Tips and Comments about this venerable race which runs from Pomfret (Suicide Six to the Quechee Polo Field)
There are several good locations for picture takers and if you are parked in Woodstock's free lot, you can be at the right spot, in advance, to take at least three shots of your favourite runner. Don't go to the starting point at the Suicide Six Ski area - you'll never get out!
My first choice location is Woodstock's iron bridge. Here you can take pictures of runners coming in from Suicide Six and turning onto River Street for a circuit through Woodstock. You can also catch them going the opposite direction as they cross the bridge from Elm Street and head up a small incline.
Woodstock's covered bridge, opposite the Green or in the centre of town on the corner of Main and Elm, is my second location. I have frequently run here from the iron bridge and made it in time to see the same runners.
My third location is outside Taftsville, just before the Taftsville covered bridge. It takes contestans a good 25 minutes to reach this point from Woodstock, so you even have time to set up with a tripod on Route 4 just before the bridge. (There are several parking spaces beside the road). As you can see it's quite the scenic route along the banks of the Ottauquehcee River! River Road is a popular bike ride for area visitors.
Trying to keep a cap on the traffic is one of the reasons why the organizers of this event keep the number of entrants to 2,200. Applications to run had to be in by early February, three months before the big day. Traffic is the reason why 40-buses are used to take the contestants from from the finishing line at the Quechee polo field to their starting point -- the Suicide Six ski area, a couple of mile outside Woodstock.