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January 21, 2016

Vermont Goes to Extremes to Attract the Toughest Athletes

Extreme Races Range from 8-hour Obstacle Courses to Winter Adventures and Mud Races

For some people, it's not enough to run a 10K and call it a day. Vermont is the perfect place for folks who want a real athletic challenge. Try running laps for eight hours in mud, ice and snow. Or race uphill in skis or snowshoes. Vermont has the ultimate fitness tests with these extreme races. Learn more at

Shale Hill Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge

Feb. 6, Benson

Only the tough and hardy will beat the odds in this never-ending loop of physical and mental challenges.

Spartan Agoge 48

Feb. 12-14, Pittsfield

Overcome mental and physical obstacles to develop your body, mind and spirit.

Winter Wild Uphill Race

Feb. 20, Okemo

An uphill series with a twist: the finish is at the bottom, so you get to come back down.

Vermont Ninja Ultimate Ninja Athlete Qualifier

Feb. 27, Essex

The only nationwide competition that allows Ninja Athletes the chance to compete at Ninja gyms nationwide to reach a final championship.

The Frigid Infliction

March 5, Bolton Valley

This 10-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three involves several winter disciplines and navigation skills.

Peak 2016 Snowshoe Race

March 18-19, Pittsfield

Try a 100-mile trek, snowshoe marathon, half marathon, or 10K option. The course is a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains, with 1200' of vertical.

Green Mountain Adventure Challenge

May 25-Sept. 5, Deerfield Valley

An epic, real life action-adventure game that is part unsolved mystery and part outdoor adventure.

Peak Ultra

May 12-14, Pittsfield

Running options from 15 miles to 200 miles in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Spartan Agoge 60

June 17, Pittsfield

A race based on the Spartan system of training, designed to produce the strongest and most mentally tough citizens on earth.

New England Tough Mudder

June 18-19, Mount Snow

One of North America's favorite destination races is built on and around Mount Snow. Intense elevation changes and scenic trails.

Dirty Girl Mud Run

July 9, Killington

Run, walk, climb, crawl...and get incredibly dirty. This event is not timed or competitive.

Shale Hill Tri-Obstaclon Obstacle Relay Challenge

July 16, Benson

A unique multi-sport event. Ride on fire roads to Lake Champlain, swim or wade your way between markers, ride back to Shale Hill and then run the obstacle course.

Bitter Pill

August 1, Bolton Valley

A 12-hour adventure race for teams of two or three. The race includes mountain biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, and navigation.

24 Hours of Shale Hill Hell

August 6-7, Benson

This obstacle course will take you to your limits, and beyond.

Peak Mountain Bike Race

Sept. 12, Pittsfield

Sign up for the one lap, two laps, or 6-hour race option.

Beast, Sprint and Ultra Beast Weekend

Sept. 19-20, Killington

Expect steep slopes, off-trail descents, burpees, massive climbs and chilly swims.

Contact: Laura Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing;;; Twitter: Vermont Tourism; Facebook: Vermont Tourism; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: January 21, 2016 08:06:56