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COVID-19 Race Updates

Updated 5.29.20

An Update Regarding the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon  

The RunVermont team is aware that many runners and volunteers who make the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon happen every year will have questions about the status of this year’s race, especially in lieu of the recent announcement from the Boston Athletic Association to cancel the 2020 Boston Marathon and convert the event to a virtual only race.  At this time, our Marathon remains rescheduled for October 25, as we continue to monitor the impacts of the coronavirus around our region, state, and country by following updates from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, Johns Hopkins University, the Vermont Department of Health and the Governor’s Task Force as our Vermont economy is “opened up.” With nearly five months until race day and such a dynamic situation, we remain hopeful that we may be able to move forward with our race.

RunVermont will provide an update by the end of June as we near the time when many of our runners would commence the training cycle for a late October marathon.  We are encouraged by the many runners we see outside every day and want to remind the community to consider participating in our new “Get Out, Give Back 5K” Virtual Run Series and our brand new “RunVermont, A Virtual Adventure” - great ways to enjoy the outdoors and the magic of right, left, repeat!

Thank you!

Peter Delaney                         Mike Kanarick                                                                                                    
Executive Director                  Board Chair

 

The mission of RunVermont is to promote health and wellness in our communities while inspiring a lifelong passion for running. This commitment is exemplified in the many programs we provide each year, from the Timberlane Dental Group Mini Milers program to our signature event, the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay. The marathon draws more than 20,000 spectators, 1,500 volunteers and 7,500 runners, and all are welcomed with the very best hospitality Vermont has to offer.  The greater Burlington area lights up every Memorial Day Weekend with this concentration of people visiting local businesses, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the Coronavirus, the health risks to our community will not allow us to proceed with the event as scheduled.  We will be acting in accordance with directives from Vermont Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC by postponing the 2020 event until Sunday, October 25.  

The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay will be offering registered participants several options for consideration*:   

  • Run in October: if you’re currently registered for the May race, we will automatically transfer your registration to October, and you will not need to do anything.   
  • Deferral: this option will be offered for a subsequent year (2-year deferral for marathon runners, effective for 2021 & 2022 and a 1-year deferral for relay teams, effective for 2021). What is a deferral? This option allows a runner to receive a partial creidt of the 2020 registration fee for application to the 2021 (or in the case of marathoners, 2022 as an additional option).  In 2021 and 2022 marathoners are entitled to a $40 discount on that years registration fee. For the relay runners, the 2 Person relay teams will receive a $60 discount on the 2021 registration fee and the 3-5 Person relay teams will receive an $80 discount for 2021. The deferral option has never before been offered to the relay teams. An additional option for relay teams is to transfer the ownership of the team to another group of runners. That transaction is between runners with the original team captain transferring the team to a new captain via the Runsignup platform. There is no fee for such a transfer until we get to the fall. Some have asked why a deferral isn't an application of the full registration fee of 2020 to a subsequent year. The answer is quite simple, the majority of the expenses incurred to produce a race are realized well in advance of race day. If you decide to deferr, you will need to make that decision by July 1st, 2020. 
  • Virtual: marathoners may run a virtual race in a location of their choosing. A decision to run the virtual option would need to be made by July 1st, 2020.*
  • Donation: you may convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation, which RunVermont will direct toward our youth programs, which are the beneficiary of the proceeds of all RunVermont events. 

*For the Virtual Option you run the marathon distance on your own anywhere and anytime between May 24th and October 25th, and report your results. Take a selfie or two at the end and send them to us, along with either a picture of your GPS watch or an online training page showing your distance and time. We’ll include your result in the race results and send you your shirt and medal. We currently have a Virtual version of the race already enabled so all you need to do is transfer to the Virtual event. To complete your transfer, follow these steps:

  1. Log into RunSignup.com and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile
  2. Navigate to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Transfer Event
  3. Select the 'Marathon - Virtual' event
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your transfer was successful
  5. For detailed instructions please visit https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062922-transfer-to-another-event and feel free to contact registration@runvermont.org.

Unfortunately, RunVermont is not able to offer any refunds.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, RunVermont operates on a very lean budget with the majority of expenses in the production of the race already incurred.  To learn more about these options, please visit:  https://runsignup.com/runvcm 

*For reference to frequently asked questions about these options, please check out our blog HERE

Timberlane Dental Group Mini Marathon will be postponed in conjunction with the marathon and will run on Saturday, October 24. If you’re currently registered for the May race, we automatically will transfer your registration to October, and you will not need to do anything.    

Timberlane Dental Group Mini Milers Program
In accordance with all directives from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health, including the dismissal of Vermont schools for the remainder of the school year, the Mini Milers program for 2020 will be cancelled. We are disappointed to take this sad, but necessary step as we all seek to be part of the solution to the current health crisis.  

RunVermont will be issuing refunds to all program registrants within the next two weeks.   

We know these are challenging times and families are adjusting to having kids at home.  To help, RunVermont will be offering Mini Milers programming, at no charge, to anyone who wishes to access the information.  We will be posting a weekly Mini Milers activity sheet on our website. For more information click HERE. 

Half Marathon Unplugged will be rescheduled to the earliest summer date available.  This is a work in process at this time, and we will provide further updates as soon as possible.  If you’re currently registered for the April race, we will automatically transfer your registration to the new date, and you will not need to do anything. You also will be offered a virtual option or event transfer (to one of our other non-marathon events). 
To learn more about these options, please visit:  https://runsignup.com/unplugged

For questions and concerns, please email us at info@runvermont.org.  Like most folks, we’re now working remotely therefore the phones in our office will not be attended on a regular basis. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding.  We’re also quite grateful that, with all the current impacts, we can still go for a run. 

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