Andy’s Roundup: Road trip for N.H. runners, a look back…and more
CMS 52 Week 5K Series– There may not have been any road races in New Hampshire during the final weekend of 2014 but that didn’t stop N.H. runners from participating in a race. A quartet of Concord area folks traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts and ran in the CMS (Central Mass Striders) 5K series. Leading the New Hampshire contingent was Concord’s Dave Audet, who finished fourth in a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds. Audet’s run was good enough for fourth overall and second in his age category.
The other three Granite State runners at the event were Concord’s Greg Audet, who ran 25:45, Concord’s Kathy Baril (25:45) and Bow’s Tom Raffio (26:08).
Unless Dave Audet and Tom Raffio find another race before midnight on New Year’s Eve they will each end the year having participated in over 85 races (Raffio completed over 90).
Elsewhere Around The State
With no other races in the state this past weekend we present part 2 of our look back at some of the highlights of the 2015 Millennium Running schedule (part 1 was last week).
NH XC Festival- Hundreds of high school and adult runners showed up at Derryfield Park in Manchester for the first ever NH XC Festival on August 23. Four high school races were followed by three open races making for a spectacular day at one of New England’s most prestigious cross country courses.
In the open races the top runners were Nashua’s Josh Grant and Hampstead’s Amy Bernard
N.H Ten Miler- While other may have gone away for Labor Day Weekend hundreds of runners showed up at Lake Massabesic in Auburn for the N.H. Ten Miler on August 30. One of those runners was Amos Sang of Chicopee, Massachusetts who ran one of the fastest ten mile races in Granite State history. Sang finished in 50:39, over five minutes ahead of the rest of the field. The women’s winner was Newfield’s Melissa Murray in 1:09:53.
Northeast Delta Dental 1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day 5K- The race called “the most fun you can have with a kilt on” saw spectacular weather and a large group of runners and walkers on September 14. Concord’s Nacho Hernando and Goffstown’s Stephanie Burnham finished first but everyone who stuck around for the Celtic Festival hosted by the Shaskeen and Millennium Running were the real winners.
Traveler Beer Company New England Half Marathon- It was a day of “firsts” on September 28 for the Traveler Beer Company New England Half Marathon. The point to point race, from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to the State House in Concord was held for the first time. It was also the first half marathon for over half the field. Peter Harrison, a former New Hampshire runner now living in Seattle, Washington was the men’s winner with Lebanon’s Laura Hagley taking top honors on the women’s side.
CHaD Trick Or Trot 3K– Take your pick it was either a 3K road race or the largest Halloween parade in Manchester that took place on October 25. With most participants dressed in one costume or another 1,090 runners and walkers completed the event. Leading the way were Sandown’s Louis Saviano and Stephanie Burnham. However, the star of the day may have been the unnamed young boy who finished first in one of the kid’s runs. He ran in front of the pack while wearing a Flash costume!! You gotta love it.
Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K- When Mother Nature delivered a lot of snow to New Hampshire the day before Thanksgiving a lot of races the Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K was forced to make changes. The race was shortened to a 4K with Alton’s Cody Symonds and Manchester’s Meagan Boucher finishing first.
BASC Santa Claus Shuffle– Anyone who saw red on Elm Street, Manchester on December 12 wasn’t mad they were looking at participants of the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle. Hundreds of runners and walkers donned Santa suits for the two mile run and were led by Nacho Hernando and Melissa Murray.
Yule Light Up The Night- It was fast runners, not fast cars, that took over New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon at the second annual Yule Light Up The Night race. Running through NHMS’ Gift of Lights holiday light display the runners were treated to one of the most scenic courses the Granite State could supply. Nacho Hernando completed an incredible year with his final win in 2014 with Laconia’s Abby Wood taking first in the women’s race.
Millennium Mile, Londonderry, January 1– http://www.millenniumrunning.com/millenniummile
Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5K, Temple, January 1
The 2015 Eliot Millennium Running Series is open for registration. The early bird discount ends December 31.
Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
What New Hampshire town hosted two USATF-NE grand prix races in 2000?
Last week’s question:
What 2014 New Hampshire 5K had the fastest winner?
Take your pick Abiyot Worku of the Bronx, New York won the Cigna/Elliot 5K in 14:23.
Wayne Ross, a wheelchair athlete, finished the Hollis Fast 5K in 13:15.
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.