The Lat45 Challenge presented by North Country Hospital is a unique paddle-run-bike event held in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Every leg of the course is not only beautiful, but also crosses the 45th latitude twice! The camaraderie of fellow racers plus knowing all proceeds will benefit local residents living with diabetes makes this an event you do not want to miss.
Register online at runsignup.com. (Early registration begins Jan. 1, 2020)
PADDLE 2 MILES
International Lake Memphremagog is the most enchanting lake in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom – and one of the most peaceful lakes in the northeast. The race begins with a shotgun start from the Waterfront Plaza shore side walking path overlooking Newport’s quaint and welcoming waterfront. Entrants will pass through the starting line and continue paddling under several bridges heading southeast towards Lake Memphremagog’s South Bay – home to incredible wildlife. Paddlers will then circle back into “the big lake”. Once entering the main body of Lake Memphremagog paddlers will continue north to the Bluffside Farm – 129 acres of historic rolling farmland, otherwise known as “Indian Point.” Once on shore paddlers will begin the second leg of the challenge in the transition area.
RUN 2.5 MILES
Once transitioned from paddling, entrants will begin their 2.5 mile run through the beautiful mowed fields of the Bluff Farm now managed by Vermont’s Land Trust. It includes over 129 acres of unbelievable Lake Memphremagog waterfront, historic property. From there, runners will continue east on the Bluff Road towards North Country Hospital and on to the breathtaking Lake Memphremagog waterfront bike path. After reaching the second transition point where Lindsey Road crosses the bike path, entrants will gear up for the third leg of the race and begin pedaling across Vermont’s 45th latitude – midway to the north pole and the equator…
only 3117 more miles to the North Pole!
BIKE 12 MILES
This is an incredibly scenic bike route in addition to its unique location on the globe – exactly halfway to the North Pole and the Equator, otherwise known as the 45th Latitude – hence the name was born, “The Lat45 Challenge”! When you leave the transition area, (helmets mandatory) entrants will again head north through some of the Kingdom’s most beautiful rolling hill country. You will continue right up to the U.S./Canadian border station (be sure to turn left or you’ll be in Canada) you’ll also be crossing the 45th latitude for the first time in the race. You’ll begin pedaling west and in some sections you’ll be just feet from the U.S./Canadian boundary line (it’s pretty unique).
At approximately 7 miles you’ll begin heading south again back towards Newport crossing the 45th latitude a second time and eventually the finish at North Country Hospital. No crossing the center line and a no drafting
rule will be enforced.
Important Race Details
Single entrant race cost: Registration is $85.00 which includes entry for one athlete, event shirt, and use of timing chip.
Team race cost: Registration is $175 which includes entry for 3 participants, one event shirt per team member and also includes use of 3 timing chips.
Spectators are always welcome and we encourage you to bring friends and family to cheer you on! Sorry but there are no refunds.
Check in times are June 19th from 4-7pm at North Country Hospital (189 Prouty Dr. Newport) and June 20th from 6am-7am. (Please check in on the 19th if at all possible.)
Start Line: Paddle staging will open at 8:15am at the Lake Memphremagog Waterfront Plaza southerly end of the parking lot.
Wave 1: Single entrant racers
Wave 2: 29 & Under
Wave 3: 30-39
Wave 4: 40-49
Wave 5: 50 & Over
Finish Line: Entrants will peddle into the North Country Hospital parking lot where the finish will be clearly indicated. After the race everyone is encouraged to enjoy the live music, BBQ and other family fun events!
Competitors Meeting/Shuttle to the Start:
All entrants will gather at North Country Hospital no later than 7:30AM for a Competitors Meeting. This is mandatory for all racers. After the announcements all racers will be shuttled just seconds away to the race start location (Lake Memphremagog/Waterfront Plaza). Spectators are welcome to drive their own vehicles to the start but parking is limited.
Equipment Drop Off & Rentals
During equipment drop-off, vehicles must pull into the designated drop-off area and unload their vehicle and move out to park at an off-site location as soon as possible. Also after the race, participants must use the designated pick-up area to load their equipment. Due to the small event site area, we ask that participants please be prepared to unload and load their equipment as quickly as they can. We will have volunteers available for assistance.
Please, please, please try and drop off your kayak and bike at the event site during the Friday staging time. There is a security guard that will be monitoring all equipment Friday night. The event site space is limited and there will be LOTS of traffic, so for your own peace of mind, we ask you drop your boat off on Friday. You can leave your bike overnight, or ride it from the parking lot to the event site in the morning.
Athletes are required to supply their own equipment, including bikes (road bikes or mountain bikes), helmets (mandatory), water transportation (kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board/etc), and paddles. We will have a kayak rental option available when you register online at runsignup.com. (Early registration begins Jan. 1, 2020). Kayaks are available on a first come basis as rental inventory is limited.
June in Newport, Vermont can bring any type of weather, from 80 degrees or cool and rain. The race will not be delayed for any weather unless there is severe lightening visible. Be ready to start at 9am regardless of rain or fog. If there is a delay it will be in 15 minute increments.
The event will be chip timed with mats in two locations: the start line, entrance or exit of the transition areas, and the finish line. See instructions on how to use the timing chip on race day:
Event staging takes place on Friday June 19 from 5-8pm and from 6:00-7:00am Saturday June 20 at the event site. Run staging opens at 7:00am. Please try and drop off your kayak/SUP and bike at the event site during the Friday evening staging time.
We are not responsible for late arrivals and hold the right to refuse any entry after the staging/transition area is closed. Bikes and kayaks/SUP’s/etc. must be placed in proper location during the allotted staging time. Please respect the event management and volunteers.
Kayak/SUP Power Washing
In an effort to safeguard against invasive species, we are requiring that either:
A) participants have their kayaks or SUPS and equipment washed and inspected by the Lake Memphremagog boat wash station located at the Newport City/Gateway Center launch ramp.
B) assure with officials at registration that their watercraft and equipment have not been in another body of water for 10 or more days or
C) their watercraft and equipment have been power washed with hot water.
A receipt or tag for your boat will be given to participants upon the completion of the wash, or at registration if an assurance can be made that the boat is invasive species free per B) or C) above. This will allow boats to enter the race event site. For those who can guarantee alternative clean boat compliance B) or C) above tags will be provided at the registration check-in. DIRECTIONS→
Parking for all participants will be at North Country Hospital. Shuttle buses will be used to move racers to the start location. Shuttle service to the start will be at 8:00AM sharp.Parking is available at the start but space is limited.