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April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018

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38TH ANNUAL SAP RUN (Ages 12+)

The Sap Run is an 8.5 mile road race from Swanton to St. Albans, VT. Join this annual rite of spring in St. Albans during the Maple Festival! Race starts in downtown Swanton at the Teen Center and ends on Main St. in St. Albans. Relay option! 1st leg - Swanton Teen Center to Handoff point at Chase Auto Sales (5.0 miles) 2nd leg - Handoff point to finish line (3.5 miles).


  • Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • Time: 8:30 AM

  • Location: Swanton Teen Center

  • Fee: $30

A Sap Run is also a great foot race, held annually as part of the Vermont Maple Festival!  From recreational to serious runners of all ages, participants enter to test themselves along a unique course of 8.5 miles, and to have fun!

PRE-REGISTRATION - All registration will be online at www.stalbansrec.com


For additional information, call St. Albans Recreation Department at 802-524-1500 X266 or e-mail: k.viens@stalbansvt.com.


RACE DAY REGISTRATION - will be available at race headquarters from 7:15 am until 8:15 AM. Race headquarters will again be located at Swanton Teen Center. Parking available at registration site and finish line. NEW RACE START TIME 8:30 AM.


PARTICIPATION FEE: In advance $40 race day


PACKET PICKUP - NEW LOCATION! Race Packets can be picked up at the St. Albans Recreation Office at 39 Barlow Street – Barlow St. Community Center 2nd floor the week of April 24-28 from 10 AM - 3 PM and on Saturday 4/9 from 9-11 AM, or on race day at the start, or contact the office to make other arrangements at 802-524-1500 X266 or X268.


RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP - Packets will be available at race headquarters at 7:30 AM


RUNNERS NEEDING TRANSPORTATION - There will be a shuttle from the parking lot behind city hall at 100 North Main St. at 7:45 AM to the start location in Swanton. There will be no shuttle after the race.


For the relay, there will also be a shuttle from the handoff point at Chase Auto to the finish line for runners of the first leg.

PARKING: Is available at both race start and finish.


This race occurs on an open roadway. To ensure the safest experience for all runners, participants should plan to be able to finish this race within a 2-hour time frame - hitting the finish line by 10:30am.


AWARDS: Will be presented from the Main Street Grandstand. Starting at 10:30 AM


COURSE: 8.5 MILES STARTING IN DOWNTOWN Swanton at the Village Green and proceeding south along Route 7 into downtown St. Albans, to the finish line at Taylor Park.


The relay: first leg from Swanton Teen Center to hand off point at Chase Auto is 5 miles, 2nd leg to finish line is 3.5 miles. Both participants must register separately.


DIRECTIONS TO START AND RACE HEADQUARTERS: North on I-89 to Exit 21 in Swanton and bear left off the ramp. Stay straight on that street until the Village Green is in front of you and go right and follow signs to a building straight ahead of you. Race headquarters will be in the large brick building in the back (Swanton Teen Center.)


POST RACE: Plan to take in the 51st Annual Maple Festival Parade on Main Street, along with the maple treats at the Maple Exhibit Hall in Bellows Free Academy south of Taylor Park, and you will find restaurants who have sponsored the Festival, and many food vendors along Main Street.

Run the whole race or get a partner and run a relay! First leg from Swanton Teen Center to hand off point at Chase Auto is 5 miles, 2nd leg to finish line is 3.5 miles. Both participants must register separately. To register go to www.stalbansrec.com


Winners of the Sap Run receive prizes of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup donated by the Vermont Maple Festival. All proceeds of the Sap Run benefit the St. Albans Recreation Commission.

What else is a sap run?

Grab a friend for the race!

Race Participant Information

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What is a sap run?

In Vermont, Sap Run has two meanings: Maple sap, from a sugar maple tree, frozen, with temperatures around 20 degrees, usually at night, then warmed by temperatures rising to about 40 degrees, dripping through tubing or into buckets, is called a Sap Run.