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Meet the 2013 Pace Team: Art Bryram and Todd Archambault (3:45)

by Intern on January 30, 2013 · 7 comments

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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 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 Byram (3:45)

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

Todd Archambault (3:45)

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly January 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

Great! Hope to meet either at up coming VCM events- I would like to try this pace group!

2 Art Byram February 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

Holly, Glad to have you aboard!

3 Barbara Malm May 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I’m not sure if I should join the 4:00 or 3:45 pace group. My first marathon was KBVCM last year and I finished in 4:10. I ran my 2nd marathon in Nov with a time of 4:04. I have recently shaved off 10 minutes of my half marathon time (1:39) and recently ran a 5k in 21:06. I was hoping for a 3:45-3:50 finish time. Any advice would be helpful!

4 Rich Tabbut May 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

I am one of the Boston Strong runners and would like to try running with you. My goal was to run sub 4 hours at Boston. I was stopped at 25.5 miles because I had a bad day. Since I have cold air asthma, I could not complete any long training runs this past winter. I did run 23.5 miles at Boston before I had to walk. My challenge will be running the final 10k tomorrow.

5 Art May 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hello Rich,
I also struggled at Boston this year, during the race and after. Although you are welcome to join us, if your goal is to go sub 4, then your best bet will be the 4 hour pace group.however everybody is different so be sure to do what works for you. Have a great race!

6 Art May 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

hello Barbara,

Congratulations on your new half marathon PR! It looks like you are still in the process of improving which is a great thing. Assuming that you have been putting in your long runs I think 345 is a great call for you. By looking at a pace calculator your half marathon time predicts a time of around 328. I find that most of the time these are based upon you having equal performance and running very high mileage in your training to accomplish your previous results. You would also have to take into consideration the weather on your previous race and the course. Art

7 Rich Tabbut May 25, 2013 at 9:15 am


I plan to go out at 8:30 pace and keep it as long as I can. My marathon PR of 2:54 set at the Maine Marathon in 1983 (30 years ago this weekend). It is in me. Thanks and see you tomorrow!

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