Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 US Mountain Running Championships

Sunday it was back up to North Conway, NH for the 2009 US Mountain Running Championships (results) at the Cranmore Hill Climb. This was not only the US National Championship, but it was also the North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships. Lastly, as the US Championship does every year, this race was a qualifier for the World Trophy team as well. The top three American Men and Top American woman received automatic berths on the Teva US Mountain Running Team that will compete in September at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy. Needless to say, the competition at this year's race was far deeper than last year, where I managed a close third place overall (one place and 4 seconds behind CMS teammate and 2-time world team member Kevin Tilton). I was pretty excited for this race, as this was my first real 'mountain' race last year and I was looking forward to going back and running against a much deeper field. I was also looking forward to the prospect of winning a US National team title, which CMS has done numerous times before. This would be my first chance at doing so, as a member of the Central Mass Striders.

I woke up at 4:00am and was at Dave Quintal's house by 5:00am over in North Salem, NH for a drive up to North Conway, which would take us about 2 hours at that time of the morning. The drive went by pretty quick as DQ and I talked about the race, running and training, and how awesome DD is. When we swung into town, the weather hadn't looked any better and dark clouds were swirling around the area, indicating that weather may once again play a factor in the race up Mt. Cranmore.

We swung into the parking lot after having spotted TiVo a few streets down, walking with one of his adoring fans (no doubt spreading the raw-food gospel around the streets of North Conway)... We saw dd's car already sitting all by itself in the lot, with a Dunkin Donuts coffee cup on the roof, and nobody near it. As we headed over into the lodge, Ben Nephew pulled in and walked over with us...We made our way into the registration area and signed in amongst a hoard of the usual suspects including dd, Todd Callaghan, and all of the elite runners from the previous week's Mount Washington race. I chatted a bit w/ dd and it was very evident that he was indeed pretty sick and congested from some mystery illness he picked up midweek...I kept my distance.

As the rain seemed like it was going to hold off, we started our warm up with a decent pack that included dd, DQ, myself, Ben, Justin Fyffe, Trish Steidl, Tim & Abby Mahoney, and near the end, Jim Pawlicki and Joe Shairs (who was there to cheer on his CMS teammates and take some pictures)... After the warm up around the trails at the base of Cranmore, it was back over to the car to tape up the ankles (something I did NOT do last year) and then into the woods for a quick rest stop before heading over to the starting area.

Loop 1) After some words from Andy Schachat and the anthems of the NACAC countries, the race was off in dramatic fashion...For the race, I went with the Inov-8 x-talon 212's and they really performed well out there on the slick rock and muddy moss. Immediately I was bunched up behind some elite women and men and getting pushed from all angles. Unfortunately I had to reach out and hand-check (pretty hard) a smaller elite woman in front of me during the first 100 meters or so and then had to swing wide and make my own path in thicker grass to the far right, to get around and back up near Kevin Tilton, like my race plan had been envisioned earlier. I couldn't get any closer than about 5 or 6 guys back of Kevin as we went up the first incline and into the woods. At this point, the first 1K or so was very slow going, as a steady line of runners all went single-file across the first lateral section of the course. By the second 'real' climb, it was starting to thin out and I could comfortably weave from side to side up the grassy, muddy slopes of Cranmore, picking my spots and trying to stay on my feet. At this point, I was solely around LaSportiva, Invo-8, and some of the other elite runners, along with Judson Cake, Tommy Manning, and a couple other good solid runners. I took a few peeks back as we made our way up some of the very steep sections, and could see Eric Morse next in line, and Ben Nephew not too far behind him. As the race progressed, and my pace slowed on the uphills, and my first bout with power-hiking began around the 11 minute mark of the race (I had jokingly guesstimated to DQ on the way up that we'd be 'walking within the first ten minutes'...almost), the first 7 or so guys really put distance on everyone else, and the field spread out quite a bit.

