The 27th Annual People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon and Marathon Relay Welcomes Olympian Deena Kastor and the USATF-New England Grand Prix
Olympic Bronze Medalist and American Marathon record holder Deena Kastor will be the guest of honor at the Vermont City Marathon and will participate in activities throughout race weekend. And for the first time this event will host the USATF-New England Marathon Championship, the third event in the 7-race New England Grand Prix. It runs Sunday, May 24, 2015, Memorial Day weekend.
Posted Wednesday, 25 March, 2015
Yes, they have a new title sponsor in Burlington, Vermont, but the same scenic, well managed, accurately measured course, flawless logistics, a welcoming community, experienced race officials; and lots of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest single-day athletic event in the state. Enjoy a three-day holiday weekend in beautiful, fascinating Burlington, Vermont.
The name is new because People’s United Bank is now the title sponsor, but the race organization is the same; RunVermont, a 501(c)3 not for profit company that does an excellent job in all aspects of planning and preparation for this event, which will be the USATF-New England Marathon Championship and a Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship. You will fall in love with this lakeside college town along gorgeous Lake Champlain.
Olympian Deena Kastor will participate as Welcome Speaker and honorary starter for the Marathon, and she will be available to chat and sign autographs at the Expo on Saturday, May 23rd. Kastor is originally from Waltham, Massachusetts, and has a fantastic resume in long distance running. She is likely best known as the 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist and the winner of the London and Chicago Marathons. She was an eight-time national cross-country champion. She set an American record in the marathon at London in 2006 (2:19:36), and the same year set the American record for the half marathon in Berlin (1:07:34). She also holds current American records at 5K (14:54), 8K (24:36), and 15K (47:15); she previously held the 10K record as well (30:50). She recently set a World Record for masters in the Half Marathon (1:09:39). Deena will be 41 on February 14. She and husband Andrew Kastor live in Mammoth Lakes, California and have a daughter, Piper, born February 11, 2011.
Recently announced, the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon and NU Hartford Marathon have teamed up to offer the “New England Double.” RunVermont and the Hartford Marathon Foundation, producers of two of New England’s finest marathons, are combining efforts and challenging runners to the “New England Double”. Through this unique partnership, runners can earn the distinction by completing the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon on May 24, 2015, and the NU Hartford Marathon on October 10, 2015. Those who register and finish all 52.4 miles will receive a special New England Double Medal and a finisher’s hat at the conclusion of the NU Hartford Marathon.
A special discounted rate for both races will be available to those who register between February 2 and February 15; register through runvcm.org or hartfordmarathon.com. Participants in the Double will also enjoy race day perks in a designated location at each event.
USATF-New England Grand Prix
This will be first time that Vermont City will be the USATF-New England Championship; and the first time ever that a spring Marathon is included in the Grand Prix, now the 31st year of this classic championship series. The Grand Prix offers some great racing for USATF members, although all runners are welcome. It begins on February 22, 2015 with the Five College Realty 10 Miler in Amherst, MA; it continues with the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 15. And the third event is the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon, running May 24th in Burlington: Vermont City Marathon.
The Hollis Fast 5K returns to the Grand Prix in 2015 after a one year hiatus, running June 11 in Hollis, New Hampshire: Hollis Fast 5K . Two other events are also new to the USATF-New England Grand Prix, although they are well established races—the Bobby Doyle Five Miler runs in Narragansett, Rhode Island on August 9, and the Seasons 20K takes center stage in Acton, Massachusetts on September 6, 2015. The series closes with the 9th annual Lone Gull 10K on September 20 in the north shore seaport town of Gloucester, MA. Please visit USATF-New England .
People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon Registration is now open.
In addition to the Marathon, they run two relay events in conjunction on the same course—a 2-person relay and a 3 to 5-person relay. Registration for the relays can only be processed through a lottery, which will open beginning February 2 through February 28, after which teams will be selected at random for both events—700 teams for each. The lottery is used because the relays easily sell out each year. The individual Marathon has also sold out for many of the 27 years of this esteemed event.
Yes, this will be the 27th annual People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon in wonderful Burlington, Vermont. You will enjoy this northern New England classic, which is a Boston qualifier, and a spring alternative for many who did not get a bib for Boston. Whether you run as an individual or team up for the relay, don’t get shut out because this is one of the very best and a great alternative spring marathon. This celebration will be like no other with a great course and a variety of live music along the way. But the individual Marathon is limited to 3,600 entries and it always fills fast. Again, it’s a great alternative to—and qualifier for--B.A.A. Boston!
It is a true community celebration in the very welcoming city of Burlington, which is quite possibly the friendliest city in North America. It is not only the race organization and the wonderful volunteers who lay out the welcome mat; it is also the 100 or so police officers, the many emergency medical folks, residents, members of the hotel staffs, the shopkeepers and retail workers, and the restaurant workers—literally everyone in the city will welcome you with open arms all weekend long.
