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, 3:45, 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 Tuesday and Thursday through mid-April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The KBVCM will be marathon #232 for me. I started 17 years ago with my hometown Pittsburgh Marathon and then in 2004 and 2005, I did 26 marathons and then 30 to finish all of the states in two years (including the KBVCM)! My PR is 3:41 from Boston. I have run/paced several marathons out of the country as well (Gold Coast, Australia, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the Reyjkavik in Iceland and Two Oceans 56K in Cape Town, S. Africa). I am also an ultra runner including Western States and Badwater. I took 13th place out of 85 runners the summer of 2009 in Death Valley. I won the 1st 100 miler I did (Mother Road) in 18 hours. This year I am doing New York City’s Inaugural U.S. Championship Ironman in August.
I am a triathlete and won my age in the Great Floridian Ironman and have also participated in the Louisville and Lake Placid Ironman Rev 3events. I have two sons; David, 27 in Portland, Maine and Michael, 26 in Clearwater, Florida. I teach elementary school physical education to 290 1st-5th grade students. I coordinate the Kids of Steel Marathon program at my school where I have over 160 students in grades K-5 doing a Kids’ Marathon Mile on May 5. They will run 25.2 miles before then and that will be their 26th mile that day. I have a passion for pacing and it is my favorite thing to do. I have met the most awesome people while pacing the 25-30 marathons a year that I do, and it is the greatest feeling to help someone across the finish line for the 1st time, help them attain a PR, or a Boston qualifying time.
Last Book I read:
“One For The Money” by Janet Evanovich, a fun author. Easy reading material in airports!
The Vermont City Marathon is my favorite. I have completed each run since 1989. I started running in 1979 at age 25 when I quit smoking. My very 1st marathon was the NYC Marathon in 1983. I swore I would never do another Marathon. Since then I have run over 100 including several ultra-trail marathons, multi-day endurance events like three Transapline Runs across the Alps from Germany to Italy and two Coastal Challenges through the rainforest’s and volcanic regions of Costa Rica. Debbie, my wife of over 37 years and I usually travel making for active vacations with a purpose. My favorite event is still the Wild West Relay. This event starts in Fort Collins and ends in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Debbie, my youngest son Stephen and I hold the record for the only 3 person team to complete this 193 mile relay in less than 35 hours set in 2008. Debbie and I have two sons and several grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 13 years.