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.
On racing and racing on. This past weekend I ventured down to Massachusetts to race with the GMAA in the New Bedford Half Marathon. It was a blast. Between buying a house, finishing nursing school, starting a new job and a band this was my first race in a year and a half. A break from racing can be just what the body or mind ordered but with a little mental or physical tweaking I think racing can be an important part of life year round. Remember, there is always a way to be successful in a race and most of those ways are unrelated to your finish time or place. Maybe your shoes stayed tied or your pre-race breakfast finally worked perfectly, maybe you smiled at every spectator or thanked all the volunteers. For me in this past weekend’s race I came away with quality time with friends and family and a renewed appreciation for race singlets. With VCM quickly approaching put some extra races on your calendar for the summer. Wear your hometown club singlet (preferably GMAA) and lace up to race. I plan on racing more and worrying about times less because seeing friends and staying social and healthy is a gift that we can all get from running. As I sign off, humor me with a small public service announcement from your pace team RN (running nurse); whether it’s your name and phone number sharpied on the back of your watch, your license in your pocket, or a RoadID, don’t forget to pack identification while running and racing! Run safe and race often.