DERBY, VERMONT – The Dandelion Run is back on May 20, 2017. Underwritten by Community National Bank and hosted by Kingdom Games, The Town of Derby, and Siskin-Coutts. The run offers varying distances from 1 mile to a half marathon on dirt roads through the “world famous” dandelion fields of Morgan, Holland and Derby. It is held in honor and memory of Terri Weed, a 15-year-old girl who tragically lost her life due to domestic violence on May 21, 1981. For each adult registration, 20% will be donated to support Umbrella and its advocacy and support of victims of violence.
“The Dandy” is held in conjunction with the Dandelion Fiddlefest celebrating “High Spring” in the Northeast Kingdom, a time when the dandelions are at their peak. As in previous years, Reckless Breakfast, a contemporary blue grass band will be playing at the corner of Dumas and Hayward Hollow Roads. Champion master fiddler, Scott Campbell will be playing at Route 111 and the North Gore Road. Patti Casey of Montpelier will be back at the corner of Route 111 and Dumas Road. Courtney Drew, an 18-year-old fiddler from Quebec, will be playing at the 1 mile turnaround. Rick Geisel, Don Houghton, and Terri Churchill will be playing at other locations along the course. Many of these musicians (and more) will be playing at The EastSide’s Dandelion Fiddlefest, which features Reckless Breakfast and Scott Campbell and Friends on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a judged fiddlers' contest with cash prizes on Saturday afternoon.
The running and walking options include a 13.1 mile, 10 km, 4 mile, 2 mile and 1 mile. The ages of runners and walkers typically range from 4 years old to 80 years old. Each year many local schools field teams of young runners and we are always looking for more schools to be represented.
Last year, Community National Bank helped organize the first 4 mile walk, which was very popular and which we expect will grow. The bank's Community Circle members put on their walking shoes and enjoyed the event festivities with the other "Dandy" participants from many other states.
The Dandy is widely recognized as one of the top running races in Vermont: beautiful, challenging, and fun. It has been featured several times in Vermont Sports Magazine and was named one of the best events in Vermont by Yankee Magazine in 2011. Already runners have been signing up from California, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, all over Vermont, The Eastern Townships of Quebec, Quebec City, Montreal, and Ontario.
Online registration is open at www.dandelionrun.org.