Covered Bridges Half Marathon-A Community based road race. Runs the first Sunday in June. The Best 13.1 miles in New England. Experience some of Vermont's Covered Bridges and support local charities.



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Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Little Bit About CBHM #cbhm #cbhm2016 #VT #NH #LebRecreation #VermontTourism #halfmarathons #WoodstockVT

Tried of watching the parade, the turkey cooking; waiting for football to start.
How about a little background about the Covered Bridges Half Marathon.
We're Celebrating the 25th Annual CBHM
Sunday June 5, 2016 8:15AM
The best 13.1 miles in New England
Over $2 Million Donated to Our Communities

Race Registration Opens
Monday December 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET

Thanks Ryan
Please join us in 2016 for our 25th Anniversary Race!

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon was first run in 1992. Race founder David Chioffi and a group of community members got together to create a half marathon along some of the best running routes around Woodstock, Vermont. The course they designed was unique because of the four covered bridges along the way, two of which the runners ran through. After building a mailing list of over 4,000 names, the race had nearly 400 runners that first year.

Like many races, the course was adjusted several times in the first few years to address traffic and parking concerns, as well as the growing popularity of the race. The current course has been in place since 1997. The popularity of the race has continued to rise, reaching 2,900 registrants in 2001.

The race was scaled back in 2002 to 2,000 registrants in order to maintain the small feel of the race and in response to reduced parking capacity. The race has grown very slowly to the present cap of 2,300 runners. The on-line registration fills quickly each year, usually in a few minutes from the time that it “goes live.”

The race is organized by a completely volunteer staff, under the corporate umbrella of CBHM, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed specifically to organize running events and donate the proceeds to charity.

The race donates more than $50,000 each year to local non-profit groups focused on youth activities and youth sports in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. In recent years, groups have used the race to inspire volunteers to seek pledges for their respective causes, raising as much as $130,000.  The race committee has consciously limited the number of spots allocated to such efforts to maintain the feel and focus of the race itself.
Please check out our post: http://cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-your-registration-does-cbhm.html

 The Board of Directors of CBHM, Inc. include the race directors and representatives from the local area. Over 500 volunteers help make the race happen on race day, with many of the volunteers now in their 25th year at their posts.

More Information about our race
Race Information: http://cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/p/information.html
FAQs: http://cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/p/faqs.html
Our Charities: http://cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/p/charities.html
Pacers: http://cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/p/uvrc-pacers.html

From a 2014 Article by The Vermont Standard

Schools: Covered Bridges Half Marathon Donations ‘Fantastic’

The Vermont Standard reported on Thursday December 4 about some area schools that benefited from your race registration money.

By Virginia Dean, Standard Correspondent
A donation of $1,000 has just been sent to 11 elementary schools in the Upper Valley on behalf of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon (CBHM, Inc.) to be used in any manner the schools wish toward the physical education needs of their students.

“Through the generous support of our race participants and sponsors, we are able to present (these funds),” said CBHM, Inc. President Bill Blaiklock. “We are proud to continue to donate funds that support recreational opportunities for children in our service area.” READ MORE

In addition to these "scholarships" mentioned in this article, CBHM, Inc. donates over $50,000 to support youth sports teams and recreation programs. And through a unique partnership with local charities, race participants seek pledges for our charities, raising over $130,000 that benefits the community.

Contact us, email the Race Director at CBHM Race Director.
Snail Mail Address:
CBHM, Inc.
P.O. Box 722
Woodstock, VT 05091

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Mike, Bill and the Race Committee

C​BHM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations/Registration fees are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Updated November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a nice run! #cbhm #cbhm2016 #VT #NH #LebRecreation #VermontTourism #halfmarathons

Happy Thanksgiving from Mike and Bill and the Race Committee
We wish you the best of the Fall Harvest!

In just 12 short days Race Registration will open
In the spirit of the holiday season we hope that if you do not get in during open registration, you will consider running for one of our charities. And maybe even if you do get in, you'll still consider making a donation to one of these organizations that help people in the Upper Valley year round.

Race Registration Opens
Monday December 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET

WISE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people and communities impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. WISE provides a confidential and free 24 hour crisis line, support groups and workshops, emergency shelter and transitional housing, safety planning and accompaniment to hospitals, police stations, court houses and other social service agencies. WISE knows that we can end violence. The Prevention and Education Program at WISE teaches healthy relationship skills and sexual violence prevention to students, educators and parents, provides training on trauma-informed support for professionals, best practice for businesses and relevant workshops for your everyday life. WISE believes in empowerment and knows that individuals make their best decisions when they have information and support. 

Members of Team WISE commit to raising at least $500 and WISE will pay the $90 registration fee. 

In recognition of your hard work, WISE will also provide you with the following; 
· A personalized dri-fit t-shirt with the WISE logo to wear on race day 
· Promotional support for fundraising 
· Race photographs by Matthew Oscadal 
· A brief (and optional), pre-race warm up of yoga and intention setting lead by Abby Tassel, RYT 
· A pre and post-race gathering tent for runners and their friends and family with healthy snacks and beverages 
· Transportation of runner’s belongings from start to finish line 
To request a spot on Team WISE please email, Chelsea.williams@wiseoftheuppervalley.org , visit www.wiseuv.org to learn more about our organization.

