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Our History

The Vermont City Marathon was established in 1989 by a small group of local runners who believed that Burlington, Vermont could support a large New England marathon event in the spring. The marathon relay, one of the first marathon relay events in the US, was organized in conjunction with the full marathon, in the very first year of the race’s existence. The 1989 race brought 414 marathoners and 125 5 person relay teams to the finish line. In the early years the race was supported by The Bank of Boston, dba the Bank of Vermont and an all-volunteer race committee through 1991.

In 1992 the race grew to several thousand runners. The organization’s Board decided at this time to hire a race director and an administrator. The Bank of Vermont donated office space, a graphic designer and registration administrators and financial assistance as the race grew in the subsequent years.

Since 1993, the event has grown tremendously both in numbers and status in the running industry. In 1998, a 5,000 runner cap was established to ensure the quality of runner’s services and the integrity of the event. In 2001, the cap was raised another 500 runners based on runner and organizers feedback. Shortly thereafter, Runner’s World magazine ranked the race as one of the top 20 best marathons in the United States.

RunVermont, the current parent organization, was created in 2004, in order to present a common brand to the many events and programs that had been developed as complementary services. Today RunVermont produces the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relays, The Sports & Fitness Expo, the Half Unplugged 1/2 Marathon, the Island Vines 10K, the Mini Miler and Mini Marathon Youth Running Programs, training programs, coaching services and much more.

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