KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Opens Door to Boston Marathon Participants
Runners unable to finish the Boston Marathon last week are invited to run The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon for free on May 26.
Posted Thursday, 25 April, 2013
On April 15, 2013 over 5,000 Boston Marathon participants runners were denied the opportunity to finish a race for which they had trained long and hard. KeyBank Vermont City Marathon officials are offering those runners the opportunity to run New England’s second largest marathon for free.
“Our entire community comes together race weekend to create an atmosphere of celebration,” said KeyBank Vermont City Marathon race director Peter Delaney. “We’re opening our doors to anyone who was unable to finish Boston, so that they can realize the results of their training and continue the healing process.” There are a limited number of slots left in the marathon. Race officials are offering 150 of the remaining spaces to Boston Marathon participants.
The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The event draws 8,000 participants, 1,700 volunteers and 30,000 spectators to downtown Burlington each Memorial Day Weekend. Boston Marathon participants interested in running the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon can register at www.runvcm.org with code “BOSTONSTRONG”.
In addition to welcoming Boston runners who were unable to finish, KeyBank Vermont City Marathon officials will honor those affected by the tragedy Boston with a moment of silence at the start of the race. “Sweet Caroline” will also play at the start and all runners and volunteers will receive blue and yellow “Boston Strong” pins.
“Our hearts go out to all those that were affected by the events in Boston, including the runners, spectators, race organizers, volunteers and families.” Delaney said. “We hope that running here in Vermont will give participants an opportunity to celebrate an incredible accomplishment and continue their healing.”
Running Legends Attending
Making this event even more special for the 25th annual running, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Bart Yasso, and Jeff Galloway Headline Celebrations at the 25th Annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Marathon Relay. These running legends will participate on Memorial Day holiday weekend in beautiful Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, May 26, 2013. They will be present at the two-day Sports and Fitness Expo and Jeff Galloway will speak at the pre-race pasta dinner. The Marathon and Marathon Relay run along gorgeous Lake Champlain in this lakeside college town, Vermont's largest city.
It is very rare to have four marathon running legends present at one event, but this is very special. They will celebrate the 25th annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in wonderful Burlington, Vermont, and you can be a part of it. Yes, you can run this marathon if you are one of the fortunate 3,600 to get a (personalized) bib, and possibly talk with the legends of running at the pasta dinner or Expo. Don’t get shut out; this celebration will be like no other.
“We want to celebrate everyone that has played a part in making the past 25 years successful ones,” said Peter Delaney, RunVermont’s executive director. “We’re doing this by making the race special for runners, volunteers and the community by hosting volunteer events and including notable runners in the race and events leading up to it.”
The famous two-person and three-to-five person relay divisions are lottery only and now closed--limited to 700 teams in each of these two divisions; however, marathon registration is still open but nearly filled.
Special appearances by these running legends will allow athletes and their families to celebrate with the runners that have been an inspiration to many throughout the years. Jeff Galloway is a world-class athlete and member of the 1972 Olympic team, with victories including the Peachtree Road Race, Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and top place finisher in many prominent U.S. races such as the Boston Marathon. Author of the best-selling running book in North America, “Galloway’s Book on Running”, Mr. Galloway will speak at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon pasta dinner on Saturday, May 25 and will also host “Jeff Galloway’s Running School” the same day.
Galloway, along with Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Bart Yasso, will be present at the two day Sport and Fitness EXPO and are expected to participate in the 25th running of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay. Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics, and his victory is credited with igniting the running boom in the United States of the 1970s. Bill Rodgers is a four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon. Runner in Chief of Runner’s World Magazine, Bart Yasso, is credited for creating the Yasso 800s, a very popular marathon training plan.
The 25th Anniversary event will celebrate the community that has so generously supported the marathon over time. “The marathon relies on the energy of over 1700 volunteers each year,” said Peter Delaney, Executive Director, “and this year we’ll honor that dedication in style.” To recognize the greater community, the organization is planning a volunteer event at a Sunday, July 7 Lake Monsters professional baseball game, which will be open to anyone who has ever volunteered for the event.
Proving that runners all across New England and beyond are looking forward to the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, registration is ahead of pace for 2013. "We’re experiencing our strongest registration since 2006." "We fully expect to sell-out this year," noted Delaney, "the only question is how soon."
The event has a terrific website which includes all the race essentials, registration, course information, relay details and exchanges, training, packet pick up, bag drops, course maps, services, information on the Chronotrack B-tag (bib number is the chip—personalized if registered by April 22, 2013), awards, charity participation, training, pasta dinners, Expo, lodging, shuttles, what to do in the area, parking, past results, and so much more.
The KeyBank 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. 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 any of the open or masters categories KBVCM will double their prize money.
What a way to spend a long holiday weekend! There is no need to rush right back to work because it will be a three-day weekend. Live the entire experience, and enjoy all that Burlington and the surrounding region have to offer. Enjoy the pre-race pasta dinner and Jeff Galloway's presentation, along with awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, the two day Health and Fitness Expo, the MVP Health Care YAM Scram Kids’ run on Saturday at 9:15 in Waterfront Park, and one of the most well organized, best supported, community-integrated road racing events anywhere. Great food, excellent support, beautiful course, live music, and about 1,700-plus enthusiastic volunteers will provide an unforgettable racing experience.
Speaking of volunteers, if your friends, family, spouse is running and you are there 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.
