Andy’s Roundup: Millennium Running Women’s Team Crowned Champs…and more
Anthem Manchester City Marathon/Half Marathon- What had been expected for weeks became official on Sunday, November 2 at the Anthem Manchester City Marathon/Half Marathon. The Millennium Running Women’s team became the first New Hampshire based running club to win a New England Grand Prix Championship. The race was the final one on the 2014 USATF-NE New England Grand Prix schedule and when it was done the MR Women finished first in the women’s open division. Going into the race the MR Women had built enough of a lead that they didn’t need to field a team at Manchester City to be crowned champs. Nonetheless one MR team member ran the race and put a bow on the year by winning. Bow’s Denise Sandahl won the marathon in 2 hours, 51 minutes, four seconds. Moments after Sandahl finished she joined other MR Women Jen Mortimer, Laura Hagley, and Christine Shaw at the finish line as the team was introduced as the first N.H. team to win a New England championship.
Other winners at the race: Dan Vassallo of Reading, Massachusetts in the marathon while half marathon winners were Josh McDougal of Peru, New York and Jennifer Rappaport of Melrose, Massachusetts.
There 561 finishers of the half marathon, 429 marathon finishers, and close to 100 relay teams in both distances.
Elsewhere Around The State
Cocheco Challenge Half Marathon: Two former UNH runners were the winners, Scott McGrath of Andover, Massachusetts and Newmarket’s Keely Maguire.
Jack London Trail Race- Dave Dunham of Bradford, Massachusetts was the men’s winner while women’s winner was Elena Mihaly of Somerville, Massachusetts
Castle In The Clouds Half Marathon- Wolfeboro Falls’ Kevin Stanton took first in the men’s race with Albany’s Leslie Beckwith finishing as first female
Moulton Farms Farm Fun Run, Meredith, Nov. 8
Cawley Costume 5K/10K, Hooksett, Nov. 8
Paint Your Way 5K, Nashua, Nov. 8
Run For Pie 5K Run/Walk, Grantham, Nov. 8
HDMS Fitness Carnival and 5K, Hillsboro, Nov. 8
Seacoast Half Marathon, Portsmouth, Nov. 9
Hallo-Weiner Hustle, Manchester, Nov. 9
Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
Who are the only New Hampshire father/daughter combination to ever finish first at the same New Hampshire triathlon?
Last week’s question: Which National Football League coach has a relative who was once a top runner in New Hampshire?
Philadelphia Eagle’s head coach Chip Kelly is the brother of Keith Kelly, who finished as top N.H. male at the 1997 Boston Marathon. That is information you will never hear on ESPN.
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.