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Overall Rating (30 Reviews)
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The M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay features a flat, fast course that winds through Burlington and along Lake Champlain. M&TVCM is a community effort, recognizing all those who have had a hand in making the race a success since 1989. The race hits the best of Burlington including … MORE
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    vicinihil FIRST-TIMER '24

    Burlington is a beautiful city to run through and this race was very well organized. I'm personally not a huge fan of the two loops. Because of the way the … MORE

    Burlington is a beautiful city to run through and this race was very well organized. I’m personally not a huge fan of the two loops. Because of the way the course is designed, you run up the SAME HILL 4 times. You are also passed by marathon relay runners during the 2nd half who are coming in fresh while you are struggling up the hill, the 4th time.

    I expected a bit more bike path and a little less neighborhoods as well. The lengths along the bike bath were absolutely stunning, flat, and beautiful.

    Ran out of men’s medium shirts on Saturday. Not a huge deal.

    Overall thought it was very well organized and a fun race.

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    A wonderful race to do to get Vermont in if you are trying for 50 states as I am. Logistics are easy as the airport is only a few miles … MORE

    A wonderful race to do to get Vermont in if you are trying for 50 states as I am. Logistics are easy as the airport is only a few miles to downtown Burlington. Plenty of motels, Airbnbs and restaurants to choose from. The town is clean and safe, although there are some homeless folks in the area like most cities.
    The expo was the best I have attended of the 3 marathons I have done this year. A nice selection of vendors and free samples of items from several venders. I really liked they had a CPR training you could take, just in case you need to use it on another racer.
    The two loop course was very nice. It was hillier than I thought, not a lot of elevation gain, but long gradual up hill climbs. Also a bit warm, especially during the 2nd loop. The fan support was much greater than I anticipated and the “cherry on top” was running down Church Street. The neighborhood areas had residents out with water cooling hoses and freeze pops!
    Race organization was excellent and a special thank you the bicycle EMT that helped me when I took a fall around mile 19!
    The swag was very good with a nice shirt, medal and a runners hat at the end. The finish area had pizza, beer, soda, chocolate milk and snacks. I thought for
    sure they would offer Ben and Jerry’s or a maple creamee as they are a local favorites, but they did not.
    I really liked this race and highly recommend it.

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    kgladfelter FIRST-TIMER '24

    Fantastic race with a more than anticipated rolling hills. Scenery along Lake Champlain was unbelievable. Two loop course took us through neighborhoods having great support and running many sprinklers. Registration … MORE

    Fantastic race with a more than anticipated rolling hills. Scenery along Lake Champlain was unbelievable. Two loop course took us through neighborhoods having great support and running many sprinklers. Registration was also great with huge support and many cheering spectators along the run

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    thegerm FIRST-TIMER '24

    This was my first time running this race and my 10th overall marathon. A quick overview before getting into details...I love getting to know cities through my marathon experiences. Burlington … MORE

    This was my first time running this race and my 10th overall marathon. A quick overview before getting into details…I love getting to know cities through my marathon experiences. Burlington is a beautiful, clean and welcoming city. Lake Champlain adds to the city’s charm…and now the details –
    The expo is a bit small but that is expected as it is a smallish race. There were various local vendors that we supported and there were some nice Vermont gear for sale as well. The race itself begins at 7:15 in the park near Lake Champlain. For a small race it felt kind of crowded but it could be because there is also a relay that goes on simultaneously. There were several pacers easily visible at the start area. The course is sort of a figure 8 that you have to go through twice. It is mostly a paved street run through various neighborhoods. You also go through a park briefly and alongside Lake Champlain. The hills on this course are not big or long. However, there are several of these hills that you have to go over at least twice (4x near where the figure 8 meets) so the accumulation of these small hills do beat you up. The temperatures were a bit warm for a marathon. I prefer 30’s-60. It started off ok but it was sunny throughout the run and it was in the low 70’s by the end of the run. To me, the increasing temps took a toll. But it’s nature. Nobody is to blame. It is Memorial Day weekend after all so I knew what I was getting into. I want to shout out the residents and volunteers throughout the course. The support from the local residents was really inspiring. Seeing them do picnics and coming out to offer drinks, fruit, ice, icies, maple syrup was a thing of beauty. There was also a group of older garage band gentlemen that came out with rocker wigs and played music. I loved that. The race shirt is ok. The medal is very nice…except that due to confusion at the end, I was given a relay medal instead of a marathon medal. So that’s something they should work on (and I admit I could have caught the error too). I have no doubt others got the wrong medal. Hopefully, the race organizers can send me the correct one. But overall, I highly recommend this race. I hope to come back one day because I leave this race and city with nothing but fond memories. Thank you Burlington and Vermont!

