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Race Day Essentials

"Everything you need to know for race day"

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

Start Time

Start and Finish in Waterfront Park area

Race Time Limit
Official timing will occur until 6 hours and 30 minutes after the start of the race. We greatly respect our slower competitors. Having the courage to register for a marathon and put in the training involved to complete a marathon puts all marathoners in a select group of less than 1% of all people. We have set the 6:30 official limit in order to be respectful to our volunteers and the local community. If you are slower than that pace, beware that there may or may not be traffic control, there may or may not be volunteers to direct you along the course, and Aid Stations may or may not still be set up. We'll provide official times for all finishers through 6:30 gun time and we'll have a finisher's medal for you even if you get to the finish after that time. Be smart, be safe, race your own pace!

Race Packet Pick-Up

Bibs can be picked up at the Sport & Fitness Expo on Friday, May 26th or Saturday, May 27th. Bibs can also be picked up race morning from 5 - 6 AM at the Info Tent located in Waterfront Park.

Sport & Fitness Expo – DoubleTree by Hilton
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont 05403

Gear Check

Secured gear check is provided for marathoners and relay participants. Gear check will be available under a tent in Waterfront Park. 

Note: Participants MUST use the clear gear check bags provided at Race Packet Pick-Up. NO OTHER BAGS will be checked, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Runners will be given a gear check sticker to place on their bag. You may also write your name and cell phone number on the bag in the space provided. Please do not leave bags of any kind unattended. Any items left unattended will be removed immediately and destroyed.

Gear check is intended for race day gear (warm-ups, post-race clothing). We promise to take good care of your possessions but urge you not to check your valuables.

Please claim your gear as soon as possible after you complete the race. At 2:30PM unclaimed gear will be transferred to the RunVermont office (One Main Street, Suite 304, Burlington).  Items not claimed in one week will be donated to charitable organizations.

Finish Area

Waterfront Park
Once you cross the finish line, Marathon, and 2 Person Relay runners will each receive a medal. A volunteer will hand you a bottle of water for your short walk to runner services. As you exit the finish area follow signs to the Runners’ Food Tent, Reunion Area, and Gear Check Pick-up.

3-5 Person Relay Runners will pick up their medals at the Results Tent in Waterfront Park.

Finisher Certificate

When race results are official, your finisher certificates will be available to download.

Info Booth

INFO booths are centrally located both in Waterfront Park.

Meeting Family and Friends

Meet family and friends in the Reunion Area, located a short walk from the finish area.

Mile Markers

Mile marker signs are positioned every mile on the course.


From country to classical, mambo to funk, rock to reggae, hear great local musician and local radio stations along the marathon course.


Thanks to Hoka One One and the Skirack, we will have Pace Leaders this year for the times below. If you're looking to run with a pace group, meet up near the finish line on race morning, or look for the pace signs up above your heads in the Start Corral.

  • 3:30:00
  • 3:45:00
  • 4:00:00
  • 4:30:00
  • 5:00:00
  • 5:30:00

Runner Tracking

Runner Tracking, Progress Alerts, Instant Results, and Live Phone Tracking will be available via our Marathon App. Participants & Spectators – Download the RaceJoy App and search for Vermont City Marathon & Relay. 

Everything you want to know about Runner Tracking.

RaceJoy Download Info


Race Day and Official Results

Unofficial race-day results will be posted in the Awards and Merchandise Tent in Waterfront Park.  Official results are posted to this site as soon as possible following the race.

Race Photos and Additional Coverage

You will receive an e-mail to view your complimentary photos; photos will be available as soon as possible following the race.

Post Race Festivities

Thanks to our friends at Michelob Ultra, all runners can enjoy an ice cold beer after they cross the finish line. Follow the signs to the tent.

There are also several local breweries that are awesome! Foam Brewers just across from Waterfront Park usually opens their doors early. Swing by Pine Street to check out our friends Zero Gravity Brewery, Queen City Brewery, and Citizen Cider, or Flynn Ave to find our friends at Switchback. The best of local cuisine is available on the Church Street Marketplace, the downtown area, and beyond!

Start Area

Waterfront Park
The start line is located near Waterfront Park on Lake Street. Look for signs that correspond to your bib to find your staging area. Waves will stage outside the start corral when it is your time to move there.

Street Closures

Due to the nature of this city-wide event, there will be delays from 6:45AM to 11:30AM on Race Day, primarily downtown and in the south end.


The M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relays will be timed using a B-Tag system. Our ability to provide accurate timing and essential medical assistance when necessary depends on YOU.

Follow these steps to help us serve you:

Your Race Bib

  • Complete the emergency contact information on the back of your bib. Regardless of how physically fit you feel on race day, completing this information may save your life.
  • Pin the bib to the front of your shirt.
  • Keep your bib visible at all times. Do not hide or cover your race bib.
  • Do not fold, crumple or otherwise alter your bib in any way. Doing so may destroy your timing device.
  • The B-Tag provides runners with accurate race timing. Through a computerized system, your tag transmitter will be read at the start, finish and intermediate locations. You must cross all locations to get an official time. There will be unpublished mat locations to help verify that all competitors complete the official course. The tags are very reliable, but not 100% perfect. Research shows that about 1 out of 1000 reads is missed. While it is our goal to provide a chip time result for all competitors, if your chip does not read at the start line you will receive a gun time.
  • Bibs are non-transferable. You must wear the B-Tag provided in your packet. Do not trade tags or bibs with anyone. Your time corresponds to your bib number.
  • All runners must be registered to participate; running under someone else’s name is grounds for disqualification according to USATF rules and may result in a ban for both parties from future RunVermont races.


Race Day Parking
There is plentiful free parking available within 1/2 mile of the start/finish area. All city meters and garages are free parking in Burlington on Sundays. Click here for an interactive city parking map. Please do not park in any of the church parking lots. Those who park in the Waterfront Park area may find it difficult to exit prior to noon due to racers on the course.

Burlington by Ferry from Upstate New York
Ferry service dates change annually; please visit Lake Champlain Ferries to check ferry season dates, locations, and schedules.

Burlington by Amtrak
New in 2022!! Amtrak has daily routes between Burlington and New York City, with stations in many cities and towns along the route. Please visit Amtrak's website for more details.

Burlington International Airport (BTV)
Burlington is serviced by the Burlington International Airport located in South Burlington and just 3.6 miles from the Race Start.

Aid Stations


Aid Stations have trained medical staff, radio operators and portolets. All Aid Stations offer plain water and lemon-lime Gatorade. As of February 20, 2023, we are anticipating Gatorade Endurance Formula. Endurance Formula is a specialty product designed for endurance athletes during competition. It has nearly twice the sodium (200mg/serving) and 3x the potassium (90mg/serving) compared to the original Gatorade formula.

The Aid Station at mile 8.1/21.2 will offer food products such as bagel chunks, bananas, orange slices, pretzels (product mix varies by year) as well as Clif Bloks energy chews. For 2023, the Blok flavors will be Salted Watermelon (2x sodium), and Strawberry.

Relay Essentials

The M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relays features two relay events: 2-Person and 5-Person. 2-Person teams must have 2 runners, and the exchange will occur at the Lake Street Relay Exchange Zone at mile 13.1. 5-Person teams may have anywhere from 2 to 5 runners, and must exchange only in the official Relay Exchange Zones throughout the course.

Post-race Showers

If you'd like to take a shower after the race but you've already checked out of your hotel, we are very pleased to report that with the generous support of the Greater Burlington YMCA all runners will have complementary access to the Y's showers and locker room. The Y is located at 298 College St in Burlington. Just show your bib and sign their Guest Liability Waiver.