Your Guide to the VT Marathon

Get your running shoes ready – the  M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay is back to fill the streets of Burlington with energy and determination this Memorial Day weekend! This iconic Vermont event draws runners from across the country and offers a spectacular course alongside beautiful Lake Champlain.

Why Burlington is a Runner's Paradise

  • The Course: With stunning views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains, you'll be motivated by the scenery as much as the challenge. The relatively flat terrain makes it a great choice for both experienced marathoners and those tackling their first 26.2.
  • The Atmosphere: Burlington goes all out for Marathon weekend. Expect cheering crowds, live music, and a festive sense of community throughout the city.

More Than Just a Marathon:
The event includes a relay option, making it perfect for teams, and there are plenty of other events and activities throughout the weekend.

Need-to-Know for Runners and Spectators

  • The Date: Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 26th, 2024.
  • Registration: Spots fill up, so register early! Visit the RunVermont website for details and registration (
  • Spectator Tips: Find prime viewing spots along the course, bring signs and your biggest cheers! Visit the marathon website for a course map.
  • Accommodations: Book your stay in Burlington early, as places fill up quickly for this exciting weekend.

Beyond the Finish Line: Explore Burlington

  • Church Street Marketplace: This pedestrian mall is the heart of Burlington, bustling with shops, restaurants, and street performers.
  • Burlington Waterfront: Walk, bike, or relax by the lake at this scenic waterfront park.
  • Local Eats & Brews: Burlington has a booming foodie scene – discover local breweries, farm-to-table restaurants, and unique cafes.

Spectator Spots with the Best Views

  • Waterfront Park: Catch runners early in the race and again as they approach the finish line, all with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Champlain.
  • Battery Park: This elevated park offers panoramic views of the lake and a great spot to see runners in the first few miles.
  • Oakledge Park: Cheer on runners as they tackle one of the steeper portions of the course and enjoy the park's natural beauty.
  • North Avenue: Catch the action along this stretch where runners make their final push towards the finish.


  • Get there early: Many prime viewing spots fill up quickly, especially on race day.
  • Check the course map: Plan your spectating locations based on where you want to see your runner multiple times. The RunVermont website has detailed maps.
  • Bring the energy: Signs, cowbells, and plenty of cheers make a huge difference for the runners!

The Burlington VT Marathon is more than a race, it's a celebration of the human spirit. Whether you'll be lacing up your own running shoes or cheering on the sidelines, prepare for an unforgettable Vermont experience!