Vermont City Marathon Course In Flux

The bike path section of the Vermont City Marathon will be altered this year due to flooding. Photo: Marathon Planet

The bike path section of the Vermont City Marathon will be altered this year due to flooding. Photo: Marathon Planet

Flooding is the reason for the change.

Those runners heading to this month’s Vermont City Marathon in Burlington should hold off studying a course map. According to a report in the Burlington Free Press, the route is still in flux. The reason: flooding that occurred on the Perkins Pier portion of the bike path that takes runners along scenic Lake Champlain.

“I would say we’re probably within the five- to seven-day range from finalizing,” announced race director Peter Delaney yesterday. He also said organizers would be meeting with city officials and road crews to discuss the new route.

Approximately 3,600 marathoners and 1,300 relay participants are expected to turnout for Vermont’s largest marathon on May 29.

Delaney has made assurances that whatever is decided, the eventual course will still abide by United States Track and Field specifications and will be accurately measured.

Not related to the flooding: the marathon’s finish line will also be slightly changed. In past races, runners had to take a circuitous route to the finish in order to round out the final .2 miles. Now, participants will finish straight into the park.

For More: Burlington Free Press

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