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.
Ludo Bruyere 3:30 :: email
Where are you from?: US citizen, born in Paris, France and currently living in Montreal, Canada.
P.R.:2:48 in 1995 or 2:58 in 2010 and 2011
Typical pace Training 5:45 to 8:45 per mile (intervals to recovery run pace) Racing 5:45 to 6:45 per mile (5K to 42K pace) Pacing 3:30 to 3:45 marathons
Number of marathons completed: 18
Occupation: Project Manager
Favorite marathon: Albany, NY for its fast course, size, and great organization
Hobbies: Road racing and trail running, x-c skiing and roller skiing, road and mountain biking, lake swimming, triathlons, and hiking with my family and friends.
Favorite Running Food: Cliff Bars after the long run or on the bike, breakfast pita bread with almond butter and home-made wild blueberry jam before going out
What are you reading now?: “Mastering the marathon” from Don Fink
Who do you train with?:My wife, my x-c skiing and running friends and my dog
Personal goals: Run sub 3 hours marathons and start ultras
How old you were when you started running?: I started trail running when I was 14
A quotation you like…Jean de la Fontaine: “Rien ne sert de courir, il faut partir à point”. Slow and steady wins the race.
Why do you run?: It’s a life-long commitment to health and fitness. Along with healthy habits, running is keeping us in great shape allowing us to enjoy life stress-free to its fullest.
Describe your best marathon memory:The 2011 Mohawk Hudson River marathon was a great experience. We were taken care of from pre-race logistics at the hotel lobby to the post-race recovery activities. We were able to get to the starting line in the best conditions possible. Wood fires at the start helped us to warm up. This was an opportunity to meet other runners; like this gentleman from NJ: we quickly discovered we had similar race objectives and plans. We were able to run the first 20 miles together. While the last 6 miles of every marathon are the hardest, the unusual heat last year was challenging. We adapted our pace to the rising temp and slowed down. Finishing another sub 3 marathon, with the support of my family and friends, was a real accomplishment. Our focus was now on recovery with the help of a lot of healthy food available and massages provided at the finish line. Race volunteers had our bags ready with tents to change in. What a day!
Why do you pace?: Pacing is an opportunity to share experiences. We are lifelong learners, learning from each other’s successes and failures. We have 26 miles to put our passion for endurance sports to the test.
Tell us your best pacing experience: Pacing my wife to achieve her personal best in 2002 at the Bar Harbor ME marathon. She was hoping for a 4:30 marathon. We finished together in 4:29. I documented her accomplishment taking pictures during the journey: a great marathon memory.
Why should someone run in your pace group?: Whether you want to qualify for the Boston marathon, set a personal best, or simply want to share your experience: let’s do it together. Pacing is a proven approach to maximize your chances to achieving your marathon goal. I am committed to cross the finish line no less than one minute before and no more than the exact pace time. I paced KVM in 2012 and 3:29:40 was my official finish time. We will adapt our pace to the terrain, slowing down going up hills and loosening up going down hills. I am committed to run an even pace from the first mile to the last one, making sure all our splits are called out to the pace group.
Any tips for runners about to join your group?: I run marathons for the journey, not just for the finish time on D-day. I like all the benefits of training with my family and friends, each of the 26 miles on the big day, as well as post-marathon celebrations. I recommend you listen to your body during that long training period, the event, and the month after your marathon. Adapt your plans based on what your body is telling you. Start visualizing your perfect race: are you well rested at the start, running tall, feeling strong and focused on your realistic objective? Then decide which pace group might help you realize your dream.
Anything else you’d like to share?: I completed my first trail marathon in Chamonix, France (French Alps) in July 2012. The finish time was less important than adapting the pace, considering an overall elevation gain of 8,000 ft and loss of 5,000 ft. So pacing on the trails was very important allowing me to reach the finish line under 6 hours and ready for the next challenge.
What philanthropic activities do you have? : We rode our bikes to raise awareness and money for the American Lung Association and Multiple Sclerosis in Maine for many years. What a great way to help.
Jason Wulff:: email
I have done 5 marathons and one 50-miler, including 2 VT City Marathons; 2 Green Mountain Marathons, and my first the California International Marathon in 2005 (at which point, I assumed I would never run another one).
As for me, pretty straight forward. For work I am a numbers/ finance guy. Family takes up much of my time these days with twin two year olds (Tom & Anna) and an (almost) four year old (Julia). I enjoy skiing in winter; mt biking in summer, but have found running much easier to squeeze into hectic schedule.
As for my running history, I did not start running until after college (was by no means a a high school or college athlete) when I lived in the SF Bay Area. Enjoyment in the sport continues to grow here in VT as it provides a opportunity to get outside (and often in woods) regardless of weather conditions or amount of time.