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2013 Invited Athlete Profiles

The goal of our Invited Runners Program is to promote and support hard-working, talented, dedicated runners, who may be holding down full-time jobs, but who are also dedicated to spirited competition and pursuing the highest level of achievement in their sport.

We strive to bring together groups of men and women who are evenly matched in their running credentials, in order to provide close and entertaining competition and to push our Invited Runners to their highest level of performance. We do not actively seek to find international athletes, but concentrate our efforts on identifying and promoting up-and-coming American runners.


Abbey Kaknes

Current Residence: Burlington, VT
Originally from: St. Charles, IL
College: The University of Vermont
Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher, Essex Elementary School
Club Affiliation: Green Mountain Athletic Association

Marathon Personal Record: 2:53 VCM, 2012
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:20:55 New Bedford, 2013
Achievements: VCM First Vermonter in 2010 (2:57), VCM 3rd Place Finish in 2012 (2:53)
 
Amy Bernard

Current Residence: Hampstead, NH
Originally from: Hampstead, NH (I love my town!)
College: Merrimack College
Occupation: High School Chemistry Teacher, Cross Country and Track Coach
Club Affiliation: Proud member of the Whirlaway Racing Team

Marathon Personal Record: 3:20:42 VCM (2008), haven't run a marathon since having my second child and expect to smash this!!! Fingers crossed!
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:25:01, New Bedford Half (2013)
Achievements: College XC: NE-10 conference champions 1997,1998,1999; recent PRs in 10K 37:32 (2013), 5mi 30:24 (2013), 5K 18:20 (2012); Coaching: NH Large School XC State Champions (2006), Eagle Tribune Coach of the Year (2006, 2012)
 
Anne Bliss

Current Residence: Burlington, VT
Originally from: Montpelier, VT
College: Cornell University BA, University of Wisconsin- Madison MA
Occupation: Research Editor, EatingWell magazine; Freelance Editor
Club Affiliation: Green Mountain Athletic Association

Marathon Personal Record: 3:06:29, Boston Marathon 2011
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:25:51, New Bedford Half Marathon, 2011
Achievements: 2012 KBVCM 2nd Female Master, two time female winner of Green Mtn Marathon ('06,'08) 5K PR (18:57) at age 44
 
August Brautigam

Current Residence: Reno, Nevada
Originally from: Huntington, Vermont
College: University of Nevada
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Marathon Personal Record: 2:32:32 California International Marathon, 2012
Achievements: 2:35:38 San Francisco Marathon, 2012
 
Caroline Bjune

Current Residence: Andover, MA
Originally from: Tewksbury, MA
College: University of Florida, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Occupation: Engineer
Club Affiliation: Boston Athletic Association

Marathon Personal Record: 2:42:02, US Olympic Marathon Trials, 2008
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:17:55, New Bedford Half Marathon, 2008
Achievements: 2nd place finisher in 2012 VCM; 3rd place finisher in 2011 VCM
 
Chris Zablocki

Current Residence: Essex, CT
Originally from: Essex, CT
College: Dartmouth
Occupation: Post-bac pre-med, coach, artist
Club Affiliation: EKG

Marathon Personal Record: 2:17:49 VA Beach Shamrock 2013
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:06:46, 2nd half of Snickers Albany (GA) Marathon, 2013
 
Eliza Tibbits

Current Residence: Falmouth, ME
Originally from: Old Town, ME
College: Wellesley College
Occupation: I'm currently a graduate student at the Unviersity of Southern Maine studying occupational therapy
Club Affiliation: Dirigo R.C in Maine

Marathon Personal Record: 2:57:08 (Boston 2013)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:25:25 (New Bedford 2013)
Achievements: I was the women's winner at the 2012 Maine Marathon and 2012 YuKanRun half marathon (in Gloucester)
 