Looking up I could see Justin Fyffe and Josh Ferenc and a couple others that were all within eventual striking distance. Around this point, Morse was right behind me and Jason Bryant and I ran side by side for the last part of the first ascent. Once I reached the top of the first ascent, I had just passed Jason and went up and through the summit water stop. On the beginning of the first descent, I immediately caught and passed CMS teammate Justin Fyffe who didn't seem to react to my move and my encouragement to hop on the train...he's been racing a lot of longer races this year already and seemed a little 'raced-out' today. I passed one other guy on the way down and hit the bottom feeling really strong. At a couple of spots on the descent, where it gets very steep, fast, and out of control, my legs began to react and cramp up slightly....forcing me to land on my toes and back off a bit, but I was able to maintain a solid pace down to the bottom, where I was now right up next to Tommy Manning, who finished 7th at last week's Mount Washington Road Race. This made it two runners I was now ahead of or right with, that had finished in the top 10 at Mount Washington, that previous weekend. I knew Jason Bryant (who was top 10 in the last 2 years at Washington) was still a factor even though I could not see him back there any longer. I had little faith that I'd be able to hold position on the second loop's ascent, but felt head and shoulders better than I did last year going into the second loop...I'm a bit stronger this year for sure, and could feel it as I hit the second loop.

Loop 2) As we hit the beginning of the second loop, I looked over at Tommy and said 'this one's going to be very interesting'...he uttered a small reactionary grunt and we hit the climb. He moved out in front and I tried to hang on to him, all the while knowing that not too far behind me was Judson Cake, Eric Morse, and a few others that had absolutely every chance of mowing me down quickly on the second ascent. As we made our way up and across the mountain, I was now aware that I was wearing a 20lbs. singlet and my shorts were falling off my backside, they were so drenched and heavy... I had all I could do to keep my uniform on as I continued to pedal the bike up with as many real running steps as one can possibly take on these climbs. To put it in perspective, just about all the real climbs in this race are all far steeper than any section of Washington, and a few of them force an almost 'hands on the ground' approach...couple that with treacherous footing, wet rock, muddy, mossy ground, and tall grass, stumps, roots, and holes, and it makes for interesting conditions to say the least.

About half way up the second climb, I noticed that Tommy Manning had really worked on the way up and had passed a couple of guys...I was getting closer and closer to Josh Ferenc, Aaron Saft, and Kevin Tilton, and Judson Cake was getting closer and closer to me. After Judson, I didn't see anyone else back there, and about halfway up, I realized I would probably finish within 2 or 3 (give or take) places of where I was at that point... But I didn't really know what place I was in. I knew I was the second CMS guy to that point, and barring a disaster on the way down, I figured I could hold that spot. I knew Ben Nephew and Justin were great downhill guys (and climbers), but couldn't see them in back of me and I didn't have that much left in the climb. Towards the end of the 2nd ascent, my pipe dream of catching Josh, Aaron Saft, and Kevin Tilton went out the window... They all hammered the last bit of uphill to the summit water stop, and I power-hiked a lot of it. Judson was still pedalling the bike behind me and it seemed that every time I started to hike, and turned around, he was getting closer and closer to me, and was running the whole time. As I passed over the summit water stop, Tad Thomas shouted out that I was doing well and that I was in the top 15... This got the fire lit under my backside to really work the last descent and not lose any more places. As I started to hammer down the last part of the course, I had a decent lead on Judson and knew that unless I really screwed up on the way down, he wouldn't be able to catch me on the downhill...I still had about 300 meters or so of flat straightaway at the bottom before the finish line that I was worried about, but I was focused on getting there first. I didn't see anyone in front of me except some lapped runners still working on their first descents...

As I hammered downhill in a borderline out of control fashion, my legs cramped again and I had to try to keep some sort of composure... As I hit the very last section of downhill that opened up to the base of the mountain, I could see a couple of 1st lap runners and Tommy Manning, just trying to get to the finish line. I reeled him in and went by just before hitting the last straightaway flat part of the base of the course and reached for the finish line. I had no clue still as to what my place was, but I knew it was in the top 15 give or take, and I was very excited to have made it in one piece. I crossed the line and Paul Kirsch came running over to me, telling me 'dude, you're 12th in the nation!'...I was thrilled and looked around for guys to congratulate...one being my CMS teammate Kevin Tilton, who really stepped it up and finished 9th. The only sad thing I initially felt was that I missed top 10, for which you get USATF medals...but seeing my expectations were actually top 30, I was in no way going to look at anything in a negative light... My thoughts immediately turned to the team competition in which I began to realize that we were definitely going to take home the national title, as Ben Nephew, Justin Fyffe, and Eric Morse all came in together. None of those guys, I expected to be able to beat today... coupled with the fact that guys like Tim VanOrden, Tim Mahoney, Jim Pawlicki, DD, DQ, and others were all out there too...I was just happy to have been in the top 5 for CMS.

