Marlboro College

NewsOpen Invitation to

Skiers, snowshoers and spectators are invited to participate in the 39th annual Wendell Cup race on Saturday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. at Marlboro College. Check in is at the campus center at Marlboro College between 2:30 and 2:50 p.m.

President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell and her husband Chris Lovell are looking forward to their first Wendell Cup race. Previous participants include Bill Koch, who was the only American to win the Nordic World Cup in 1982, and the first Nordic skier to win an Olympic medal. According to local legend, Koch set a world record racing across Marlboro’s South Pond during the race

The Wendell Cup became a Marlboro tradition in the early 1960s, when then Assistant Dean Ted Wendell Jr. and Professor of History Dick Judd organized a ski event to promote cross-country skiing, named the “Wendell Cup” in 1968.

“One of the nice things about the Wendell Cup is that it is not confined to jocks, but that just about anybody can participate,” says Dick Judd, co-founder and participant of the Wendell Cup. Sunny Tappan ’77, college office manager and veteran of the Wendell Cup race agrees: “Competition is not the reason for it. It’s to introduce people to the trails and to get out.” There are many reasons Tappan participates regularly: “for the love of skiing, to meet people—and to have a party at the end.”

The Wendell Cup is free and open to the public. Participants can compete for recognition in the veteran, junior, men, women and pedestrian (snowshoe) categories. The 4.5 mi/7k groomed trail race begins behind the Outdoor Program building, proceeds to South Pond and then returns to campus. Families are encouraged to participate, and refreshments will be served in the campus center after the race.

For more information, confirmation of start time, or conditions, call the Marlboro Outdoor Program at (802) 258-9253, or email Randy Knaggs at The rain date for the race is Saturday, March 5. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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