MIDDLEBURY-Middlebury's third annual Maple Run was bigger and more successful than early outings. The event was held May 1 with nearly 800 runners participating.
A survey of runners conducted by event organizers after the race revealed that the participants were complimentary of the welcome they received in Addison County, the race course, and the helpfulness of the volunteers.
Runners signed up for the half marathon or two-person relay which represented substantial growth over last year's crowd of 570 runners.
Tara Wommack, 28, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was the first female finisher at the 3rd Middlebury Maple Run with a new course record time of 1:23:52.
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce officials said they are putting together an economic impact report that will demonstrate the monetary value of the event to the community. Results will be shared with the public later this month.
It was a community event-from the sponsors, local businesses, residents and the nearly 100 volunteers who supported the runners on race day.
Members of the race committee thanked the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge, as well as the safety organizations-that made sure the runners were safe for their 13.1 mile trek-the Middlebury Police Department, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association.