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    SPoirier FIRST-TIMER '24

    Beautiful, scenic marathon course! All volunteers and directors were very kind. Start was easy and organized mostly by pace groups. The course had a good mix of hills and flats. … MORE

    Beautiful, scenic marathon course!
    All volunteers and directors were very kind.
    Start was easy and organized mostly by pace groups.
    The course had a good mix of hills and flats. There is a big hill around mile 7 and 14. There is a fairly boring stretch after you come out of downtown and run north. But running through the neighborhoods people are passing out ice pops, water, maple syrup shots and they have sprinklers to run through if you wish. The course also utilizes the bike path right along the water which is beautiful and provides a nice breeze.
    The finish line finishes in a park and it’s very easy to meet up with family after the race.
    The medal is very nice and the race shirt they provide is a nice shirt.
    The expo was smaller than I thought it would be but had a good array of products.
    Overall a great race to try out, great aid stations and volunteers and a fun town to explore before and after the race!

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    xiaojun.wang FIRST-TIMER '24

    Pros: - Clear info on website and in pre race emails (except for how hilly the course is). - Efficient bib pick up. - Easy parking near start. - Provided … MORE

    Pros:
    – Clear info on website and in pre race emails (except for how hilly the course is).
    – Efficient bib pick up.
    – Easy parking near start.
    – Provided bus from Double Tree to start, and from finish to Double Tree.
    – Parts of the course are scenic, love the lake view.
    – Lovely crowd at start/finish, and by the course in residential areas. Neighbors offered supplies and water sprays, so nice.
    – Free race photos!

    Cons:
    – Website says “course is mostly flat with some rolling sections. The biggest uphill, mile 6.0-7.1 and 19.1-20.2, gains about 120′ of elevation”. I don’t think this adequately reflects how hilly the course is. My Garmin logged 856 ft. I gave this feedback to the race director, who promptly replied and said they will add more info about the course elevation gain on the website.
    – It would be nice if there was a wall backdrop at either the expo or race for photos.
    – Pacers only offerred for limited finish times, for example, only for 4:00 and 4:30 but nothing in between.
    – It’s quite hot this year. Not anybody’s fault but just be aware.

    Overall, I enjoyed the race and it’s my first marathon!

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    kalyke FIRST-TIMER '24

    This was a well organized race with a beautiful course (a large portion was beside Lake Champlain), plenty of aid stations, friendly volunteers and lots of spectators. I was impressed … MORE

    This was a well organized race with a beautiful course (a large portion was beside Lake Champlain), plenty of aid stations, friendly volunteers and lots of spectators. I was impressed with the amount of biking medics I saw on the course – very vigilant to provide help to whomever might be in need, which was great. The finishers party had food for runners to grab and plenty of food trucks with a wide range of meals, snacks and desserts for purchase. Good times!

