CircumBurke Trail Challenge


The 10th Annual CircumBurke Trail Challenge
September 22nd, 2019

A FUNDRAISER: 100% of proceeds go towards trail maintenance

In Memory of Dave Blumenthal, Vermont Endurance Athlete and Trail Advocate

NEK Vermont’s epic trail challenge. for bikers and trail runners, organized by Kingdom Trails, Victory Hill Sector and Burke Mountain.  +/-26 mile circuit on remote singletrack and logging trails. The two lap 50 mile version, “the CircumBerzerk” is for bikers only.

Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, 3 Sherburne Lodge Rd, East Burke,

Start Waves 
8:00  CircumBerzerk MTB  50 miles 
8:02   Trail Runners 26.2 Miles
10:00 Pro. Expert/Advanced Racer 26.2 miles 
10:05 Sport/Intermediate Racer and Junior
10:10  Beginner/ Open/ Fun 26.2 miles 

Bikers register at
Trail Runners register at 

Refund Policy: No refunds, however entrants,can subsitute another participant’s name by using the name change option or change their own category on Please don’t ask us to make your changes for you. 

Course Description: As in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the 26.2 circuit starts and finishes at Sherburne Lodge on Burke Mountain and is used for all categories.  The difficult loop climbs over the shoulder of Burke into the Victory State Forest where it negotiates the wild singletrac on Victory Hill before returning to Burke via the infamous “Gold Trail”. Elevation gain 3000+ feet.

Results and Timing: BART Race Services will provide CHIP timing. The organizers offer raffle prizes for finishers. Unofficial results will be posted by the following day.

Enduro Classification: One self-service enduro classifications will be generated over two course sections for users using their smart phones or other GPS devices with Strava activated during the event.  A  “leaderboard” will be generated on Strava after riders uploaded their ride data to Strava. Male and Female winners receive Victory Hill Enduro T-Shirts.

Excerpt from Vermont Sports 2017 Black Diamond Awards Issue:

 Most Competitive Event: Circumburke: Every fall, cyclists and trail runners head to East Burke for a tough cross-country race through the forests and hills in the Northeast Kingdom and around Burke Mountain…the event also includes an enduro component for riders to test their downhill skills. Along the way, you’ll get foliage views from Burke, the White Mountains and Victory Bog. Runners-up: 2. Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race, 3. Spartan and Death Races, 4. Stowe Derby, 5. Tough Mudder.”

Volunteering: CircumBurke could not happen without the goodwill and dedication of its volunteers. Participants may find friends or family members to volunteer on raceday and receive a heavily discounted entry fee