FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014 CONTACT: Jess Cover jess@runvermont.org, 802.863.8412

The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon

Welcomes Deena Kastor, Race Weekend - May 22 through 24, 2015

PUB_VTCityMarathon_Logo_HIGHRES Burlington, Vermont (December 15, 2014) – RunVermont and the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon have proudly announced that Olympic Medalist, Deena Kastor will be their guest for the 27th edition of Vermont’s best road race. She will be involved in every aspect of Race Weekend activities with many opportunities for runners to meet Deena. In addition to being an Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 2004 Olympics in the marathon, Deena Kastor holds also the American Record for the marathon with a time of 2:19:36 in the 2006 Berlin Marathon. Deena holds, or has held as many as 9 American records at distances ranging from 8km all the way to the marathon. Most recently, she set a new world record for a women’s masters’ performance in the half marathon with a time of 1:09:36 at the Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. “We’re very excited to have Deena here for this year’s race. She’s one of the most accomplished athletes in our sport, a tremendous ambassador and an inspiration to runners of all ages. I’m confident that our entire race community will roll out the red carpet to make sure that this one race she’ll remember for a long time to come.” said Peter Delaney, Executive Director of RunVermont. Deena Kastor will be present at The Sport & Fitness Expo Saturday, May 23. She will be the Welcome Speaker and Honorary Starter at the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay on Sunday, May 24.

The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon is the largest sporting event in Vermont with over 8000 runners competing in the marathon and relay events. It is a fast and spectator friendly course; highlighting the historic city streets as well as the majestic lake and mountain views of Burlington, VT. The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon brings over three million dollars to Vermont annually. For more information about the event or to get involved, go to www.runvcm.org. ###