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Race Back to School!

AUGUST 18, 2019

The second annual Race Back to School is on August 18, 2019 at the Inn At Mountain View Farm.  This laid back competition is open to bikers, runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels and takes place on designated trails where participants race to accumulate the most points within a two-hour time span.  Points are awarded for laps and for fun stations – stops along the way providing specific challenges including anything from physical fitness challenges to face-painting.

2019 Course Map

Families, individuals and teams of all ages are invited to compete.  The course offers a focus on endurance challenges rather than technical difficulty, in order to encourage walkers, runners and bikers of all ability levels.  And the Fun Stations give slower racers the opportunity to rack up high points. 

Racers can also fundraise for specific causes by turning points into pledges (For information on how you can raise pledges for your school, please contact

Following the race, there will be music by the Rocky Ridge String Band, food and prizes for the top point earners, and general revelry and good times for all.

The competition runs from 9-11AM on the 18th, with check-in at 8AM in the parking lot next to the Mountain View Inn on Darling Hill in East Burke.

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Racers at the start of the 2018 Race Back to School.

This year, we are excited to announce that Kingdom Experiences will be on site providing 4 bike coaching stations throughout the course.  Stopping at these stations will not only earn you points but also improve your skills to make biking even more fun!

**Update 8/13**

Food and Fun-stations

We are delighted to announce that Bread & Butter Cafe of St. Johnsbury will be providing a selection of bagels, meat pies, and salads for purchase the day of the race!

We also have an updated list of fun stations:

  • Yoga
  • Face Painting
  • Soccer Croquet
  • Obstacle Course
  • Tree and Bird Identification

Should be a blast!

Race Back to School Event Guide 2019

**Update 8/2**

2019 Course Description

Short Loop/Mountain View Field: .5 miles, 15ft elevation gain. Simple, easy and mild terrain, short and all in site of the checkpoint. 2 points per loop.

Medium Loop/Poundcake→ Loop:1.76 miles with 78 ft of elevation gain, this is longer but still mellow. There is a slightly technical section on Poundcake at the beginning, 1 low, wide bridge, and a steep uphill near the end. 5 points per loop. 

Long Loop/Poundcake→ Fenceline→ Coronary→ Loop: 2.24 miles, 229 ft of elevation gain. This loop has several technical features such as 2 elevated 24” wide bridges, a small drop, a creek crossing, and a steep uphill at the end. Coaching stations will be positioned at challenging sections.  12 points per loop. 

Fun stations will operate only on Short and Medium Loops

This event is a fundraiser for local school programs.  Please consider a donation to the Inn At Mountain View Farm Sanctuary for letting us stage this event on their property.