Mother Nature decided to mess with us a little more before she let March go. We all awoke to pouring rain – so we knew it would be a wet An Ras Mor 5K. Although soggy – the weather was pretty close to ideal for running (but for standing around drinking fuzzy logic beer – not so much).
The young (and not so young) men of GLRR found the conditions to their liking. The Men’s Open team ran to sixth place – led once again by Ryan Gough in 15:25 (good for 11th overall and 3rd 30-39). Next to the line was our home town man – Steve Gendron in 15:53. Andrew Downey continued to amaze – this time with a 16:06. Matt Theodoros was our fourth man in 16:30 and scoring from “the old, but not that old” division was the forever young Mark Reeder in 16:34 (good for another Reeder first in the 50-59 division).
Our Masters Men, thanks to Mark scoring down to them, pulled out a fourth place finish. Following Mark were Mike Girouard (17:02), Kevin Carnabucci (17:45), Shawn Conway (17:47) and Chris Hancock (17:54). Well done!
In the Senior division, with Mark leading the way, we had EJ Hrynowski in 18:03 and then a man even more ageless than Mark – Mr Vet: Bill Dixon who ran a head shaking 18:23 (taking the 60-69 division by more than a minute). Rounding out the Senior team was Dave Penn who crossed in 20:52 and a new face (a neighbor of mine) Dan Ahern in 21:02. All in all the Senior Men powered to their third straight second place finish.
In the old man Veteran division, we are so lucky to have the best Veteran in the country! So with Bill leading the way, plus Chip Man (21:03) and Glenn Stewart (21:06), the green team cruised to their third straight win over their rivals at CSU to remain atop the USATF standings. So with 3 of 7 contests behind us the Green Vets hold a 3 point Grand Prix lead. Hmmm… will I be forced to run the marathon?
On the ladies side – they were a bit under-manned (no pun intended). So with a small, soggy, but very determined squad, the ladies gave it their best. At the Open level they were led by Candice Gagnon in 19:36. Next in was Katie Gessler (20:21), Sue Donovan (scoring down from Masters in 22:21), Sarah Moseley (23:13) and Allyson Casey (23:44). The ladies placed ninth.
In the Masters division, Sue was supported by our senior ladies Liane Pancoast (23:44) and Mary Casey-Gorman (24:26) to place seventh. Liane and Mary were supported by our lady veteran Patty Foltz in 24:32 to take fifth for the Senior team.
Next up is the Rib Fest 5 Miler on Father’s Day June 15 at the Anheuser-Busch complex in Merrimack, NH. To have the club pay your entry to the race you need to sign up using our web request form by May 15.
[pictures courtesy of Tomas Cole via Flickr]