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RunVermont seeks Hall of Fame Nominees

by jen on January 10, 2013 · 1 comment

in News,Notes from the Station

Do you know someone who has contributed significantly to running in Vermont? Someone who embodies the spirit of the sport? RunVermont is seeking nominations to the 2013 RunVermont Hall of Fame.

Established in 2008,  the RunVermont Hall of Fame recognizes long-time race participants and honors individuals who have made significant and/or longtime contributions to the sport of running in Vermont.

Andréa Sisino, former RunVermont executive director and KBVCM race director was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2011. Other recent inductees include Sam Davis,who has been a road race director and still continues to volunteer at many youth athletic events including the Ready, Set, Run and YAM Scram programs, as well as teaching marathon 201 and half marathon courses to adults in the Burlington area. Nancy Heydinger, executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont and Larry Kimball who was a coach, runner and mentor in Vermont for decades.

The RunVermont Hall of Fame has honored a total of twenty-eight men and women who embody the true spirit of RunVermont by embracing and perpetuating athletic spirit in the Vermont community.

We’re  accepting nominations through February 1, for induction at a reception during the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon weekend in late May. A selection committee comprised of RunVermont program committee and board members will select the honoree. Nomination forms and additional details are available here or by calling 802.863.8412.

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1 Lea Finck January 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I nominate Lea Sikora (aka Lea Hayer at the time of her running career with Nike) from Burlington and Montpelier VT. She was also VT’s first female Legislative Page (along with Dianne Kearns) to serve in the VT State Legislature (1968 session) and recently added to VT Historic Society – VT Women’s History Project. Lea was one of the first women to matriculate at Dartmouth College. Nike recruited her for their National Team in 1986, after she finished 13th (33:32) in the Tufts Women’s 10K, then won (33:12) the Great Paper Chase 10K in Springfield, MA. Lea was assigned to Nike Boston Track Club coached by Bob Sevene. She set 2 US age group records (TACSTATS) for age 31: 10K and 1/2 Marathon. She was a top ten finisher in events such as Nike Cherry Blossom 10 mile race, Boston Marathon, Falmouth Road Race, Philadelphia Distance Classic all while raising 3 children (under the age 7). Lea set records that still stand: 55:57 (Montpelier 10 Mile – Paul Mailman Road Race), Northfield 5 K among others. She ran and won the inaugural Queen City Marathon (now KeyBank VT) in 1988 having just recovered from a back injury and having only ten weeks of easy mileage. Lea ran the inaugural Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, 6 mos pregnant. She was the last official (3:21) finisher, but rebounded in 1988 finishing 15th in those trials (2:37:12). Since 1988, Lea returned to school for a second bachelor’s degree, completed a Dietetic Internship (both at UMASS), practiced as an RD, then attended Medical School (matriculating at UCONN Medical School in 2001 on her 46th birthday). Unfortunately, she choose not to complete medical school because she could not easily divide her time between her 4 children and the demands of medical school. Lea continues to run and place high (33rd place overall – age graded results – Portland Oregon Marathon 2012 and 16th place overall – age graded results – Hot Chocolate 5 K/Northampton/MA 2012) in races she does for fun. Lea is related to the Sikoras who owned Sikora’s Shoe Repair (formerly on Center St, Burlington, VT) and the Fitzpatricks (great Uncle was Mayor of Burlington during the 1950s) who owned Fitzpatrick’s Garage. Lea is a “real” Vermonter, descended via her paternal grandmother from the western Abenaki tribe (unrecognized). Her paternal grandmother’s family owned much of Isle La Motte (Labombard/Fleury) at one time.

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