MONTPELIER -- Vermonters lead the nation in frequent exercise and this summer season, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing invites all athletes and nature-lovers to come experience sports and wellness events in the Green Mountain State.

VDTM is launching a sports and wellness campaign to increase awareness and participation in the many healthful events and outdoor attractions the state has to offer visitors and residents alike -- from marathons and hiking trails to bicycling and yoga retreats.

As Vermont's sports events schedule proliferates, the caliber of the events and participation continues to increase and appeal to destination-savvy athletes. Seventy-five percent of marathon runners in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon come from out of state. Other races like the Half Marathon Unplugged, have doubled in participation in two years. No matter where you are starting from, Vermont's welcoming sports culture helps you stay motivated and accomplish goals -- while also having fun in a gorgeous setting! Upcoming events "run" the gamut from gentle to grueling:

MAY

4: Middlebury Maple, Middlebury (Running)

17: Dandelion Run Half Marathon, Northeast Kingdom (Running)

18: Shires of Vermont Marathon, Bennington (Running)

25: KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, Burlington (Running)

24-26: Killington Stage Race, Killington (Cycling)

31-June 1: Tough Mudder, Mount Snow (Obstacle Race)

JUNE

4-8: Tour de Kingdom, Northeast Kingdom (Cycling)

8: Tour de Heifer, Brattleboro (Cycling)

12: Islands Bike Tour (Cycling)

14: Vermont Gran Fondo, Addison (Cycling)

19-22: Wanderlust, Stratton Mountain (Yoga)

21: Switchback Bike for Lake Champlain, Sandbar State Park (Cycling)

21: Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Sports, Killington (Cycling)

28-29: New England Trifest, Fairlee (Triathlon & Duathlon)

JULY

6: Mad Marathon, Mad River Valley (Running)

6: The Great Race Triathlon, St.


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Albans (Triathlon & Duathlon)

7-20: LAX Bitter Lacrosse Tournament, Stowe (Lacrosse)

11-13: Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, Ascutney (Mountain Biking)

12: Kingdom Swim, Newport (Swimming)

13: Stowe 8 Miler, Stowe (Running)

26: Onion River Century Ride, Montpelier (Cycling)

27: The Biggest Loser RunWalk, Killington (Running)

AUGUST

4-11: Lake Champlain Inn-to-Inn Bicycle Tour (Cycling)

9: Harpoon Point to Point, Windsor (Cycling)

13-17: The Vermont Challenge, (Cycling)

16: 100 on 100, (Running)

29-Sept 1: Green Mountain Stage Race, (Cycling)

31: Labor Day 15K, Burlington (Running, USATF -- New England Championship event)

SEPTEMBER

6: Kelly Brush Century Ride, (Cycling)

6: Manchester Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5k (Running)

12-14: Connecticut River Cycling & Camping Tour, (Cycling)

21: St. Albans Raid Half Marathon,(Running)

Fall Date TBD -- Spartan Race, Killington (Obstacle Race)

OCTOBER

5: Kingdom Marathon, Coventry (Running or Cycling)

Pair these sports events with arts, agriculture, attractions and ... happy training season!