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COVID-19 Race Updates

Updated 4.02.20

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.
  • Virtual: marathoners may run a virtual race in a location of their choosing.
  • 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. 

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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