B.A.A. runners compete in the USATF New England Marathon Championship
The 27th Vermont City Marathon was held over Memorial Day weekend with several B.A.A. runners joining the competition for the USATF New England Championship race. Fair weather greeted the marathoners at the start with temps warming up during the race mixed in with a sprinkling of showers and clouds that rolled in off scenic Lake Champlain midrace. As runners finished the last section of the course along a shady and quiet bike path, the clouds parted and the sun shined down on the marathoners at the finish line where family and friends welcomed them back. The B.A.A. runners are a resilient bunch and performed well despite the warm race day temps and with several doubling up on the distance coming off the Boston Marathon just a few weeks earlier.
Mark LaRosa led the B.A.A. Men’s Open team with tired legs after running a 2:47 at the Boston Marathon. Mark improved on his Boston time finishing 25th overall at VCM in 2:44:16. B.A.A. teammate Chris Magill was on his heels and within sight of Mark at the finish in 26th place with a 2:44:50. Chris, who admittedly is not a marathoner and hasn’t run the distance since 2006, placed 5th overall in in the Masters category and pulled double duty scoring for both the B.A.A. Men’s Open and Masters teams. Chris Lawrence, 2nd place in the 50+ category, was the third scorer for the B.A.A. Men’s Open team and also scored for the Masters team finishing in 2:54:10 and 52nd overall. The Men’s Open team placed 6th overall with the Men’s Master’s team placing second just behind the home course team Green Mountain Athletic Association.
Kaela O’Neil was the lone B.A.A. women’s runner at VCM competing in her first marathon since running the Boston Marathon in 2002 where she ran 3:24 in her debut. Kaela has made some great strides in her running in the past year and joined the B.A.A. Running Club this spring. Kaela was part of the Invited Runner program at VCM and proved she has the marathon distance in her future knocking 25 minutes off her previous best marathon time finishing in 2:59:31 and placing 7th overall in the women’s race.
Congrats to Kaela for her top overall placing and to all of the B.A.A. runners for competing at the Vermont City Marathon this Memorial Day weekend.
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