Karen Morris: emailHi I'm Karen Morris. I started running 16 years ago after seeing the registration form for the Vermont City Marathon in the Burlington Free Press. Having never made it longer then a mile on the treadmill, but always wanting to start running, I decided to register for the marathon to make me start training. I was going to do that first one and be done. This year's Vermont City will be my 61th marathon, 15 of them being VCM. I am now a RRCA certified running coach and coach cross country and track & field for Middlebury Union Middle School. Seven years ago I started pacing for races to help others meet a goal and have fun along the way. Of all the states and countries my husband & I have run, VCM is our favorite. Looking forward to meeting you in May and spending 4:44:45 enjoying the great crowds and beautiful course that VCM is known for.
Rebekah Thomas: email
“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Katherine Switzer, women’s marathoning pioneerThe Vermont City Marathon was my first marathon in 2001. Before I completed it, I actually thought it would be my only marathon. However, I trained and ran with Team in Training, and was quickly hooked on the camaraderie that comes from training with a group. VCM became an annual tradition, and I look forward to this hometown race, as well as the entire VCM weekend, each year. This year I am happy to be returning as a pace leader for this event! It is an incredibly inspirational running tour of the Queen City, and the crowd support, event organizers and volunteers are sure to impress you!
I love running with people, meeting new folks out on the course, and helping others meet their running and fitness goals. For many years I served as a mentor for Team in Training’s Vermont Chapter. I am also a mentor for First Strides Vermont (a beginning walking and running program for women). In my work life as an elementary EL teacher, I am a co-leader for our school’s Mini Milers Program and have been a coach for Girls on the Run. One of my favorite parts of marathon weekend is the Mini Marathon youth event, which I have been involved with for many years. I have paced individuals and groups for a variety of distances, from the half marathon to ultra events. The Vermont City Marathon was my first marathon, my 25th, my 50th, and last year, I celebrated my 100th marathon on the VCM course. I hope you’ll join me on Memorial Day weekend in 2019!