July 3 2015
Big races are fun but here are some reasons to stick close to home.
Tucked away in the north-Northeast, Burlington, Vt., spends much of the year covered in snow and whipped by wind. But in late May, the trees bloom, the ice thaws and the town hits the streets for the Vermont City Marathon (vermontcitymarathon.org). Known for its amazing spectator turnout, runners enjoy crowd support at every turn—including a crowd of Japanese drummers at the top of the race’s one tough hill.