Fueled by the passion of promoting healthy and enjoyable lifestyles, Millennium Running is a vertically integrated running company that enhances the community with over 30 Signature Road Races & Triathlons, a Running Specialty Retail Store in Bedford, NH, a Running Club, and Timing & Event Services for over 130 events annually.
Originally inspired by the Millennium Mile and founded in September 2010 by John Mortimer, Millennium Running quickly grew into New Hampshire’s largest road race management company. Annually, Millennium has more than 30,000 participants in their Signature Events and times more than 75,000 runners.
With more than $1-million in funds raised for local organizations and non-profits from Signature Events and over $5-million raised for partners since its inception, Millennium Running strives to strengthen the community with its charitable efforts.
John Mortimer, Founder:
After a storied career as a runner (high school at Londonderry High School, NH, college at the University of Michigan, professional running career for Adidas & Rebook), and a decade of NCAA Division-I coaching (Harvard, Boston College, and the University of Kentucky), John returned to his native New Hampshire and turned his sights to event management and founded Millennium Running, LLC in 2010.
”I was fortunate as an athlete and coach to participate in some of the greatest meets and races in the country and around the world,” states Mortimer. “One of the goals of Millennium Running is to bring some the grandeur and professionalism of those major championship events to a local community.”
Inspired by the success of the Millennium Mile road race (which Mortimer co-founded in 1999 with high school running buddy, Matt Downin and older brother Andy Downin), John decided to change career paths and devote his resources and time to the creation and development of athletic events on a full time basis
”If one can devote more time to an event, the final product will be more rewarding to the participants and sponsors. In turn, charities will benefit greatly from the proceeds of a successful event. In that way, I feel that I will have given back to the community that has so richly blessed my life.”
In 2012, Millennium Running expanded from producing its’ own signature events to providing a full compliment of race services that includes Online Registration and Timing. Millennium Running now services nearly 100 events annually with event services.
Mortimer is a New Hampshire native and attended Londonderry High School (’95). Under legendary high school coach, Larry Martin, Mortimer won 12 NH State Championships in track and cross country and was a 3-time High School National Champion in track and was the runner-up at the Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championships. He is a University of Michigan graduate where he won 6 Big Ten Championships and was a 7-time NCAA All American. As a professional athlete, Mortimer represented Adidas and Reebok. He qualified for 2 U.S. National track and field teams in 1997 and 1998 and was a 2004 Olympic Trials finalist in the Steeplechase. He has participated in some of the most prestigious meets throughout Europe and the United States. Mortimer left his mark on the track with personal best times of 8:24.6 for the 3,000m Steeplechase, 7:56.1 for the 3,000m run, 4:01.7 for the 1-mile, 3:45.2 for the 1,500m, 13:48.3 for the 5,000m run, 28:46 for the 10,000m run. Mortimer has held the NH State Record for 5k since 1997. With a marathon personal best of 2:26 from the Boston Marathon, he has also run the New York City Marathon, Honolulu Marathon, and the Antarctica Ice Marathon. Mortimer’s running accomplishments have been memorialized with inductions into the University of Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame, Londonderry High School Hall of Fame, and the NHIAA Hall of Fame.
Most recently, Mortimer has received accolades for the unprecedented growth and community outreach of his company. Mortimer was named to the NH Union Leader 40 Under 40 which honors leaders under the age of 40. NH Magazine featured Mortimer on it’s “IT LIST” of 10 individuals that are most influential to NH in 2014, USA Track & Field’s Race Director of the Year in 2016. In 2021, his company hit the $1M dollar in corporate giving to local charities.
Currently, Mortimer, his wife Jennifer and their 2 boys reside in Bedford, NH.
Mike Peabody, Chief Operating Officer:
Mike joined Millennium Running in 2011 after completing a student/athlete career at the University of New Hampshire and Londonderry High School (NH). Mike has been competing and working as an athlete, coach, timer and within general event management for the last 20 years, providing timing and race experience from some of the largest events over New England and the country. In just 3 short years under Peabody’s direction as Millennium Running’s Director of Timing, the company grew from timing just its’ own signature events to timing over 100 races annually. In 2015, Peabody was promoted to Millennium Running’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Peabody oversees Millennium Running’s signature, managed, and contracted events.
Christian Lizier, Director of Timing:
Christian joined Millennium in 2011 as a member of the timing and events team while he served as a high school track coach at his Alma Mater Timberlane High School. As a former college athlete and high school coach, Lizier’s insight into running and event operations is a valuable asset to Millennium Running timing and events. In 2015, Lizier left his career as a teacher to join Millennium Running in a full-time capacity as our Director of Timing. In this capacity, Christian oversees the timing of all of Millennium Running’s signature, managed, and contracted events.
Jennifer Mortimer, Director of Client Relations and Human Resources:
Jennifer joined Millennium Running in June 2013. As a graduate of Boston College with an undergraduate degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Jennifer works as the main liaison to Millennium Running’s clients and serves as the head coach for the Millennium Running Club.
In 2013, Jennifer launched an Elite Racing team under the Millennium Running umbrella. Her efforts to bring together some of NH’s best athletes paid off in 2014 as the Millennium Running women’s team won the USA Track & Field New England Grand Prix Series- which was the first time a NH club has accomplished this feat in the nearly 40 years of the series. Under Jennifer’s leadership, the club repeated as Grand Prix champions in 2015.
