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 email@example.com 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.
Marie Bartoletti:: email
The KBVCM will be marathon #255 for me. I started 18 years ago with my hometown Pittsburgh Marathon and then I did a marathon in every state in two years. My PR is 3:41 in Boston. I have run/paced several marathons out of the country as well (Gold Coast, Rio De Janeiro, Reyjkavik, Two Oceans 56K in Cape Town, and Stockholm). I am also an ultra runner including Western States, Comrades and Badwater where I took 13th place after finishing the 135 miles in Death Valley! I won the 1st 100 miler I did (Mother Road) in 18 hours.
I do Ironman distance triathlons such as Lake Placed and the U.S. Championship IM in NYC last summer, and qualified for the World Championship IM in Kona, which I did last October. I have two married sons: David 28 in Maine and Michael 27 in Florida. I teach elementary school physical education to 1st-5th grade students. I coordinate the Kids of Steel Marathon program at my school where I have almost 200 students participating in the Kids’ Marathon, where they run 25.2 miles in the course of four month, and complete their 26th mile in downtown Pittsburgh on May 4. I have met the most awesome people while pacing the 25-30 marathons a year that I do, and it is the greatest feeling to help someone across the finish line for the 1st time, help them attain a PR, or a Boston Qualifying time!
My favorite pre-race breakfast: Banana, peanut butter on a bagel, and an electrolyte drink.
Nicole Bruyere:: email
I am excited to be pacing for the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon for the third year in a row! It is especially rewarding to see the familiar faces of returning runners at the start line on race day!
I have taught high school French in the United States for 15 years. I am now in my third year teaching English to adults in the workplace in the Montreal region.
My mom inspired me to begin running when I was 15 years old. She would come home from a busy day of teaching high school English and as soon as she walked through the door she would be back out again in her running gear, until supper time. She always returned refreshed, relaxed, and ready to start her day anew. I wanted to get that feeling too, so I started joining her.
Then running became a social thing for me, running with friends in college, casually, on weekends. This is how I met my husband of 19 years. I have since “coached” four friends into running their first marathons. Now 42, I have completed 10 marathons in the United States, Canada, and France, all between 4:29-4:59.
Although I do not consider myself competitive, I am determined, positive, and consistent. I run to have fun and to socialize, and I assure I will bring our 5:00 pace group to the finish line on time.
If this is your first marathon, you have chosen wisely! The KBVCM is organized, well-supported, and fun. The course is beautiful and constantly changing. The KBVCM has the energy of a big city marathon without the stress.
How I keep motivated:
- Running with a friend or joining a running group. The pressure of not keeping an appointment is stronger than the will to not go. Having a friend or a group to run with is far more fun and interesting than the treadmill.
- Running with my dog, a two year old Labrador/border collie cross. She always wants to run, and will outrun me any day. How can I say no to that excitement?
- Involving the family. When my daughter, 14, and son, 12, join me on my runs by biking, or rollerblading, it becomes an instant speed workout!
- Keeping a running schedule and log. I keep a running schedule year-round, and plan each day’s run, rest, or cross-train. This helps to plan ahead and to look back at accomplishments.
- Mixing up the course. Wooded trails, bike paths, different neighborhoods; keep it changing.
- Continuing to run in any weather. Running in rain or snow will prepare you mentally for the more challenging moments during the marathon. If you’re training in those conditions, then it won’t be so trying on race day.
Last book read: 7 billion others by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Long term running goals: To do more long distance trail runs. To keep running a lifelong passion.