Top of Vermont


Race to the Top of Vermont

Mt. Mansfield, VT | Sunday, August 25th


the story

Every August the Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont draws as many as 800 hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. The Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont is about supporting the Catamount Trail Association and all of the good work they do. While you’re out there challenging yourself, know that 100% of the money raised at this event goes to support backcountry skiing and riding here in Vermont!


the climb

The course is 4.3 miles long and climbs 2,564 vertical feet on the famous Mt. Mansfield Toll Road to the summit parking lot. The racecourse begins with a .3 mile section of pavement before changing to gravel and dirt for the last 4 miles. The first 2.7 miles is well shaded while the last 1.6 miles opens up with spectacular views of Smuggler’s Notch and the surrounding Green Mountains. The course begins at an elevation of 1,279 ft and climbs to the summit parking lot at 3,843 ft. Racers will experience a steady incline averaging about 11 percent over the length of the course. At the summit finish area, participants will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views in New England overlooking three states and Canada.


  • High quality men’s or women’s tech shirt

  • Post race lunch

  • Cash prizes for the top three overall finishers in each discipline (1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$50)

  • A special prize for top 3 finishers in each age group and discipline

  • A special prize for the top Clydesdale and Athena finishers in each discipline 

  • An opportunity to take home a portion of the $15,000+ in raffle prizes and awards

  • $500 total cash award to the male or female who can break the overall course record for their gender regardless of discipline


Bike REstrictions

All bikes must have knobby tires and disc or sidepull/V-type brakes. Bikes with center-pull cantilever or caliper brakes will not be allowed. All cyclists must wear a helmet and bikes must have two working brakes. Acceptable bikes include mountain, cyclocross, and gravel grinder type bikes.