Bolton Valley Ski Area, a winter local favorite for skiing and riding, will host two special events on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The 2nd Annual Bolton Valley 5K to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports will kick off at 9 a.m. Then runners can quench their thirst at the Bolton Valley Hop Jam beginning at noon, joining lovers of beer, music and the mountains for the afternoon at Bolton on Saturday, Aug. 30.
“This is the second year we’ve hosted the 5K to benefit Vermont Adaptive, which actually began three years ago as a benefit after Tropical Storm Irene,” said Josh Arneson, sales and marketing director for Bolton Valley. “Last year we had more than 100 runners and walkers supporting disabled sports, and we hope to see even more this year. We’ve added in a new event, the Bolton Valley Hop Jam, to round out the day and make it a flavorful way to kick off Labor Day weekend in the mountains.”
Bolton Valley 5K to benefit Vermont Adaptive
The 5K trail run and walk takes place on Bolton’s Nordic Trails and is a scenic run or walk that proceeds primarily through wooded trails with moderate up and down grades. Trails will range from groomed to muddy and semi-rocky terrain. The overall winners (male and female) will receive awards. All top finishers will receive awards in each age category: Youth (12 and under) Teens (13-18), Young Adults (19-35), Mid-Lifer (36-49) and Masters (50+). New for 2014 is a free kids fun dash. This will be an untimed run open to kids ages 8 and under, and all kiddos will receive a medal for participating.
Participants will receive a complimentary event t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by Aug. 9). The cost is $20/person ages 18 and under and $30/adults. All proceeds will be donated to Vermont Adaptive. The race begins at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Race day check-in is required before 8 a.m. Runners should preregister through Active.com. A raffle and the Awards Ceremony will occur immediately post race.
Bolton Valley Hop Jam
Immediately following the 5K, Bolton Valley will kick off its Labor Day weekend Hop Jam. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music begins at noon, featuring a line up of live music plus top quality beer and food. Featured music includes JP Harris & the Tough Choices, Soule Monde, Primate Fiasco, Spirit Family Reunion and the Alchemystics.
Tasty brews from the following breweries will be served: Burlington Beer Co., Hill Farmstead, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Treehouse Brewing, Lost Nation Brewery, Lawson's Finest, High Horse Brewing, Citizen Cider, Sixpoint Brewing, The Alchemist, Zero Gravity, Trillium Brewing, and Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Tickets are available to prepurchase online for $40/person for the noon – 8 p.m. festival. Tickets are $50 at the door the day of the event. A VIP Ticket for $125 includes two meals, nine beers, a Hop Jam t-shirt and koozie, exclusive access to rare one-off casks plus exclusive VIP beer lines. VIP Tickets are available online only and will not be sold at the door. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit http://vthopjam.com.
Bolton Valley Ski Area is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing and riding. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks. Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 100km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center and Vermont’s only top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.