Additionally, Jennifer has a tremendous passion for the sport and has been a competitive runner for many years. A two-time All-American at Boston College, Jennifer currently held the school record for 5000m on the outdoor track in 15:47 and was a qualifier and participant in the 2004 Olympic Trials. Most recently, Jennifer was the first NH female finishers at the 2019 Boston Marathon. IN 2020, she ran a person best in the marathon of 2:52 at the Houston Marathon. Jennifer and John Mortimer, founder of Millennium Running, reside in Bedford, New Hampshire. The Mortimer’s have two sons, Jack and Liam.
Cullen Madden, Senior Events Manager / Head Timer:
Cullen initially came to Millennium Running in 2013 as race-day staff and quickly assumed the role of head timer in 2014. In the spring of 2015, Madden left his career in teaching to accept the full-time position with Millennium Running as the Senior Events Manager. Cullen’s running background includes competing multiple years in the New England USATF Grand Prix Series as well as completing Ironman – Lake Placid in the summer of 2014. He provides our team with timing and race experience, as well as event management. It is these attributes that allow Cullen to provide runners with the greatest event experience possible.
Barry Lewandowski, Marketing Director:
Barry’s bio coming soon…
Sara Sheldon, Creative Director:
Sara’s bio coming soon…
Melissa Murray, Manager of Retail:
Melissa was a part of the Millennium Retail team from opening day as a sales associate. Her knowledge and experience from having worked for Nike Stores proved to be invaluable and she was promoted to Assist. Manager after only 6 months. A graduate of UNH and Exeter High School, Melissa is an avid runner and is a member of the Millennium women’s racing team.
Clinton Swett, Head Timer:
Clint joined Millennium in 2013 as a member of our race day staff but quickly assumed the role of head timer in 2014. An engineer and avid runner, Clint’s technical expertise and love for the sport are a valued assets to the Millennium Running timing team.
Bill Godfrey, Head Timer & Event Operations Lead:
One of Millennium’s first event’s employees, Bill joined Millennium in 2013 and has been working events ever since. A New Hampshire High School State record holder from a previous life, “Coach” Bill brings valuable knowledge to Millennium’s club team and now focuses his energy helping his athletes, rather than tearing up the track himself. When not motivating his athletes, Bill can be found in any number of event operation roles from timing to course management.
Nancy Peabody , Registration Coordinator:
Nancy is an active member of the Millennium Running Club and the Greater Derry Track Club. Nancy previously coached Indoor Track at Londonderry High School as well as serving on the LHS Cross Country & Track Booster Club Board of Directors for more than 10 years. She has enjoyed running road races for many years, currently she is a Master’s runner for the Greater Derry Track Club USATF women’s team and she has qualified and run the Boston Marathon twice. Nancy has a BA Degree from University of Maine and also works as a Human Resource Assistant at Child and Family Services, in Manchester, NH. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, as well as participating in volunteer and community service programs in her community.
Jamie Staton, Race Announcer:
Jamie joined Millennium Running in 2012 as Millennium Running’s official race announcer. A well-known TV sportscaster, Jamie is also an avid runner who participates in over 30 races a year. His expertise on camera combined with his running experience, makes him the perfect M.C. for Millennium Running Signature Events.
Andy Schachat, Race Announcer:
Andy has been involved in the New Hampshire road race/triathlon community for well over 20 years. As a runner Andy has three Boston Marathons to his credit. Behind the scenes Andy has reported on New Hampshire road races and triathlons for various publications and has covered races for radio stations and newspapers. Perhaps he is best known as the “voice” of New Hampshire races having been the announcer at hundreds of Granite State events. Andy is also the founder of the New Hampshire Road Race Hall of Fame.
Ali Feller, Race Announcer:
Ali’s bio coming soon!
Dana Breeden, Director of Course:
Dana joined Millennium Running in 2011 with 9 years of experience in race timing and coordination. A 2005 Graduate of Pinkerton Academy Dana competed in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and field all 4 years for the Astros. He then went on to study Physical Therapy at Ithaca College and competed for the Bombers in the 400 meter and 500 meter as well as the Decathlon. He has continued to race after college competing in Road Races and Short/Long Course Triathlons. It is his hope that he can bring all of this experience and knowledge of racing to provide racers of New England with the best quality races possible.
Zak Currier, Director of Photography:
• Jasper Bator, Events Team
• Colby Clark, Events Team
• Jerri Clayton, Events Team
• Wesley Dinnan, Events Team
• Tyler Dinnan, Events Team
• Dave Gervais, Events Team
• Bill Godfrey, Events Team
• Kevin Letalien, Events Team
• Logan Madden, Events Team
• Ben Mallard, Events Team
• Henry Mulloy, Events Team
• Mikayla Nawojczyk, Events Team
• Nate Peabody, Events Team
• Dallas Robinson, Events Team
• Jim Scadova, Timer & Events Team
• Miguel Ugarte, Events Team
• Joe Van Gombos, Events Team
• Dana Breeden, Retail Sales Associate
• Bridget Combes, Sr. Retail Sales Associate
• Evan Dolecki, Retail Sales Associate
• Dan Johnson, Retail Sales Associate
• Ron Johnston, Retail Sales Associate
• Andrea Munoz, Retail Sales Associate
• Brian Stankiewicsz, Retail Sales Associate
• Tanya Stone, Retail Sales Associate