Andy’s Roundup: Manchester and Portsmouth highlight big Thanksgiving Day…and more
Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 4K, Manchester– Because snow covered the field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the original finish line of this race, the course was shortened from a 5K to a 4K and finished outside the stadium. Alton’s Cody Symonds was top male and Manchester’s Megan Boucher was top female. There were 1,395 finishers which meant that in its fourth year this race is batting 1.000 for hitting the 1,000 mark for finishers.
Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot 5K, Portsmouth- As has been the case for the past few years the Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot 5K was the biggest N.H. race on Thanksgiving with 1,726 finishers. Weather caused a 30 minute delay of the start but that didn’t stop Portsmouth’s Mitch Dutton or Dover’s Brittney Sorbello from winning.
Elsewhere Around The State
Greater Derry Track Club Turkey Trot- 706 took part with Derry’s Kevin McMahon joining Hampstead’s Amy Bernard in the winner’s circle.
Great Gobbler 5K, Nashua– The winners were two Nashua runners, Aaron Martin and Louise Van Den Heuve. Total finishers: 591
Dover Turkey Trot, Dover– Dover’s Casey Carroll was the men’s winner and Susan Thaxter of Pepperell, Massachusetts, the women’s winner. The race had 512 finishers.
Free Fall Classic, Rochester– Alton’s Drew Tuttle and Abby Jackson of Dover were the winners. There were 232 finishers.
Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot, Sunapee- There were 422 finishers with Warner’s Tristan Amoural winning on the men’s side and Emily Sundquist of Salt Lake City, Utah winning on the women’s side.
Rotary Turkey Trot 5K, Merrimack- Merrimack’s Lucas Pozetta won the men’s race. The women’s race was won by Hollis’ Lily Jackson. At 12 years old Jackson was the youngest Turkey Day winner in the state. There were 113 finishers.
Wobble Gobble Four Mile Road Race, Keene– For the second year in a row Brett Mastrangelo (hometown not listed in results) was the men’s winner while the women’s winner was Rachel Klaski. The numbers: 296 finishers.
Bow Police Turkey Trot, Bow– How’s this for a piece of trivia. The winners were Bow’s Ben Garfield and Colleen Campbell. Garfield is 15 years old and was the youngest male winner of a Granite State race on Thanksgiving. Campbell is 43 and was the oldest female of a Granite State race on Thanksgiving.
There were 262 finishers.
Galloping Gobbler, Concord- Concord’s Nacho Hernando took first place on the men’s side. The women’s winner of the race was Hopkinton’s Lauren Klinker. One hundred and 79 runners and walkers finished.
AJWC Trot Off Your Turkey 5K, Amherst- Concord’s Dave Audet was first male and first female was Mont Vernon’s Molly Mirashem
Nate’s Race 5K, Hudson- Dave Audet was the men’s winner while the women’s winner was Hudson’s Jessica Fontaine
Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis, Concord- Nacho Hernando won his second race of the holiday weekend with Weare’s Nicole Richardson finishing as first female.
Santa Claus Shuffle, Manchester Dec. 6– http://www.millenniumrunning.com/santa
Jingle Bell Half Marathon, Atkinson, Dec. 6
Plymouth Jingle Bell 5K Trail Run, Plymouth, Dec. 6
TTCC Mingle Jingle 5K, Bristol, Dec. 6
Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
What Portsmouth race was a New England Grand Prix race from 1998-2000?
Last week’s question:
What is the oldest Thanksgiving Day race in New Hampshire? The Greater Derry Turkey Trot. This year was the 41st year of the race.
About Andy Schachat:
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 found of the New Hampshire Road Race Hall of Fame.