Andy’s Roundup-.…The final race, a look back…and more
Snow Globe Trotter Four Miler– Ninety-four runners and walkers gathered in Concord for the final race in 2014 in New Hampshire, the Snow Globe Trotter Four Miler. Leading the way on the men’s side was Sanbornton’s Chris Abbott in a time of 24 minutes, 42 seconds. Concord’s Dave Audet finished second in 24:59.
On the women’s side they must have gone to instant replay to declare a winner. Londonderry’s Bethany Mayo and Concord’s Pat Bourgault both finished in 31:11 with Mayo listed in the results as the winner.
It is often said that every who finishes a road race is a winner so for the record the final winner on this year’s New Hampshire road race scene was Alexandria’s Kathleen Smith who was the final finisher of this race.
Elsewhere Around The State
With no other races in the state this past weekend we look back at some of the highlights of the 2015 Millennium Running schedule.
Millennium Mile, Londonderry- 2014 started out in great fashion with a fast field at the Millennium Mile on New Year’s Day. Derry’s Peter Najem became the latest sub-4 minute winners with a time of 3:58.55 just .23 seconds ahead of Peter Lafond of Berwick, Maine. Manchester’s Christine Shaw arrived from winning the First Run Lowell 10K earlier in the day and won with a time of 4:58.
Snowflake Shuffle, Bedford- In February over 1,100 showed up at the Copper Dome Restaurant in Bedford for the Snowflake Shuffle. Sandown’s Louis Saviano was the men’s winner and Manchester’s Mary Klene was the women’s winner.
Fat Tuesday, Manchester- In March a new race was added to the schedule as hundreds celebrated Mardi Gras in Manchester at the Fat Tuesday 5K. Manchester’s Richie Spitsburg and Mary Klene won then joined everyone at the N’awlins Grille for a festive post-race party.
Northeast Delta Dental Shamrock Shuffle, Manchester- Green was definitely the color of the day as 2,649 runners and walkers paraded up and down Elm Street in Manchester at the Shamrock Shuffle. At the front of the pack of this two miler were Robert Desisto, Jr. of Westford, Massachusetts and Goffstown’s Stephanie Burnham.
Cinco De Miles, Bedford- A change in venue didn’t matter to local runners and walkers at 2014 Cinco De Miles 5K. After taking place in Manchester in 2013 the race moved the Millennium Running headquarters in 2014 and increased in size. The winners were Aliaksandr Leuchanka of Durham and Newmarket’s Keely Maguire.
St. Joseph Healhcare Ribfest 5 Miler, Merrimack- This year’s Ribfest race had the honor of serving as the USA Track and Field-New England Five Mile championship so it was fitting that a New Hampshire club came up big. The Millennium Running Women’s team finished top three with Denise Sandahl taking top honors. The men’s winner was Jeff Veiga of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Hinkley Allen Manchester Mile/5K- After a heavy thunderstorm drenched the Millennium Running staff while setting up for the race Mother Nature gave everyone a break. The predicted bad weather never returned as hundreds ran either the fastest mile in America or a really fast 5K.
The mile winners were Pat Fullerton of Bradford, Massachusetts and Lebanon’s Laura Hagley. The 5K winners were Richie Spitsburg and Mary Klene.
Next week: part 2 of the look back at the 2014 Millennium Running races
Millennium Mile, Londonderry, January 1– http://www.millenniumrunning.com/millenniummile
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Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
What 2014 New Hampshire 5K had the fastest winner?
Last week’s question:
What year was the Millennium Mile started?
The Millennium Mile gets its name because it kicked off the new millennium, meaning its first year was 2000.
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.