This 5.3 mile section of the Vermont City Marathon course provides a great sense of some of Burlington’s highlights. The route includes the infamous Battery St. Hill, the steep climb runners dread shortly after the half-way point. Unfortunately, the taiko drummers will most likely not be cheering you on as you make this climb but you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment when you reach the top nonetheless! The route then proceeds to circle around and down the Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian-only street that is home to some of Burlington’s best shops and restaurants. From there you’ll return back onto Pine St, part of the arts district, and head back towards the “finish line” at Oakledge Park. If you’re interested in running the whole race, check it out here.