Dandelion Run

May 22, 2021

Dandelion Run – Just for the Fun of it!




In Memory and in Honor of Terri Weed

13.1, 6.2, 4, 2, and 1 Mile Run or Walk

Actual (Socially Distanced) or Virtual

Saturday, May 22, 2021

9:00 am

Derby Beach House, 220 4 H Road, Derby, VT



underwritten by

Community National Bank

20% of all registration fees go directly to support Umbrella

YouTube Dandelion Run




One of the five most scenic running races in Vermont

by Vermont Sports Magazine

One of the top 20 events in Vermont’s Summer of 2011

by Yankee Magazine

One of the top 10 running races in Vermont

by Best Things Vermont

Check out our 2010 YouTube Slide Show, 

and our tribute, Celebrating the Dandelion – A glorious “free range” flower

In Memory and in Honor of Terri Weed

Underwritten by


The Dandelion Run is a competitive and recreational half marathon on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  Don’t let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with millions and millions of dandelions. The “Kingdom” is one of the first geotourism areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic.  And there is no more beautiful time of year than the height of dandelion season. It’s Spring! It’s time to run!! Just for the fun of it!!!

Have some running buddies?  Sign up for our Team Challenge.  Teams of 3 to 10 runners.  Best three times of each team are used to determine the fastest team, with special prizes, bragging rights, and The Big Dandelion Trophy.

The run also offers less hilly 10 k, 4 mile, 2 mile and 1 mile options for runners and walkers.  Pricing varies depending on the course  and how early you register.  See below:

The Dandelion Run is run in conjunction with some great music before, during and after the run.

All who register by May 1st, will receive a Dandelion Run T Shirt and a completion “woodal.” (a medal made out of cedarwood) and a picnic lunch on us.  Walk-ins are allowed but discouraged.

Start at 9 am  Derby Beach House 220. 4H Road, Derby, VT

Sign in and bib pickup at the Beach House on Friday afternoon before the race from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday morning starting at 7:00 am

On line registration is now open for next year’s Dandelion Run (May 22), and for this year’s Freedom Run (July 4th), and Fly to Pie, Kingdom Marathon (October 3).


Prior to January 1, 2021 (use the EARLYBIRD Discount)

  • Half Marathon Distance: $45
  • 10 K Distance  $25
  • Shorter Distances, 1, 2, and 4 miles $10
  • Youth, 18 and Under: $10

During 2021 up to May 1st at noon.

  • Half Marathon Distance: $60
  • 10 K Distance: $40
  • Shorter Distances, 1, 2, and 4 miles: $25
  • Youth, 18 and Under: $15
  • Virtual: $35

After May 1 at noon through May 14th

  • Half Marathon Distance: $75
  • 10 K Distance: $55
  • Shorter Distances, 1, 2, and 4 miles: $35
  • Youth 18 and Under: $20

Day of Registration

  • Half Marathon Distance: $95
  • 10 K Distance: $65
  • Shorter Distances, 1, 2, and 4 Miles: $50
  • Youth 18 and Under: $25


Youth runners/walkers should enter “YOUTH” in the Discount Coupon



Course Records:

Half Marathon: 1:19:29 by Christian Vachon. Magog, QC – 2013

10 km: 0:35:48 by Aleksei Bingham, Derby, VT – 2017

Times from recent years: 2016, 2015


25 comments on Dandelion Run

    1. We will start everybody at 9 am, including the 4 milers and the 1 milers. including the runners, the bikers, and the walkers.

  1. Hello Race Director for the Dandelion Run on May 21st 2016,

    My name is John Bean. I am the owner of a small family owned smoothie vending business. We are based out of a small town called Bruceton Mills in WV. I grew up in St. Albans, went to BFA class of 2005. We will be in town visiting my dad after vending smoothies at the cape cod Ragnar Relay race the weekend before and then going to the Moosehead beach state park half marathon on Sunday. I am wondering if you are interested in having us vend smoothies to your participants wile we are in the area. You can check out our web site blenderbean.com. We are partners with Ragnar Relays and The North Face Endurance Challenge Series. We usually only vend for really large races, but will be in the area and liked the fact that you guys do a kids run! We are solar powered so require no power or water. We also make our smoothies from only locally purchased fresh fruit and vegetables and blend them right in front of you. Let us know if you are interested and thank you for your time!

  2. I was curious if the 10k race would permit stroller use. My wife and I would love to come do the run but we’d be bringing the little one along. We have a pretty study running stroller but didn’t know if the course was rocky path or would accommodate a stroller. Thanks.

    1. The first and last mile of the 10 K is asphalt. The rest is a dirt/gravel road (not a narrow trail). Should be fine for a sturdy running stroller.

    1. This year, I will allow three dogs to enter and see how it works out. So, yes for you and two others.

  3. Phil – Any chance you can start the kids fun run at a different time? My daughter wants to run the kids race, but will not be able to do that if the other race distances start at the same time as I plan on running the 10k or half.

    1. This year we are starting everyone together. And everyone will be using the same course, with some turning around at various points along the way. We will have a one mile turnaround, a two mile turnaround and a 5 mile turnaround. How old is your daughter? We will have tons of kids and chaperones out on the course, I’d be happy to see if she can join a team of kids that is supervised. That being said, we often gather up a few youngsters right around 11 or noon to run up the Siskin Road and back. It’s informal, weather dependent, and depends on what else is going on and who’s available to help organize it. If you’d like to be in charge of an 11:30 fun run, I’d be happy to make sure we have woodals for the kids participating.

  4. I’m looking for photos of the 2016 Dandelion Run 5K event. Where can I find them. I know several photos were taken of my daughter and I would like to see them.

      1. I know someone took a picture of us but I don’t see us. Wish I’d taken one that day. Thanks anyway.

    1. The Current Roster is posted on the Dandelion Run web page. It is updated every week to two weeks. You’re on it, Alexandria. Thanks so much for your decision to join us in May, Just for the Fun of it.

  5. Is there a rough schedule for the Dandelion Run? I thought I read there was a gathering at the end? What time is that expected to be? Trying to juggle life :)!

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