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Hall of Fame 2013 Nominee: Scott Carpenter

by jen on March 20, 2013 · 1 comment

in Notes from the Station

Do you know about the RunVermont Hall of Fame? We honor outstanding individuals for their achievements and contributions to running in Vermont with an annual Hall of Fame award. The award is presented to an individual who is; a true ambassador of running by promoting running as a lifelong activity wherever he/she goes, has made significant contributions to the sport through running, volunteerism, sponsorship or organization, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, typifies the true spirit of RunVermont by embracing and perpetuating athletic spirit in the Vermont community. 

From Lesli Blount:

I offer my nomination of Scott Carpenter for the RunVermont Hall of Fame.  Scott is a native Vermonter and former Vermont district president for KeyBank.  He is a former board member of RunVermont and past chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

I worked with Scott for more than seven years at KeyBank. While his enthusiasm for the marathon makes him worthy of nomination, it is his love of the sport, the spirit of sportsmanship he demonstrated as a leader, and his promotion of running as both a way of life and a metaphor for living that make him a notable candidate. 

The committee needs little explanation of the role Scott played in promoting the marathon and its importance to our community to the decision makers at KeyCorp.  What fueled his passion was knowing what the event means to each runner, to the families and company teams that participate, to the businesses that benefit from the influx of tens of thousands of runners and spectators filling Burlington, and the way the event showcases the community in which he was born, raised and chose to raise his family. 

 As a leader, Scott demonstrated the attributes of a lifelong athlete: discipline, a commitment to doing the work it takes to succeed, allowing your competitors to bring out your best performance and encouraging others.

He used running as his time to think and understood its importance to well-being and success.  He supported his employees’ running and dreamed of installing a shower and locker room in the Key building.  We often talked about work challenges as being Level One, Two or Three, relative to how he trained, as in “Okay, it’s going to be Level Three but we’ve got this.”  His approach was to challenge us to dig in and bring our best selves. 

For years The Carpenter Boys team was a relay team contender and nothing made Scott prouder than when he and his daughter ran a two-person relay.  During his daughter’s cross country career, Scott attended nearly all of her races, and encouraged other kids on the team in ways that left an impact.  The guidance he provided often turned into advice about careers and introductions to potential employers.  It seemed that nothing gave him more joy than seeing others achieve their potential.

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From Scott’s daughter, Caroline Carpenter

Caroline and her Dad

“My dad was there for me throughout my racing difficulties. Not in the “hold your hand and wipe your tears” kind of way, but in a way that when he looked at you and spoke to you in words of experience, you know that he believed in you and that you have the ability to overcome all obstacles. “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” was always a line of his, as well as “you have the opportunity to make this better or worse, how bad do you want it?” Reciting these very lines to my boyfriend has given me the opportunity to reflect on what every kid knows they will once say, but dread to say, “wow, my dad was right!”

Everything I did, every race I raced, intervals I trained, and weight I lifted was to make him proud. My dad always knew I had it in me to reach my highest potential and I wanted to prove to him it was true.

I grew up basing my athletic development not just on how I compared to my peers out on the race course, but how I fared up against my father. Who in my eyes, even now (when he knows I give him a run for his money) will always be the most talented and inspirational athlete I know. To even slightly compare myself to my father is an accomplishment to me. I choke back the tears attempting to write this because I know I would not have been able to accomplish much of anything without him. I can hardly remember a race that he was not at, chasing me down the trail screaming, “relax your jaw!” and “every second counts!” (some of his staple cheers), and giving me splits on the girls around me. He as the last person I talked to before heading to the starting line and the first person I saw as soon as I crossed the finish … I would not have wanted it any other way.

My teammates, and other racers my dad knew out on the course, always told me how awesome it was when they passed my dad cheering on the sidelines, and it was just the push they needed, and how they look for him at every race … and he was always there.

He is always everywhere on the course. He would plan out the night before and scope around on race day the best path to take to see as much of the race as possible. He might have gotten more of a workout than us to get to all those spots!!

Everything my dad has taught me through sport, I have embraced in all aspects of my life now. This is how my dad lives as well. His professional success can be attributed to his athletic spirit. He is the epitome of the athletic spirit and always finds a way to bring out that spirit, and very best, in everyone.”

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From David Coates

“I have known Scott and the Carpenter family for as long as I can remember. As a former KeyBank CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors I know how important the marathon has been to the bank, but moreover to our community and the entire State of Vermont.

Perhaps Scott’s most important role has been promoting the event not only throughout the state, but in every other possible venue. He has encouraged employees, friends and family to volunteer and participate. Scott encouraged me ten years ago at the age of 65 to run the first leg of the relay. I enjoyed it so much I have run every leg twice and look forward to the 2013 race to start my third cycle. Scott was the major mover behind me and likewise with so many others.”

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From John Ewing

“I was President of the Bank of Vermont when we hired Scott as a loan officer. This was within one or two years after the beginning of the marathon. Scott immediately became devoted to the event. At the time the office for the marathon was at the bank and Scott became our leader for the race. For many years thereafter he continued to be the key staff member, always promoting the marathon and making sure that I would support its funding with our parent in Boston. When he became President he continued to be devoted to its support and arranged for the continuation of Key’s sponsorship even during the recent period when all banks were seeking to reduce their costs.”

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From Eric Lustgarten

“Scott’s support reaches deeper than running for his friends, acquaintances, and his family. My experience with Scott’s support began before I evn knew his first name. He came up to be before a Nordic ski race and gave me advice and encouragement; to which I replied, “Thanks, Mr. Carpenter.” This kind of act and outreach is hard to find these days. Scott’s gesture that day was genuine and came from his love of the sport. I know I was not the only to receive advice from him that morning. Throughout my skiing career at St. Lawrence University, these gestures became stronger and his support has always been constant. I remember his consolation after bad days, and his excitement after good ones. I even remember the ease at which he offered me a pot to run a half marathon in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. He didn’t think twice about it! Before that day, I considered myself more of a wrestler rather than a runner. Through this experience I had in that half marathon which Scott gave me to opportunity to run in, I became confident in my running, which has turned into a life-long sport.

I feel lucky to have had the pleasure, like many of the endurance athletes of Vermont have had, to benefit from Scott’s support.”

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1 Ritchie E. Berger March 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

Scott would have my vote hands-down! He is not only a great athlete but his love of sports is infectious. The success of the Vermont City Marathon is attibutable to the dedication and hardwork of many but Scott’s committment and efforts played a critical role in it reaching this level.

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