Erin Ward

Current Residence: St. Paul, MN
Originally from: Ames, IA
College: Iowa State University
Occupation: ACT/SAT tutor
Club Affiliation: Run n Fun (local St. Paul team)
Sponsors: Nike

Marathon Personal Record: 2:45:58 (St. George Marathon, 2007)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:19:52 (New Prague Half Marathon, 2007)
Achievements: 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier; two time 3rd place finisher at National Snowshoe Championships
 
Heidi Westover

Current Residence: Walpole, NH
Originally from: Acworth, NH
College: University of Rhode Island (2007- masters in elementary education, 2005 BA in physical education and health. Went on a full athletic scholarship. URI athlete of the year 2005. Hold the 5km and 3km indoor records and 5km and 10km outdoor records)
Occupation: Taking the year off to run, taught 5th grade for past 5 years, will be teaching physical education and health this fall all for Fall Mountain School District
Sponsors: Brooks and Native Sunglasses

Marathon Personal Record: 2:35:02
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:11:35
Achievements: 15th at 2012 USA Olympic trials for the marathon ran 2:35:45, been on two USA half marathon world teams 2009, 2010, Birmingham England and Nanning, China. I love the Vermont City Marathon!
 
Jason Porter

Current Residence: Bedford, NH
Originally from: Syracuse, NY
College: Cortland State University
Occupation: Ultrasound Technologist
Club Affiliation: CMS
Sponsors: Prince Spaghetti (kidding)

Marathon Personal Record: 2:24 California International Marathon, 1998/ Masters PR 2:33 Bay State Marathon 2010
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:10 Vermont Covered Bridges Half Marathon, May 1996/Master PR 1:14 New Bedford HM 2013
Achievements: Member Snowbird Freestyle Ski Team
 
Jillian Moser

Current Residence: Austin, TX
Originally from: Mifflinburg, PA
College: La Salle University, PA
Occupation: Physician Assistant
Club Affiliation: Rogue Running

Marathon Personal Record: 2:55 Philadelphia, 2012
Achievements: Division 1 field hockey player in college
 
Joe Noonan

Current Residence: Burlington, VT
Originally from: Boston, MA
College: UVM (BS) / St.Micheal's (MS)
Occupation: Business Manager/ Army Officer
Club Affiliation: GMAA

Marathon Personal Record: 2:39, Bay State Marathon, 2010
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:13, New Bedford Half Marathon, 2012
Achievements: I started running at 41 yrs old so I'm still trying to do something noteworthy.
 
Jordan Kinley

Current Residence: Salem, MA
Originally from: Santa Rosa, CA
College: Brown University 2006
Occupation: Territory Manager (Karhu shoes, Craft apparel, Balega socks)
Sponsors: Karhu, Craft

Marathon Personal Record: 2:25, Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon, 2010
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:09, Joplin, MO, 2009
 
Josh Ferenc

Current Residence: Saxtons River, VT
Originally from: Westmoreland, NH
College: THE Keene State College
Occupation: Manipulator of Minds (science teacher)
Club Affiliation: The Empire: Boston Athletic Association
Sponsors: BAA, La Sportiva, JulboUSA, LuLuLemon

Marathon Personal Record: 2:30:51 at VCM 2012
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:10:12 at BAA Half, 2008
Achievements: Competed at the Long Distance World Mtn Marathon Championships in Junggrau, Switzerland as part of TeamUSA. As a team we finished with a silver medal!
 
