"Awesome race. Well organized. Thanks to all the volunteers and staff alike."
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. It is not necessarily our goal to bring in the fastest runners we can possibly find, simply to establish impressive course records. Our goal is 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.
Many marathons have invited/elite athletes who are clearly so fast that they run as a pack well ahead of the general runners. A quick look at our results in any given year will clearly demonstrate that there is far more harmony at KBVCM, with a fairly seamless overlap of the slower invited runners and the faster open runners.
Where do we find our Invited Runners? Many of them have run with us in prior years and communicate with us beginning in September, October and November. Others hear about KBVCM through word of mouth and email or phone us inquiring about obtaining Invited status. The Invited Runners Coordinator and the Technical Director are constantly on the lookout for athletes whose recent marathon results fall within the general range of desired times.
Meet our 2013 Invited Runners.
For men, we are looking for times in the low-mid 2:20's or high teens. Those who have a recent time of better than 2:23 are entitled to complementary entry, a seeded bib number (front line access, special on-course fluid stations, personal baggage handling for sweats, etc), housing for the weekend and free transportation. Between 2:23 and 2:28 they receive complementary entry, a seeded bib number, and housing. For competitive men with credentials slower than 2:28 please contact us regarding comp entry and the seeded bib perks.
For women, we look for times in the high 2:30’s to mid 2:50's, with anyone under 2:49 being entitled to entry, seeded bib number, housing and transportation. Between 2:49 and 2:55 the entitlement includes entry, seeded bib number, and housing. For competitive women with credentials slower than 2:55 please contact us regarding comp entry and the seeded bib perks.
We also accept Masters runners who have recent times in the 2:30's for the men and in the vicinity of low 3 hours for the women.
Accomplished athletes who have only a half marathon or 10K time to submit, can also be accepted if that time, by formula, equates to a full marathon time that falls within our established criteria limits. Note that the time standards listed above are our general criteria and can vary during any given year so feel free to contact us if you would like to be considered for our Invited Runners Program even if your credentials fall outside our published standards.
For more information on the Invited Runners Program, email Joe Connelly or call the RunVermont Office at 802-863-8412.