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    TyCook FIRST-TIMER '23

    This was a well organized race. Easy packet pickup the day before, with race day pickup option. Staging area in Waterfront Park was an excellent location for all of the … MORE

    This was a well organized race. Easy packet pickup the day before, with race day pickup option. Staging area in Waterfront Park was an excellent location for all of the distances! Restaurants, food trucks and breakfast spots on site and within walking distance. Excellent water views and waterfront scenery. I was the 2nd leg of a 2-person relay. Had plenty of time to explore the park, enjoy the water views, find quiet areas to stretch, get food from food trucks on site, get coffee & use a clean bathroom from one of the local breakfast spots. Also, I was able to cheer on the runners coming through the 10k checkpoint – including my partner. The relay exchange area was perfectly organized. I was able to locate my partner coming in from a short distance and stage myself accordingly. Then it was my turn to run the exact same loop. I have to rate this course as difficult due to the long hilly sections – and one straightaway section that seemed to last forever. The course was a mix of downtown (great crowd support & energy), residential (nice crowd support & energy in many spots), and park (along a very nice and wide bike pathway back to the start/finish area). The energy from the finish line crowd was amazing! You could hear the announcer, music and crowd before you saw them and the finish line banner! The ideal weather (mild temps with a breeze) probably made this run more enjoyable.

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    laurawelch4 FIRST-TIMER '23

    As a Fifty stater I enjoyed this race for Vermont. Packet pick up was smooth and volunteers were very helpful answering any questions that I had. The host hotel bus … MORE

    As a Fifty stater I enjoyed this race for Vermont. Packet pick up was smooth and volunteers were very helpful answering any questions that I had. The host hotel bus shuttle to start and finish was excellent.
    Race volunteers went above and beyond handing out popsicles, ice, and even maple syrup. The sprinklers set out by the neighborhoods were so nice and much needed. The only problem was I took a wrong turn around mike 15. 2, thus I ended up running 27.2 miles. I’m not sure what the volunteer was doing but she wasn’t paying attention. Other then that it was absolutely a great race..

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    MattyIce FIRST-TIMER '23

    Great mix of scenic lake & forest trail offset with some well-produced city streets. The town came out to support in force. Was worried about the double loop but only … MORE

    Great mix of scenic lake & forest trail offset with some well-produced city streets. The town came out to support in force. Was worried about the double loop but only really dreaded mile 19-23 which was sun-exposed on the side of a road. It all worked out. PR by 6 seconds, go figure.

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    Burlington is a beautiful town to have a marathon. The views along Lake Champlain are spectacular and the town itself is very relaxed. Sign up and info on the webpage. … MORE

    Burlington is a beautiful town to have a marathon. The views along Lake Champlain are spectacular and the town itself is very relaxed. Sign up and info on the webpage. It was all spot on and had no problems. Everything was explained packet pick up with simple with a small expo.
    Only two problems existed for me on race day. For whatever reason the start was 30 minutes late, which caused some problems later on as it became very warm and those extra 30 minutes put you out in the sun and heat more than was necessary.
    Call support was wonderful, lots of music, spectators, and the aid stations were wonderful. Now the second issue with the race. After spending all that time in the hot sun with temperatures getting into the mid 80s, there was no real substantial of food at the end and what little they had was mostly gone if you were a five hour runner but all in all, nice race, nice metal, and a nice shirt

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    nydogman10 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Race is a double loop for full marathoners. Not horrible as the lake view is very nice, and time spent running thru the local community is well supported. Plenty of … MORE

    Race is a double loop for full marathoners. Not horrible as the lake view is very nice, and time spent running thru the local community is well supported. Plenty of music on the course, and lots of residents providing fuel, maple syrup, and additional music.

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    MattyIce May 29, 2023 at 10:27am

    Good review. we have had a lot of race overlap recently. Have fun in Minnesota and get a beer at Surly if you can.

    Good review. we have had a lot of race overlap recently. Have fun in Minnesota and get a beer at Surly if you can.

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    Lillava71 FIRST-TIMER '23

    It’s a looped course, but some of the scenery makes up for it. Some hills,that you have to do 2x !local residents had sprinklers which were very appreciated! Would also … MORE

    It’s a looped course, but some of the scenery makes up for it. Some hills,that you have to do 2x !local residents had sprinklers which were very appreciated! Would also appreciate better food at the end.

