The 2020 CircumBurke was Cancelled
In 2020, the Kingdom Trail Association and Victory Hill Sector chose not to produce the Annual Circumburke Trail Challenge for the second year in a row. While disheartened by the decision, especially during this challenging time, KTA believes that it is necessary to avoid the potential adverse impact the event could have due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the request for an Act 250 jurisdictional opinion currently pending with reference to the Kingdom Trail network. Further regulatory uncertainty exists due to the status of various Act 250 bills being considered by the Vermont Legislature.
The Circumburke Trail Challenge is a 27-mile backcountry course for trail runners and mountain bikers, a one-day event that circles Burke and Umpire Mountains on a route through state land connecting Kingdom Trails, the Victory Hill sector, and Burke Mt. singletrack. The event became an autumn sports tradition in the Northeast Kingdom. The course is reknowned for offering endless miles of challenging singletrack, climbing and descending. Previous CircumBurkes brought over 600 racers as well as their families and friends to the area.
In 2020, with careful consideration for safety during the Pandemic, the event had been restructured in partnership with VT State Parks and Recreation to offer multiple date choices, capping registration numbers each day to protect the local community by avoiding a large group gathering, and allow for social distancing on course.
Conceived in 2010, the event has been produced in partnership between Victory Hill and Kingdom Trails. It’s goals have been to raise money for the bike trails along the route, and to create economic opportunities for local businesses during the Fall tourist shoulder season. With the cancellation of so many recent events and the resulting economic impact facing the area, KTA had been hopeful that Circumburke would provide a timely boost to morale and local businesses.
In 2020, the event had been planned to be produced solely by KTA, to avoid implicating Victory Hill Sector in activities which would exacerbate it’s Act 250 situation. Historically conceived as a fundraiser, 100% of the CircumBurke’s proceeds have always gone towards maintaining trails along the race route in the Victory Hill Sector and the Kingdom Trail Association, in order to improve this route and benefit the local community and regional economy.
The Circumburke Challenge has always passed directly the Victory Hill Sector trails, which were closed for many years due to an ongoing Act 250 Jurisdictional Opinion proceeding. The final decision to cancel the event was made in consideration of the potential for further Act 250 complications for Victory Hill, as well as the potential impact on KTA’s own pending Act 250 Jurisdictional Opinion.
KTA wishes to thank all Circumburkers and our communities for understanding the decision to cancel the 2020 Circumburke Trail Challenge. Those who have registered for the 2020 event will receive a full refund. KTA looks forward to hosting the Circumburke in the future to celebrate epic single track and trail users and to help provide an economic boost during a slower time of year for the economy of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
If you would like more information on the Circumburke Trail Challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The organizers hope that someday this popular event can be resurrected!