30th Annual Ripton Ridge Run 
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

It was a sunny day, no wait, a rainy day, no a sunny day...

In any case, the colors were great and spirits were high.  Want to see the results? They're here or on the results page.  Check back in the next few days for more photos of the day's events.  Thanks for participating!

Five minutes before the start of the 30th Annual Ripton Ridge Run on Sunday, October 8th, the clouds let loose, drenching everyone.   Over 150 runners and walkers were soaked to the skin as they set off, but the sun came out well before the first racers crossed the finish line.  The afternoon’s festivities were filled with brilliant sunshine, peak fall foliage and high spirits. 

Jack Christner, 15, of Ripton was the fastest man on the 5K course with a time of 18:36.  He was followed by 17 year-old Lance Bergmans of Ferrisburgh in 19:00 and Evan Heath, 14, of Lee, MA in 21:03.  Madie Stowe, 13, of Weybridge, finished first for the women and was the 8th finisher overall.  Her time of 22:22 was four minutes faster than the next woman, 11-year old Beth McIntosh of Ripton whose time was 26:29.  Ripton’s Najat Croll, 29, was right behind her in 26:33.  Full results are available at www.riptonridgerun.org.

In the 10.4K, Todd Smith, 42, of Bristol set a fast pace with his time of 38:54.  Tony Bates, 58, of Salisbury came in second at 42:47, followed by Peter Schneider, 42 of Middlebury with 43:35. The fastest woman in the 10K was Ursala Volz, 18, from Orono, ME in 50:28.  The next women across the finish line was were Celina Fuller, 35, of Salisbury at 52:19 and Jessica Racusin, 42, from Middlebury at 52:33.

The day’s oldest runner, Ben Burd, 85, has been in most of the previous Ripton Ridge Runs as have Tony Bates, Lynne Peck, Mike Bessette and Dot Helling.  Like other participants, they saw the changeable weather as a suitable way to celebrate this 30th event. The first race was run in the snow on icy, slushy roads.  Others have been held in all kinds of conditions, from strong wind to light rain, to typical cool crisp October air, and even blazing heat.   However, never before has the race started in such a deluge. 

The Ripton Ridge Run is a fundraiser for the Ripton Elementary School put on by Friends of the Ripton School.  Ripton residents turned out in force to make sure the race, lunch and celebration were all a success.  While some volunteers pitched in for the first time on Sunday, many have been part of all 30 previous events.  Local business sponsors are equally loyal and equally generous and important to the effort.



DATE/LOCATION/TIME:  Always the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Check-in is at the Ripton Elementary School between 11:00-12:00.  The races begin at 12:30. 

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 is a downloadable, mail-in form here and on the registration page of this website.    You can register on-line here, 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.   Prices increase Oct. 3rd.

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, Inc.  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.  Funds from the Ridge Run enables Ripton’s students to have enrichment programs, materials and activities not possible within 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!