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    Amac1167 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Wow! What a race! First marathon after the two years of pandemic life and it did not disappoint. Well, my time was disappointing due to having a 6 week old, … MORE

    Wow! What a race! First marathon after the two years of pandemic life and it did not disappoint. Well, my time was disappointing due to having a 6 week old, no training and lack of sleep, but would definitely do this race again.

    Expo was small but super efficient getting in and out, and had all the products you would need if you were happen to forget something at home, such as your race shorts.

    Getting to the race was a quick affair, simple walk down the hill and through the park. Would recommend more portapotties, but you can never have enough of those on race day. We went off in waves based on bib number assigned to us at the expo, and definitely missed my wave due to those lines at the john. Course was the 2nd year of the double loop, which was still pretty awesome. Multiple bands and drum groups out there playing their hearts out for the runners. Super easy for spectators to see their runners multiple times around the starting line since we pass it about 4 times total.

    Would recommend bringing sunscreen since you’ll be next to the water or out in the open a lot of the time. Few stretches of street where there is absolutely no shade and you will get roasty toasty.

    Again, highly recommend this race for runners, and would even be a great first marathon!

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    DonutShark FIRST-TIMER '22

    Third marathon in less than 60 days, and I paid the price. Body wasn’t ready. But let’s take my sub-par run out of the equation and get to the race: … MORE

    Third marathon in less than 60 days, and I paid the price. Body wasn’t ready. But let’s take my sub-par run out of the equation and get to the race:

    Start Line: It was at Waterfront Park. Call me a dummy, but I couldn’t find that information on the website or race emails. Luckily, I stumbled on it the day before. Beautiful venue for a start/finish. Enjoy the lake and Mountain views!

    Race route: 1) A mini uphill to start, then long and flat as you head south of Burlington’s downtown. Nondescript stretch, though not unpleasant. Make a mental note of the brewery and cidery options. 2) At three-ish miles, loop through a residential area and make the turn back north. Three miles northbound, with stretches on a bike path and along the lake. Enjoy those views…it’ll be uphill at mile 6. Which leads to 3), an uphill wind through downtown, taking you up Church Street on the brick street shopping area. Climb for a mile or so. 4) A 3-3.5 miles northbound stretch that tucks into a residential neighborhood. Loved the crowd support from homeowners. 5) Pivot south and finish loop one on a 3-mile, mostly wooded, gentle downhill back to Waterfront Park. 6) Lather, rinse, repeat for lap two.

    Weather: Hoped it would be cooler. Started at mid50s, but in the 70s by race end. Eh…luck of the draw. Heat got to me (compounding other problems)

    Swag: Expo was typical. Nothing much in the way of free goodies. Medal is okay, nothing special. Apparel (for sale) trumped what I’ve seen at some races. Bought a lightweight hooded tee.

    Post-race: Medical crew got rave reviews from my friend who was watching. Food was basic, but plentiful. Park was a lovely place to relax and recover after.

    The Town: Loved it. Shops, restaurants, bars…had a college town feel, but classy. Burlington has personality, but not the contrived “keep Portland weird” type. It’s a city that doesn’t need to call attention to itself. Worth 2-3 days for exploring. Spend a month there and you’ll probably get bored though.

    Overall, a really nice place to cross Vermont off your 50 states marathon list.

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    cbchasmar FIRST-TIMER '22

    My first marathon and I really enjoyed this race. Overall would run again and thought it was a great race experience. Pros: - People cheering along the entire course. Can’t … MORE

    My first marathon and I really enjoyed this race. Overall would run again and thought it was a great race experience.

