(Host) Runners in this weekend’s marathon in Burlington will be rerouted to avoid flood waters on one section of the course. Several miles of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon are run on the Burlington bike path, part of which is damaged and still submerged by Lake Champlain’s record flooding.
Joe Connelly is the technical coordinator for RunVermont, which organizes the marathon. He says the course has been re-routed near the beginning of Mile 15:
(Connelly) That’s just past Vermont Railway, around the wastewater treatment plant. And that is still under about knee-deep water, unfortunately. We were down there doing some clean-up this weekend. It’s too bad because I know that’s a part the runners like – they run right next to the water and they really like it. But this year will go right to the east and around that."
(Host) Runners will be directed through property owned by Vermont Railways, which has been working with RunVermont and city officials to pave and improve that new section of the course.
About 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday morning. About half of the field will run the full 26.2 miles, and the rest will be running in relay divisions.