Area Guide

Lodging | Food | Transportation | Weather | Things to Do

Lodging

2015 lodging options anticipated as venues submit their information

RunVermont negotiates discounted rates at these area hotels. Please contact each hotel directly and mention the “Vermont City Marathon” to receive the prices listed below.

Each hotel’s cancellation policy differs; please familiarize yourself with it. RunVermont is not responsible for any cancellation fees.

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Host Hotel

sheraton-logoSheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center

870 Williston Road Burlington, Vermont 05403
802-865-6600 ● 800-325-3535

● 2 night minimum stay
● Book by 4/20/15
● $184-$194
● 2 miles from start

 

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2015 Supporting Hotels

Information anticipated as venues submit their information
Interested in listing your facility? Click here for more information.

Restaurants

Burlington is the home of many excellent restaurants. You’ll find everything from grab-and-go inspired burritos to white table cloths and candlelight, right downtown. A complete list of supporting restaurants anticipated as restaurants submit their listing.

Interested in listing your facility? Click here for more information.

Transportation

Air Travel

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: Delta, JetBlue, Porter, United, and US Airways.

Ferry

Ferry service dates change annually; please visit  Lake Champlain Ferries to check ferry season dates, locations, and schedules.

Hotel Shuttle

On race day, KBVCM provides shuttle service to and from participating hotels. Hotel shuttles may be used by spectators only after 7:10am, and only after all waiting runners have been accommodated.

Road Closures

Map, FAQ’s and Road Closure details

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Free Secure Bike Parking at Waterfront Park

How does it work?  It’s like a coat check for your bike.  Runners, volunteers, and spectators can drop off their bike (or stroller, scooter, trailer, etc.) at one of the Secure Bike Parking locations to make bicycling convenient, reduce traffic congestion and  vehicle emissions.  Trained staff and volunteers will watch your bicycle so you can enjoy the YAM Scram and marathon.  Avoid the fuss…and leave your bike with us!  For more information about this service please visit: Local Motion.

YAM Scram Bike Parking (Saturday): opens at 7:30am and closes at 11:30 am; all bikes must be picked up by 11:30am.  Location: Lake Street, off of College Street at Waterfront Park.

Marathon Bike Parking (Sunday): opens at 6:30am and closes at 3:00pm; all bikes must be picked up by 3:00pm.  Two locations:

  • Lake Street (off of College Street at Waterfront Park)
  • Battery Park

Race Day Parking

Free parking is available within a 1/4 mile of the start area. Parking lots are located on St. Paul Street, Bank Street and Battery Street. Please do not park in Waterfront Park, Oakledge Park, or any of the church parking lots.  Meters are not enforced on Sundays.
Download Downtown Burlington Parking Map (pdf)

Handicapped Parking near Waterfront Park
Vehicles with a handicapped license plate/pass may access the following parking before 8:30am or after 11:30am.  For the safety of our runners there is NO spectator vehicle access across the race course (Battery Street) between 8:30am and 11:30am; please plan accordingly.  These parking areas do fill up.

  • Pease Grain Parking Lot, at College and Lake Streets
  • Lake Street, north of College Street (near ramp/stairs into Waterfront Park)
  • Lake Street, south of College Street to Main Street
  • Perkins Pier Parking Lot

Did Your Car Get Towed?

Bummer!  Vehicles are usually towed because they were in violation of the City Ordinances, or were towed from a privately owned lot, at the request of a property manager or owner. In either case, the company that towed the vehicle is required to contact the Burlington Police Department communications center and report the vehicle’s registration, make, date and location from where it was towed. During regular business hours, you may call (802) 540-2380; after hours please contact (802) 658-2700.

Weather

Weather content provided by WPTZ News Channel 5

As any marathoner knows, weather is a huge part of the race, both in how it will affect an individual’s performance, and how it will contribute to the overall “flavor” of the race.   The Channel 5 Weather Team is dedicated to providing the very best weather information so you can plan accordingly for race day.

Climatology records tell us that we can expect a low of 48° and a high of 70° on Race Day.  This translates to a temperature of about 54° at the 8:00 AM start of the race, with the temperature reaching about 67° by Noon.  But those of us who live here know that those averages are just that – averages.  More often than not, we see wild variations in our weather.  The conditions for the VCM over the years have run the gamut from snow, sleet and cold to sunny and hot.  And of course, there has been rain and wind.  And every now and then, we get one of those ideal “average” days.

Here is a look at the race day weather for the last 7 years:

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Good luck and see you at the race!


Things to Do

Bike & Boat Rentals

Spend an afternoon pedaling the 12-mile Island Line bike trail up and down the Burlington Bike Path and out onto the causeway in the middle of Lake Champlain if you choose. Bike rentals available at Local Motion. Rent a dinghy at the Community Sailing Center and spend the afternoon tacking around Burlington Bay.

Shelburne Farms

This historic 1,400 acre working farm is a National Historic Landmark and a non-profit environmental education center. Visitors may enjoy the walking trails, children’s farmyard, inn, restaurant, property tours and special events.

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center

ECHO features over 70 live species, over 100 hands-on exhibits, daily animal feedings and demos. Located on Burlington’s beautiful waterfront boardwalk, ECHO is an excellent activity for the kids following a picnic on the shore of Lake Champlain.

Burlington Farmers’ Market

Wander around the Burlington Farmers’ Market and enjoy plenty of locally produced food and crafts.  City Hall Park (the block between Church, St. Paul, College, and Main Streets.  Saturday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Green Mountain Comedy Festival

The 6th annual Green Mountain Comedy Festival brings joy and laughter to Vermont each year by producing an exciting series of hilarious, affordable comedy shows that feature Vermont comedians.

Volunteer

Become a part of the action and volunteer!  There are many opportunities before, during, and after race weekend. See volunteer information.

Places of interest
Ben And Jerry’s
Birds of Vermont Museum
Cabot Creamery
Echo Center
Ethan Allen Homestead
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Lake Champlain Cruises
Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce:
Lake Champlain Transportation
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Museum
Spirit of Ethan Allen
Stowe Gondola and Alpine Slide
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
Vermont Tourism Network