    Pros:
    – People cheering along the entire course. Can’t go more than 200 feet during the entire race without someone cheering.
    – Big race feel. Only 1.3K marathons, 8K total runners (relay, half, and marathon) with 30K spectators
    – If you have spectators coming to watch, my family was able to see me 5 times – 4 times in same spot plus a quick 5min walk to the finish
    – Plenty of hydration stations along the course. Many run by race but also plenty from locals with sprinklers, ice bags, water, ice pops, etc
    – Views is Lake Champlain along the course were beautiful
    – Lots of pacer times
    – Relatively flat the whole way. 1 minor hill around mile 6 and 19 that is a gradual incline for about 1 mile
    – Plenty of parking and good hotels in the area
    – Big expo
    – Cool medal and shirt
    – Lots of bands and cheering along the way

    Cons:
    – Definitely not enough bathrooms. Over 1k people waiting in line for the bathroom at 6:50am for a 7:00am start. Missed my start time and had to catch up to people over the first mile
    – The race is over Memorial Day weekend so weather can be hot plus need to travel for the weekend. In 2022, race started at 57 degrees at 7am, and finished around 72 degrees partially cloudy. Weekend before was in the 90s so we got lucky.
    – Marathon and relays all run the same course so lots of people dodging around each other for the first few miles
    – The Marathon course is two half marathon loops, so could get boring to some but I thought the energy of the crowds kept it entertaining the whole way

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    bertman65 FIRST-TIMER '22

    A course with some good lake views and pretty good crowd support. Get to the expo early. They ran out of bags for bag check. Also ran out of bags … MORE

    A course with some good lake views and pretty good crowd support. Get to the expo early. They ran out of bags for bag check. Also ran out of bags to put post race food in. The medal is thick. Very heavy, especially after a very warm race that sapped your soul! One last note, I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t go back to the original course. This one was two loops.

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    megger216 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was beautiful but it was hilly! In a few parts it was really rocky and muddy ! The awesome part was my dad could bike the whole thing and … MORE

    It was beautiful but it was hilly!
    In a few parts it was really rocky and muddy !
    The awesome part was my dad could bike the whole thing and cheer me. He also took pics .
    It was fun !!

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    seth REPEAT RUNNER '19

    3 years ago I did this race and they cancelled after a few hours because it got hot. In the summer...Seriously. WTH? After 3 years of being angry about it … MORE

    3 years ago I did this race and they cancelled after a few hours because it got hot. In the summer…Seriously. WTH? After 3 years of being angry about it I signed up again, mostly because it was the only Vermont race I could make work with my schedule and as we’re waiting for the start they announce they need to evacuate the park, because rain is coming. Are you serious? The rain came and went and we started about an hour late so it was hot, but surprisingly they didn’t cancel again, but all those angry feelings came back. Only do this race if you want to go to Burlington for no reason, and treat the race as a happy accident IF it happens. This race is utterly ridiculous.

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Vermont City Marathon is a fantastic event. I came out a day or two early and did a shakeout run with Bart Yasso and a few of the pacers … MORE

    The Vermont City Marathon is a fantastic event. I came out a day or two early and did a shakeout run with Bart Yasso and a few of the pacers the day before the race. They were telling me how this is a perennial favorite for how well the city supports the event.

    The 2019 field featured a large number of invited elite runners, so it felt like one of the big-time marathons I have run in, like the Marine Corps. The course begins downtown and makes several passes by the park where the starting line is, making it very spectator-friendly. There is a long out-back stretch in the first third of the race, so we all get to see the leaders power through on their way to victory. The course also features several views of Lake Champlain as well as finishing the final four miles (this year) on the Burlington Bike Path.

    In 2019 the race organizers made a judgment call 15 minutes before the scheduled start to call a weather delay as lightning was spotted in close proximity although it had not started to rain yet where we were. Everybody was able to take shelter in nearby parking garages or hotel lobbies etc for a half hour while the storm passed. Beginning 45 minutes late turned out to be fine–no complaints from me when it meant not starting out soaking wet. All that to say, the race organizers and police force on duty did a fabulous job. The finish at the waterfront was a great way to end the event. Highly recommended for spending a holiday weekend at this marathon/relay event!

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