We began offering pace leaders for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 2009. This year, pace leaders are available for the following times: 3:30, 3:40, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, and 5:30. We have a great team of leaders; check back every Wednesday and Friday for introductions and insight from the pace team.
This week we introduce you to Vic Tirrito and Bob Ayers; together they will pace those of you who plan to finish KBVCM in 5 hours.
Vic Tirrito :: email
Marathon bio: I began running marathons in 1983. My first was The New York City Marathon. It was there I decided never to do another marathon. Over 100 marathons later, I find myself doing my 23rd consecutive Vermont City Marathon. (Psst, Vic is a RunVermont Hall of Fame Member!)
Personal bio: Besides running hundreds of other road races across the U.S., I find myself and my wife, Debbie, of 37 years, drawn to ultra trail running to include 50k trail runs like Pittsfield Peaks, Pacific Coast Trail Runs, The Jay Challenge, Moab Arches National Park and Mont Tremblanc to name a few. Together Debbie and I have completed several Coastal Challenge 6 day stage races in the rain forests and volcanic regions of Costa Rica. We completed the GoreTex Transalpine 8 day stage Run across the Alps from Germany to Italy three times. Last years Transalpine Run was 192 miles with 46k feet elevation gain.
We have two sons and eight grandchildren. Our youngest son, Stephen, competed with Debbie and I in the 2008 Wild West 200 mile Relay from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs Colorado and set a 3 person team record of 34:42:01 which still stands today.
How old you were when you started running? Although I played high school sports like soccer, football and wrestling, I was 25 years old when I started running in 1979 as a way to not gain weight as a result of quitting a pack and a half per day cigarette smoking habit.
Bob Ayers :: email
Marathon Bio: #6 for VCM and #21 on the list of marathons that I have completed, but the 1st as a pacer!
2011 Boston Marathon will be my 6th consecutive Boston and is also the home of my current PR set in 2010 (2:59). I also have competed in a dozen or so ultra-marathons, focusing mainly on 100-milers. This past February, I won the Iron Horse 100 and set a new course record (16:06).
Personal Bio: I’m a native Vermonter, currently residing in Colchester. I spent a few years away from the state serving in the Armed Forces. I have 3 children, which have not caught the running bug yet. I have high hopes for my two grandsons. When not running, I work as a machinist /mechanic in the plastics industry.
I began running 7 years ago, after completing my 2nd end-to-end hiking adventure on the Long Trail. I heard an advertisement about a local marathon coming up and I said to myself “I wonder if I could do that?”
I look forward to meeting the 5:00 pace group and sharing our adventures as runners!
Pre-Race Breakfast: Whatever is available at the time and place. The key is to eat, and hydrate; I need to fuel my body!