Beautiful out-and-back course along Lake Champlain (General Comments)|
A Runner from So. Burlington, Vermont (6/5/00)
The Green Mountain Marathon is a beautiful race to run, as it falls at the peak of foliage season in Vermont. The out-and-back course, which runs north and then south, starts and finishes on a paved road that runs between apple orchards, and follows both dirt and paved roads along the lake, along farm fields, and past homes. While the roads are generally flat, with a few rolling hills, there is a long downhill at about mile 2 - the same long uphill at mile 24 or so.
You get to know most of the very few spectators by the end of the race, as they tend to travel just ahead of the runners, and then wait for their favorite to run by. After passing them five or six times, they cheer for you too!
This is a low-key race, very well run, good aid stations, good refreshments at the end, and one of the most friendly running environments I have experienced during and after the race.