Changes to the 2021 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. 

The medical services required for a 26.2-mile event require a substantial number of medical professionals, with a variety of specializations. After extensive review and discussions with professionals associated with the health care field, we believe it would be insensitive to ask those professionals to step aside from their duties to attend to the needs of the race at a time when the medical community is under some significant strain. The good news is that we will be running a race! We are not canceling the event. Instead, we will be modifying the event to a half marathon and a modified relay event. The need for medical support is significantly different for a half marathon, and we feel confident that we will be able to offer a safe experience with such a modification.   

All registered runners will be able to participate in the event. Here’s how: 

  • 2 Person relay runners - will start as individual runners at the same time.  This year you can run with your teammate.  Team scoring will be an aggregate of the combined times. 
  • 3-5 Person relay runners – all team members will run a 5 mile course, featuring the highlights of the larger course, teammates man start and run together.  Team scoring will be an aggregate of the top 3 times.   
  • Marathon Runners – may select a Virtual marathon option, convert to a half marathon distance, defer their marathon to May 2022, or you may enter one of the following 3 races on a complimentary, space available basis:

RunVermont recognizes and thanks Dori Ingals at the Mad Marathon, Joel Friedman at the Adirondack Marathon, and Beth Shluger at the Eversource Hartford Marathon for welcoming their runners.

For this modified event, RunVermont will be requiring proof of vaccination and/or a negative PCR test taken within a 72-hour period prior to the event. Registration for this modified event is now open!


Thank you for your understanding and continued support! For any questions, please email