Despite the soggy conditions there was a new record set Sunday at the Vermont City Marathon -- and a familiar name won for the 6th time.
When the runner set off at 8 a.m., It didn't seem like the conditions were going to help anyone set new marks in the 25th year of this event.
But in the handcycle division, nothing could stop Putney's Alicia Dana, who won in a time of 1:39:53. She is the first female to win the handcyclist division and is the fastest female handcyclist to ever complete the 26.2 mile course. Dana is a member of the U.S. Paralympic team.
It was a dog fight for the overall win. four-time champ Matt Pelletier and Chris Zablocki, of Essex, Conn. battled throughout. In the end Zablocki won his first Vermont City Marathon in a time of 2:18:25. He beat Pelletier by about 36 seconds and clocked in the third fastest time in VCM history.
On the women's side -- she took last year off, but Heidi Westover is back. The Walpole, New Hampshire native led from start to finish -- no one was even close -- and clocked a winning 2:42:01. It's her 6th VCM win.
For the second straight year, The first Vermont male to finish first is Saxton River's Josh Ference. He is coming back after battling bacterial meningitis over the winter -- his time 2:32:18.
The first female Vermonter to cross the finish line was Abby Kaknes of Burlington. The former UVM soccer and ice hockey player finished in a time of 3:22:06. She finished third last year.
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