Feb 1, 2021 Race Updates

At this time Norwich University is not allowing public use of thier property. This includes our race start/finish center and most of the course. We are hopeful that things will change soon and that we will be able to host the Paine Mountain Race in 2021. However, until we can get permission from Norwich, we need to wait to open registration. Please bear with us and cross your fingers!

2021 Date TBD

Norwich University Shaw Outdoor Center

Trail Marathon, Heavy Half Marathon, 10k,

& Kids Mile Trail Races

Directly east of Northfield Vermont, lies a hidden gem of rolling single track, winding forest roads, and abandoned ski slopes on the flanks of Paine Mountain. With steep climbs and descents  and incredible views, this series of forested trails make for some of the best trail running in Central VT!


All races start and finish at Norwich University’s Shaw Outdoor Center, and the courses take advantage of both the Shaw Center’s extensive mountain bike network and the Northfield Town Forest. 

 Experience another side of Paine!

Challenge yourself to a marathon course spanning the ridge between Northfield and Berlin. You'll experience many different types of trails from old logging roads to smooth singletrack. The course is 90% trails with one small dirt road section. Expect a very runnable but tough race! 


The new marathon course follows the half marathon route until the summit of Paine Mountain. From there, the marathon drops steeply down the north side of Paine Mountain into old farm fields with sweeping views to the northeast. At the bottom of the fields runners will turn north onto Onion River Road, a class 4 town road, and travel on it to the edge of Berlin Pond. After a brief dirt road section along the pond, runners will venture back into the woods on some twisty, rolling mountain bike trails managed by Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association. After this loop, it's time to make the trek back up Paine Mountain via the Berlin Irish Hill trails. Once you visit the summit of Paine for the second time, it's all downhill to the finish! 

Heavy Half Marathon Course

Half Marathon Profile


10k Course

Our Full Marathon,  Heavy Half Marathon and the 10k traverse the slopes of Paine Mountain on single track, old roads, and ski slopes that have been developed into multi use trails. All races will be run partially on trails managed and meticulously maintained by the Norwich University Shaw Outdoor Center, and partially on single track trails in the Town of Northfield Municipal Forest. 




ull Full 

Full Marathon Entry; $85 till race day.

Half Marathon Entry; $65 before June 1, then $80 till race day.

10k Entry; $50 before June 1, then $65 till race day.

Kids mile race; FREE! Just show up to race, no pre-registration required.


REFUND POLICY: We do not offer race registration refunds.  


Post race grub for recovery

On course aid station support

Entry to post race raffle with awards!

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place overall male and female winners for all race distances.

Exact prizes are TBD and no cash prizes will be awarded but you can expect a variety of great gear and shoes from our sponsors!



Feb 1

Registration Opens

June 1

Early registration discount ends, prices increase $15.

July 9

5:00 PM - Online race registration closes 


July 11 is Race Day!

7:00 AM - Packet pickup available at Shaw Outdoor Center for Full Marathon Runners.


7:45 - Pre Race informational briefing for Full Marathon racers.

8:00 AM - Full Marathon Start!


8:00-8:45 AM - Packet pickup/check-in available at Shaw Outdoor Center for Half Marathon racers

8:45 AM -  Pre race informational briefing for Half Marathon racers.


9:00 AM - Half Marathon Start!


9:01- 9:45 AM - Packet pickup/check-in available at Shaw Outdoor Center for 10k racers.


9:45 AM - Pre race informational briefing for 10k racers


10:00 AM - 10k Start!

11:30 - Kids Miler Check in.

12:00 - Kids Miler Start!

30 ~ 1:30PM - Awards/post race raffle!

3:00 race course closed (7hrs cut off for the Full Marathon)



Full Marathon runners will have access to aid stations on course 5 times. Half Marathon racers will have access to at least two aid stations while on course. 10k racers will only have access to one.  Racers are encouraged to use their own judgement about fueling, but carrying hydration, gels, etc. is highly encouraged. Each aid station will be well stocked with standard ultra event fuel and hydration. Paine Mountain Race is a cup-free race! In an attempt to reduce race waste, we are eliminating all disposable single use cups. Please bring a bottle or reusable cup for aid station refueling. If you have additional food specific needs, please make sure you come prepared! There will also be a supply of Band Aids, Vaseline, and duct tape, plus a few other basic first aid supplies but there will not necessarily be first aid care givers at all aid stations. We will have volunteer first aid caregivers at the start/finish.

Racer crews and spectators are welcome anywhere on the course, but driving access is only available at the start/finish area at the Shaw Outdoor Center. We certainly would encourage spectators to hike out into the beautiful forest to cheer on our competitors but please make sure your friends/family take a map and appropriate supplies, there's a lot of forest out there! Runner aid is not permitted by crews except at aid stations.


If you must drop, you must notify a race official at the start/finish area ASAP so we don't go looking for you!

This race is subject to the Ironwood Adventure Works terms and conditions, and rules for competition.



Thanks so much to all of our private and public landowners who are allowing us access to this incredible course!

Timothy Santry, 

And thanks to the towns of Northfield, Berlin, Montpelierr and the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association!


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