Shires of Vermont Marathon and Half Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon

Event Date

Sun, May 15, 2016


Bennington, VT


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Running-Marathon - Individual Age group/open

$65 $85 Closed

Running-Marathon-RELAY - Individual Age group/open

$100 $100 Closed

Running-Half marathon - Individual Age group/open

$50 $60 Closed

About This Activity

The 6th Annual Shires of Vermont Marathon and HAlf Marathon is a point-to-point picturesque tour of some of the best scenery New England has to offer.  The marathon begins at Bennington College, a small but beautiful liberal arts college.  The runners are taken through the quaint village of North Bennington and then proceed to the back roads of Shaftsbury.  Surrounded by natural canopy and apple blossoms, the mountains are so close you can taste them.  Continuing north, the runners arrive at the half-way point and the beginning of the half marathon at the Arlington Community Church, a classic white clapboard and steepled church.  The course proceeds north traversing a covered bridge as the introduction to Sunderland and its rolling hills.  Further north, Manchester awaits where you emerge from the quiet serenity of rural Vermont and enter into a quaint downtown area as the final 2 miles are left.  From the left of Manchester, the rrace finishes at Riley Rink at Hunter Park where shelter from the elements, a well trained medical staff, food, and showers await.

Event details and schedule

The marathon starts promptly at 8AM, the half marathon starts at 9AM.  Day-of bib pick up is at the VAPA building at Bennington College.

Bib pick up is Saturday from 3-7 at the Arlington Community Church (half way point of the marathon and the start of the half marathon).

Pre-Race pancake dinner is at the Arlington Community Church (at bib pick up) from 5-7.

Course is a point-to-point course from Bennington College to Hunter Park following mostly back roads.

Busses are provided at the finish line BEFORE the race to take runners to the start of both the marathon and half marathon.  There is plenty of parking at the finish line.

Showers are available for free at the finish line.  Guests are welcome to make full use of them.

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