Catamount Ultra Stage Weekend October 20th-23rd

Come and meet Ann Trason, Monica Scholz,  Aliza Lapierre and the Green Mountain Club for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, and trail running  in beautiful Vermont.


What: Supported 3-day, non-competitive trail running on some of Vermont’s most beautiful trails, plus more! All runs will be marked and guided by 1 lead runner and 1 sweep runner. Nobody will be left behind!

When: October 20-23, 2016

Where: Central Vermont (in and around Royalton, VT)

COST: $350 per person for full 3-day event. A limited number of spots are available to attend a single day for $125. 10% discount available to Vermont runners and Ontario Ultra and Trail runners.

Price includes 3 supported trail runs on Vermont trails (plus an optional night run), 3 meals, snacks /aid during and after trail runs, skills training workshops (see details below), an evening of camaraderie and “tales from the trails” with Ann Trason and special guests Monica Scholz,  Aliza Lapierre, and Mike Debonis from the Green Mountain Club, and  Ann’s Running Circle swag bag; price does not include lodgingsee suggestions below.

Non-running family members may join for meals and workshops (if interested) for a nominal fee. Contact Dot Helling at for more details.

Space is limited! Register today to reserve your spot by contacting Dot Helling at We accept payment by check or by PayPal.

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  • Thursday October 20: ARRIVALS

Meet at the Worthy Burger, South Royalton, VT from 5:00 – 7:00 PM – serving some of Vermont’s finest craft beers and award-winning burgers

Optional night run, South Royalton at 7:15 PM – test out your head lamps!

  • Friday October 21: 

Morning: free time and arrivals continue

Afternoon: Stage 1 run at Mt Ascutney (60- or 90-minute run; ~6-9 miles; two pace groups)

Meet at Main Trail Head parking lot, off of Ski Tow Road at 1:00 PM

Dinner: Pizza at King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT from 5:00-7:00 PM

  • Saturday October 22: 

Morning: Stage 2 run on the Appalachian Trail (out and back; variable distances)

Option 1: Route 12 to Lookout ~12 miles return

Option 2: Route 12 to Chauteauguay Road aid station hosted by Ann Trason and Dot Helling, ~18 miles return; additional unsupported 9 miles optional

All runners meet at Route 12 AT trailhead at 8:00 AM

Afternoon: skills workshops at The Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, VT, 4:00-6:00 PM. Participants choose two 45-minute workshops from the following options:

1) downhill/technical trail running with Aliza Lapierre and Geoff Linton

2) training/working with a coach with Run Formula coach John Spinney

3) injury prevention through strengthening with physical therapist and Ironman age grouper Donna Smyers 

Buffet dinner and informal panel discussion: The Three Stallion Inn, Randolph, VT, 6:00-9:00 PM (cash bar)

A fun evening of “Tales from the Trails” with Ann Trason and special guests Monica Scholz, Aliza Lapierre, and Mike DeBonis from the Green Mountain Club. 

  • Sunday October 23: 

Morning: Stage 3 run on Wild Apple trails (60-minute run, ~5-8 miles)

Meet at Webster Hill and Skyline Roads (parking at entry of Wild Apple Road) at 9:00 AM

Brunch: Eaton’s Sugarhouse, Royalton, VT, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Afternoon: suggested social activities and sightseeing; early DEPARTURES

  • Monday October 24: DEPARTURES continue


Saturday Afternoon fun at the Catamount SKILLS WORKSHOPS

1) Downhill and technical trail running with Aliza Lapierre and Geoff Linton on the beautiful Three Stallion Inn trails

Aliza Lapierre is a native Vermonter who began running after college.  Curiosity got her to the start line of her first ultra, at the Vermont 50 and from that point on there was no doubt that she had found her passion.   Over the years Lapierre has excelled at the 50 mile distance and has continued to work at navigating the 100 mile distance.  In 2010 and 2015 Lapierre was the USA Trail 100k Champion and believes her success can be attributed to not being afraid to question her perceived physical boundaries, while also allowing for time to play during her runs in the mountains and on the trails.  In her free time she enjoys working in her vegetable gardens, back country skiing, rock climbing and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Geoff Linton is a life-long runner who currently resides in Guelph, Ontario. He honed his downhill and technical running technique while living and running near Cape Town, South Africa. He has competed in numerous ultra trail races including the Death Valley race and the Canadian Death Race. Geoff taught marketing at a community college for many years and is well versed in the principles of adult education.

2) Training and working with a coach with Run Formula Coach John Spinney

As a coach for The Run Formula, John works with high level and committed runners. In addition to coaching runners John is also a coach for PRO and elite age group triathletes at QT2 Systems. His roster of runners ranges from elite masters marathoners up through ultra-marathoners.  In 2015, John’s athletes ticked off some exciting achievements including invites to the Boston Marathon elite wave, two elite masters women running low 2:50 marathons, one master male who ran 2:37 for marathon, many overall road race wins, a top five finish in a 100 mile trail ultra, and a successful finish of the brutal 155 mile Atacama Crossing (4 Deserts) ultra stage race.

