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Meet the 2012 Pace Team: Rowly Brucken & Ludo Bruyere (3:30)

by leandre on February 21, 2012 · 2 comments

in Meet the Pace Team,Notes from the Station

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 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.

Rowly Brucken (3:30) :: email :: 2nd post

3:30 Pace Leader Rowly Brucken

I have run marathons and ultramarathons over the past twenty plus years, having lived in Kentucky and Vermont during that time span. The decision in 1990 to run my first marathon in Columbus occurred three months after having surgery to remove an aggressive cancerous tumor from my left quad and save my leg, which even today makes me profoundly grateful to be able to put one foot in front of the other.

Two years ago, the Green Mountain Marathon was my 50th race at that distance, and the sight of my wife at the finish line made it even more special. I’ve been blessed with having entered an extraordinary range of marathons, from a 7-person event in over 100-degree humid heat in Kentucky to enduring a driving rainstorm and near northeaster in Boston to passing out before finishing in Chicago. Seeking new challenges, I entered my first ultramarathon in 1998 and have run perhaps 20 in all in distances up to 100 miles. This year, my goal is to finish the Vermont 100, which I have not run in seven years. I’ve had much success in terms of winning and placing high in long-distance races (and have been injury free for 25 years, which I owe to luck and simple training rules), but finishing high is not as important to me as being grateful for having the good health needed to stand at the starting line in the first place.

Personal bio:

I am a history professor at Norwich University, teaching courses in modern American history, U.S. foreign policy, and international human rights law. My research centers on the historical development of key international agreements that ban genocide, torture, and systemic abuses of civil and political rights. As a member of Amnesty International for over 20 years, I have held a number of volunteer positions at the state and national levels. I currently serve as one of AIUSA’s experts on Zimbabwe and testify in federal immigration court on behalf of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. My wife Lisa is a wonderful and active supporter of my running addiction, and we have 3 daughters, ages 12, 11 and 5. Also, I have been a coach for the Girls on the Run organization in Northfield, where I live. Over the past eight years, I have absolutely loved working with dozens of girls in the 3rd through 5th grade in using running as a vehicle to explore issues of self-esteem, positive body images, goal-setting, and living drug-free.

Last book I read:

“Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip” by Matthew Algeo. I have always admired Truman’s personal character and values (while dissenting from some of his foreign policy decisions). He was plainspoken, accessible, a master of small talk, unpretentious, humble, and thrifty. When he left the White House, he lived in the same house he had owned for 30 years, accepted no lucrative business deals, refused to cash in on his Presidential past, lived only off his WWI pension, and decided to do something different. He and his wife, Bess, took a three-week road trip by car (Harry at the wheel, Bess repeatedly warning him to stay at 55 miles per hour) from his home in Independence, Missouri to Washington, D.C., stopping off in Philadelphia and New York City on the return trip. Algeo tells a poignant and funny tale as the couple tries to travel in anonymity while meeting ordinary citizens at gas stations, diners, and hotels.

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Ludo Bruyere (3:30) :: Intro/2nd post

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1 Valerie February 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Hi Rowly! I truly wish I could run with your pace team but it might be a few years before I can keep up with that pace! Very interesting and inspirational bio. If I stick to running hopefully one day I’ll be able to break 4:00! Thanks.

2 Rowly May 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Dear Valerie
Thank you! Best wishes in your training, and perhaps I can help pace you in future VCMs!

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