Runner Essentials

Packet Pick-up | Gear Check | Pace Leaders | Start Area | Timing | Transportation


Sunday, May 24, 2015


Burlington, Vermont

Registration Limit

3600 Marathoners

Start Time

8:00 Wheelchair
8:03 Marathon & Marathon Relay

Runner & Guest Handbook

2015 runner Handbook anticipated March 2015

Average Temperature for Race Weekend

8:00am – 48 degrees
Noon – 71 degrees
Additional weather information

Race Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up Policy
Photo ID is required for all runners picking up their bib, ChronoTrack Tag and race packet. No exceptions. Be prepared to show ID.
If you are unable to pick up your own bib, a proxy can do so by presenting a copy of the runner’s photo ID or a copy of the runner’s confirmation email. Please understand that without ONE of these documents we will not be able to release the race packet to anyone other than the registered runner.

Race Shirt sizes are not guaranteed; please arrive early for best selection.

Times and Locations
Runners are encouraged to pick-up their bibs at the EXPO on Friday or Saturday.

Pick-up Location in the Expo
First, travel upstairs and locate your bib number on the large display boards then proceed to packet pick-up. After bib pick-up is complete, continue downstairs to pick-up your race shirt.

Friday, May 22, 1pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 9am – 7pm
Sport & Fitness EXPO
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
Race Headquarters/Sport & Fitness EXPO
870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT

Race Day, Sunday, May 24, 5:30am-7:00am
One Main Street, Suite 304, Burlington VT
(4 blocks downhill from the start)

Absolutely no bibs will be available at the Start Line on Race Day

Boston Marathon Qualifier

The Vermont City Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying Race. We automatically provide BAA with our results after the race.

RRCA Championship

The Vermont City Marathon is the Regional Championship Race

Any entrants in the Vermont City Marathon who wish to compete for prize money, or RRCA and/or USATF awards, must race in compliance with RRCA/USATF/IAAF and VCM rules. Some rules to be aware of:

1. The use of headphones is not allowed for competitors competing for prize money and RRCA/USATF awards. If you choose to wear headphones and finish in a money-winning place, you may be subject to forfeiture of prize money and RRCA/USATF awards.

2. Competitors competing for prize money may accept nutritional aid (water, other fluids, food, gels, etc) only at one of our “official aid stations”. Accepting nutritional aid from any outside source (family member, friends, un-official front-yard stations) may subject a competitor to forfeiture of prize money and RRCA/USATF awards.

3. “Pacing” may only be done by officially entered competitors with bib numbers. You may not have a friend, family member, training partner, coach, etc who is not entered in VCM alongside you for an extended period of time whether on foot, on a bicycle, or in a vehicle. Non-compliance with this rule may subject a competitor to disqualification.

Any competitors who earn prize money must hold a current active USATF membership in order to receive payment. For international runners, membership in your country’s national governing body for the sport of running is required, and your payment may be subject to IRS withholding.

USATF and RRCA rulebooks can be found at their websites. If you intend to compete for prize money please familiarize yourself with the rules of competition. Contact our office via email if you have any questions.

Gear Check

Secured gear check is provided for marathoners and relay participants. Gear check will be available at the band-shell located in Battery Park from 7:15am- 9:10am. Gear checked at Battery Park will be available for pick-up in Waterfront Park at 10:00am.

Note: Participants MUST use the clear gear check bags provided in your runner bag at Race Packet Pick-Up. NO OTHER BAGS will be checked, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Marathon runners will be given a gear check sticker to place on their bag. You may also write your name and cell phone number on the bag in the space provided.

Please do not leave bags of any kind unattended. Any items left unattended will be removed immediately and destroyed.

Gear check is intended for race day gear (warm-ups, post-race clothing). We promise to take good care of your possessions, but urge you not to check your valuables.

Please claim your gear as soon as possible after you complete the race.  At 2:30pm unclaimed gear will be transferred to the RunVermont office (One Main Street, Suite 304, Burlington).  Items not claimed in one week will be donated to charity.

Pasta Dinner

A great event deserves great food!  Please join us for a pasta dinner hosted by and benefiting a local charity. Details and purchase information anticipated February 2015.

Church Service

Race Day, 7:10-7:30am at St. Paul’s Cathedral on the corner of Battery Street and Pearl Street (1/2 block from the Start Line). This ecumenical service on race day will be a time for prayer and song and asking for blessings for the runners as they challenge themselves and each other in the Marathon.  Runners and supporters of all faiths are welcome to attend.

Finish Area

Waterfront Park
Once you cross the finish line and have your finish line photo taken, Marathon and 2-person relay runners will receive a medal.  A volunteer will hand you a foil blanket, a bottle of water and a snack for your walk to runner services.  As you exit the finish area, head north and follow signs to the Reunion Area, Runner’s Food Tent, and Gear Check.  Marathoners may also visit the Massage Tent in Waterfront Park.

Finisher Certificates

As soon as race results are official-usually in early to mid June, your finisher certificate will be available for download here.

Info Booth

An INFO booth is centrally located in Waterfront Park  In the event that you need to report a missing child, please do so at the INFO booth.

Meeting Family and Friends

Meet family and friends in the alphabetized (by last name) Reunion Area, located a short walk north of the finish area.

Mile Marker/Clocks

Mile marker signs are positioned every mile on the course. Time clocks are positioned at the start, finish and every two miles, as well as the half-way mark.


