Drivers should expect significant changes to Burlington’s transportation system on Sunday, May 27, for the 31st People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon.
Once again this year, both residents and visitors should be aware of road closures throughout the race route. While these can challenging for drivers they are vital to ensuring the safety of race participants and volunteers.
Closures along the marathon route will begin as early as 5 a.m. and be widespread between 6:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. These closures will include, at various times: Pine Street, Battery Street, the Burlington Beltline, South Willard and more. A map of these closures can be found on the Marathon’s website.
The running route does include some residential neighborhoods and this will mean parking bans. If your neighborhood is included, you will need to have your car off the street by 4 a.m. on the May 27, otherwise your car will be towed. Consult with the marathons street closure list to see if you’re in one of these areas.
Due to the activity within the downtown core, it is smart to avoid using your car, if possible. Bikers can take advantage of Local Motion’s popular valet parking program. If you’re looking to get around Burlington on race day, it is also smart to consider Greenride Bikeshare. There are multiple docking locations on or near the running route.
If you do decide to drive, free parking is available within a quarter of a mile of the race start area. Meter spaces are free across the city on Sundays. If you do happen to be caught in Marathon related gridlock, you will most likely be out of it in 15-20 minutes. Feel free to ask the police officer or course monitor in your area about any alternative routes that may be available.
The marathon’s website includes a helpful spectator guide with common questions. Take a look to learn more about what to expect. Before you drive downtown, remember that many local hotels operate shuttles to carry visitors to the race starting lo2cation.