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.
Less than two months from now we will be running our way to completing the 25th Vermont City Marathon. This will be a special day for me as it will mean I will be completing 25 out of 25 Vermont City Marathons since 1989. Although we plan to run a steady pace getting us through the finish line in 5 hours 29 minutes and 59 seconds, it will not be an easy feat. My wife and ultra-running partner Debbie and I plan to run like course sweepers and we will follow a steady 12:35 per mile pace. This may require varying our ups and taking advantage of downs in addition to walking through all the water stops. By the way, as pacers go we are the last so therefore SWEEPER is indeed a role we can relate too.
When running the Gore-Tex Transalpine 8 day stage run, from Germany through Austria to Italy in 2010, Debbie and I would keep the course sweepers in our rear view mirror. Talk about pressure, WOW! Our plan is to return to the Alps this year in August.
Some folks may decide to run / walk run along knowing when they see us they can be assured we are on that 5:30 marathon finish time. Those falling off aggressive early pace targets will also know, if they can muster up enough second wind, can mentally hitch on with us. Plan to carry additional energy supplements as it will be a long day. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I plan to run the last 10 miles the Sunday prior to the event starting in Battery Park at 8am. Best regards to all and looking forward to seeing all the runners at the VCM Runners Expo.