Jesseman, Westover Join the VCM Elite Crowd

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The Vermont City Marathon unveiled their elite/invited runners earlier this week, and we got tipped off to a couple of late editions: Erica Jesseman and Heidi Westover.

Heidi comes in with resume highlights such as: Olympic Trials 2008 and 2012- 28th and 15th place, USA World Half Marathon Team 2009 and 2010, 16:15 5km PR, 33:15 10km PR, 4:34 Mile PR

Heidi’s marathon PR is a 2:35:02 from the ’09 VCM, and after taking some time off after the birth of her son in January of 2015 it’s looking like Heidi is back to contender status!

Jesseman, with her PR of 2:35, is a two time defending Hartford Marathon champ so perhaps it’s only fitting that she’s finally lining up in Vermont to perhaps complete her own personal New England double? Other highlights of Erica’s: Beach to Beacon Maine Divisional 2015 and 10th place female (34:52); 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier; New Bedford 2016 Female winner 1:14:43.

In case you missed it, the rest of the elite crowd is

Men

Vermont City Marathon 5.24.2015 Mason Pelletier

Pelletier breaks the tape for the 5th time, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

NICK AGUILA
SHINGIRAI BADZA
CHRIS BAILEY
BYRNE DECKER
MICHAEL ELLENBERGER
SCOTT LESLIE
AARON LOZIER
MONINDA MARUBE
SAM MORSE
LARRY NADEAU
ERIC NARCISI
TEAGE O’CONNOR
JOSE ORTIZ
MATT PELLETIER
GLARIUS ROP
MICHAEL STADOLNIK
JOHN STANTON-GEDDES
BLAIR TEAL
CHRISTIAN THOMPSON
TOM THURSTON
SCOTT TRAER
MICHAEL WARDIAN

Women

AMY BERNARD
DIANNA CHIVAKOS
MARY-LYNN CURRIER
CHRISTIN DONESKI
LEAH FROST
JENNY GOSWAMI
KRISTINA GRACEY
CHRISTINE HEIN
KIM LOEFFLER
MEGHAN LOUT
JESSICA MARLIER
CAROLINE MARTIN
CHRISTINA MINER
LESLIE O’DELL
TAMMY RICHARDS
ELIZABETH RYAN
RACHAEL WHITBECK

Questions we have going into this: Can Matt Pelletier get his 6th win here? Can Westover take a shot at the course record, which she currently holds? Can Elizabeth Ryan bounce back quickly enough from her strong effort at Boston? Just what can we expect of Glarius Rop in his much anticipated marathon debut?

You’ll be hearing much more on the race and many of the elites as we build up to Memorial Day weekend. Still plenty of time for you to register!

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