Burlington Marathon 2012
This is a guide to help you run in the Vermont City Marathon in 2012, and to help you enjoy visiting Burlington before and after your big run!
Get Ready for the Vermont City Marathon 2012!
As you prepare to come to scenic Burlington, Vermont, and run in this great marathon, you will want to find a training plan that works for you -- one that gets you ready to run the epic 26.2 miles a marathon entails. Of course, this is not news to most veteran runners, but if you are having your first "go-round" at a marathon, you need to be sure to get yourself going on a training schedule well before the Vermont City Marathon.
Marathon Training for Beginners
If you are a "newbie" to marathons and/or planned marathon training, here is a suggestion for a training program to help you prepare for your big day. Marathon Training for Beginners was built by an experienced personal trainer, and is based upon the concept of training for your body type.
Running in Burlington
From the scenery of Lake Champlain to the Church Street pedestrain mall, Burlington has a lot to take in as you make your way along the marathon route. The race is held Memorial Day weekend -- typically a time of pleasant temperatures and sunny skies.
The Uniqueness of Burlington's Marathon
The route of the Vermont City Marathon brings the runner through all the sections of Burlington, and allows you to enjoy historic homes, business areas, waterfront parks, but also sounds in addition to the sites.
Multiple stages with a variety of local music groups are set up along the route. The music adds a festive nature to your Burlington marathon experience, but is also there to inspire you to dig deep -- to run and do your best!
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Dining in Burlington
The dining options in and around Burlington are plenty. For carbo-loading the night before the marathon, there are restaurants up and down Church Street -- and nearby. My favorite pizza place is one street west of Church, on Saint Paul Street -- a place called American Flatbread. The restaurant cooks flatbread pizza in a wood-fired oven right in the dining room. They also feature diverse ingredients from local farms.
Post-marathon, take in a celebratory beer at Farmhouse Grill and Tap, Das Bierhaus, or at one of Burlington's three brewpubs -- which includes Vermont Pub & Brewery, The Three Needs, and the aforementioned American Flatbread.
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Places to Stay for the Burlington Marathon 2012
Burlington has a range of accommodations. The Sheraton is adequate, but is nearer the airport and interstate than to Downtown Burlington and the waterfront. To me, that is a drawback.
Right on the waterfront, you have a choice of the Hilton or the Marriott. The Hilton was once a Ramada, and has been refurbished. Burlington's Marriott was opened less than five years ago, and has the best views of any hotel in the area.
For savings without sacrificing too much comfort, try South Burlington's La Quinta -- within five miles of the starting line on race day.
Of course, the area has many other options for accommodations.
I want this page to be the best resource on the 2012 Vermont City Marathon possible. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.
Good luck, and have a great marathon!