After milling around a bit and letting everyone catch their breath and wipe the mud from their hair, eyes, etc. DD, Ben, DQ, and I headed out for a cool down around the trails. I was focused on keeping my back in check, as it was borderline spasming/cramping up. I knew the day(s) following would be pretty sore/slow days for sure...but I left it out there today and gave it my all, so I was ready and willing to accept some of the soreness/stiffness that would be sure to follow.

After a quick cleanup, we headed back over to the awards ceremony, where they presented the top 10 US medals (the only sore spot for me today), age group medals, NACAC championship medals, and announced the World team qualifiers. The team competition wasn't finalized technically or officially yet because the scoring system they used, had a slight snafu and there would have to be some manual work done to sort out the results after the top 25 or so places... So our team medals had to technically wait as they had to determine who was 2nd, 3rd, etc. but it was great to know that we took home a USATF gold medal and satisfying to know that I contributed to the team's success. I took my only photos of the day, at the awards ceremony. I have numerous photos of the top 10 men & women, NACAC scorers, and some others of me with some true mountain running elites including the below shot of me (left) with top US mountain runner and last week's Mount Washington Road Race winner Rickey Gates (middle), and CMS teammate and 45-49 yr old age group silver medalist Dave Quintal (right).

I got to talk to Rickey for quite a while after the race...great guy...humble and passionate for the sport. He took the time to tell us about his summer plans for racing all over Europe (he must have named 12 countries he's going to be visiting). He will be biking from race to race over there. His excursions can be followed on his blog: http://mostlypaved.blogspot.com.









Results: Top 25 + CMS Finishers (Men) in Blue

Place
FirstLastCityState
Age
Team Name
MM
SS
1
JoeGrayLakewoodWA
25
NACAC -USA
48
37
2
ZacFreudenburgSt. LouisMO
31
49
48
3
MattByrnePhiladelphiaPA
34
49
57
4
RickeyGatesAlamosaCO
28
NACAC -USA
50
04
5
ShilohMielkeWeavervilleNC
29
Vasque
51
38
6
EricBlakeNew BritainCT
30
NACAC -USA
51
50
7
SimonGutierrezAlamosaCO
43
NACAC -USA
51
54
8
AaronSaftFletcherNC
31
52
16
9
KevinTiltonNorth ConwayNH
27
CMS/Inov-8
52
24
10
JohnTribbiaBoulderCO
27
52
40
11
JoshFerencS. AcworthNH
27
BAA/Inov-8
52
42
12
JimJohnsonSalemNH
32
CMS
53
33
13
TommyManningColorado SpringCO
33
53
39
14
JudsonCakeBar HarborME
31
Dirigo
53
43
15
BenNephewMansfieldMA
15
CMS/Inov-8
54
53
16
derickwilliamsonaustinTX
27
54
58
17
JustinFyffeEast DummerstVT
39
La Sportiva/CMS
55
02
18
JasonBryantElkinNC
36
55
16
19
EricMorseBerlinVT
44
CMS
55
22
20
PaulChafeCANA
NACAC -CAN
55
32
21
GraydonSnyderCANA
NACAC -CAN
55
46
22
ToddCallaghanSomervilleMA
39
GCS-Triad
55
49
23
MiguelAngel LopezMEX
NACAC – MEX
55
53
24
EdWhethamSt. PaulMN
32
Run n Fun
56
06
25
DaveDunhamWard HillMA
45
CMS
56
19
26
TimMahoneyHolyokeMA
29
CMS
56
47
31
TimVanOrdenBenningtonVT
41
CMS
36
JamesPawlickiBeverlyMA
34
CMS
60
14
39
DAVIDQuintalSalemNH
46
CMS
61
08
107
RobertThomasCharltonMA
49
CMS
130
DavidLapierreChelmsfordMA
45
CMS
148
WalterKuklinskiPrincetonMA
60
CMS


On the way home, DQ and I stopped at OHOP (that's the Ossipee House of Pizza to the layperson), and then sat in some good ole' fashioned Sunday afternoon southbound traffic for a while before getting back to southern NH around 4ish...just enough time for me lay down and get about 16 hours of sleep.

Next up is the Loon Mountain race, which in my opinion, is the toughest mountain race in the series by far. I had a terrible race there last year because of how wrecked my ankle was after my Cranmore experience, coupled with missing a couple days before hand... With Cranmore being only 2 loops, Loon has got to be the worst one by far. The climbs are ugly-hard and the psychological torture of having to go up and past the finish line, only to go up and down the worst hill in any race on planet Earth, before going back to the finish line for a second time, just adds to the torture. But I'll be there because I've developed a condition that compels me enter and run these things for fun...I still can't believe it.

