The race begins at 9 am at the Bennington Center for the Arts. Runners will follow a USATFcertified course along secondary and back roads through North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Arlington, and Sunderland before finishing at Hildene Meadows in Manchester.
Last year’s inaugural event, southern Vermont’s first full-length marathon, attracted over 300 runners and hand-cyclists. The race earned consistently high marks from participants for its scenic course, smooth organization, and enthusiastic volunteers.
New this year is post-race shuttle bus service back to the start for runners who prefer to leave their cars in Bennington. Runners also can park at the finish and take a prerace shuttle in the morning.
The marathon is sponsored by Southern Vermont Health Care, the Vermont Country Store, and the Vermont Department of Tourism. All proceeds benefit the Children and Family Services program of United Counseling Service of Bennington County.
Race applications and online registration are available at www. shiresofvermontmarathon.com. The race is organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.
For information on registering, volunteering, or sponsoring the race contact David Durfee, race director, at info@ShiresofVermontMarathon.com or (802) 442-4414.