Andy’s Round-Up (June 23-29): NH Runner Shines Out West- and more
Western States 100
Squaw Valley, California- June 28-29, 2014
It is often said that when a New Hampshire athlete competes well in a competition outside New Hampshire he/she brings pride and honor to the Granite State. That couldn’t be more true with the indescribable performance by Strafford’s Larisa Dannis. Dannis was in California this past weekend to take on the incredible challenge of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the world’s oldest and most prestigious 100 mile trail race. Finishing the grueling endeavor in 18 hours, 29 minutes, 12 seconds Dannis was second female, just under 28 minutes behind the winner, Stephanie Howe of Bend, Oregon. Dannis was also 22nd overall, out of 297 official finishers who made it to the finish line in the required 30 hours to receive one of the coveted Western States Endurance Run belt buckles. Full Results
Goffstown, NH- June 28, 2014
Spitsburg and Klene share the winner’s circle again- Over three months after two Manchester runners, Richie Spitsburg and Mary Klene, won the Fat Tuesday 5K the two topped the field at the Goffstown Gallop Five Mile race. Spitsburg, who also won the Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K in Nashua in May, won the Goffstown race in 28 minutes, 11 seconds, 17 seconds ahead of runner up Stephen Fortin of Goffstown. Third place went to another Goffstown runner, Andy MacGibbon who finished in 29:13.
Klene, a member of the Millennium Running women’s team, recorded her sixth road race win of 2014. Klene finished in 32:17 with Deborah Slason of Goffstown finishing second in 33:50. Finishing third was Bedford’s Susie Black in 37:29.
This was the 35th year of the Goffstown Gallop, making it one of New Hampshire’s oldest road races.
Aurlow Stanley Memorial – DARE 5K Road Race
Northfield, NH, June 28, 2014
Freeman and Wood top the field in Northfield- A week after being the top New Hampshire runner at the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race, New Hampton’s Justin Freeman was the top runner overall at the Aurlow Stanley Memorial DARE 5K Road Race in Northfield. Freeman turned in the only sub-16:00 performance of the race, winning in 15:47. Webster’s Colton Ham, winner of the Rock N Race 5K this past May in Concord, was second in 16:40 with Concord’s Keith Lundquist finishing third in 16:52.
On the women’s side Abbey Wood, the 2013 Capital Area Race Series women’s champion, took top honors in 19:53. Second and third females were Nashua’s Callie King (22:39) and Franklin’s Kelly Fulles (23:37). Results
Elsewhere Around The State
Newfields 5K, Newfields: Jeff Veiga of Lowell, Massachusetts, the winner of the Ribfest 5 Miler, joined Newfield’s Tessa Walker as top male and female. Results
I’m Trying 5k Road Race, Hampton: Rochester’s Sam Harkinson and Portsmouth’s Karen Blackwood were the winners. Results
6th Annual Run for the Lake 5K and 10K, New London: New London’s Josh Steffen running for Millennium Running’s men’s team and Jamie Wade of West Hartford, Ct. were the top runners in the 10K with Riley Shepard and Sidney Pilot, both from N. Pomfret, Vermont winning the 5K. Results
Exeter Trail Race, Exeter: Nottingham’s Brandon Newbould and Kensington’s Helen Hultin won the ten mile race with Newmarket’s Adam Rosenkrantz and Exeter’s Andrea Sweet winning the 4.6 mile race. Results
Big July 4th weekend ahead on the New Hampshire road race schedule
Hinckley Allen Manchester Mile & 5K, Manchester, July 3
Run for Freedom 5K/10K, Derry, July 4
Merrimack Sparkler 5K Run/Walk, Merrimack, July 4
13th Annual 4 On the 4th, Keene, July 4
Andover Firecracker 6.2, Andover, July 4
Red, White and Blue 6.2, Lebanon, July 4
29th Annual Bradford 5K Road Race, Bradford, July 5
4K On The Fourth, Concord, July 5
Pavements, Pebbles, and Path 6K, Sunapee, July 5
Loon Mountain Race, Lincoln, July 6 (USATF National Mountain Running Championship)
Trivia Question of the Week (Post your guesses in the comments below)
Using timed finishers as the measuring stick what is the largest 5K in the Granite State? Answer next week.
Last week’s question: Who are the only two runners to win both the Boston Marathon and Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race? John J Kelly and Jackie Garreau.
|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.