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Kingdom Games

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Cove Island in the middle of Lake Memphremagog, a landmark used in the Swim the Kingdom events, part of The Kingdom Games. Photo courtesy of Phil White

The Kingdom Games is a series of running, biking, open water swimming, triathlon and kayaking events in a number of scenic venues throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, organized by Kingdom Games race director Phil White. Its headquarters is located at The Clubhous in Derby, Vermont.

Scope

The Kingdom Games organizes 38 days of sporting activities covering 1450 miles of running, biking, open water swimming, triathlon and kayaking courses.

Participation

The Kingdom Games attracts thousands of participants, their friends and families from 36 different American states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico, Great Britain, and as far away as Mumbai, India.

Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is one of the most beautiful areas of the United States. It was one of the very first geo-tourism areas in the world specially designated by National Geographic Society.

Awards

Categories

The Kingdom Games event lineup includes five separate categories: Run the Kingdom, Bike the Kingdom, Swim the Kingdom, Tri the Kingdom and Yak the Kingdom.

2015 Schedule

Registration open 1 November 2014:

Winter Swimming Championship in Lake Memphremagog co-organized by the Kingdom Games and the U.S. Winter Swimming Association and sanctioned by the U.S. Winter Swimming Association and the International Winter Swimming Association on 14 February 2015

Registration opens 15 September 2014:

Swim The Kingdom
Son of a Swim, June 13 and 20, 2015 – 6, 4, and 2 mile courses
Kingdom Swim, July 25, 2015 – 15 Mile Border Buster, WOWSA 10 Mile World Open Water Championship, plus non championship 10, 6, 3, and 1 mile courses plus 1/4 mile and 100 yard courses just for kids
Seymour Swim (in conjunction with Kingdom Triathlon) August 1, 2014 – 3.5 and 1.75 mile swims
• 8 Lake – 45 Mile – 4 Marathon – Swim the Kingdom Week (swim one or all eight)
o Crystal Swim – August 8, 2015 – 5 miles
o Island Pond Swim – August 9, 2015 – 4 miles
o Echo Swim – August 10, 2015 – 12 km
o Seymour Swim – August 11, 2015 – 10 km
o Massawippi Swim – August 12, 2015 – 9 miles
o Memphremagog Clubhous-Slash Swim – August 13, 2015 – 10 km
o Willoughby Swim – August 15, 2014 – 5 miles
o Caspian Swim – August 16, 2014 – 3 and 1.5 miles
Echo Lake Road Race & Swim, August 22-23, 2015 – 1-mile and 3-mile swims
Loch Ness – August 22, 2015 – 21 cold water miles as part of the Triple Crown of Lake Monster SwimsLake Tahoe, Lake Memphremagog, and Loch Ness
In Search of Memphre – September 5, 2015 – 25-mile international swim
Georgeville or Bust – October 10, 2015 – 15 mile international swim – Water temperatures guaranteed to be below 60ºF

Kingdom Triathlon 2015 - The Series

18 July 2015: Willoughby Tri - 7-mile mountain bike, 1.2-mile swim, 2.5-mile trail run to the finish at the summit of Mount Pisgah (in that order)
18 July 2015: Willie Youth Tri - 100-yard swim, 3 mile bike, 1-mile trail run to Pulpit Rock
1 August 2015: Aquaman Even Up - 3.5-mile swim, 34-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1 August 2015: Ollie Even Up - 1.75-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 10K run
1 August 2015: Kingdom Sprint - 500-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 5-mile run
22 August 2015: Echo Lake Road Race & Swim, an adjustable stage triathlon - 5- or 10-mile run + 5- or 10-mile bike + 1- or 3-mile swim

2014 Schedule

Run the Kingdom - www.dandelionrun.org

  • May 17, 2014 – Dandelion Run – Half Marathon and 10 K, Solo, Relay, Run and Walk
  • July 5, 2014 – Harry Corrow Freedom Run – 10 Mile, 5K, 1 Mile - Trail Run
  • October 5, 2014 – Kingdom Marathon – Run, Bike, Hike, and Horse 26.2, 13, 17 Miles on dirt roads
  • October 25, 2014 – Halloween Hustle – Costume Run – 10K, 5K, 1 Mile runs
  • December 6, 2014 – Newport Santa Run – 5K and 1 mile runs

Bike the Kingdomwww.tourdekingdom.org

  • June 4 – 8, 2014 – Tour de Kingdom – June Tour
  • June 7 – 8, 2014 – Tour de Kingdom - Double Century Challenge – Gran Fondo Style, Timed Event
  • Sept 12-14, 2014 – Connecticut River Tour – Border to Border - Led by Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • September 24 – 28, 2014 – Tour de Kingdom - Fall Foliage Tour
  • October 5, 2014 – Kingdom Marathon – Doin the Dirt – Pie to Pie (to Pie) – 13, 17, 26 and 40-mile Bike

Swim the Kingdomwww.kingdomswim.org

Tri the Kingdomwww.kingdomtriathlon.org

  • July 26, 2014 – Willoughby Tri – 7-mile Mountain Bike, 1.1-mile Swim. 2-mile Trail Run up Pisgah
  • August 2, 2014 – Aquaman and Ollie Even Ups and The Sprint

Yak the Kingdomwww.kingdomkayak.org

  • July 11, 2014 – Kingdom Kayak – 10-mile Expedition
  • September 18 - 21, 2014 – On Memphremagog – 30-miles, Newport, Vermont – Magog, Quebec led by NWSC

Character

Each event has a distinct character of its own that has grown organically over the years.

  • The Dandelion Run, dedicated to a 15-year-old murder victim, features fiddlers and guitar pickers at every relay station and the celebration of the dandelions
  • The Tour de Kingdom features a Saturday morning parade through town, the nightly dinners at “Ihe Long Tables of Newport and Derby,” and the weekend’s timed event a distinctive Double Century Challenge
  • Kingdom Swim features a gorgeous venue and its Pet and Swimmers Parade down Main Street the night before
  • Kingdom Triathlon features its theme of antidiscrimination of swimmers
  • The Fall Foliage Tour features its signature international ride around Lake Memphremagog during the height of fall foliage

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