Despite Economy, Vermont City Marathon Thriving

Vermont's largest marathon is alive and well.


Over 8000 runners are taking part in this weekend's Vermont City Marathon. Photo:

Vermont’s largest marathon is alive and well.

The weather is not supposed to be all that great at this year’s Vermont City Marathon, which is taking place this weekend. Still, that won’t dampen the spirits of race organizers. Vermont’s largest marathon continues to rise in popularity. The race is sold out this year with 8000 runners taking part (3600 marathoners).

Executive Director Peter Delaney noted that the rise in the popularity of running is due in part to the current recession. Runners seek ways to work off stress and ““return to the roots of being physical and outdoors, enjoying life.”

“Certainly in the last 24 months, the country as a whole has been experiencing a huge surge of participation in running events, specifically in endurance events,” he said. “Some have speculated that with the downturn in the economy, people had more time for sports, and running is one of the most affordable sports.”

Race organizers say their Vermont event brings over $3 million in revenue to the Burlington area in the shape of tourism, restaurant patronage, and transportation.

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