Josh Steffen

Current Residence: Wilmot, NH
Originally from: Lake Geneva, WI
College: St. Olaf College
Occupation: Professor of Natural Sciences at Colby-Sawyer College

Marathon Personal Record: 2:29:08 Boston Marathon, 2010
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:08:59 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon 2009
Achievements: 2nd Place 2012 Wasatch Steeple Chase 2:21:14 (15 miles 9000 feet of elevation change) 1st Place Wasatch Back Relay (ultra team) Wasatch Running Team (6 people 22:24:34.2-197 miles)
 
Joshua Sadlock

Current Residence: Harrisburg, PA
Originally from: Harrisburg, PA
College: Lafayette College
Occupation: Civil Engineer

Marathon Personal Record: 2:31:45, Philadelphia Marathon, 2012 (3rd place 20-24 age group)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:08:56, Runner's World Half Marathon, 2012 (1st place)
Achievements: Graduated from Lafayette College holding an All-Time Top 10 spot in my three primary events on the track (3k, 8:32, 10th all time, 5k, 14:47, 6th all-time, 10k, 30:48, 3rd all-time)
 
Justin A. Renz

Current Residence: Milton, MA
College: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, A, 12 Varsity Letters, 1500m PR of 4:07:33
Occupation: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Zalicus Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA.

Marathon Personal Record: Chicago 2:39:36 (2012)
Half Marathon Personal Record: New Bedford 1:15:54 (2010)
Achievements: Saint Bernard High School, Uncasville, CT, 1989, Member of 9 state class championships teams XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track Sophomore-Senior Year, 4 x 800m relay State Open Champions 1989 College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 1993, 12 Varsity Letters, 1500m PR of 4:07.33
 
Kate Pallardy

Current Residence: New York, NY
Originally from: Lisle, Illinois
College: Elmhurst College
Occupation: Mommy!
Sponsors: Vega Plant-based Nutrition

Marathon Personal Record: 2:52:30 Cape Cod Marathon 2012
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:21:02 NYCRUNS half marathon February 2013
Achievements: Raced professionally in long course triathlon from 2008-2011
 
Kyle Stanton

Current Residence: Columbia, MD
Originally from: Columbia, MD
College: Villanova University
Occupation: Student/Accountant
Sponsors: Bullseye Running

Marathon Personal Record: 2:22:29 at 2012 Frankfurt Marathon
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:07:08 at 2012 Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon
Achievements: World Record Holder 100 beer, 100 miles challenge
 
Lauren Kelly

Current Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Originally from: Philadelphia, PA
College: Lafayette College
Occupation: Financial Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania

Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:21:35 at Atlantic City in October 2012
Achievements: ECAC qualifier in 10K in college, 3rd place overall woman in 2012 Atlantic City Half Marathon looking to make my marathon debut this spring!
 
Liza Grudzinski

Current Residence: Newburgh, NY
Originally from: Branford, CT
College: Marist College
Occupation: High School Teacher

Marathon Personal Record: 2:55:58 Philadelphia Marathon 2012 (debut marathon)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:23:01 Philadelphia Half Marathon 2011
Achievements: Mount Washington Road Race 2005, 1st American Woman, 3rd place Woman overall
 
Mark Buschman

Current Residence: Columbia, MD
Originally from: Eldersburg, MD
College: University of Maryland, College Park
Occupation: Fire Protection Engineer
Club Affiliation: Howard County Striders
Sponsors: Howard County Striders Racing Team

Marathon Personal Record: 2:33:23 (2011 Boston Marathon)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:10:17 (2012 Rock 'N Roll Philadelphia)
Achievements: 2011 Howard County Striders Most Valuable Runner
 
Mary-Lynn Currier

Current Residence: Burlington, CT
Originally from: West Hartford, CT
College: Ithaca College, B.S Degree, CCSU Master's Degree and Teaching Certification
Occupation: Math and Reading tutor and Substitute Teacher
Club Affiliation: Hi-Tech, CT

Marathon Personal Record: 2:35:17 Boston Marathon 1998
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:15:10 New Bedford Half Marathon, MA
Achievements: Qualified for 5 Olympic Marathon Trials, Ran in 2 World Championships for the USA Marathon Team Team and one World Cup Marathon Championship, best place 7th overall women in the world in Japan.
 
