New winners, familiar faces and a broken record highlighted the 2014 Key Bank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Almost as perfect as the temperatures was the performance of the male handcycle winner. Jeremy Shortlseeve, who did not compete in Burlington in 2013, won his fifth Vermont City Marathon. The Jericho resident broke his own course record, 1:28:09. Among the largest field of handcyclists ever to participate (22), was Charlotte Bathalon. The Vermonter winning the women's handcyle division in 2:15:40Over 3,000 of the near 5,000 runners on Sunday intended to run the complete 26.2 mile course. Last year's winners, Chris Zablocki and Heidi Westover weren't in the field, so that meant new champs for 2014. Not only did we have new champs, but this year's winners were running Vermont for the very first time. Tyler Andrews, of Concord, Mass, won in an official time of 2:20:27, about :30 faster than his Boston Marathon time last month.
The first female to cross was Jara Dihininet. Her official time was 2:43:14. She's from Ethiopia, but lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is her fourth marathon this year. She set a record in Fort Worth, Texas in February and finished second in Cleveland last weekend.
Saxtons River resident Josh Ferenc is the first Vermont male to cross for the third straight year. His official time of 2:29:58 is good enough for 8th overall. Ferenc wasn't too pleased with that result, because he says he lost steam during the final miles.
Colchester's Meg Lout was the first Vermont woman to cross. Her time of 2:59:44 put her 7th overall. Her time is about a minute slower than her Boston Marathon result.
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