This is a terrific New England Marathon, believe it, folks. It will be the 23rd annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in wonderful Burlington, Vermont, and you can get IN if you hurry. Yes, you can run this marathon or possibly the marathon relay if you act quickly! Don't get shut out; there are several hundred numbers available for this northern New England classic, which has the reputation of closing out every year. True, the famous two-person and three-to-five person relay divisions are lottery only (limited to 700 teams in each of these two divisions). The lottery drawing is held the first week in February with notifications by February 7, but all teams must enter the lottery by January 31 to have a shot. However, marathon registration is OPEN, though limited to 3,600 entries. It's a great alternative to—and qualifier for--B.A.A. Boston!
They have a terrific Website which includes all the race essentials, registration, course information, relay details and exchanges, bag drops, course maps, services, information on the Chronotrack B-tag (bib number is the chip), awards, charity participation, training, pasta dinners, Expo, lodging, shuttles, what to do in the area, parking, and so much more. www.vermontcitymarathon.org
What a way to spend a long holiday weekend! There is no need to rush right back to work because it is a three-day weekend. Live the entire experience, and enjoy all that Burlington and the surrounding region have to offer. Enjoy the pre-race pasta dinner, awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, the two day Sport and Fitness Expo, the MVP Health Care YAM Kids' run on Saturday morning at Waterfront Park, and one of the most well organized, best supported, community-integrated road racing events anywhere. Great food, excellent support, beautiful course, live music, and about 1,700-plus volunteers and nearly 10 times as many spectators will provide an unforgettable racing experience.
Speaking of volunteers, if your friends, family, spouse is running and you are there to cheer and support them, why not volunteer and get involved? Click the "Volunteer" tab on the website and be a part of a great happening.
Why has this event grown so popular over its 23-year history? Simply put, the race is done right. Months and months of planning, intricate attention to detail, engagement with and support from the community (Burlington as well as the region and Vermont generally), and outstanding cooperation with governmental agencies, all make this event possible on Memorial Day weekend. This is an event for runners, by runners, and includes a unique overarching commitment to the running community and the sport, as well as the greater community.
There is something for everyone! The Sport and Fitness Expo runs Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center, just off Interstate 89 at exit 14W. This is race headquarters and race packet pick up is available during Expo hours. Helpful seminars are held throughout the day on Saturday. Race-day shuttles run from this hotel and many others (refer to the race website). If you are in town Friday night, make plans to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony; and on Saturday night enjoy one of several pasta dinners hosted by local non-profit organizations. Packet pickup is also available on race day at One Main Street (RunVermont headquarters) from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Are you training for the marathon or about to begin? Well, if you are in the Burlington area you might consider joining their 17-week training program which begins February 2. With a 90% success rate this is well worth considering; but capacity is limited to 25 students, so register soon. Registration is available on the Marathon website: http://vermontcitymarathon.org/page.php?pid=32&pname=classes
Additionally, the Half Marathon Unplugged, also brought to you by RunVermont, blasts off on April 9, running from Airport Park in Colchester on a scenic, flat course to into Burlington—"no frills, no hills." It is just a good training run. It is also limited to only 550 runners, so act now to get into that one.