Vermont City Marathon taking place after pandemic delay

October 23, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont City Marathon will be held Sunday after being delayed because of the pandemic.

This year’s race in Burlington, which usually happens on Memorial Day, will only be a half-marathon, the Burlington Free Press reported.

The marathon is the state’s biggest sporting event, typically attracting 20,000 spectators, 1,500 volunteers and 7,500 runners, the newspaper reported.

This year, runners, volunteers and staff must show proof of vaccination or test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the race. The pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon also returned this month after a 30-month absence for a smaller, socially distanced race.

To reduce crowding, runners in Burlington will start in waves, three minutes apart.