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Meet the 2014 Pace Team: Steve Meunier & Nicole Bruyere (5:00)

by Intern on March 28, 2014 · 2 comments

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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 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

Steve Meunier:: email

Steven MeunierMarathon Bio: Fifteen Marathons thus far, including Philadelphia, Chicago (2007 the year it was called off due to heat), 4 KBVCM, Boston and others, four Ultras (2 VT 50K, 1 VT 50 Mi. and 1 VT 100) PR was in Quebec City with 3:40:32 qualifying me for 2010 Boston.

Personal Bio: I have lived in Vermont all my life and currently reside in Essex. I have 3 children and work as an IT Specialist for IBM. I started running when a friend of mine convinced me to do some trail running (after I convinced him to do some mountain biking) back in early 2003. While I would not say I was hooked on running after that experience, (I think it took me a full year to run the entire 5K course without walking), it was interesting. I left it alone, and then in 2004 as I was approaching my 50th birthday, decided to run a marathon. Yup, just like that! I gave myself  3 months to get up to 10 miles. If I could do that, I wold commit to a marathon training schedule. I achieved the 10 mile goal and a couple weeks later slipped an fractured 2 ribs. Being severely thrown off guard by this setback, I contemplated tossing in the towel. I didn’t give up. I took 4 weeks off and got back into the game and finished that first marathon. Not pretty, but I finished. The rest was history. I became hooked and driven by the science of it all. This will be my first pacing adventure, so I look forward to yet another challenge, which is to help you achieve your goal (s).  See you at the start line!

Favorite Pre-Race Breakfast: Without a doubt, before any run, be it a marathon, ultra, or 5 miler. I always have a bowl of instant oatmeal with 2 tbs of brown sugar in milk.  For a big event, I will chase that down with tall glass of OJ and a banana.  It is tried an true with me. No GI issues, and a good morning start.

Nicole Bruyere:: email

Nicole BruyereWhere am I from?  Born in Augusta, Maine, and currently living in Montreal, Canada

Profession:  Taught high school French for 15 years, and currently teaching English to adults in the workplace in the Montreal region

Number of marathons completed:  13, in the United States, Canada, and France

Training: trail running, road running, track workouts, yoga, hiking, biking

Is this your first marathon?  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.

I am excited to be pacing for the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon for the fourth year in a row!  It is especially rewarding to see the familiar faces of returning runners at the start line on race day.

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.

How I keep motivated:

  • Running with my husband, friends, and running club.
  • Involving the family and dog.  When my children were younger, they accompanied me in the running stroller, then later on bikes or rollerblades. Now they run with me!
  • 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, ski hills; keep it changing.
  • Running in all weather.  Running in rain or snow is great mental preparation for the more challenging moments during the marathon.

Last book read:  L’Ultime Frousse du Monde by Bruno Blanchet

Short and long term running goals: 22k trail race in the Laurentian Mountains in June; 28k trail run in the French Alps in August.  To keep running a lifelong passion….

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne Warburton May 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I love in Dover, NH and KBVCM is my very first marathon! I am 55 years old and my goal is to finish around the 5 hour mark. My training is going very well. In talking with seasoned marathoners I know, they thought running with a pacer is a great idea.

2 Kaye Dougan May 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

I am from Amherst, MA – and am very excited for the KBVCM – I am turning 50 this year and wanted to celebrate by crossing the finish line of this race – I have run 9 marathons over the last 15 or so years, but this race is the only one that I didn’t finish. Looking forward to meeting new friends and enjoying beautiful Burlington.

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