By: Peter Delaney
“So, when will the marathon fill?”
It’s a question that we hear every year at about this time but even more so in January as runners are considering their personal race calendars for the year. January is usually the time when we have enough data to take a decent guess at when the race will fill.
The short answer to the question remains the same as always…we don’t know. Our crystal ball just isn’t that good.
But this year there’s something different going on, and that’s why we’re writing this post now, earlier than normal. If marathon registration continues at its current pace it’s possible the race might fill earlier than at any time in the last several years. Here’s a few facts that we can share about this year:
- Registration is almost 50% ahead of last year at this time… and we did not hit our cap last year
- Registration is 40% ahead of where we were 2 years ago when we did fill
What’s going on? While we can’t say for certain, but we do know there is some excitement about being here to run for the 25th anniversary of the race. Additionally, we’ve been attending some other fall marathon expos to generate awareness. And there’s an awful lot of people who have shared their prior experiences at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon with their running friends. And we thank you for that.
A couple of other thoughts for consideration: just hitting the newsstands and mailboxes across the country is the January issue of Runners World with the annual marathon issue. We’re very fortunate to have been one of a handful of races featured in this issue, a distinction that will likely bring a few new runners to the event. And to help us celebrate our anniversary we have a few surprises up our sleeve, which when announced, are sure to motivate a few folks to join us in May.
So the RunVermont crystal ball is suggesting that for 2013, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon is going to fill sooner rather than later. So if you don’t decide to run with us this year, you’ll just be another year older when you do.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go order some more cowbells.