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Meet the 2014 Pace Team: Chuck Arnold & Jason Wulff (3:30)

by Intern on March 28, 2014 · 1 comment

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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.

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 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.

Chuck Arnold:: email

Art ByramI’ve been running all my life.  I ran track for Longmeadow HS ’65, XC for DePauw U + UVM ’72 (momentarily held the 2 mile record @ 9.17 until that was surpassed by (now Dr) Mike Barry + now UVM doesn’t even list the 2 mile as a record (the mile is included).  Back in the 70′s there weren’t many road races except for Archie Post.  I do remember getting together with some alumni to beat Bill Nedde’s varsity ~ ’76 (?).

My 1st marathon was a disaster, 1981 Dartmouth Med School Marathon.  I started it at 10K pace, drinking only at every other water station.  At 13, I was in the top 10, but by mile 15 as we crossed over to Vt, I started to get the cold clammy sweat, blurry vision, + by mile 16, I had to walk + jog the last 10 miles.  Still, my time was 3.18.  The next year, I did better by including an 18 mile prep run, 15 sec slower pace / mile, + drinking at every water station.  I maintained a 6.15 pace thru 20, each mile got slower after that, but I didn’t have to walk + got 2.52.  To qualify for Boston I needed 2.50, bummer.  I became a Dad the next year so any marathon pursuits were put on hold until 2000.

It took me 3 years to qualify for Boston.  Learning some things about the marathon along the way – like pacing.  VCM didn’t have pacers back in 2003 when I learned that by being 5 min’s slower at 13.1, I could be 15 min’s faster for 26.2.  I ran Boston 2004 on a very hot day + was very pleased with 3.59.  My next Boston was 2008, with much better prep I got 3.18 (same time as my 1st!)  Just so I could say I beat my 1st (disaster) marathon time I got a 3.11 @ VCM ’09 & 3.07 @ Philadelphia ’09. Chuck-pacer

So what have I learned from running marathons for 15 years?  I’ve tried carbo depletion then carbo loading – mixed answer.  Carbo depletion makes me grumpy + irritable + the science (to quote Dave Hammond), shows that the carbo loading + fueling during the race is the most important.  Caffeine (coffee) works wonders for me, esp a 2X gel around mile 20.  Pacing is very important, it’s just too easy to want to go faster in the 1st 20 miles.  Here’s my BEST tip:  hydration or dehydration is the biggest factor in “hitting the wall”.  I have put a 12 oz fuel H2O bottle out around mile 20 & have been successful at not hitting the wall.  I have also carried an empty bottle + filled it with 3-4 cups at the water stations (not stops!).  Staying hydrated is the key (IMHO).

Jason Wulff: emailJason Wulff

I have done 6 marathons and one 50-miler, including 3 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 three year olds (Tom & Anna) and an (almost) five 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.

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1 Danielle Costanza May 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hi Chuck & Jason,

Last year VCM was my first marathon experience…and I’m hooked! I ran a 3:42:51. This year, I have the lofty -but very possible- goal of qualifying for Boston. I need under 3:35:00. I’ll be keeping my eye out for you guys and your sign! Thanks for volunteering to pace all of us runners.
Still relatively new to the marathon world, Chuck I was hoping you would clarify something in your bio: you said:
“by being 5 min’s slower at 13.1, I could be 15 min’s faster for 26.2.” Are you saying that keeping a slower milage split the first half of the race will allow you to run faster splits the second half? Curious.

See you race day!


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