This certified marathon/half-marathon begins on South St., in South Hero and makes its way along the west shore of Lake Champlain towards Grand Isle. South Hero is about 20 miles from Burlington and an easy drive on I-89, taking Exit 17 to Route 2. The start and end of this race is near the house where Clarence H. Demar, 7 time Boston Marathon Winner, once lived.
The route follows West Shore Rd. heading north for 11 miles. The terrain on this course is flat with some rolling hills. It is part dirt road, making it easier on the joints, especially if you’re running a whole marathon! The course features beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in New York from, as well as farmland and apple orchards, making it the idyllic Vermont course. Since it’s an out and back, you can adjust the mileage to whatever you’re feeling that day, you’ll get the scenery either way! Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery is at 2.5 mile mark. Stop in for a glass and relax or use it as your turn around point for a great 5 mile loop. A little less than the 4.5 mile point you’ll see Health Hero Farm, a 180-acre certified-organic farm, that raises cattle and has their own vegetable CSA.