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April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018

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39TH ANNUAL SAP RUN (Ages 12+)

The 40th Annual Sap Run will be held on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 during the Vermont Maple Festival. Start time: 8:30 am- The Sap Run is an 8.5-mile road race from Swanton to St. Albans, VT. Join this annual rite of spring! Start location is the Swanton Teen Center. The race finishes on Main Street in St. Albans across from Taylor Park. All runners should plan to finish the race within a 2-hour time frame. Finish line breakdown will start at 10:30. Prizes will be awarded starting at 10:30 at the finish line. We’ll be using bibs with timing strips in them. This will make packet pick-up a possibility again this year making race day go a bit smoother.

Relay option! 1st leg - Swanton Teen Center to Handoff point at Chase Auto Sales (5.0 miles) 2nd leg - Handoff point to the finish line (3.5 miles) - Each relay partner must register separately! RESULTS AND PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT 10:30 am on Main Street in downtown St. Albans. GOOD LUCK TO ALL! Results will be posted on this website, and in the St. Albans Messenger.


******Deadline to register on line is midnight on 04/25/18. After this date, PARTICIPANTS CAN REGISTER RACE DAY starting at 7:00 AM at the start location (Race Day registration fee is $40) - Swanton Teen Center.

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!

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.


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!

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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.