Andy’s Roundup: Spectacular Day at the Traveler Beer Co. New England Half….and more
Traveler Beer Co. New England Half Marathon- Over 1,500 runners and walkers took part in the first ever Traveler Beer Co. New England Half Marathon, a race that started at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and ended in front of the State House in Concord. The exact number of finishers, 1,520 set a New Hampshire road race record for the largest number of finishers ever for a first year half marathon.
At the front of the pack two outstanding runners, Durham’s Aliksandra Leuchanka and former Concord resident Peter Harrison, now living in Seattle, Washington ran together for about ten miles. In the final three miles Harrison pulled away and won in a time of 1 hour, eight minutes, 51 seconds just seven seconds ahead of Leuchanka who finished in 1:08:58. Concord’s Nacho Hernando was third in 1:11: 35.
The women’s race was not as close as pre-race favorite Laura Hagley of Lebanon, a member of the Millennium Running Women’s team, won in a time of 1:18:37. Second and third females were Renae Ciccinelli of Bristol, Rhode Island (1:24:35) and Milford’s Tammie Robbie, another member of the Millennium Running Women’s team (1:26:14).
Clarence DeMar Marathon/Half Marathon– A great New Hampshire road race continued with the 2014 Clarence DeMar Marathon/Half Marathon in Keene. Marathon winners were Gilsum’s George Adams in 2:41:17 and Oakland, Maine’s Lydia Kouletsis in 3:07:354. Winners of the half marathon were Keene’s Thomas Pacquette (1:11:33) and Jessica Anderson of Winchedon, Massachusetts (1:27:07). There were 360 finishers of the marathon and 292 half marathon finishers.
Elsewhere Around The State
Kelly Mann Memorial 5K- Derry’s Craig Fram and Nashua’s Rachel Lozeau were the winners.
Lois’ Race Against Lyme- Top finishers were Weare’s Thomas Motta and Nashua’s Kelly Gabree
Run United 5K- The first time Concord race saw Concord’s Nacho Hernando and Portsmouth’s Kristen McGrath take top honors.
WOW Fest ’14- Winners of the 5K were Laconia’s Alexander Hilson and Gilford’s Vanessa Ganakos. The 10K winners were husband and wife Sam and Abby Wood of Laconia.
Project Safety Association 5K- Rye’s Justin Whittet joined and Newfield’s Melissa Murray as the winners.
Convenient MD Urgent Care 10K- Hanover’s Alex Hall was the men’s winner and Hampstead’s Amy Bernard was the women’s winner.
Mt. Kearsage Hill Climb- Men’s winner was Eric Follen of Sanford, Maine while women’s winner was Marti Shea of Marblehead, Massachusetts
Marlborough Mad Dash 5K- The day belonged to Keene’s Bryan Johnston and Peterborough’s Kristen Ramey
Manchester 5K- Londonderry’s Michael Dufor was the men’s winner and Jenna Edwards of Manchester was the women’s winner
NH Marathon/Half Marathon/10K, Bristol, October 4
Girls Inc Personal Best 5K, Concord, October 4
Reed Optical Chili Cook Off 5K, Claremont, October 4
Run For One 5K For Haiti, Nashua, October 4
Gunstock 5K Run/Walk, Dog Friendly, Gilford, October 4
Luke Capistran Memorial 5K, Manchester, October 4
Hopkinton Lions Club Autumn 5K, Hopkinton, October 4
Greenland Rec Jason Hussey 5K, Greenland, October 4
Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, Hampton, October 5K
Footrace For The Fallen 5K, Manchester, October 5
Trivia Question of the Week
Post your guesses in the comments below.
Since this is known as “Fall Marathon/Half Marathon season”, what is the largest marathon in New Hampshire road race history?
Last week’s question: Who holds the most wins (7) at the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race?
Bob Hodge, a legendary runner from Massachusetts
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.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Male: When Peter Harrison registered for the Traveler Beer New England Half Marathon he listed his current residence, Seattle, Washington, as his home. When he ran at the front of the pack it appeared an out of towner would win the race. Then it was discovered that Harrison was from Concord, had attended the St. Paul School and ran for Amherst College. So, you could consider his win at the Traveler Beer New England Half as a win for a local runner. You could also consider his winning time of 1:08:51 as real fast.
Female: What a year for Lebanon’s Laura Hagley. Earlier in 2014 she traveled to upstate New York and won the Buffalo Half Marathon. Throughout the year she has competed for the Millennium Running Women’s team and has helped them to a big lead in the New England Grand Prix Series. Her latest accomplishment was a time of 1:18:37 and a win at the Traveler Beer New England Half.