The following is a release from the Vermont City Marathon about the elite women’s field for this weekend’s race. We published the men’s preview earlier, and should still have more to come on this as the weekend rolls around.
KBVCM Invited Athlete – Top Women’s Seed Highlights - 2014
Heidi Westover – Walpole, NH. Heidi is our 6-time KBVCM Women’s Open Champion/defending champion but just informed us that she has suffered a hamstring injury and cannot compete! We are hopeful that we can bring Heidi to Burlington to share her racing insight/perspective.
Meagan Nedlo – Salem, MA. A first-time KBVCM participant. Meagan ran 2:39:08 at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012 and ran 1:17:40 at the Hartford ½ M last Fall. Meagan is now this years top Womens seeded athlete. Meagan has run strong in a number of New England middle distance races over the past couple of years. Meagan is focused on KBVCM and hopes to achieve the Women’s OT std this year.
Joanna Johnson – Albany, NY. Another first-time KBVCM entrant, Joanna has recently run 2:48:43 at the Cleveland Marathon in 2013 and ran 2:52 at the Columbus M in 2012. Joanna is in good shape and hoping to PR at KBVCM and achieve the 2:43 OT standard as well. We look for Joanna to be a strong challenger for the women’s podium this year.
Meredith Lambert – Philadelphia, PA. First time KBVCM racer who ran 2:52:40 at the Philly Marathon in the fall of 2013. Meredith has a marathon PR of 2:44:39 and is hoping to be at or below this PR at VCM this year.
On our Women’s Masters front, we have Mary Currier (Burlington, CT) returning again this year. Mary is a frequent KBVCM entrant and past Women’s Open Champion (’97). Mary has taken the Women’s Masters title many times over the past 7 years and is a top 10 overall women’s finisher at VCM.
Also entered is Karen Benway (Waterbury, VT) who is another frequent KBVCM participant and finished 3rd Women’s Master in 2013.
The dreaded “injury-bug” has impacted several top Women Open athletes who were planning to race with us this year so we expect some new faces to come from the Preferred Corral women’s field to reach the top 10 overall women’s finishers this year.
Meg Lout – Colchester, VT. Meg joins our 2014 Invited Athlete field with a strong finish at the Boston Marathon (2:58:43). Meg has run well in numerous Vermont middle distance races and hopes to have the stamina to improve her marathon PR at VCM this weekend. Look for Meg to be among the top 10 overall Women’s finishers.
Anne Treadwell – Burlington, VT. Anne returns to KBVCM as a top Women’s Master Athlete. An accomplished middle distance runner in Vermont, Anne resides in Burlington and works as a writer. Anne finished 2nd Women’s Master in 2012 and has solid marathon and ½ marathon PR’s (3:06:29 and 1:25:51) both as a competitive master’s athlete.
Several Ethiopians have registered for KBVCM in the past week. In the women’s division, Dehininet Jara ran 2:42:31 to win the Cowtown Marathon (Feb ’14) and has run 1:14 in the half marathon. She was 2nd women’s finisher this past weekend at the Green Bay Marathon in 2:41. As with Suleman Abrar, can she recover quickly enough to stay with the lead womens group at VCM?
Dehininet resides in the Baltimore, MD area and will travel to Burlington with her personal rep/agent.