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Vermont's Most Scenic Marathon

Every Memorial Day Weekend, more than 7,500 runners, 20,000 spectators and 1,700 volunteers come to Burlington Vermont for the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon - the second largest marathon in New England and the largest marathon relay in the nation. The clover leaf course design allows specators to easily see runners at various mileage points during the race. The electrifying energy brought from the Taiko drummers, Burlington neighborhoods and the Church Street Marketplace provides a commmunity experience unlike any other marathon event. The course takes runners along the Adirondack and Green Mountain framed shores of Lake Champlain for unmatched scenic beauty. In addition to the marathon, RunVermont organizes a number of running events and community-based youth programs promoting a lifelong commitment to running.

Runners at the starting line
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The People's United Bank
Vermont City Marathon & Relay

The 2021 People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay already was looking different than previous years, and now we will be making one more safety modification that we hope you will understand. The current surge in COVID-19 infections due to the Delta variant is becoming a larger concern in many communities, including here in Burlington, Vermont. 

With the Vermont community's healthcare professionals in our hearts and minds, we will be modifying the event to a half marathon and a modified relay event. All participants must show proof of COVID vaccination or negative PCR test taken 72 hours in advance of race day (which means no earlier than 10/21).