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.
Dan Renaud:: email
Dan is replacing Lindsay Simpson who had to withdraw due to injury. Learn more about Dan here.
Tom Nuovo:: email
Marathon Bio: The first marathon I ran was the New York City Marathon in 1983. I went to New York City with my father and we handed in our applications that day at Central Park. I finished the New York City Marathon in 3:48:52 (gun time) with minimal training because I was young and foolish. I was so sore after that marathon I could not walk down stairs. I ran occasionally over the years, but never ran another race until the Vermont City Marathon in 2001. I was older, slower, but had found a new passion. I discovered running was a great way to see the City of Burlington, to experience the places where I traveled, and I enjoyed just being able to go out the door and run.
I have now completed ten marathons, the most recent being 2012 Vermont City Marathon and the Adirondack Marathon. This is my third time being a pacer for a 4 hour group. My best time was the Vermont City Marathon in 2007 with a time of 3:27:30. (Yes, you can get faster with more practice!) I enjoy running for the sake of running and look forward to encouraging others to meet their goals.
Personal Bio: By race day I will be 50 years old. I grew up in Vermont and was born at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. I love Vermont and all it has to offer; from Lake Champlain to the Green Mountains. In August 2010 I changed my running style and began running barefoot. I ran my last three marathons in FiveFingers. I still wear sneakers in the winter, because my toes get too cold otherwise.
Pre-race Breakfast: I usually have toast with butter and honey and a cup of coffee about two hours before the race. I try to drink some water or homemade lemonade before the race. I also found that many of the gels are hard for me to swallow when running and have switched to honey based gels. You can get them now with caffeine which is a double bonus for me.