Andy’s Roundup: N.H.’s Biggest Road Race and Triathlon…and more
Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race-For the second time in three years Abiyot Worku of Bronx, New York was the winner of the Cigna/Elliot 5K in Manchester. Worku won with a time of 14 minutes, 23 seconds, the fastest time this year at a New Hampshire 5K in 2014. Boston’s Brian Harvey was second in 14:41 with two other runners breaking 15:00, Abu Kebede of New York City (14:55) and New Hampton’s Justin Freeman (14:57).
On the women’s side Grace Kahura of New Paltz, New York took top honors in 16:35 with former New Hampshire runner, Rachel Schneider, now living in Sanford, Maine finishing second in 17:12. Third place went to Aregash Abate of Bronx, New York in 17:15. Manchester’s Christine Shaw finished fourth in 17:20. Freeman and Shaw won the prize money for top New Hampshire finishers.
The other big story of the night was the size of the field. When the results were tabulated 5,632 runners and walkers finished. Using timed finishers as the measuring tool it was the biggest road race in New Hampshire history.
Timberman Triathlon- New Hampshire’s largest triathlon drew well over 1,500 finishers to Elacoya State Park in Gilford for a 70.3 mile race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run). A generous prize package also drew an international field and when the race was over two Austrians were the winners. On the men’s side Leon Griffin finished in 3:53:46 with Brazil’s Igor Amorelli finishing second in 3:56:59 and Chris Leiferman of Boulder, Colorado finishing third in 3:59:19.
On the women’s side Melissa Hauschildt won with a time of 4:12:52. Rounding out the top three were Bend, Oregon’s in 4:20:11 Chile’s Valentina Carvallo in 4:25:26.
According to official results there were 1,777 finishers.
Elsewhere Around The State
Graniteman Triathlon- Rye Beach’s Aaron Coleman and Mirror Lake’s Jodie Conway were the winners.
Zach Attack 5K- Adam Goldstein and Melinda Corssino won this Hudson race.
Tender 5K- Littleton’s Brett Trail and Bethlehem’s Meghan Lytton took top honors.
Run For The Honey- Alex Hall and Emma Bolduc were tops amongst the 168 finishers.
Backwoods Farm Off-Road Runnin’ 5K- The top prizes went to Jeffrey Hixon and Erica LaBella.
Friends of Aine KID’S TRY-ATHLON- Dozens of boys and girls ten and younger wore lots of smiles at this event in Bedford.
Moose On The Loose 10 Mile Trail Race- Give it up for former UNH runner Matt Schadow and Issy Neilson of Warwick, Rhode Island.
New Hampshire XC Festival, Manchester, August 23. http://www.millenniumrunning.com/xc
Saunders 10K, Rye, August 21
Thunder Chicken 5K, Portsmouth, August 23
Gilford Old Home Day 5K, Gilford, August 23
Danville Old Home Day Four Mile Race/Fitness Walk, Danville, August 23
Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K, Barnstead, August 23
Tristin’s Live Laugh Love Run 5K/1 Miler, August 23, Lebanon
Hay Day 3.5 Mile Race, Farmington, August 24
Black Bear Half Marathon/5K, Waterville Valley, August 24
Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
Name the race that is the only 6K in New Hampshire that has ever been used for New Hampshire 6K state records?
Last week’s question: With the Cigna/Elliot race taking place last week:w ho is the runner that ran the fastest 5K ever by a New Hampshire runner at a New Hampshire race (at the Cigna/Elliot race in 1997)?
Londonderry’s John Mortimer ran 14:21 and won the Cigna race in 1997, the fastest 5K ever by a New Hampshire runner at a New Hampshire 5K.
|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.