Why has this event grown so popular over its 25-year history? Simply put, it is done right. Months and months of planning, intricate attention to detail, engagement with and support from the community (Burlington as well as the region and Vermont generally), and outstanding cooperation with governmental agencies, all make this event possible on Memorial Day weekend. This is an event for runners, by runners, and includes a unique overarching commitment to the running community and the sport, as well as the greater community.
There is something for everyone! The Health and Fitness Expo runs Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 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. There will be helpful seminars throughout the day on Saturday. There are, by the way, race-day shuttles from this hotel and some others (refer to the race website). The highly regarded pasta dinner is Saturday night and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Packet pickup is also available on race day at One Main Street (RunVermont headquarters) from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Registration alert—Marathon races are selling out everywhere, and you need to sign up now; no procrastination. If running 26.2 is on your list, and you need a spring marathon, the KeyBank Vermont City in Burlington is your venue. Please note, a mail-in or paper registration is an additional $15.00 because of processing www.runvcm.org
Also detailed information is available at www.runvermont.org or 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).
This is a unique marathon course—very enjoyable. Three of the four relay handoffs are near Battery Park (start) for the 3 to 5-person teams, an ideal situation for participants and onlookers; and Battery Park overlooks the lake. The two-person team handoff is at the halfway point on the south loop at Oakledge Park. Relay runners run the same course as the marathon runners.
The course loops out of the central city several times, rolls through the famous Church Street Marketplace, enjoys many miles of tree-lined residential streets, includes a nice out and back section where runners greet each other coming and going, all the while viewing the beautiful Green Mountains, the lake, or New York and the Adirondacks on the far shore. There are several miles immediately along the lake, and the final 4.5 is on a flat rail-trail parallel to the lakefront back to Waterfront Park. Over 30,000 spectators will join in for the race and post race festival—what a party!
There are five-year age groups and $15,000 in prize money. Check out the race website for details. And check the amenities too—such as aid stations every 1.5 miles and clocks every two miles, bag check, showers at the nearby YMCA, and massage for marathoners.
This is a very popular BAA Boston qualifier, with a high percentage of finishers meeting their respective qualifying standards.
This marathon starts and ends on the lakefront at Battery Park and Waterfront Park respectively, 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, and it is just under 40,000 in population; and it is blooming and lovely in late May.
Yes, Burlington is a special place—college town, retail district, and corporate and manufacturing center. It sits on the terraced slopes of Lake Champlain, rising about 300 feet toward the east where the University of Vermont campus dominates. It was the original home and is still the headquarters of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. The musical group Phish honed their skills on the University campus before becoming internationally famous. Vermont's own Grace Potter and the Nocturnals visit on occasion between nationwide tours. This is a place you really want to visit in addition to participation in this classic marathon and marathon relay.
There are over 75 retail specialty shops and at least 15 national chains in the famous Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian retail district (the marathon runs through it twice). 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.
Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Burlington
Late spring in Burlington, Vermont is the perfect time to run. Usually the temperature is ideal and the scent of blooming flowers and budding trees fills the air. And with all that the city has to offer for the entire family, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon becomes the ultimate destination race. Spend Memorial Day weekend in Burlington. Take a boat tour of Lake Champlain on Saturday, run the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday, and spend Monday visiting one of the many local attractions—Ben & Jerry’s, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Church Street Marketplace, the Green Mountains—the list goes on. And it’s a great way to actually keep that New Year’s Resolution!
Burlington is home to the highly respected University of Vermont and its beautiful campus, as well as Champlain College, Burlington College, and Vermont Community College; and St. Michael’s College is in nearby Colchester, just across the Winooski River. Other points of interest include Shelburne Farms, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and many more. The single A Vermont Lake Monsters 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.
Vermont, The Green Mountain State
Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State, of course; it is also a green state with a state-wide commitment to the environment. It was the first state to completely ban billboards along highways as far back as 1968; this is one of many reasons why running in Vermont is so enjoyable. Vermont has been at the forefront of environmental protection, wise use of resources, and planned, sustainable growth. You will enjoy the scenery and the friendly atmosphere in this northern New England wonderland. Vermont was the 14th state admitted to the union (1791-ranks 43rd in area), and was an independent nation prior to that from 1777 to 1791. Vermont is known for many things, including maple syrup, some of the largest and best marble and granite quarries, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products, and beautiful forests that produce spectacular fall foliage.
Beautiful Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain, named for the French Explorer Samuel de Champlain (explored and mapped the lake in 1609) straddles the border between Vermont and New York, and extends into the Province of Quebec. It is connected to the Hudson River and New York City by way of canals linking the Hudson River, and connects to the St. Lawrence River via the Richelieu River, linking New York City with Atlantic Canada and the Great Lakes as far as Minnesota.
The lake is approximately 107 miles long, varies in width from ½ mile to 14 miles, is about 500 feet deep, and covers 437 square miles. It has over 80 islands, a few very large, and has several ferry crossings, including Burlington to Port Kent, NY, a very pleasant and scenic ride, by the way.
The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon - Your Opportunity
This is your spring marathon. It is open, and it is outstanding. The region, the wonderful small city, the lake, the scenery, the outstanding planning, the embracing, supportive community, and the holiday weekend, all converge to make your marathon terrifically memorable. Get in; apply quickly before all bibs are taken, but do go to this New England classic! It will be just you and 8,000 other runners. This is a terrific New England Marathon, believe it, folks. This is the one you always wanted.