Photos used in this entry (of me) were taken by Mr. Scott Mason. More of this mountain championship-goodness can be seen in his usual collection of amazing photos on http://www.scottmasonphoto.com/galleries





















Photo above: JJ & Kevin Tilton (9th overall)





















Photo above: The Top 10 Men/Women (L-R backrow: Joe Gray, Zac Freudenburg, Matthew Byrne, Rickey Gates, Shiloh Mielke, Eric Blake, Simon Gutierrez, Aaron Saft, Kevin Tilton, John Tribbia L-R front row: Chris Lundy, Brandy Erholtz, Laura Haefeli, Kasie Enman, Gina Lucrezi, Megan Lund, Abby Larson, Amber Moran, Trish Steidl, Christa Benton)






















Photo above: JJ, Dave Quintal, Dave Dunham, and the Elusive Eric Morse (who says he's semi-retired now)...


Monday, June 22, 2009

2009 Mount Washington Road Race

Updated (at bottom): 6/22 - This past weekend was my 2nd go at the Mount Washington Road Race (results) up in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. The weekend was chock full of highs and lows... interesting and unpredictable New England weather... and good times with teammates and friends... The latter being why I do all this in the first place...

Kristin and I (pictured to the left at the finish line, post-race on Saturday) along with Dave Quintal (CMS) and Jon Healey (Adidas NE) headed up to Jackson, NH on Friday afternoon to attend the pre-race info-session and packet pickup at the Eagle Mountain House. There we met up with dd & Cath, Kevin Tilton, Paul Kirsch, and some of the usual suspects for a pre-race discussion around the USATF- NE mountain series, history of the Mt. Washington Road Race, the upcoming Mt. Washington Road Race hall of fame, and presentations by dd (race advice & Q&A) and two other female speakers....one who was running this year's race with only one leg and the other who was here doing research for her book on various interesting races around the world. It was nice to be up there ahead of time, relax, meet up with teammates, and get mentally prepared for the race. I also got to meet and quickly talk to GZ who had just gotten in from Colorado. Very cool to finally put a physical presence with the name and get him back over to the East for some 'hill running' :)... The weather before the talk was ominous and bleak...when we left the Carriage House to walk to the cars, the sun had broken through the clouds and it looked as though we may have some nice weather... but being New England, and in the Mount Washington Valley more specifically, anything was possible...

We all went from the Eagle Mountain House over to the Spaghetti Shed for dinner, where we met up with Francis Burdett, Al Bernier, Ben Nephew, Tim & Abby Mahoney, and others for some carbo-loading before heading over to Attitash for the night. That night, we checked into the Seasons at Attitash, off of Rt. 302 and only about 20 minutes from the base of the Auto Road. My sister Kristin, who was running Washington for the first time, stayed with us along with her husband and 2 of her 4 boys.

In the morning, we all headed over and up Rt. 16 to the base of the Auto Road where we met up with my Father who would be driving up with the lovely and talented Kristin. Along the way, the clouds seemed to be rolling in the closer we got to the base of the mountain. Just before we passed Wildcat Ski Area, the drizzle started to fall. We knew at that point, it was going to be interesting.

As we arrived , parked, and met up with Dad, the Goon Squad was in full effect, as Sarah Prescott, Scott Masse, and Hank Wilder all made their way over to give their auto passes to my brother-in-law so he could also drive up the mountain. As we waited for the cars to get the go-ahead to start driving up, I chatted with GZ, Eric Morse, and a few others as we waited for the CMS contingent to arrive. I also tried to offer some words of encouragement and advice to my sister (pictured here with me after the race) who was really nervous about what was to come. I even went as far as to walk her over to the hill to show her what she was going to get into in about an hour's time...I'm not sure that helped :).

At approximately 9:15, Jon Healey and I met up with dd, Dave Quintal, Justin Fyffe, Kevin Tilton, Andy McCarron, Matt Clark, Brad Klinedinst, Max Thomas, and some others for a warm up around the Great Glen trails at the base of the mountain...The weather seemed like it may cooperate, but I knew that most of the run was going to be in the clouds and had the potential of being pretty wet on the way up.