Start with the Expo—and Fully Explore and Appreciate Your Marathon
The Health and Fitness Expo runs Friday, May 22, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday the 23rd 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center, just off Interstate 89 at exit 14W, 870 Williston Road, 05403. Race packet pick up will be available during Expo hours. Packet pickup is also available on race day morning at One Main Street (RunVermont headquarters) from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
The Expo will occupy two floors at the Sheraton, the Exposition Hall and the Emerald Ballroom. There will be helpful seminars throughout, both on Friday and Saturday. The seminar schedule isn’t yet posted (early February), but you can bet it will be both interesting and valuable. The highly regarded pasta dinner is Saturday night and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Details on the pasta dinner and sponsors are not yet available. Last year Joan Benoit Samuelson was the guest speaker and participated in activities throughout the three-day event. And of course this year it is another Olympian, Deena Kastor.
Vermont City Marathon.
"I've always taken the philosophy that you have to dream a little in this sport; if you stay in yourcomfort zone you're not going to do anything special." Deena Kastor
Time to Do It—and Good Timing
Register now, and don’t procrastinate. Please note three things: With the ChronoTrack B-tag your bib number contains the chip (disposable or yours to keep). It will be personalized with your name if registered by April 21, 2015. A mail-in or paper registration is an additional $15.00 because of processing costs. For individuals this is one of the few Marathons to have a registration deferral policy to the following year. Yes, it is a runner friendly race.
This is a year-round organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to advancement of the sport of running in Vermont. In addition to the Marathon and Expo, they sponsor a comprehensive youth running and training program, including their Ready, Set, Run program, the YAM Scram, Youth Running Festival, Youth Fun Runs, and Junior Youth Relay. Their races include the FirstRun 5K and Youth Run on January 1st, a 22-year tradition; the RunVermont Half Marathon Unplugged, running from Airport Park, Colchester to downtown Burlington by way of the beautiful paved bike path; and World Run Day. Additionally, they support several other quality events in the region.
Their exceptionally comprehensive race website includes all the event essentials and instructions: registration, course information and maps, relay details and exchanges, training, packet pick up, bag check, services and amenities, information on the Chronotrack B-tag, awards, charity participation, pasta dinner, Expo, lodging, shuttles, area info, parking, showers, past results, FAQ’s and so much more. Additionally, detailed information about the organization is available at RunVermont, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 802-863-8412 or 800-880-8149. The RunVermont offices are located at One Main Street, Suite 304, Burlington, VT 05401 (beautiful, historic neo-classical Railway Station overlooking Lake Champlain). Vermont City Marathon
Hundreds will be Running the YAM Scram Youth Running Festival on Saturday
As part of Marathon weekend, RunVermont celebrates Burlington’s Youth Advocacy Month (YAM), and Saturday, May 23 marks the 16th YAM Scram Youth Running Festival, with events for children ages 4 to 14 years. The YAM Scram Youth Running Festival features distances of a half mile, 1 mile and 2 miles. Every finisher gets a medal and a YAM Scram Festival T-shirt. The race has 900 spots available – and it sells out every year (familiar theme), so register early to secure your child’s spot. There’s no race-day registration for the YAM Scram Youth Running Festival or the Marathon!
The People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon has a significant cash prize package, with $15,000 in guaranteed prizes plus bonuses of $1,000 available to finishers who achieve the Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying standards--2:18:00 for men and 2:43:00 for women, gun times. Cash awards go to the top six overall women and men, and top three masters women and men, and first wheelchair athletes.
They have a “First Vermont” runner prize of $500 for women and men with a course record bonus of $1,000 in the open categories and $500 in the masters categories. Should a Vermont resident win either the open or masters categories PUBVCM will double their prize money. There are five-year age groups through 80+ and the top three finishers in each age group are recognized. Every individual who finishes the Marathon will receive a custom finishers’ medal—always a really nice one, and typical of Vermont.
And there are prizes as well in the Relays in 27 different divisions.
This is a very popular B.A.A. Boston qualifier, with a high percentage of finishers meeting their respective qualifying standards. Vermont City Marathon
What a way to spend a long holiday weekend! There is no need to rush right back—Monday is Memorial Day. Enjoy the entire experience, and take in all that Burlington and the surrounding region have to offer. Enjoy the pre-race pasta dinner, along with the two-day Health and Fitness Expo, the YAM Scram Youth Running Festival on Saturday at 9:15 in Waterfront Park, and one of the most well organized, best supported, community-integrated road races anywhere. Enjoy great food, excellent support, a beautiful course, live music, and about 1,700-plus enthusiastic volunteers providing an unforgettable racing experience.