The Family Place is a Vermont designated Parent Child Center whose mission is to help every young child have his or her best chance of success in life. Through targeted, wrap-around supports and programs for parents and young children, our organization works to break the generational cycle that makes children more vulnerable to a future of repeated poverty, child maltreatment and underachievement. We offer parent education and job skills readiness, developmental screenings, child advocacy, support with quality child care and therapy services. 

All funds raised will go directly to operational needs at our location in Norwich, VT which serves over 1900 families annually. 
Members of Team Family Place commit to raise $350.00, plus pay for their registration of $90. 
All participants will receive 
· Assistance with a personal fundraising webpage 
· Vermont made unique gifts and goods 
· Toilets at the start of the race for charity team runners only 
· A tent at the starting area with food and fuel for race 
· Regular encouragement sent by email preceding the race. 
· Team photograph before the race 
· Transportation of personal items from the start of the race to the finish. 

Email Mary Brown at marybhanover@gmail.com for registration information. To learn more about The Family Place go to: http://www.familyplacevt.org/

Have you ever wondered why a young person turns to drugs, gets smashed on alcohol, or given all we know about tobacco, starts smoking? As someone who is running a half marathon, you know the importance of making healthy choices, but many young people don’t- for a variety of reasons. Health Connections of the Upper Valley is a 501c3 health promotion organization that applies best practices to our outreach programs: alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention education and community policy development, nutrition education and afterschool cooking classes, and quit tobacco programs. Your support will help us to sustain our outreach work. 

To THANK YOU, Health Connections will provide you with:
A really COOL wicking running hat, 
Transportation of your Stuff to the Finish, 
A 10 minute post-race massage, 
And, a team picture.
Please go to www.hcuv.org and click on fundraising, then on CBHM. Complete the online registration form and you will be sent a link to set up your fundraising page. Each Health Connections’ runner raises a minimum of $350, plus pays the $90 registration fee. You may also fundraise the registration fee. 

On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, thank you for supporting Health Connections! Feel free to contact me at director@hcyv.org or (802) 457-4780. 
Cathy Hazlett, Executive Director

Help local families struggling with homelessness and poverty. The Upper Valley Haven is a private not-for-profit organization, founded in 1980, that provides temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults, as well as food and clothing to those in need. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services. We serve over 10,000 people per year. We create a community where people find hope and discover possibility.

Commit to raise $500* and enjoy the following benefits:
· A personal fundraising webpage
· Reusable Haven swag bag filled with the necessities and more
· Toilets at the start of the race for charity team runners only
· A gathering tent at the starting area with energy bars, bagels, fruit and fluids.
· Receive your own Haven CBHM Team T-shirt (stylish, functional, performance - a keeper!)
· Training Tips by road race experts sent by email preceding the race.
· Team photograph and opportunity for individual photographs.
· Transportation of personal items from the start of the race to the finish.
· Lucky bracelets made by children living the Haven’s Shelter and participating in the Haven’s Afterschool program.
· Post-race massages for Haven runners!
*The $90 registration fee is due when you register to be on the Haven’s Team ($90 counts towards the $500 goal)
To request a spot on the Haven’s team, please contact Jenn Merritt jmerritt@uppervalleyhaven.org
802.478.1806 . Learn more about the Haven at www.uppervalleyhaven.org.

David’s House is a 20-bedroom, home-away-from-home for families with children receiving medical care through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Founded in 1986, the house is named in memory of David Cyr who passed away at age 5 after a long battle with leukemia. 

Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2016, David’s House is a registered 501c3 nonprofit in Lebanon NH that has served as a haven for over 13,500 families who have needed overnight accommodations. Guest families include: 9,183 families from NH; 3,084 families from VT; 1,190 families from 42 other U. S. states; 1 family from a U. S. Territory; 43 families from other nations and counting!

We provide a warm, caring, fully stocked “home” for families whose worlds have been turned upside down. Guests may come for a day or for many months – it all depends on what the ill or injured child needs. David’s House operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help families stay together and stay strong during this most difficult time.

We charge no fees for our housing, food or laundry services, so fundraising is very important and we’d like to ask you to help by joining Team David’s House in the upcoming CBHM.

Members of Team David’s House are asked to raise $500 (tax deductible), and are responsible for the $90 race registration fee.

As thanks for your philanthropic support, David’s House will provide:
- A gathering tent at the start/finish with team-only snacks and refreshments
- Access to customizable fundraising web pages
- Free team-only post-race massages
- Exclusive runner gifts
- A Team David’s House photo and/or individual runner photo
To learn more or register for Team David’s House: www.davids-house.org/cbhm.
Questions? Email our Development Director at: Krista.Katz@davids-house.org

Team Alzheimers

Long time runner and CBHM veteran Jane Lemire has been involved in fundraising in the Upper Valley since 2003. Jane and her Team of runners pioneered TeamAlzheimers for CBHM in 2004 by turning 15 race entries into $7,000 in donations. Since then, Team Alzheimers has raised over $200,000. All funds are donated to several Upper Valley private non-profit senior organizations that specialize in the care and/or services for people with dementia. TeamAlzheimers is a totally volunteer organization that donates 100% of its proceeds back into the community.

Members of Team Alzheimers commit to raise $350 dollars and are responsible for the $90 registration fee.

To learn more about TeamAlzheimers, visit www.teamalzheimers.blogspot.com and/or email TeamAlzheimers@aol.com for entry into the race. This is on a first come first served basis.

Please Join Us for our
25th Annual CBHM
Sunday June 5, 2016 8:15AM

Thursday, June 18, 2015