VCM Finish Notes & Analysis

VCM Mason Pelletier II

Matt Pelletier, looking sharp in the Level singlet and on his way to a 2:25. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

There’s a lot to talk about still from the Vermont City Marathon. Doing more posts on it also just gives us another chance to share some of Scott Mason’s amazing work from the event. That being said, here are some quick notes on finish results from the VCM:

  • 4 of the top 10 men ran pr’s (Andrews, Ferenc, Sanders, and possibly Njeri unless he has some international results)
  • 2 of the top 10 men were debuts (Leuchanka and Serafini)
  • 3 of the top 10 women ran pr’s (Diacont, Jokela, Ahokas)
  • Duhon (5th woman) was a debut. I don’t even see a half marathon anywhere for her, but she did run a 4:221500m while racing for Stanford.
  • Our cash places, top 6…5th fastest Top 6 time for men ever, 4th fastest Top 6 time for women
  • 4 women under 2:50, first time ever
  • At least 1 Vermont single-age record was set. Have not had time to go through all the ages yet, probably over the weekend.
VCM Mason Bard

Sarah Bard cruises along the water en route to a second place finish. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

The race also served as a regional championship. Here’s the release direct from the VCM:

After many years of serving as the Road Runners Club Of America’s Vermont State Championship, we were honored when our regional rep Mark Grandonico informed us that for 2014 the RRCA had selected the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon to be the Eastern Region Championship at the marathon distance. This honor is a testament to the effort our Race Committee and volunteers have put in over the last 26 years to produce a race that embodies excellence in every area. We are proud to announce the following 8 runners as your 2014 RRCA Eastern Region Marathon Champions:

  • Male Open: Tyler Andrews
  • Female Open: Dehininet Jara
  • Male Masters: Michael Wardian
  • Female Masters: Karen Benway
  • Male Grand Master: Tom Thurston
  • Female Grand Master: Mary-Lynn Currier
  • Male Senior Grand Master: Ockle Johnson
  • Female Senior Grand Master: Gail Schnaars

Speaking of Mike Wardian, we received a statement direct from the 2014 Masters Champion:

VCM Mason Wardian Sanders

Mike Wardian (L) and Will Sanders (R) match each other stride for stride, both on their way to top ten finishes. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

The Vermont City Marathon is a must do and a race that I always try and have on my calendar. This year I was looking for the win but came in 6th overall however I won the Masters Race. I pushed from the gun but was careful with the warm conditions and that meant I was able to work my way through the field as the miles wore on. I plan on improving my turn over and aiming for that victory next time.

Can’t thank the race organizers, volunteers and spectators as would have been possible with them.

Cheers, mike

VCM Mason Ferenc II

Josh Ferenc post race, possibly pondering some Fight Club quotes. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

The guy is a machine! It’s amazing what he can do, seemingly without ever taking a break. While we were getting quotes, we had to check in with Josh Ferenc. His response?

His name is Robert Paulsen… His name is Robert Paulsen… His name is Robert Paulsen… His name was Robert Paulsen….

Followed a few hours later by:

Fight Club did come into mind as I was hit with reality and my prior plan to run smart disintegrated. Once I was out there I committed myself to slave all I had.

His responses aren’t usually that abstract, so once we received the first part we knew there would be more to follow. Couldn’t help but notice the tense change from present to past in the first one, which gave us a clue as to the status of Robert and how Josh’s race unfolded. RIP, Robert Paulson. Although it was a tough one, kudos to Josh for gutting it out and nailing down a new PR of 2:29:56.

Thanks to Jess Cover and the VCM for contributing to this piece.

One comment on “VCM Finish Notes & Analysis

  1. joe connelly says:

    An addendum to the 7 bullet points I wrote up top…We had 5 Vermont single-age marathon records set at this year’s KBVCM, 3 of which were also 5-year age group records. Congratulations to Margaret Diacont (F23), Mary-Lynn Currier (F50), Susan Hackney (F57), Dereje Deme (M29) and Paul Huyffer (M75). Currier, Hackney and Huyffer were the ones who established new age group records.

    FWIW, the longest standing Vermont single-age records date back to the 1978 Green Mountain Island Marathon in South Hero…M18 Michael Slaven 2:38:00 and M56 Hugh Short 3:04:04. On the women’s side the honor for longest standing record belongs to Daniele Cherniak, F19, 3:03:19 in the 1981 Green Mountain Island Marathon.

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