Vibram Inks Multi-Year Deal with New England Race Events

April 26, 2023

Vibram becomes the title sponsor of the Midstate Massive Ultra Trail

Boston, Massachusetts, April, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Following an inaugural partnership in 2022, the world’s leading rubber sole supplier, Vibram, has formalized a multi-year contract with New England Race Events to sponsor the Midstate Massive Ultra Trail.

From 2023 through 2025, Vibram will be the title sponsor of New England’s only point to point ultra-marathon which offers three distances: 30 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles and snakes through central Massachusetts crossing the New Hampshire and Rhode Island borders. This year the race takes place on October 7-8th, 2023 with the 100 mile race starting at Windblown Camping (formerly Windblown Cross Country Ski Area) in New Hampshire. The Midstate Massive Ultra Trail 100M and 50M events are UTMB Index Races. Runners completing either of those events will receive a UTMB Performance Index in the category of their completed race event which can be used to enter the UTMB World Series Events and can be combined with Running Stones to enter the UTMB Finals.

As part of the sponsorship, Vibram will be providing a variety of support for race participants, including coaching and training tips by a Team Vibram elite athlete for 30/50/100 mile race participants and one on one coaching for one athlete. In addition, 25 participants will receive a free trail shoe re-sole with Vibram technology, and one pair of Vibram FiveFingers or Furoshiki shoes plus one free re-sole for the top male and top female athlete for each event each year.

The Vibram team will also be instrumental on the ground throughout the race, helping with aid stations, volunteer drivers, recon events and trail clean ups.

Fabrizio Gamberini, Global Chief Brand Officer and President, Vibram, said: ” After a successful partnership in 2022, we wanted to continue Vibram’s support of the New England Race Events due to our shared values, passion for the ultra-trail running community and this being a race that’s held in our home state of Massachusetts. We are excited to see our partnership grow over the next few years.”

Rich Mazzola, Founder and President of New England Race Events said: “We couldn’t be more excited to have Vibram join our journey in establishing one of the finest ultra marathon experiences in the North East. Their breadth of involvement will enhance not only our event but the awareness and advocacy for the Midstate Trail and all that support it.”

Founded over 85 years ago, Vibram changed the game for athletes across various sports and disciplines and redefined how the relate to the ground.  The global brand continues to lead innovation in the sole sector, creating products that meet the needs of the most technical terrains and the most demanding consumers.

Registration is now open and runners can sign up here: https://www.newenglandraceevents.com/midstate-massive-ultra-trail



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  • PR contact: Rekha Purwaha, PR Director Vibram – purwaha@vibram.com / +1.781.467.9520
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Vibram is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance rubber soles for outdoor and leisure activities, workwear, fashion, orthopaedics and correction. For more than 80 years the yellow octagon that symbolises Vibram has been synonymous worldwide with quality, performance, safety and innovation in the footwear industry. With its international headquarters in Albizzate (Varese) Italy, Vibram produces over 40 million soles every year, dedicates over one million kilometres to testing, is present in 120 countries and has manufacturing, research and representation bases in the USA, China, Japan, Brazil and Italy. For more information, visit www.vibram.com.


New England Race Events was started in 2014 by Rich Mazzola who has been involved in the creation and promotion of endurance events for over 35 years. These events included running, cycling and multisport races. As an athlete himself, Rich always views his events from the eyes of the participant with the singular goal of creating a great event experience both for the athlete and the community that it impacts.  For more information, visit https://www.newenglandraceevents.com/