Great Trail Running In New England: The Catamount Ultra

I just returned from a fantastic run on the trails at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. You might associate the Trapp Family Lodge with cross country skiing, but it’s also an amazing place for running, with miles of well marked trails through beautiful Vermont forests, meadows, and pastoral landscapes.

It’s also the site of the annual Catamount Ultra, an event featuring 50k and 25k races. I did the 25k, so I can’t speak from experience about finding and following your own route — but it definitely wouldn’t be too hard to do. In fact, a great long-weekend might involve staying at the lodge and running each day, returning to their pool, fitness center, and the restaurants of Stowe.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures from the trail (I was busy running), but somebody else did.

Here’s the elevation profile — it’s a moderately challenging course, but not too much so. For example, there aren’t any difficult single-track bits where you have to scramble over boulders or anything like that.

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