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Legendary Killington Stage Race to return: Town announces renewal of three-year sponsorship contract

The Town of Killington announced the return of the internationally acclaimed Killington Stage Race for another three years of competitive cycling. In previous years the Stage Race has drawn more than 1,000 participants and spectators from across the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom for three days of competitive racing.

Popular with cyclists and spectators alike, the three-day Killington Stage Race is set to kick off Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Set in the heart of the Green Mountains, the race will include a circuit race, individual time trial, and Monday's 60-mile "Queen Stage" concluding with a brutal climb up East Mountain Road.  Covering a variety of terrain and distances, the 2013 event will also feature a Sprint and King/Queen of the Mountains competition with custom leaders' jerseys each day.

Once considered to be one of the most prestigious road cycling events in the eastern U.S. and a huge annual boost to the local economy, the Killington Stage Race was revived in 2010 by the Town after a ten-year hiatus.

Amy Morrison, Events & Marketing Coordinator says, "Continuing to host world-class cycling events such as the Stage Race will help to secure our reputation as the leading cycling destination in New England."

The event has brought national attention to Killington and its wide, sweeping roads, challenging mountain climbs, and unrivaled New England scenery. From 2010 to 2012 the race has brought in more than $1.1 million to Town in estimated economic impact, and businesses are now well poised for another three years of positive returns. Town Manager Seth Webb explains, "To bring the event back to Killington the race has proven itself as a great investment for the town.  Each year we've spent less and attracted over 500 - 600 riders.  We look forward to continuing this tradition in 2013 - 2015."