Every year, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay brings together 8000 runners from states near and far. Sometimes we get to know our runners through elaborate email exchanges or a good game of phone tag. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and this blog, we recognize many of your names and profile pictures. And while we can’t claim to know every runner that steps up to pick up their packet on race weekend, I’d wager a bet that we know at least one-third by sight. Sadly, we don’t get to talk to nearly as many of you as we would like.
That is where our really wonderful race announcer, Tim Bomba, comes in. In addition to narrating the event, Tim also makes a point to get to know as many of you as he can on race weekend. Tim is easily identifiable by the microphone and recording equipment he carries around the EXPO, scoping out interesting looking groups and people we’ve identified as having great stories to tell.
Last year “Bomba” interviewed Ian Diamondstone, Paula Diamondstone Newton and Barbara Waitetkus, a group of three marathoners with a funny, somewhat risque story behind their relationship and participation in the 2012 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.
As you’ll learn, these runners barely trained for KBVCM. In the end, they stuck together and all finished at exactly 5:17:58.