION OPTIONS: If you are on our email list, you'll get an electronic reminder with links for registration on Sept. 1. (If you don't get it, look for it in your Spam folder!) If you are on our mailing list, you'll get a hard copy in the mail. There will be a downloadable, mail-in form on the registration page of this website. Or, you can register on-line, starting Sept. 1. On-line registration closes several days before the race or after 125 registrations. Race Day registration will open at 11:00 at the Ripton Elementary School.
COURSE and MAP: The 5K run and fun walk are out and back courses. The 10.4K course is a loop which will be run clockwise in 2017.
QUESTIONS? Use the Contact Us page on this website. After school starts up in the fall, you can call the Ripton School (802/388-2208) during school hours.Sorry - we can't take registrations over the phone or on the "contact us" page.
THE RIPTON RIDGE RUN is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Ripton Elementary School, put on by the Friends of the Ripton School. It includes a 5K run, a 10.4K run and a non-competitive 5K Fun Walk. There is also a short, non-competitive event for young children. The Ridge Run takes place the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. All courses start and finish at the Ripton Elementary School on the Ripton-Lincoln Road in Ripton, VT. They traverse roads in Ripton and the Green Mt. National Forest and include water stops.