We began offering pace leaders for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 2009. This year, pace leaders are available for the following times: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, and 5:30. We’ll feature our pace team leaders here on the blog every Wednesday and Friday through March.
If you’re interested in running with a pace leader or just want to know more about the program, please be sure to read this post. While registration is not required, we would love to get a sense of how many people plan to run with each SkiRack Pace Leader. Please contact our SkiRack Pace Team coordinator, Jack Pilla, at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which pace group you plan to run with. No worries if you change your mind between now and race day and decide to run another pace or opt out of the Pace Team.
Art Byram (3:45) :: email
Art lives in Glastonbury CT and serves as the CT State Representative for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). He runs with the Silk City Striders, of Manchester Road Race fame. Eventually he took on the office of Treasurer, and has also served as the club’s Vice President. He also was a founding member of RRCA’s newest CT Running club, The Glastonbury River Runners, as well as a member of Hartford Track Club. Art brings with him a strong desire to help people achieve their goals. As an RRCA Certified Coach, Art has coached the ING Hartford Marathon advanced training groups, and The Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon training group. He also serves as the Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 156.
Art has served as a pacer for several Marathons including 2009, 2010, 2011 KBVCM 3:30 and 3:45 groups. He has completed 21 Marathons including five here in Vermont, and 5 Bostons including his 3:11 PR at the 2009 Boston Marathon. He enjoys dabbling in Ultra Marathon events, completing a very muddy Vermont 50 Mile Ultra run in 2009, and traveled over 103 miles in the 24 Hour Around the Lake Race in Wakefield MA. He also shares a tradition with RRCA Club Shenipsit Striders doing an annual 47 mile end to end run of the Shenipsit Trail.
His triathlete wife, Peggy, divides her time between working for The Hartford Marathon Foundation, and acting as a “lion tamer” with their two boys ages 11 and 14.
What is your favorite pre-race meal?
I like a small bowl of oatmeal with flax seeds for a pre-race meal, 4 hours before the gun. It gives me the power to get up Battery Hill!!
Todd Archambault (3:45) :: email
Marathon bio: The 2005 Vermont City Marathon was my first marathon. This years race will be my 9th VCM and 27th marathon. My fastest VCM was in 2009 (2:50) and my current PR is at the 2009 Chicago Marathon ( 2:47 ). I have also run 13 ultras.
Personal bio: My wife Jennifer and I have been married for 11 years. We have a son who is almost 2 years old. He accompanies me on many of my runs.
Pre-race breakfast: I usual to have a bowl of oatmeal on race morning. I try to eat 3 hours before the race start. I also drink a quart of water race morning.