Runner Essentials

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

2016 Information anticipated August, 2015. 2015 information available for reference.

The  Vermont City Marathon & Relay features two relay events, both of which run concurrent with the full Marathon.  Runners in all events run alongside each other.

In the 2-Person Relay, two runners evenly split the Marathon distance of 26.2 miles.  The 3-5 Person Relay allows 3, 4, or 5-member teams to divide the full Marathon distance into smaller segments, ranging from 3.1 to 6.5 miles.

Entry into both the 2-person and 3-5 person relays are managed by a lottery.   2-person and 3-5 person relay teams are randomly selected from the lottery entries submitted between February 2 and February 28. Team Captains selected in the lottery register their team members online between March and early May.


Sunday, May 29, 2016


Burlington, VT

Registration Limit

All teams are selected by lottery in March; entries must be submitted between February 2 and February 28, 2015.

Team Registration

Lottery Winners are the team captain. Team captains are responsible for getting their teammates registered.
Team Registration Opens after lottery notification in March.
Online Team Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015

Note: All team member and team captain additions/changes are made on-line.  Please read the Team Registration Procedures for instructions.

Start Time

8:00 Wheelchair
8:03 Marathon & Marathon Relay

Runner & Guest Handbook

Download our Runner & Guest Handbook Here.

Relay Team Scenario Info Sheet

Please click here for a PDF information sheet for runners who want to run on more than 1 relay team.

Average Temperature for Race Weekend

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

Race Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up Policy
Each relay team must designate ONE registered team member to pick up the whole team’s bibs/ChronoTrack Tag, race packet, and t-shirts.  Photo ID is required, NO exceptions.

 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 pickup.  After bib pickup is complete, continue downstairs to pick up your race shirt.

The week prior to the marathon you will receive an email with a link to locate your bib number on the VCM website. Please come to the Expo knowing your bib number. When you arrive at the Sheraton Exposition Center first travel upstairs to collect your bib packet. If by chance you forgot your bib number, there will be a few computers at the top of the stairs for number lookup.

Friday, May 22, 1 – 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 9am-7pm

MVP Health Sport & Fitness EXPO
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
Race Headquarters/Sport & Fitness EXPO
870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT

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

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

Gear Check

Secured gear check is provided for marathoners and relay participants. Gear check will be available by the band-shell 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.

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! A great event deserves great food! Come out the night before the big race to carbo load and enjoy a delicious meal while listening to Olympic Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor. Click here for more information and to register.

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.

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 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 will be available via our Marathon App. Participants & Spectators – RaceJoy- VCM screenDownload the RaceJoy APP and find Vermont City Marathon.

Progress Alerts, Instant Results, Live Phone Tracking, and much more!

Click Here to learn how to download.

Lots more information about the APP can be found Here


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 2015 Street Closure Map.


Please see timing information specific to the 2-Person Relay
Please see timing information specific to the 3-5 Person Relay


Hotel Shuttle
VCM provides race day 2015 Hotel Bus Scheduleto 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