The Persist 5k is a non-competitive fun run/walk along beautiful Lake Champlain. While it is not chip-timed, all participants will wear a race bib. The first 400 registrants will receive a Nordic Headband by Skida.



EVENT DATE: MAY 12, 2019


START TIME: 9:00 am

If you pick up your bib prior to race day, plan to arrive by 8:30 am. If you need to pick up your bib on Sunday, please arrive not later than 8:00 am.

Post-race Festivities: Hang around after the race for DJ Love Doctor, food (including Ben & Jerry's), and a raffle!*

*You must be present to win.


  • Saturday, May 11, from 3-5 pm at Skida (16 Kilburn St, Burlington)

  • Pick up race packet early to avoid Sunday lines

  • Spin the Skida Prize Wheel to save up to 30% at Skida (or other prizes!) 

  • Live music by Honey and Soul (3:30-4:30)

  • In an effort to reduce waste, please bring your own bags

  • Encourage your friends and family to register! Save $5 for every adult registrant on Saturday ($40)

  • If you need to pick up a race packet for a friend or family member, you may ONLY do so if you have their signed waiver. Otherwise, they must be present to pick up their own packets. Waivers may be downloaded HERE.

You may also pick up your packet on race day from 7:30-8:30 am* at the Sailing Center. We strongly recommend picking up race materials on Saturday, if possible, to avoid lines.

*for packet pickup on Sunday, please arrive no later than 8:00 am.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our insurance company requires an actual physically signed waiver for all participants. We MUST have that signed waiver before we can hand out Bib Numbers. IF YOU INTEND TO PICK UP A RACE PACKET FOR SOMEONE ELSE AT THE SKIDA PARTY, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE WAIVER HERE, HAVE THAT PERSON SIGN IT AND BRING THE SIGNED WAIVER WITH YOU TO SKIDA.


Start and finish: Community Sailing Center, Burlington, VT directions

Participants may choose to run or walk a 5k course (3.1 mi) or a shorter

1-mi course.

5k (3.1 mi): This is an out-and-back course. Racers head north from the Sailing Center along the Burlington bike path for ~1.5 mi. From there, the course turns around and racers return along bike path until finish line at the Sailing Center.

1-mi: Racers head north on bike path for .5 mi. Signs and volunteers will direct racers to turn around at .5 mi mark and return to Sailing Center.

Aid stations: Water will be available at the start/finish, and at one stop along the course.

Bathrooms: Located at the Community Sailing Center.


City of Burlington parking garages and all metered parking is free on Sunday. The closest parking lot to Burlington's Community Sailing Center is at the North end of Lake Street, just South of the skate park. Find more details on downtown and waterfront parking here. 


  • Dogs are welcome but must remain leashed at all times.

  • Dogs are not allowed inside the Sailing Center.

  • Please bring your own water bottles to fill up! We are trying to reduce as much waste as possible. 

  • Race participants with strollers will be asked to start in the back.

  • Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible.

  • Do NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant.




The Persist 5k is a rain/shine event. In the event of extreme weather that poses risk to participants, such as (but not limited to) extreme wind, lightning, hail, blizzards, or other natural disasters, the Persist 5k reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event. No refunds will be issued.

For more information contact persist5k@gmail.com