We answer our most frequently asked questions below. If your questions are not answered below, please review Relay Runner Essentials, 3-5 Person Essentials, Half & Half Essentials or email our office.
Do you have a half marathon?
No, but we do have a Half & Half Relay. Each runner in a Half & Half Relay runs a half marathon, receives an individual time and a medal.
How do I manage my Relay Team?
RunVermont must be informed of all relay team changes prior to the start of the race or the team will be disqualified and ineligible for any awards or prizes. This may affect your ability to participate in future races. Check out our blog post for Team Captains – How to Manage your Relay Team?
I have secured a team! What now?
Now it’s time to invite runners to join your team. Check out our blog post for Team Captains – How to Manage your Relay Team?
I am a Relay Team Captain, but don’t need my team. How do I sell my team?
We suggest finding someone to purchase you team by word of mouth or via social media. Please note: All transactions are private between runners; the marathon staff is unable to assist with the completion of a transfer. For team transfer sales, we ask that all transfers take place for no more than the face value.
I am in search of a Relay Team to buy- How do I find one?
If you want to buy a team bib, we suggest doing so via social media. Please note: All transactions are private between runners; the marathon staff is unable to assist with the completion of a transfer. For team transfer sales, we ask that all transfers take place for no more than the face value.
Help! I need more runners for my relay team.
Try social media, word of mouth or reach out to some of the local running clubs.
I sold my team to someone else, or I bought a team from someone, now what?
We will post detailed directions on this part of team management in February. Team changes are free through the Team Change Deadline of May 13, 2019. After the deadline all team changes are $25 and must be made at Race Packet Pick-Up at the EXPO on Friday or Saturday. Proceeds are donated to RunVermont Youth Programs.
Can someone else on my relay team pick up my race packet for me at the EXPO?
Yes, each relay team must designate one registered team member to pick up the race packet. Your packet includes Bibs/ChronoTrack B-Tags, Ankle Timing Band, and race-shirts for the entire team. Photo ID is required.
I need to add someone to my team and I missed the Team Change Deadline- what do I do? We’ve got you covered. Come to the Relay Change Desk at EXPO on Friday or Saturday. Your Team Captain and the person joining the team need to come and don’t forget to bring $25 to make the change. Proceeds are donated to RunVermont Youth Programs.
Is there packet pick-up on Sunday?
Yes. Packet pick-up is available at the RunVermont offices, One Main Street, Burlington (2 blocks from the Start) from 5:00am-6:00am Pick-up will close at 6:00am SHARP. Packets are not available at the Start.
Why are shirt sizes not guaranteed?
Shirts are ordered months in advance and long before final registration numbers are available. Despite our efforts to estimate the number of shirts we need in each size, we cannot guarantee shirt sizes. Shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis at packet pick-up. Check out the Shirt Swap booth at the Expo and you may be able to swap your shirt for a different size.
What hotels do you recommend?
We work with a variety of local hotels and they are listed on our Lodging Page. There are also many other hotels and other lodging options in the Burlington area.
Which hotels have shuttle service to the race?
Many non-downtown hotels listed on our website have shuttle service to and from the race. Look for the shuttle icon on our Lodging Page.
Can non-runners use the hotel shuttles to the start?
Shuttles are reserved for runners – if there is room before the shuttle leaves, then family and friends may take it.
How do I get back to my hotel after the race?
Hotel Shuttles run after the race departing from the south end of Waterfront Park at the Pease Parking lot near the intersection of Lake Street and College Street.
I’m running the Half & Half Relay. Can one person run a little longer and exchange later in the course because the second runner can’t run the full 13.1 miles? Is it required that we exchange in the Half & Half Exchange Zone at Oakledge Park?
No, course officials must confirm that teams in the Half & Half Relay only have 2 runners and we require all Half & Half teams to exchange at the halfway point at Oakledge Park. If we allowed exchanges outside that zone we would have no way to be sure a Half & Half team does not have 3 or more runners. From a competition standpoint it would not be fair.
Any teams in the Half & Half or 3-5 Person relays seen making an exchange outside the designated exchange zones for their event are subject to disqualification. An alternative is to swap teams with a 3-5 Person team. It is permissible to have only two runners on a 3-5 Person team. If you do that, the first runner will run 15.2 miles and the second runner would run 11.0 miles. (Or you could split it up 20.6 and 5.6). Providing there are 3-5 teams available.
I have a 3-5 person team, but we only have two runners. Can we exchange at the Half & Half exchange zone?
3-5 Person teams are not permitted to use the 2-Person Relay Exchange Zone at Oakledge
Park. If you have a 3-5 Person Relay Team, only have 2 runners, and each runner wishes to run 13.1 miles, we are sorry that we cannot accommodate you. 3-5 Person Relay Teams must exchange only in the 3-5 Person Relay Exchange Zones. If one runner is willing to run more than 13.1 miles and one a little less, you can exchange in the 3-5 Person Relay Exchange Zones. Details about the length of each leg and the exchange zones are here.
Every year dozens of runners would like to run in the relay but do not have a team. If you have a 3-5 Person Relay team and need runners, we suggest reaching out via social media.
I want to run on more than one relay team, is this allowed?
I want to run on 1+ relay team AND run the whole Marathon, is this allowed?
Yes, all of these marathon and relay options are allowed. Runners can be on multiple relay teams and run runners can also run on 1 or more relay team(s) AND run the entire Marathon. Please read our Relay-Marathoner Scenario INFO SHEET for everything you need to know about which bibs to wear and where to exchange.
What is the minimum age for participating in the relays?
3-5 Relay minimum age requirement of 12 is strongly recommended. Half & Half Relay minimum age requirement is 13. Visit our Race Policies page for more details.
Does the course have a time limit?
Yes. 6 hours, which is the equivalent to a 13:45 minute-per-mile pace.
Is the relay at the Vermont City Marathon “walker friendly?”
Yes, but only if your team will finish within our 6-hour time limit. Your walking pace needs to be 13:45 minute-per-mile pace or faster. We encourage teams to preview the relay legs and consider the best team member to run each leg based on runner pace and leg distance.
We have a pretty fast relay team- how do we get into the preferred start 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 or Athletics Canada Certified. The race date must be between January 1, 2017, and May 5, 2019. You may submit a qualifying time at registration or via email. The deadline for submitting a time is May 10, 2019.
Do we get medals?
Half & Half Relay finishers get a medal as they cross the finish line. The first leg runner receives their medal at Oakledge Park and the second leg runner receives their medal at Waterfront Park.
3-5 Relay finishers receive medals and they are available for pick-up at the Results Tent in Waterfront Park.
Where can I park on race day?
There is lots of parking in Burlington- we recommend looking at the City of Burlington Parking page for more information.
What can I do with my pre and post-race clothing during the race?
There are several options depending on what race you are running. Each one is slightly different, so read carefully, but for all we strongly discourage leaving any type of valuables in your checked gear.
Relay Runner | Half & Half Relay | 3-5 Person Relay
Are headphones allowed?
Headphones are 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.