Here’s a release from the Vermont City Marathon highlighting this year’s invited athletes. The men are up first, to be followed by the ladies shortly.
KBVCM Invited Athlete – Men’s Top Seed Highlights - 2014
Blair Teal – Gastonia, NC. First time KBVCM participant who has run 2:20:31 in 2011 and 2:21:20 in 2013 in North Carolina marathons. He is in great shape and looking to break the 2:18 (O.T. std mark) in Burlington.
Dave Berdan – Owings Mills, MD. Another first-time KBVCM runner who has run 2:21 in the past year and several low 2:20’s marathons over the past couple of years. Recently ran 51:24 in a 10-miler in the Baltimore area. Dave is also in great shape and focused on the 2:18 O.T. goal at VCM.
Matt Pelletier – W.Greenwich, RI. Matt is a 4-time KBVCM Overall Champion who ran 2:19:02 as a runner-up last year in a classic battle with Chris Zablocki. Matt’s coming off a winter injury and is focused on running strong again at VCM but not sure if he will be in shape to break the 2:20 mark.
Tyler Andrews – Concord, MA. Another first-time KBVCM racer who recently finished Boston in 2:21:30 (1st sub-25 year old finisher). Tyler hopes to recover over the next few weeks and run as part of the lead-pack aiming for a sub-2:20 finish. Tyler is the WR-holder 1/2M treadmill at 1:07:18!
Michael Wardian – Alexandria, VA (DC suburb). Mike is a multi-time KBVCM Men’s Open Runner-up who is now a Masters athlete and just ran 2:23:30 at Boston then 2:27:45 a week later at the Big Sur marathon. Mike recently won the North Pole marathon in far northern Norway. Mike is also the 4-time US 50K championship winner. An “unofficial” ambassador of KBVCM.
Several Open Men will be running KBVCM as their “inaugural” marathon who have fast 1/2M results over the past 18 months….Will Sanders (Andover, MA), Timothy Mulligan (Whiting, NJ) and Jonathan Charlesworth (Boston, MA) could run in the mid-2:20’s.
We also have a strong Masters Men field (behind Wardian). 1st time KBVCM participant James McQuade (New York, NY), 2010 VCM runner-up Bob Landry (Ludlow, MA) and runner-up Tom Thurston (Waterbury, VT) entered. All three of these men have the potential to run under 2:40 this year.
Josh Ferenc – Saxtons River, VT. Josh is returning to KBVCM for the 3rd consecutive year in 2014. Josh has taken the top Vermont Men’s title the past two years with very solid 4th and 6th place Overall finishes. Josh’s marathon PR is 2:30:51 which he set in 2011 at KBVCM. Josh won the Stowe 8-miler and FJG Race to the Top of VT (Mt.Mansfield) in 2012 and has an ultra-marthon/mountain-trail running background. Josh is a science teacher at Bellows Falls High School.
Tom Thurston – Waterbury, VT. Tom has become a perennial top Men’s Master finisher at KBVCM having placed 3rd in 2011 and 2012 and made a last mile surge in 2013 to grab the 2nd Master Men slot. Tom has lowered his marathon PR each of the last 3 years finishing in 2:41:50 in 2013. Tom works as an elementary school teacher in Waterbury and has an Olympic Trials bicycling background. We will be looking for Tom to run strong again in 2014.
Several Ethiopians have registered for KBVCM in the past week. In the men’s division, Getachew Asfar has run 2:24:22 Cowtown Texas Marathon (Feb ’14) and 2:20:49 at the Kentucky Derby Marathon (April ’14) . He has a PR of 2:15:59 at the Akron Marathon in Sept. 2013.
Suleman Abrar ran 2:25:16 at Balbao Spain in 2013 and won the Cleveland Marathon last weekend in 2:24:15. Can Suleman run in the low 2:20’s or faster a week after his win? We’ll see this Sunday.
Both of these athletes reside in the Baltimore, MD area and will travel to Burlington with their personal rep/agent.