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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 20, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.63
Course Score: 96.93

Race Size

2017: 61 Finishers
2016: No Results
2015: 164 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 3.3%
2016: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Shires of Vermont is a point-to-point race from Bennington to Manchester Center, Vermont. The course follows mainly secondary roads through the villages of North Bennington, Shaftsbury, and Arlington, the campus of Bennington College, and rural countryside.

The course has a net elevation loss of 160 feet; however, the course is challenging with lots of rolling hills.

Approximately eight miles of the course consists of hard-packed dirt.

Marathon Rankings

The Shires of Vermont Marathon was the 439th largest marathon in the U.S. last year.

Its Course Score of 96.93 ranks it as the 386th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Vermont.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Shires of Vermont Marathon a PR Score of 96.63. This PR Score ranks it as the 360th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Vermont.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1019 feet (310m)
Min Elevation: 612 feet (186m)


Recent Shires of Vermont Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2013 Shires of Vermont Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful scenery, awesome volunteers and race staff, challenging course, good weather, and the best post-race spread of any race I've run! Nice medals, OA awards and VT maple syrup!

Race Tips

The course isN't mostly downhill the second half- there's still a lot of UP! But it's beautiful, and well worth the run!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stayed in Bennington the night before, plenty of places to eat and it was a breeze to get there!

review of 2013 Shires of Vermont Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Gorgeous course with most of the hard work late in the first half of the race. The hard packed dirt was totally runnable. Plenty to drink on the course

Race Tips

I walked a minute each mile and was able to do almost all the walking on up hills. Get to the 1/2 way point without any heavy breathing and you'll do fine on this course.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stayed in Bennington, drove to the start where there was plenty of parking. Busses left frequently after the race. Really good post race spread including excellent chocolate milk. The ceramic medal is really nice and hangs from my bathroom mirror. No faint praise, 'cause I give most of my medals away.

Finish Time Equivalent

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