At 10:00am all 1000 brave souls had made their way up to the starting area where I said my last goodbyes and good luck to my sister and made my way right up to the front and mixed in with the CMS and Whirlaway guys. It was go time... After a brief talk by race director Bob Teschek, the cannon went off and we were on our way up 7.6 miles to the summit of the Northeast's highest peek (6288 feet).

As we hit the hill, about 200 or so meters into the race, I was mixed in behind 20 or so guys and was very aware that I wanted to stay w/ dd as a race strategy for this year...but he was about 10-20 yards behind me and I couldn't slow down. I continuously looked over my shoulder during the first mile to make sure I wasn't pulling away too much and trying to pace off of him while being in front...easier said than done. In the back of my mind I kept thinking of a couple key points he was giving the night before... relax, relax, relax, and don't worry about what anyone else was doing... At just after the 1 mile mark, Eric Morse and Francis Burdett (both CMS) made their way by me and looked very strong and steady. From there until mile 3 I tried to keep Kevin Tilton (CMS), Justin Fyffe (CMS), and another La Sportiva runner in sight and maintain my stride and pace. The higher we got, the thicker the clouds became and pretty soon, visibility was very poor. We were now in the clouds and you could see maybe 20 yards in front and behind and that was it. This made it impossible to see the runners in front or behind you, but I think it also helped keep me mentally in the game, as I was unable to see the tops of long stretches of incline....this made the hills slightly more manageable I think. At around 3 miles, I had been run down by Sean Livingston (WHIRL) and Dave Dunham (CMS) who had caught me at about the 2 Mile mark last year...so I was able to hold him off for an additional mile this year. I didn't worry about either of those two and kept pushing on at my own pace and actually felt pretty good (or as good as you can possibly feel as you chug up 7.6 miles at a 12% avg. grade in thick cloud cover)... After they went by, I caught up with Brendan Callahan (BAA) who was coming off some very good Grand Prix races and a win at Pack Monadnock in May. He was in the hurt box and slowing with each step. I caught up to him and he was able to react and push ahead of me again. This happened twice, as I once again caught up and maybe got a stride ahead before he pushed up and got out front again. The second time he reacted he actually put some good distance on me as we hit a steep climb and he actually got out of sight and disappeared into the clouds... I put my head down and pressed on and maybe about mile 4.5 or 5 I looked up and he had come back into view and had stopped to walk with hands on his side... It looked like he had gotten a cramp and I just kept pushing on by with the goal in mind at that point of not stopping at all to walk. I was able to do this last year and ran the entire race without walking....this year it seemed easier to maintain the pace and I wasn't tempted to walk at all, although I was hurting just as bad. Fortunately, this year, like the last, I didn't get a cramp...had I gotten a side-stitch or something similar, there would have been no way I could have kept going...

Just before the 7 mile mark, I had been hearing moans and groans and was eventually caught by Glen Guillemette and Andy McCarron (CMS) who were working together. I had beaten Glen by two spots last year and by about 10 seconds. They went by and I did try to hang on for a bit, but was basically in survival mode at that point and was just looking for the finish line. Right around 7 miles, I could still see Glen and Andy up front but now could hear breathing behind me...I occasionally turned to look but couldn't make anyone out... the breathing had a different sort of sound to it...for a few seconds I wasn't sure what it was...then I realized...it was the sound of a woman breathing heavily in the cloud cover directly behind me... then, as clouds opened up and I hit a switchback, I saw who it was...Brandy Erholtz of Colorado...the woman's leader and last years winner. I was 4 spots ahead of her last year and this year, at the 7 mile mark, she was the only one near me now and she was running me down... I pushed on but thought for sure she'd get me somewhere over the last .6 miles... As I began to make out the summit buildings and heard the crowd, I had probably a quarter mile to go and glanced back to make sure I had enough room on her to salvage the last finishing spot before the first elite woman....it helped push me over the last half mile as I hit the base of the wall and knew I'd be over my goal time of 1:10. The wind was taken out of my sails when I saw my watch tick over the 70 minute mark, but I was so focused on holding off Brandy that I continued on up and across the line to finish in 1:10:22 and 23rd place overall. This was 16 seconds slower than last year, but I felt better as a whole. I think because I had done this once before and knew what to expect, it didn't seem as bad although mentally it is one of the toughest races out there...