Matt Pelletier

Current Residence: West Greenwich, RI
Originally from: Warwick, RI
College: University of Rhode Island
Occupation: Health Teacher, Pilgrim High School

Marathon Personal Record: 2:17:17, Olympic Marathon Trials 2007
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:06:11, Philly Distance Run, 2007
Achievements: Four time winner-Vermont City Marathon 2006-2008, 2011; 2011 NE Half Marathon Champion (New Bedford, 1/2 Marathon), 2 time top 35 finisher-Boston Marathon (2003-marathon debut, 35th, 2005-22nd)
 
Megan Call

Current Residence: Wilmot, NH
Originally from: Salt Lake City, UT
College: St. Olaf College
Occupation: Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Dartmouth College

Marathon Personal Record: 2:54:19. St. George Marathon, 2008
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:20:02, Top of Utah Half-Marathon, 2008
 
Michelle Corkum

Originally from: McMurray, PA
College: Allegheny College
Occupation: Cross Country Coach-La Roche College
Club Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds

Marathon Personal Record: 2:48:18, Indianapolis IN, 2013
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:19:39 Columbus Half Marathon, 2011
 
Mike Dixon

Current Residence: Highland Park, New Jersey
Originally from: Fanwood, New Jersey
College: Ramapo College of New Jersey
Occupation: United States District Court Criminal Clerk
Club Affiliation: Raritan Valley Road Runners
Sponsors: Altra Zero Drop Footwear, CW-X Conditioning Wear, GU Energy Labs

Marathon Personal Record: 2:26:45, Philadelphia Marathon, 2011
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:08:44 Naples Daily News Half Marathon 2012
Achievements: Course Record Holder for the Vermont 50 (6:17:33); Western States 100 Sub-23hr Finisher (22:28:57)
 
Mike Wardian

Current Residence: Arlington, VA
Originally from: Oakton, VA (suburb of Washington, DC)
College: Michigan State University
Occupation: International Ship Broker-Runner
Club Affiliation: MarathonGuide.com (USATF)
Sponsors: The North Face, MarathonGuide.com, PowerBar, Petzl, Sweetgreen, Julbo-USA, Injinji, Suunto, Succeed.

Marathon Personal Record: 2:17:49-Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, MN
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:06:30 Philadelphia distance run-2003
Achievements: 3 x Olympic Men's Marathon Trials Qualifier, 100K IAU World Championships Silver Medalist-2011, 3rd at Badwater Ultra Marathon (135 Miles)-2011, 3rd at Marathon des Sables-2010
 
Sarah MacKay Robinson

Current Residence: Seattle, Washington
Originally from: Whitinsville Massachusetts
College: Colorado State University, 2005
Occupation: Marketing Director at Oiselle
Club Affiliation: Oiselle
Sponsors: Oiselle

Marathon Personal Record: 3:25 at the 2009 Chicago Marathon (oy, I hope I don't have to list that as a PR much longer :)
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:19:11, Eugene Half Marathon, April 2012
Achievements: After taking years off, I've been focusing on the half marathon for a couple of years, had some top three finishes and continue to lower my PR. I'm eager to tackle the 26.2 for real this spring!
 
Sarah Waterman

Current Residence: Winooski, Vermont
Originally from: East Montpelier, Vermont
College: SUNY-Albany, University of North Carolina
Occupation: Finance and Research Administrator at the University of Vermont
Club Affiliation: Olde Bones Track Club (http://oldebones.tumblr.com/)

Marathon Personal Record: 3:05:35, Vermont City Marathon May 2012
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:21:46, Philadelphia Half Marathon November 2012
 
Tom Thurston

Current Residence: Waterbury, VT
Originally from: Concord, New Hampshire
College: University of New Hampshire
Occupation: Elementary Teacher grades 3 and 4
Club Affiliation: Green Mountain Athletic Association

Marathon Personal Record: 2:44 VCM 2012
Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:14 White Mountain Half 1994
Achievements: Olympic Trial for Cycling in 1988 & 1992
 

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