Skip to Main Content
Marathon Runners turning a corner

Race Day Essentials

Listed here are the nuts and bolts of everything you need to know for race day

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Start Time
7:00am Wheelchair
7:03am Marathon & Marathon Relay

Battery Park – Burlington, Vermont

Registration Limit
3,600 Marathoners

Average Temperature for Race Weekend
7:00am – 46 degrees
Noon – 71 degrees
Click here for additional weather information

Race Packet Pick-Up

Photo ID is required for all runners picking up their bib and tech shirt. No exceptions. Be prepared to show ID. If you are unable to pick up your bib, a proxy can do so by presenting a copy of the runner’s photo ID or a copy of the runner’s confirmation email. Please understand that without ONE of these documents we will not be able to release the race packet to anyone other than the registered runner.

A few comments about race shirt sizing - you will be issued the size that you order, however, race shirt sizes are not guaranteed!  Simply stated, we order the shirts in bulk long before registration is completed leaving us unable to guarantee sizing. There will be a size swap table available at the Expo where you can trade sizes if you so choose.

Times and Locations
Friday, May 22, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 23, 9:00am – 7:00pm

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

Race Day, Sunday, May 24, 5:00am-6:00am
One Main Street, Burlington VT
(4 blocks downhill from the start)

No bibs will be available at the Start Line on Race Day

Gear Check

Secured gear check is provided for marathoners and relay participants. Gear check will be available at the band-shell located in Battery Park from 5:45am- 8:10am. Gear checked at Battery Park will be available for pick-up in Waterfront Park at 9:00 am. You may NOT collect a bag from Battery Park Gear Check.

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

Marathon 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 1:30 pm 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, Full Marathon and 2 Person Relay runners will 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 Timberlane Dental – 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 Battery & 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. Time clocks are positioned at the half-way mark and finish.


From salsa to classical, mambo to funk, hear great music along the marathon course.

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. Additionally, the Burlington Free Press offers up-to-date race coverage. Check out BFP’s photos and updates as well as their interactive database of race results.

Pace Teams

We are once again proud to offer runners the opportunity to run with pace leaders.  We will offer pace leaders for the following times:

3:15 (7:26/mile)
3:30 (8:00/mile)
3:45 (8:35/mile)
4:00 (9:09/mile)
4:15 (9:44/mile)
4:30 (10:18/mile)
4:45 (10:52/mile)
5:00 (11:27/mile)
5:30 (12:35/mile)

This program is generously supported by Hoka ONE ONE and The Run Center at SKIRACK. Each pace group will be led by two pace leaders.  Pacers will be identified at the start with signs indicating the goal time and pace.  All pace leaders will wear the official Pace Leader jersey.

Get to know your pace leader(s)!  Bios of the pace leaders will be featured on our blog, The RunDown, leading up to the race and you can also meet our pacers in person at one of several runs in Burlington. All events are open to all paces/abilities. Although sign up for pace teams is not mandatory, it is helpful. E-mail Jack Pilla at to register and for more info.

Post Race Festivities

The post-race festival begins in Waterfront Park at 10:00am on race day. Celebrate at the finish area in Waterfront Park with Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks as a dramatic backdrop. From the Runners’ Food Tent to fare from local vendors, there is plenty to eat for everyone.

With the generous support from our friends with Michelob Ultra and 14th Star Brewing, please join the party at the Beer Tent in Waterfront Park. Those 21 years and older are invited to enjoy a beer with your bib; you must have an ID and your bib, no exceptions.

Post Race Showers

Complimentary post race showers are available at the Greater Burlington YMCA located at 298 College Street Burlington, VT 05401. Please bring your race bib, a photo ID and a towel.

Start Area

Battery Park
The start line is located on Battery Street next to Battery Park. There will be over 4000 runners at the start line, so we recommend you give yourself plenty of time to get there. Runners are asked to line up according to race pace. Pace signs will be visible in the start area.

Preferred Start Corral
For a marathoner to qualify for the Preferred Corral, you must submit a qualifying time of 3:20:00 or faster (marathon), 1:35:00 or faster (half marathon) or 43:00 or faster (10k) from a USATF Certified Course or Athletics Canada Certified. These are the only distances we will consider for inclusion in the Preferred Corral. The race date must be between January 1, 2018, and May 3, 2020.  You may submit a qualifying time at registration or via email anytime before May 8, 2020.

If you do not qualify for the Preferred Corral, you can gain entrance to the Club Corral (located directly behind the Preferred Corral) by showing your Club Singlet to the volunteer manning the entrance. View Start Corral map here.

Street Closures

Due to the nature of this city-wide event, there will be major delays from 6:45am to 11:15am on Race Day.

2020 Street Closure Map


The People's United 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.
  • Your B-Tag is a timing device adhered to the back of your bib.
  • 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.
  • No Tag, No Time. No Exception.
  • B-Tags are non-transferable.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Hotel Shuttle
Race day Hotel Shuttles are provided to and from select participating hotels. Click here for shuttle schedule

Race Day Parking
Free parking is available within a 1/4 mile of the start area. Click here for an interactive city parking map.

