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.
Elizabeth Bouchard-Hall (4:15) :: email
Welcome fellow marathoners to the greatest race on earth. Vermont City Marathon is one of a kind and so is the pace team! I am happy to return for a second year of pacing and a fifth year running on this beloved course (PR 3:39 2011).
As a runner and fan of all race distances I am proud to return to lead the 4:15 group to victory. I ran in high school but followed my passion for bike racing into college at UVM. Lucky for me I found my way back to running through the supportive and low key competitive races with GMAA. I am a Registered Nurse at CVPH in Plattsburgh, NY and you can find me most days running the roads of my hometown of Wadhams which is just a ferry ride from VT. My husband Kevin, a PT by day and banjo player by night, and I spend our time playing in our old time band with our friends from Charlotte. Join me on a run and we can chat about nursing, running, playing the bass, cats, and marathons!
The last book I read was The Hobbit. Embarrassingly, I had never read the book in its entirety and it is a classic. I did have some trouble getting out of bed for morning runs for wanting to know Bilbo’s next move but like all things, I found a way to balance my running and other hobbies.
Rich Bundy (4:15): email
I began running competitively in junior high school and have been running ever since. As of February, I’ve completed 23 marathons, with a PR of 3:06. I’ve run the Boston marathon five times, and last year completed a long desired goal of running all five of the World Marathon Majors (the five WMM races are Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York). I also ran the Athens marathon in 2010 in celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.
I grew up in central Pennsylvania and attended Penn State for my BA and MA degrees. I moved to Burlington in January 2011 after spending eleven years in Iowa. I now have the privilege of serving as the inaugural President and CEO of the new University of Vermont Foundation. Elizabeth and I paired up to lead the 4:15 pace group last year at the Vermont City Marathon – my first time running this course – and if I do say so myself, we did a fantastic job finishing in 4 hours, 15 minutes, and 5 seconds!
My pre-marathon routine is fairly relaxed — I make sure I get a good night’s rest two nights before the race since I tend not to sleep well the night before! I try not to change my daily schedule the day before the race too much, and dinner is always pasta with red sauce and one light beer. On race-day morning, I start with oatmeal muffins I make from a special mix I buy in Quebec. I’m not a big fan of Gu (makes my stomach upset), but I take three during the race — at mile 8, mile 15 and mile 21. Post-race chicken noodle soup is amazing.
Good luck with your training – we’ll see you at the starting line in May!