3-5 Person Essentials

Timing | Gear Check | Transportation | Relay Legs

Runner & Guest Handbook

2015 Handbook anticipated March 2015

Timing

The Vermont City Marathon will be timed using the latest 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.

Marathoners Participating in Relay Teams

Marathoners may participate as a member of a relay team.  The Marathoner must wear both their Marathon bib and ChronoTrack Tag  and Relay Team bib and ChronoTrack Tag, and must exchange the wrist band at the 2-Person Exchange Zone in Oakledge Park.  Please read our Relay Team/Marathoner Scenario Info Sheet for everything you need to know about which bibs to wear and where to exchange.

Gear Check

Battery Park: Open 7:15am- 9:10am
Gear checked at Battery Park will be available for pick-up in Waterfront Park at 10:00am

Flynn School: Open 9:00am-12:15pm. Intended for 4th leg relay runners only.
Gear checked at the Flynn School will be available for pick up in Waterfront Park at 12:45pm.

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.  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).  You should write your name, bib # and cell phone number on your gear check bag in the space provided. 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.

Transportation

The Pearl Street Exchange, Park Street Exchange and Battery Park Exchange Zones are within walking distance from the start (less than 1/4 mile).  This map pinpoints the location of all four Relay Exchange Zones. A shuttle is available for runners going to and from the Flynn School Exchange. The shuttle is located north of Battery Park on North Street near North Avenue and runs continuously from 8:30 a.m. to 1pm. Please do not wait for the last bus. Flynn School is located approx. 3.5 miles from Battery Park.

Buses returning from Flynn School will transport runners who have completed leg #4 of the race. The bus loading/unloading area is located on Barley Road, near Flynn School. Volunteers will direct you to Flynn School and back. Buses will ONLY transport returning runners from the Barley Road loading area. Your race bib is your bus pass. Buses WILL NOT stop to pick up runners walking back along North Avenue.

Relay Exchange Zones/Legs

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As runners approach all relay zones you will see signs that correspond with your bib number. We ask that teams line up in the area indicated on the signs. Only runners waiting to be tagged into the race are allowed in the Relay Zones. It is important that both the incoming and outgoing runners (those finishing and beginning) are aware of the sectioning and wait in their designated area. This will not only facilitate your hand-off, but those of other runners as well.

Relay zones are for registered runners only. Have friends and family stay outside the zone.

*Exchange zone locations and relay leg distances were changed in 2013, those changes will remain for 2015 as listed below:

Relay Leg
First runner
Distance
3.3 miles
Start
Race start line
End
“Park Street Exchange” on Park Street at Summer Street.
Description
Rolling. Aid Station at mile 2.5.
Map

Relay Leg
Second runner
Distance
5.8 miles
Start
“Park Street Exchange” on Park Street at Summer Street.
End
“Pearl Street Exchange” on Pearl St. at North Champlain Street.
Description
Flat and rolling, out & back on Rte 127. Aid Stations at miles 4.3, 5.4, 6.7, 7.8.
Map

Relay Leg
Third runner
Distance
6.1 miles
Start
“Pearl Street Exchange” on Pearl St. at North Champlain Street.
End
“Battery Park Exchange” in Battery Park.
Description
Mostly flat with some roll, includes a 1/3 mile climb on Battery Street. Aid Stations at miles 9.2, 11.1, 12.9, 14.4.
Map

Relay Leg
Fourth runner
Distance
5.5 miles
Start
“Battery Park Exchange” in Battery Park,
End
“Flynn School Exchange” at Flynn School on North Ave. A bus will bring you back to downtown.
Description
Slightly rolling with Shaded neighborhoods. Aid Stations at miles 16.9, 18.6, 19.9.
Map

Relay Leg
Fifth runner
Distance
5.5 miles
Start
“Flynn School Exchange” at Flynn School on North Ave.
End
Waterfront Park.  A bus is available to transport relay runners to the “Flynn School Exchange”.
Description
Final leg is flat with an early downhill. Aid Stations at miles 21.6.22.5, 23.4, 24.6, 25.4.
Map

Aid stations include Vermont Pure Spring Water, Gatorade, port-o-lets and medical services.

Showers

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