POWNAL -- Unlike some of the past years, the weather for Saturday's night's Moonlight in Vermont Midnight Road Race is looking good.

In its 15th year, the race starts at the Pownal Valley Fire Department at the stroke of midnight and follows a four-mile course along paved and dirt roads through the hills of Pownal.

"The past four or five years, it's been humid or even raining, so it's going to work out weather-wise," said race director David Durfee.

Participant numbers are in the same range as the past couple of years and Durfee said he expects a good number of registrations on Saturday night.

There's also the Community Rumble, a two-mile non-competitive race, that starts three minutes after midnight. People can run or walk the Rumble.

"The Rumble has been growing, a lot of people have signed up -- especially locally," said Durfee, who said the Rumble is in its fifth year. "It gave local people, that didn't want to be in a competitive race, a chance to take part."

The course for the timed event starts at the Pownal Valley Fire Department and heads down North Pownal Road. It turns onto Cedar Hill Road, past Mighty Food Farm, then heads right up Quarry Hill Road. After a significant hill, it's back on North Pownal Road and to the fire station.

Both Cedar Hill and Quarry Hill are dirt roads, while North Pownal is paved.

"It's a challenging course with several hundred feet of elevation," Durfee said.


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The entire course will be lined with luminaria, which will be set out by the members of the Pownal Valley Fire Department. Proceeds from the race go to the department.

"They put in so much to help us with the event; without them, we couldn't do it," Durfee said.

Awards will be handed out to the top overall male and female winners, along with the top three finishers in seven age categories. For the non-competitive race, a prize will be awarded to the first Pownal resident and to the individual judged to be most visible in the moonlight.

"Every year, it gets more creative," Durfee said. "We've had fire, LED lighting, but it's ‘most visible', so being reflective works too."

To register online, visit www.active.com, or pick up an application at the Solomon Wright Public Library. For more information, contact moonlight@bkvr.org or call race director David Durfee at 802-442-4414.