Monday, May 12, 2008

2008 Medical Center 6K

Sunday was the 2008 USATF-New England 6K Championships at the Medical Center 6K (results) in Nashua, NH. This course was moderately hilly and wound up through some neighborhoods in the center of Nashua with constant twists and turns that definately made for an interesting race (including a slightly uphill finish).

Prior to today, the overall NH (resident) State Record was 19:22 set on 1/1/2004 by Tom Doddy, Age 42, at this very race. This looks to be (possibly) the only 6k run in the state and this is the first time this race was selected as a USATF-Grand Prix Championship. Every age category record for this distance from ages 6-76 was set at this race. Needless to say the course and state records fell today, as the top 24 runners all broke the prior mark of 19:22. My 19:06 moves me into 3rd place all-time in New Hampshire (for NH resident) at the distance, and first for a runner at age 31. NH residents ahead of me today were Pelham's Casey Moulton (Retailers United & 2008 US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials Qualifier) and Keene's Wilson Perez (BAA).

Once again wearing an MVS singlet (after a few years with New Balance Boston) was longtime teammate and former UML stud Brad Klinedinst. Brad ran a strong and smooth race and was the lead MVS runner throughout, filling the shoes of Dan 'the man' Vassallo, who is resting after his 2:25 effort at last month's Boston Marathon. Overall, our Open Men's team once again finished 4th overall in a great team effort, and put all 5 guys across the line with a spread of only 1:29.

Team Info:

MVS Open Men finished 4th overall:

19:00 19:06 19:21 19:24 20:29 ( 20:45) ( 21:37) = 1:37:20
Bradford Klinedinst, Jim Johnson, Matt Pimentel, Jon Healey, Lars
Bjune, Todd Lagimonier, Steven Lecours

MVS Open Women finished 1st overall:

21:18 21:26 22:35 22:58 23:25 ( 24:42) ( 24:56) = 1:51:42
Caroline Bjune, Kara Haas, Amy Haas, Holly Madden, Tina Dowling,
Patricia Daolconzo, Marsha Hogan

My Info:

17th overall - 19:06 (5:08 pace)

6K Splits:

Mile 1: 4:57.56
Mile 2: 5:18.75 (10:16.31)
Mile 3: 5:08.20 (15:24.51)
.73: 3:40.55 (19:05.06)

Kristin took some nice shots today although had some technical difficulties w/ the camera as Brad and then yours truly came up to the finish, so unfortunately no good shots of us, but there are plenty of good pictures of other Striders and runners. See the pictures here.

Photo above, courtesy of Jim Rhoades.

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