Leaf Peepers Half Marathon & 5K

Race Information

Race date: October 6, 2024

Additional race information for the 2024 Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5K will be updated when it is available.

Directions: From I-89, take exit 10. Follow signs to Route 2. Take a left onto Route 2 east. Go through downtown Waterbury. There is ample parking behind the state complex. Please access via Park Row or State Dr. Do not enter on Horseshoe Rd. or park in church parking. Use this address for your gps: 280 State Dr., Waterbury, VT 05676

Race Day Facility Map

Race day schedule:
Bib number pickup from 7:00am until 8:30am
Half marathon start: 9:00am
5K start: 9:15am

Course: As a result of the flooding that occurred in August, the last mile of the course has been partly damaged, but it is still passable. You should expect a little loose sand and a very small detour around an eroded spot. Don’t worry; it is all very runnable but not quite as groomed as it was in the past.

Volunteers: Without volunteers, it would not be possible to put on a race like Leaf Peepers. Course marshals, water stops, post-race food, and registration are just a few of the essential jobs being done by volunteers.

If you would like to be a member of the Leaf Peepers 2023 volunteer team, please fill out the form on our  Contact Us  page to let us know that you’re interested.

Divisions: Male and female: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and over.

Awards: Awards for first male and first female finisher. All finishers will receive a unique finisher’s award.

T-shirts: The famous Leaf Peepers short-sleeve t-shirt is included in your entry fee.

Water stops: Water and Untapped Maple products will be available at aid stations located at 3.5, 7, and 10.9 miles.

Post Race: Post race recovery snacks will be available at the finish line.

Facilities: Portalets near the start/finish area in the state office complex. No changing/showering facilities are available.

Race Results: Full results, including gun and chip times, will be posted at cvrunners.org.


Race History: The first running of the half marathon was in 1984, and the 5K began in 1990. There were 163 finishers in the 1984 half marathon. Debbie Crow of Stowe was first woman in 1:30:17, and Keith Woodward was first male in 1:11:56. There have been a few course changes over the years, the most significant being the switch to the Perry Hill course for 2013 through 2018. The race returned to the original Waterbury/Duxbury course in 2019.

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