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Meet the 2013 Pace Team: Todd Smith and Tim Shea (3:15)

by Intern on January 23, 2013 · 0 comments

in Meet the Pace Team

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 paceteam@runvermont.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.

Todd Smith (3:15) :: email

Todd Smith (3:15)

I am very excited to be a Pacer for the second time at Vermont City Marathon 2013. I started running in between career changes from a life on the water to that on land. I was a merchant marine pilot on the Great Lakes previously before eventually becoming an ICU RN. I really missed the lack of physical exercise and adventure in running on land. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and currently reside in Bristol, VT with my awesome wife (Vermont native) and 3 big dogs. I love running the hills, mountains and back roads of VT.

My first marathon was the 2003 NYC marathon racing against P.Diddy. Yeah I beat him. I’m pretty sure I even walked a few times coming in to Central Park. Since then I’ve raced maybe a dozen marathons (1-2 per year). My fastest marathon was racing against someone named Armstrong in Boston 2008 (2:34). I kept thinking he was right behind me the whole way and how cool it would be to beat him! Well, I did. My first Vermont City Marathon was in 2009 (right after Boston). It poured! I loved it, especially zig-zagging across downtown Burlington via Church St. My most challenging marathon would have to be the Mad Marathon in Waitsfield. Highly recommended for a hilly mid-summer run! I currently run year round and race triathlons throughout the summer. I’m looking forward to another Boston Marathon adventure as well as all my races for 2013.

My pre-race breakfast usually consists of coffee with maple syrup and soy milk, toast with peanut butter and maybe some energy bars depending how early I’m up for the race.

Tim Shea (3:15) :: email

Tim Shea (3:15)

I have been a runner for the better part of thirty years. I enjoy running for the challenge, relaxation, fitness and camaraderie.  This will be the first time I have been the part of a pace team. I look forward to helping guide the 3:15 pace group and share in the success of finishing a marathon whether you’re first or fiftieth. I have finished over ten marathons with my personal best at the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:40. I have completed over twelve ultra marathons with the furthest distance of 126 miles in 24 hours.

I grew up in Iowa and ran competitively in high school and college. I have since lived from coast to coast, but call Montpelier, Vermont home for the last fourteen years. I have run the Vermont City Marathon several times and consider it my home course. I particularly enjoy running down Church Street and feeling the support of the crowd whether friend, family, or a stranger.

My pre-race routine usually consists of consuming a banana, Cliff bar, and a cup of coffee (if an early morning start). I will start to hydrate with water as soon as I wake up, but slow down closer to start to avoid the Port-a-let lines.

Thanks for the chance to lead a pace team and good luck with your training.

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