Best Dam Run and Walk 2018

Help support emergency fuel assistance in Vermont's Deerfield Valley and have some dam fun doing it. This is a fast out-and-back 13.1 mile (half-marathon) that starts out at the Harriman Dam and mostly follows the old Hoot, Toot & Whistle rail bed along the west side of Harriman Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely within Vermont's borders. The shores of this scenic lake are undeveloped and unbroken. Amazing views abound, especially as you cross the 215 foot high and 1250 foot long dam. Both runners and walkers are welcome!

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All proceeds benefit the Deerfield Valley Community Cares' Fuel Asssistance Fund. The event is sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club.

  • Check-in and packet pick-up opens - 8 am

  • Half-marathon run/walk - 9 am

  • Fun run/walk - 10 am


When is the Best Dam Run & Walk in Vermont?

Saturday, August 25, 2018.

What time does it start?

Check-in and packet pick up opens at 8 am. The half-marathon starts at 9 am and the fun run/walk at 10 am.

How do I get there?

The start and finish are located in the parking area at Harriman Dam (Dam Road, Whitingham, Vermont). Please park along Dam Road. View Map. Detailed directions also will be in the confirmaton email.

Do I get anything for registering?

A dry-wicking race t-shirt will be provided to anyone who registers more than two weeks before the event. A smorgasbord of healthy food will be available to all participants at the finish. The top-three male and female finishers will receive awards.

Can I make a donation to help support emergency fuel assistance if I cannot attend?

Dam yes! You can make a donation on the Eventbrite registration site.

How far is the half-marathon?

13.1 miles long. Approximately 600 feet of the run is on pavement crossing the dam. The remainder of run is on unpaved trail that primarily follows an old rail bed. There is 722 feet of elevation gain. Here is a detailed map of the course.

How far is the walk and fun run?

You run or walk as far as you want, but you must be off the course by 1 pm. There will be no exceptions. If you want to walk the entire course, please sign up for half-marathon and plan to start at 9 am. Walking a half-marathon will take on average 3-4 hours depending on how fast you walk.

Are there aid stations?

Yes, there will be three aid stations. One at mile 3.3, another at 6.6 miles and at the start/finish. Please bing your own water bottle or hydration device.

Does this race meet the American Trail Running Association's standards?

Dam right!

Can I bring my dog?

No. While we like dogs, we've decided it would be better if they are not on course.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact the race director at

What if it rains or I get injured or am otherwise unable to attend?

We're dam sorry, but your registration is non-refundable. There will be no rain date.