John’s run coaching philosophy is rooted in identification of each runner’s physiology needs as they relate to the goal race distance. He then individualizes the application of training stress, using a proven methodology, to generate race day success. All aspects of high performance running are addressed. These include: durability development, pacing, recovery, body composition, fueling, mobility and bodywork, mental fitness training, as well as preparation for specific aspects and nuances of each event (e.g. terrain, climate, altitude, course, etc…).

John’s own competitive running began with high school and collegiate cross country and currently includes road, trail and mountain running races. He also competes at a high level in triathlon, recently racing Ironman Hawaii, and dabbles in cycling time trials and gravel bike races. This year John is also exploring the sport of ski mountaineering racing (“skimo”). John lives with his wife and their rambunctious Rottweiler named Ludo in the mountains of Vermont.

3) Injury prevention through strengthening your weak muscles and stretching your tight spots with Physical Therapist Donna Smyers

Physical Therapist: Donna Smyers has been a physical therapist since 1995. She specializes in problem solving for casual and competitive athletes and anyone trying to stay active at her Fixer-Upper Physical Therapy  office in Adamant Vermont. Clients benefit from her personal approach emphasizing manual therapy, biomechanics, orthotics, and techniques for self management.

Triathlete: Donna has competed in triathlon since 1985, placing 3rd 35-39F in her first Ironman World Championship in Kona in 1993 and 2nd 55-59F in her most recent Ironman Kona in 2012 with 6 Age Group wins between 1997 and 2009. Donna came back from a quad tendon rupture and repair in late 2012 to become the 55-59 USAT Olympic distance National Champion and 55-59 World Champion at the sprint and 70.3 distances in 2014.

Education:  BA and MS in Engineering from Dartmouth College 1979 and 1987, MS in Scientific Basis of Human Performance from University of Oklahoma 1991 and BS in Physical Therapy from University of Connecticut 1995

Saturday Evening fun at the Catamount TALES FROM THE TRAILS panel discussion

A fun evening moderated by local Vermont ultra runner and educator, Lindsay Simpson.

Featuring our workshop leaders plus…

Mike DeBonis is the executive director of the Green Mountain Club. Mike is a licensed professional forester and serves on the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council-US. Prior to working for the Green Mountain Club, Mike served as Executive Director of the Forest Guild, a national organization of professional foresters. Mike will share his knowledge of the Green Mountain Club and area trails, and will discuss trail conservancy with tips on how runners and bikers can help sustain the trails and minimize damage.

Monica Scholz is a legend in the ultra running world. She was the first person to complete 25 hundred-milers in a single year, back in 2010. That’s a 100-miler every other week! And she’s not crazy, she’s just very passionate about running. All those miles couldn’t dampen her enthusiasm for running nor her sense of humor. Anyone who’s met Monica and spent time on the trails with her can appreciate her good-natured spirit and wit.  You might call her an endurance pig – not only has she accomplished unfathomable feats on her two feet, Monica has also done numerous multi-day endurance cycling events. Today, Monica lives near Hamilton, Ontario, just steps from the Sulphur Springs 100-mile course. She continues to log miles on the trails with her partner Phil and their two dogs.

Ann Trason: Anyone who’s into ultra / trail running knows about Ann’s numerous accomplishments, including her 14 wins at Western States and 20 world records. Ann gives back to the sport – she was race director of the Dick Collins Fire Trails 50 in Northern California for 11 years, and she coaches middle school cross country and track & field. She supports others’ achievements by volunteering, pacing and crewing at ultramarathon races throughout the Western U.S. See for more details on Ann’s career accomplishments.




  • Quechee Gorge & glass-blowing (near Woodstock, VT)
  • Rock of Ages granite quarries (Graniteville, VT)
  • Cabot Visitors Center & Tour (Cabot, VT)
  • Billings Farm & Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park (Woodstock, VT)
  • Long Trail Brewery (near Woodstock, VT)
  • Harpoon Brewery (Windsor, VT)
  • King Arthur Flour Baking School (Norwich, VT)
  • Montshire Museum of Science (Hanover, NH)

Visit for more ideas about sightseeing in Central Vermont


Getting to Central Vermont: A car is highly recommended to get to the camp headquarters from major airports and to get to and from the various running trail heads.

  • By plane:
    • Burlington International airport, Burlington, VT (~1.25 hr drive to Royalton)
    • Boston Logan airport, Boston, MA (~2.5 hrs drive to Royalton)
    • Manchester-Boston Regional airport, Manchester, NH (~1.5 hrs drive to Royalton)
    • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International airport, Montreal, Canada (~3 hrs drive to Royalton)
  • By bus: Greyhound service between Montreal, Canada and Boston, MA
  • By car: Royalton, VT is located just off Interstate 89 between Montpelier, VT and Lebanon, NH


Space is limited! Register today to reserve your space by emailing Dot Helling.
Full payment due with reservation. Sorry, no refunds after August 31st. Pay online with PayPal or by check. 

For more information, contact Dot Helling at