After the race quench your thirst with a few of Vermont's fine beers. There are many breweries in Vermont and local establishments enjoy serving locally brewed beers. Vermont has, arguably, "four of the top 10 beers in the world."
Speaking of volunteers, if a friend, family member, spouse or loved one is running and you go to cheer and support them, why not volunteer and get involved. Click the “Volunteer” tab on the website and be a part of a great happening--fun and rewarding.
Twenty-Seven Years of Growth and Success
This event has grown more and more popular each year for good reason. Simply put, it is done right and all participants appreciate the effort and attention to detail. Months and months of planning, engagement with and support from the community—the Burlington region and Vermont generally--generous and comprehensive sponsorship, and outstanding cooperation with government agencies, all make this event possible on Memorial Day weekend. It truly is a race for runners, by runners. These events, and the RunVermont organization, are completely committed to the running community and the sport, as well as the community at large.
Your Marathon Course
One of the things that sets this Marathon apart is the interesting, varied, scenic route. The race starts at Battery Park, heads up Pearl Street and does a short loop in the tree-lined hill section of Burlington. It then heads down Main Street, up Church Street and comes back to where it started. This is the area we like to call “the tunnel of love”, as it is 10 deep with spectators screaming the runners’ names.
The next portion heads out on the connector and because it is an out-and-back, runners get the opportunity to see the lead pack as well as all of their friends, teammates and family that may be running as well. After another trip through the tunnel of love and back through famous Church Street, runners head down Pine Street and get to take a little break from all of the excitement. They cruise through South Cove and get a nice glimpse of Lake Champlain.
Oakledge Park is the half way mark of the race, and the relay 2-person handoff, but for those of you that have run a Marathon, you know there is more than half the race still to run. More lake views are to be had in this section and then the infamous “Assault on Battery”, where the Taiko Drummers work their magic and help runners push up the only significant hill and back into the tunnel of love.
The fourth section of the course takes runners into some of the friendliest neighborhoods in all of Vermont. The runners are greeted by orange slices, sprinklers and lots more cheers. The final section of the race is a slight downhill, along a scenic pedestrian paved rail trail, and takes runners to the long awaited sweet finish line in Waterfront Park.
This is a USATF sanctioned and certified event and the Marathon and relays run concurrently.
This Marathon starts and ends on the lakefront at Battery Park and Waterfront Park respectively (net downhill), with the glittering waters of Champlain contrasting with the Green Mountains of Vermont on one side and the Adirondack Mountains of New York on the other. The lakefront of Burlington is a terrific place to run a Marathon. Boats and ferries come and go from the harbor, and the 500-passenger, triple-decked cruise ship, Ethan Allen III, tours the region. Lake Champlain is a beautiful inland sea, and remains pristine and relatively undeveloped; Burlington is the largest city on the entire lake, just under 40,000 in population.
There are over 75 retail specialty shops and at least 15 national chains in the famous Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian retail district. The nearby Shelburne Museum has one of the best collections of Americana anywhere, and should not be missed. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, adjacent to Lakefront Park and the Marathon finish line, is not only a tremendous educational facility, but was one of the earliest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified Green Buildings.
Burlington is home to the highly respected University of Vermont and its beautiful campus, as well as Champlain College, Burlington College, and the Community College of Vermont (in nearby Winooski); St. Michael’s College is in Colchester, just across the Winooski River. Other points of interest include Shelburne Farms, Lake Champlain Chocolates, several brewing companies, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and more. The Vermont Lake Monsters (A) baseball team plays at beautiful Centennial Field on the UVM campus (Washington Nationals affiliate, New York—Penn League). Live theater offerings include the Flynn Theater and Higher Ground.
Late spring in Burlington, Vermont is the perfect time to run. With all that the city has to offer for the entire family, the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon becomes the ultimate destination race. Visit the Expo and attend some outstanding seminars. Take a boat tour of Lake Champlain on Saturday, run the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday, and spend Monday visiting one of the many local attractions. It’s a great, enjoyable way to actually keep that New Year’s Resolution!
Sign Up Now and Set those Goals for 2015
Spend Memorial Day weekend in Burlington and Run the 27th Annual People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon or Relay. You will want to come back to run it year after year.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this event is how truly captivating it is for all involved; runners, volunteers and spectators alike. There’s no doubt that it is a weekend of inspiration and aspiration and the energy is very contagious. This is your spring Marathon. It is outstanding. The region, the wonderful city, the lake, the scenery, the outstanding planning, the embracing, supportive community, and the holiday weekend, all converge to make your Marathon terrifically memorable. Register now before all bibs are taken and run this New England classic! Join those 8,000 other runners for this gem--the one you always wanted.