This weekend, the 31st annual Vermont City Marathon will take over the Queen City. Organizers say the days leading up are crucial to make sure everything’s in place.
“Our whole team is working,” said Jess Cover, Communications Director for the Vermont City Marathon. “It’s a lot of moving things from point A to point B so that we’re ready. The race starts at 7 a.m. so it’s an early morning.”
Prep also includes outreach to the runners. Between the marathon and relay, nearly 8,000 runners are expected. Cover said 80% of the marathon participants will travel from out of state bringing an influx of visitors to Burlington.
“They’re bringing friends and family with them,” Cover said. “We fill every hotel, every Airbnb. There’s folks that are local and folks that drive from all over Vermont.”
To keep runners hydrated along the 26.2 mile race, there will be 21 aid stations along the route. About every mile and a half, water, Gatorade, snacks, and other supplies will be handed out to runners. Organizers said they’ve been busy working to make sure they’re stocked ahead of Sunday.
“It’s so important to have the fuel they need to succeed,” said Michelle Dow, Race Operations Manager for Run Vermont. “Sometimes runners don’t know they need more water than they think they do and some runners don’t wear fuel belts so we need to provide that for them.”
If you plan to travel through the area Sunday, a number of roads will be closed:
Northern Connector (Rt 127); Plattsburgh Avenue southbound ramp to downtown – 5-9:30 a.m.
Plattsburgh Avenue southbound (“LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY”) – 9:30-11:45 a.m.
Park Street: Battery Park to Manhattan Drive – 5-9:20 a.m.
Poplar Street – 6:30-9:20 a.m.
Myrtle Street – 6:30-9:20 a.m.
North Avenue: North Street to Battery Park – 6-7:15 a.m.
North Avenue, southbound: (“Beltline entrance to Battery Park”) – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Pearl Street: St. Paul to Willard Street – 5:45-7:15 a.m.
Pearl Street: Battery Park to St. Paul Street – 5:45-9:15 a.m.
Pine Street: Pearl to Cherry Street – 7-9:15 a.m.
Cherry Street: Church to Pine Street – 7-9:15 a.m.
Battery Street (“open southbound 7:15-9:00 EXPECT DELAYS!”) – 6:30-10:30 a.m.
South WIllard Street: Pearl to Beech Street – 7-7:30 a.m.
Beech Street – 7-7:40 a.m.
South Union Street: Beech to Main Street – 7:05–7:40 a.m.
Main Street: Willard to Church Street – 7:05-7:40 a.m.
Main Street: Church to Battery Street – 7:30-9:20 a.m.
Pine Street: Main Street to Flynn Avenue (“LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY NORTHBOUND)- 7:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Flynn Avenue: Pine Street to Oakledge Park – 7:45-9:45 a.m.
Foster Street – 7:45-9:45 a.m.
Leddy Park Road – 7:50-11:30 a.m.
College Street entrance to Waterfront Park – 8 a.m.-1 p.m.