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25K Trail Run


Madonna Mountain Vertical Challenge


2020 Race Date TBD

2019 RACE UPDATE: "We are sad to report there will be no Smugglers' Mountain Race this summer in order to regroup and reformat for the future. We hope to have the race back for summer 2020. Please check back for details going forward. If you enjoyed that race last year and were looking forward to returning again this year, try one of these similar races: 


Smugglers' Mountain Race is a weekend of stout mountain runs at their finest. These are extremely challenging sky-run style mountain races located on the rugged slopes and trails of Smugglers' Notch Resort, in Mount Mansfield State Forest! 


Both races climb to the highest point of land; Madonna Mountain, on the North side of Smugglers' Notch via steep, unforgiving terrain. Loose rock, mud, slippery slopes and long unrelenting climbs with spectacular views should be expected.

Two days of races, and two days of fun! Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of the best family resort destinations you will find! In addition to incredible mountain trails, Smuggs offers infinite family fun! While you run, your family will be enjoying a weekend of water parks, zip lining, disc golf, and more!

Room rate discount for race participants!



Madonna Mountain Vertical Challenge

Saturday, 9:00am.

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The MADONNA MOUNTAIN VERTICAL CHALLENGE is just shy of a vertical K of elevation gain over a few short but well earned miles. To be specific; 2,700 ft of gain in 3.9 miles. Starting from the village of Smugglers' Notch resort, runners will climb more than 1,000 ft in just over a mile to the top of the Village Lift, then run a short downhill segment before starting a steep, "test of will" climb of over 1,700 ft for just shy of 2 miles to the finish and summit of Madonna Mountain! Steep, loose rock, and internal doubt should be expected on this lung bustin' ascent. Runners then walk downhill back to the start/finish area. 


You have been warned!

Smugglers' Mountain 25k Trail Run

Sunday, 9:00 am.

25K Details
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Test your endurance on our 25k race Sunday, August 11. Start with a gradual climb from the Village base area up to the base of Madonna Lift, then gain 1,500 ft of elevation to the top of Sterling Mountain on steep terrain. Runners then drop back down towards the base station before making another steep ascent to the summit of Madonna Mountain and your first aid support. Expect long sweeping views west towards Lake Champlain, followed by a long traversing descent down to a connector trail that takes you up to another high point near the top of the Village Lift on Morse Mountain.  After one more short descent to your third aid station runners will cruise through the incredibly runnable single track trails of the Smuggs nordic/bike trail system. Expect another gradual climb back to the start area on single track and mixed dirt double track trails.

PLEASE NOTE: This map represents our intended course. We have updated this map with our planned route. However, we reserve the right to adjust the course as conditions dictate. 

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Event Details




SMUGGLERS' MOUNTAIN RACE 25k Entry; $75 before Aug 1, then $90 till race day.


All 25K racers receive:

Event shirt (Limit to first 100 racers!)

Post race grub for recovery

On course aid station support

Entry to post race raffle with awards!

VERTICAL CHALLENGE Entry; $45 before Aug 1, then $60 till race day.


All Vertical Challenge racers receive: 

Post race grub for recovery

Entry to race raffle with awards!

Special prizes for fastest overall male and female runners that compete in both races, plus a whole bunch of bragging rights!

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place overall male and female winners for both 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!

REFUND POLICY: We will refund your entry fee minus a $25 service fee if you contact us by July 1. After July 1 no refunds will be offered. 


Jan 1 2020

Registration Opens

Early registration discount ends, prices increase $15.

5:00 pm - Online race registration closes 

There will be day of registration for both events!



7:30 am - Racer check in, and Packet Pickup at the Smuggs  Village Center Gazebo

8:45 am Brief runner safety meeting.





7:00 am Packet pick up at Smuggs Village Center Gazebo

8:45 am Brief pre-race meeting at start line.

9:00am 25k MOUNTAIN RUN Start!

~1:00pm Post race awards, raffle for both races. 

2:00 pm 25k Course closes. 5hr cut-off.



25k racers will have access to three aid stations while on the course.  Located at approximately mile 3, 6, and 9.5. Racers can also access the third station at mile 14.5 if desired.  Racers are highly encouraged to carry hydration packs, gels, etc. Each aid station will be well stocked with standard ultra-event fuel and hydration. Smugglers' Mountain Run 25k trail 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 care givers at the start/finish.

Racer crews and spectators are welcome anywhere on the course, but please be careful out there! 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 station.


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


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