Please do not park in Waterfront Park, Oakledge Park, or any of the church parking lots. See street closures map above.

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 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

Most aid stations have trained medical staff, radio operators and port-o-lets.
Gatorade Endurance Formula – Lemon Lime at all aid stations.
Energy gels available at miles 11.8 and 18.8.

Boston Marathon Qualifier

The People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying Race. We automatically provide BAA with our results after the race.

Marathon Relay Essentials

The People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relays features two relay events, both of which run concurrently with the full marathon. Runners in all events run alongside each other.

In the 2 Person Relay, two runners evenly split the Marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The 3-5 Person Relay allows 3, 4, or 5-member teams to divide the full Marathon distance into smaller segments, ranging from 3.3 to 6.5 miles.

Team Captains ONLY should register for the exact desired team(s). Please use a valid credit card otherwise the purchase will not be recorded.

This system will be first come, first served!

2020 Relay Registration Timeline

Relay Registration is currently open.
Relay Registration Closed: When all teams members have joined their teams.
Online Relay Teams Filled No Later Than: End of day May 17, 2020
Team Member Registration Post May 17: ALL team changes must be made at the Sport & Fitness Expo on May 22 & 23. A $25 late-change fee will apply; proceeds from this fee will be donated to RunVermont Youth Running Programs. Team changes can be made at the Sport & Fitness Eexpo on Friday, May 22 from 1:00pm – 8:00pm or Saturday, May 23 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Relay Registration

  • The Team Captain (i.e. the person who registers the team) will automatically be charged the relay team fee on the credit card supplied during registration. A registration is not complete if an invalid credit card is used.
  • Team Captains will receive an e-mail with a link to your team page; don’t lose this e-mail!
  • At your team page, you can invite your teammates to join your team, change your team name, or change the team captain.
  • Individuals that are closed out of the open registration and still wish to acquire a team are encouraged post on social media.

Note: All team member and team captain additions/changes are made on-line. Please read the Team Registration Procedures for instructions.

Relay-Marathoner Scenario INFO SHEET for runners who want to run on more than one relay team, or want to run the marathon AND run on a relay team.

Relay Exchange Zones/Legs

As runners approach all relay zones you will see signs that correspond with your bib number. We ask that teams line up in the area indicated on the signs. Only runners waiting to be tagged into the race are allowed in the Relay Zones. It is important that both the incoming and outgoing runners (those finishing and beginning) are aware of the sectioning and wait in their designated area. This will not only facilitate your hand-off, but those of other runners as well.

Relay zones are for registered runners only. Have friends and family stay outside the zone.*

Relay Leg First runner
Distance: 3.4 miles
Start: Race start line
End: “Park Street Exchange” on Park Street at Summer Street.
Description: Rolling. Aid Station at mile 2.7

View Map

Relay Leg Second Runner
Distance: 5.7 miles
Start: “Park Street Exchange” on Park Street at Summer Street.
End: “Pearl Street Exchange” on Pearl St. at North Champlain Street.
Description: Flat and rolling, out & back on Rte 127. Aid Stations at miles 4.3, 5.4, 6.7, 7.8.

View Map

Relay Leg: Third runner
Distance: 6.3 miles
Start:  “Pearl Street Exchange” on Pearl St. at North Champlain Street.
End:  “Battery Park Exchange” in Battery Park.
Description:  Mostly flat with some roll, includes a 1/3 mile climb on Battery Street. Aid Stations at miles 9.5, 11.3, 13.1, 14.6 & 15.4

View Map

Relay Leg:  Fourth runner
Distance:  5.4 miles
Start:  “Battery Park Exchange” in Battery Park,
End: “Flynn School Exchange” at Flynn School on North Ave. A bus will bring you back to downtown.
Description:  Slightly rolling with Shaded neighborhoods. Aid Stations at miles 17.1, 19, 20 & 20.8

View Map

Relay Leg:  Fifth runner
Distance:  5.4 miles
Start:  “Flynn School Exchange” at Flynn School on North Ave.
End:  Waterfront Park.  A bus is available to transport relay runners to the “Flynn School Exchange”.
Description:  Final leg is flat with an early downhill. Aid Stations at miles 21.1, 21.9, 22.9, 23.9 & 24.9

View Map

2 Person Relay Exchange

The 2 Person Relay Exchange Zone is located within Oakledge Park. The relay legs are approximately 13.1 miles each. When the first leg runner reaches the exchange zone she/he will tag the second leg runner. Because both runners are wearing B-Tags attached to their bibs, no exchange of the timing tag is necessary. The Relay Exchange zone is intended for RUNNERS ONLY. Please ask friends and family to stay outside of the exchange zone.

Relay Legs
Maps of each relay leg are provided by
First Leg Map
Second Leg Map

More Information on how to manage your team, makes changes to your team and additional race day logistics can be found here.