From salsa to classical, mambo to funk, hear great music along the marathon course.

Runner Tracking

Runner Tracking is provided courtesy of  Vermont Tourism.

Race Day and Official Results

Unofficial race-day results will be posted in the Awards and Merchandise Tent in Waterfront Park. Unofficial results are also posted on CoolRunning on race day.  Official results are posted to this site as soon as possible following the race. For information on how results become official and when to expect official results, please read this blog post.

Race Photos and Additional Coverage

Please visit MarathonFoto to view photos for purchase; photos will be available as soon as possible following the race.  Additional race-day photos are posted on our Facebook page (feel free to add yours!). Additionally the Burlington Free Press offers up-to-date race coverage. Check out BFP’s photos and updates as well as their interactive database of race results.


Complimentary post-race showers are available at the Burlington YMCA  to runners with a marathon race bib. The Burlington YMCA is located .7 miles from Waterfront Park at 266 College Street (map).

Pace Leaders

We are once again proud to offer runners the opportunity to run with pace leaders.  In 2015 we will offer pace leaders for the following times:

3:15 (7:26/mile)
3:30 (8:00/mile)
3:45 (8:35/mile)
4:00 (9:09/mile)
4:15 (9:44/mile)
4:30 (10:18/mile)
4:45 (10:52/mile)
5:00 (11:27/mile)
5:30 (12:35/mile)

This program is generously supported by The Run Center at SKIRACK and Mizuno. Each pace group will be led by two pace leaders.  Pacers will be identified at the start with signs indicating the goal time and pace.  All pace leaders will wear the official Pace Leader jersey.

Get to know your pace leader(s)!  Bios of the pace leaders will be featured on our blog, The RunDown, leading up to the race and you can also meet our pacers in person at one of several runs in Burlington.  2015 details anticipated in March 2015.  All events are open to all paces/abilities. Although sign up for pace teams is not mandatory, it is helpful. E-mail Jack Pilla at to register and for more info.

Post-race Festivities

The post-race festival begins in Waterfront Park at 10:00 am on race day. Come celebrate at the finish area in Waterfront Park with Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks as a dramatic backdrop. From the Runners’ Food Tent to fare from local vendors, there is plenty to eat for everyone.

There will be a band and those 21 years and older are invited to enjoy a beer (sponsored by Michelob) with your bib; you must have an ID and your bib, no exceptions.

Start Area

Battery Park
The start line is located on Battery Street next to Battery Park. There will be over 4000 runners at the start line so we recommend you give yourself plenty of time to get there. Runners are asked to line up according to race pace. Pace signs will be visible in the start area.

Preferred Start Corral
In order for a marathoner to qualify for the Preferred Corral, you must submit a qualifying time of 3:20:00 or faster (marathon), 1:35:00 or faster (half marathon) or 43:00 or faster (10k) from a USATF Certified Course.  Due to our limited staff resources, these are the only distances we will consider for inclusion in the Preferred Corral.  The race date must be between January 1, 2013 and May 3, 2015.  You may submit a qualifying time at registration or via email anytime prior to May 8, 2015.

Street Closures

Due to the nature of this city-wide event there will be major delays from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Race Day. Download street closure map.


The Vermont City Marathon will be timed using the ChronoTrack B-Tag system. Our ability to provide accurate timing and essential medical assistance when necessary depends on YOU.

Follow these steps to help us serve you:

Bib & ChronoTrack B-Tags

  • Complete the emergency contact information on the back of your bib. Regardless of how physically fit you feel on race day, completing this information may save your life.
  • Your ChronoTrack B-Tag is a timing device adhered to the back of your bib.
  • Pin the bib to the front of your shirt.
  • Keep your bib visible at all times. Do not hide or cover your race bib.
  • Do not fold, crumple or otherwise alter your bib in anyway.  Doing so may destroy your timing device.
  • No Tag, No Time. No Exception.
  • ChronoTrack B-Tags are non-transferable.
  • The ChronoTrack B-Tag provides runners with accurate race timing. Through a computerized system, your tag transmitter will be read at the start, finish and intermediate locations. You must cross all locations to get an official time.
  • You must wear the ChronoTrack B-Tag provided in your packet. Do not trade tags or bibs with anyone. Your time corresponds with your bib number.
  • All runners must be registered to participate; running under someone else’s name is grounds for disqualification according to USATF rules.


Hotel Shuttle
VCM provides race day shuttle service to and from participating hotels.

Race Day Parking
Free parking is available within a 1/4 mile of the start area.  Parking lots are on St. Paul Street, Bank Street and Battery Street. Download parking map and rate information. Please do not park in Waterfront Park, Oakledge Park, or any of the church parking lots.

Burlington by Ferry from Upstate New York
Ferry service dates change annually; please visit  Lake Champlain Ferries  to check ferry season dates, locations, and schedules.

Burlington International Airport (BTV)
Burlington is serviced by the Burlington International Airport located in South Burlington and just 3.6 miles from the Race Start.  The following airlines have regularly scheduled flights into BTV: The following airlines have regularly scheduled flights into BTV: Allegiant, Delta, JetBlue, Porter, United, and US Airways.

Aid Stations

All aid stations have trained medical staff, radio operators and port-o-lets.  In addition, the following amenities are provided at individual stations:
Gatorade Endurance Formula -Lemon Lime at all aid stations.

Aid Station Chart with Closing Times