Madeline Duhon performs well in the heat winning her first Vermont City Marathon.
Photo Credit: New England Runner
The trend of marathons for 2016 has been warming with the 28th Vermont City Marathon suspended at the 3:58 mark after the heat index reached an extreme risk threshold. Runners were given until 4 hours and 30 minutes to cross the finish line to receive an official time before shuttle buses escorted the runners off the course. The B.A.A.’s top contender in the marathon was Madeline Duhon who ran her debut marathon at Vermont City in 2014 and was looking to improve her marathon performance.
The Vermont City Marathon in Burlington always brings good competition and this year was no different with five-time VCM winner Heidi Westover in the field. Duhon is no stranger to hot competition and warm weather needing only 2 hours and 50 minutes to finish the marathon and win the race with the nearest competition five minutes behind. Still, the race was difficult with warm temperatures slowing the runners late in the race. In her first Vermont City Marathon, Duhon finished 5th overall in 2:52:02. Since then, she has lowered her marathon personal best to 2:40:07 just last December qualifying her for the Women’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in L.A. this past February. The Trials Marathon was also a record warm day with Duhon finishing as the top B.A.A. woman in 2:45:20.
Also racing Vermont City Marathon from the B.A.A. were Kate Roberts who finished in 3:12:10 and 13th overall for the women followed by Brian Murphy in 3:12:17.
Congrats to Madeline for her first marathon win and the B.A.A. runners for finishing another hot one!
For the complete results from the Vermont City Marathon, click below:FULL RESULTS