Splits from watch:

23rd Place Overall: 1:10:22

Mile 1) 6:49
Mile 2) 8:39 (15:29)
Mile 3) 9:07 (24:36)
[Half Way: 33:01]
Mile 4) 9:20 (33:56)
Mile 5) 10:16 (44:13)
Mile 6) 9:58 (54:11)
Mile 7) 10:08 (1:04:20)
last .6) 6:00 (1:10:21)

Looking at my splits from last year it looks like I went out essentially the same over the first mile, slowed a bit over the 2nd mile and 3rd mile, was just a few ticks over where I was through halfway last year, had a better 4th mile than last year, slowed again over miles 5, 6, and 7, and then (because of Brandy breathing down my neck) had a faster last .6 to the finish... Essentially my 2nd half of the race was where I fell off pace and that really is no surprise to me at all... I think the goal for next time will be to try to not hit any 10 minute miles and keep the last .6 around 6 minutes or less...that will be the key to a PR. Seems simple enough... ;)

Last year's splits vs this years:

20082009
MileSplitOverallSplitOverallTot + - (sec)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
16:526:49-3
28:3215:248:3915:29+5
39:0424:299:0724:36+7
3.832:5833:01+3
49:2333:539:2033:56+3
510:0643:5910:1644:13+14
69:5253:529:5854:11+19
79:581:03:5110:081:04:20+29
7.66:141:10:066:001:10:21+15


The CMS Men's Open team was once again dominant in the team competition, with all 5 scoring members under 1:09 for a total time of 5:38:42... that was nearly 24 minutes faster than the next team (Whirlaway). Last year, the BAA broke CMS' 16 year consecutive win streak...this year CMS once again captured the team title. Unfortunately, with my 23rd place, it was only good enough for 8th place for the CMS men's open team, as we put 2 in the top 10 and 14 in the top 50. It's great to be able to run with this many great runners on the team and experience a team victory in such a prestigious race...I just wish I could have contributed to the scoring... This is only the 2nd time since coming back to running in 2006 that I wasn't able to actually score for my team in a team-scored event (the other being this year's Bedford Rotary 12k)...but I am not complaining...this is what I was looking for and I think it will make me better in the long run... It is now motivating me to work on some things and improve my fitness, strength, and competative edge going forward...

Since moving over to CMS and being around guys who are interested in the same races and who share the same or similar goals, I have really enjoyed running and racing a lot more... No matter what jersey I've donned over the past 2 and 1/2 years and no matter what club I've run for, I've met nothing but great folks and have the utmost respect for everyone I've had the pleasure of running for and with... I feel now that I have the right support and motivation to improve and further my running career and hopefully take it to the next level (which is beat dd at Mount Washington...eventually)...

CMS at the Hill for 2009 (Top 50 Men + CMS in Blue):

Place
Time
Pace
Name
Age
City/StateTeam
1
59:58
7:54
Rickey Gates
28
Boulder CO
2
1:01:19
8:04
Eric Blake
30
New Britain CT BAA
3
1:02:35
8:15
Joseph Gray
25
Lakewood WA INOV-8
4
1:02:45
8:16
Matthew Byrne
34
Scranton PA
5
1:04:16
8:28
Simon Gutierrez
43
Alamosa COTEVA
6
1:05:09
8:35
Jonathan Severy
27
Winooski VTNYAC
7
1:05:47
8:40
Tommy Manning
33
Colorado Springs CO NMC
8
1:06:13
8:43
Jason Bryant
36
Elkin NCLA SPORTIVA
9
1:06:19
8:44
Matthew Russell
26
Boulder COCMS
10
1:06:39
8:47
Francis Burdett
44
Worcester MA CMS
11
1:06:58
8:49
Craig Fram
50
Plaistow NHWHIRL
12
1:07:44
8:55
Juan Guillermo Jaramillo
38
Milford NH
13
1:08:02
8:58
Shiloh Mielke
29
Weaverville NC
14
1:08:11
8:59
Justin Fyffe
29
E. Dummerston VT CMS
15
1:08:34
9:02
Eric Morse
44
Berlin VT CMS
16
1:08:36
9:02
Sean Livingston
40
Barrington RIWHIRL
17
1:08:38
9:02
John Tribbia
27
Boulder COLA SPORTIVA
18
1:08:40
9:03
Daniel Princic
29
Woburn MA WHIRL
19
1:08:59
9:05
Kevin Tilton
27
North Conway NHCMS
20
1:09:22
9:08
Dave Dunham
45
Ward Hill MA CMS
21
1:10:11
9:14
Glen Guillemette
49
Narragansett RINARRA
22
1:10:17
9:15
Andy McCarron
26
Lunenburg MA CMS
23
1:10:22
9:16
Jim Johnson
32
Salem NHCMS
24
1:11:28
9:25
Ben Nephew
33
Mansfield MA CMS
25
1:11:47
9:27
Matthew Clark
26
Amherst MACMS
26
1:12:08
9:30
Brendan Callahan
27
West Hartford CT BAA
27
1:13:10
9:38
Henry Scollard
45
Cambridge MA CRC
28
1:13:39
9:42
Kevin Tuck
53
Salt Lake City UT
29
1:13:51
9:44
Bradford Klinedinst
32
Hudson MA NB BOSTON
30
1:13:58
9:44
Chad Carr
33
Cambridge MA CRC
31
1:14:05
9:45
Michael Woodman
43
Timonium MDCMS
32
1:14:26
9:48
David Quintal
46
Salem NHCMS
33
1:14:45
9:51
David Herr
44
Canaan VT GCS
34
1:15:30
9:57
Todd Callaghan
39
Somerville MAGCS
35
1:15:59
10:00
Andreas Heilmann
24
Brookline MA BAA
36
1:16:26
10:04
Martin Tighe
51
Providence RITNT
37
1:16:33
10:05
Jonathan Healey
26
Chelmsford MAADIDAS NE
38
1:16:38
10:05
Brian Crowley
44
Hillsborough NJ
39
1:17:37
10:13
Matthew Curran
52
Gloucester MATG
40
1:17:39
10:14
Scott Leslie
27
Rutland MACMS
41
1:17:43
10:14
Tim Mahoney
29
Holyoke MACMS
42
1:17:47
10:15
Reno Stirrat
55
Dorchester MAWHIRL
43
1:17:59
10:16
Gregory Nash
34
Boulder CO
44
1:18:43
10:22
Donald Pacher
37
Easthampton MA WMM
45
1:18:43
10:22
Bernat Olle
30
Cambridge MA CRC
46
1:19:08
10:25
Bryan Marotta
25
West Chesterfield NH
47
1:19:24
10:27
Bob Evers
58
Park City UT
48
1:19:58
10:32
Adam Bulewich
33
Windsor CTGSH
49
1:20:15
10:34
Mike Dowling
26
Boston MA BAA
50
1:20:15
10:34
Warren Angell
46
North Kingstown RI NARRA
103
1:29:04
11:44
Stephen Peterson
43
Chelmsford MACMS
224
1:40:54
13:17
Edward Coleman
46
Auburn MA CMS
366
1:51:33
14:41
Walter Kuklinski
60
Princeton MA CMS
437
1:56:55
15:23
John Walsh
42
Worcester MA CMS


My sister Kristin finished 625th overall (out of 917), was 26th of 50 women in her age group, and was the 140th woman out of 247. She ran 2:01:26 (15:59 pace). I am very proud of her effort and she was overwhelmed with emotion as she plugged her way up the final hill with me jogging along side, giving her encouragement...

The lovely and talented Kristin took some nice photos that can be seen on our SmugMug page.

Mr. Scott Mason (who sent me a couple of the nice photos above) also has some great coverage here.




Race writeups:


Post race, Jon, Kristin, Brad Klinedinst and I joined Kevin & Jess Tilton, Dave & Cathy Dunham, Dave Quintal, Francis Burdett, and Tim & Abby Mahoney at Margarita Grill for some grub and then it was back to DD's condo at Attitash for a few adult beverages and some good times... Ben Nephew dropped in as well as Al Bernier and the party wrapped up around 10:00pm as we were all pretty beat. In the morning, Brad, Jon, and I met up with Francis, DD, DQ, and Albee for a run up in Bear Notch/Bartlett, NH (in the pouring rain)... Then it was back to the condo for a quick shower, clean up, and we were back on the road (stopping for breakfast and then later at Dunkins before getting back down to Salem NH at around 2pm).

Another year up...another year down... I'll probably get some video from my Dad's camera and I'll post later on... Now on to Cranmore this weekend! Thats all I got!...

Late Update:

I came across these videos tonight...cool stuff. The last one is my favorite... I knew it would pay off to run right in front of the lead woman...check out me 'holding off' Brandy Erholtz above the clouds... there was probably a half mile to go when this was taken... I can be seen peeking back continuously as she was coming on strong...