Andy Schachat On The Run: Dramatic change of pace at Hollis, Mount Washington races
On Thursday night, June 13, the Hollis Fast 5K lived up to its name. Two days later, more than 1,000 runners took part in the Mount Washington Road Race, aka the "Run to the Clouds."
The engineers who laid out the route of the Mount Washington Auto Road in the 1850s came up with something unique. Unlike most mountain roads, which tend to undulate as they make their way toward the summit, the Mount Washington road goes up ... and up ... and up for 7.6 miles. Thus, two days after the Hollis Fast 5K provided New Hampshire with its fastest race, runners endured the Granite State's slowest race. High winds in the final couple of miles, including gusts of 60 mph, guaranteed that.
In the end, Eric Blake of New Britain, Conn., won in 59:57, joining a handful of runners who have broken one hour at Mount Washington. His winning pace: 7:57.
On the women's side, Laura Haefeli of Del Norte, Colo., won in 1:18:05, the slowest winning time for a woman since the early 1990s. At 45, Haefeli became the oldest winner in the 53 years of the race.
IF THE Hollis Fast 5K is the fastest 5K in the Granite State, then the Hinckley Allen Manchester Mile is the fastest race of its distance. Two years ago, the winning time for the inaugural race was 3:43 for the men and 4:14 for the women, two of the fastest miles ever run on American terrain.
Online registration fees for participants 12 and older are $15 for the 1-mile, $25 for the 5K, or $30 for both races. Thanks to support from Student Transportation of America, children 11 and younger can participate in either event for free. Race-day registration is available for an additional $5 at Derryfield Park starting at 5 p.m. More information is available at MillenniumRunning.com.
RUNNING SHORTS: Keep your eyes on Keely Maguire, who just graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she was female student-athlete of the year. She has run three road races since graduating and has been top woman in all three. Two of the wins were in New Hampshire, the RibFest 5 Miler in Merrimack on June 16 and the Bobcat Bolt 5K in Durham on June 22. Maguire is registered to run Wednesday's Manchester Mile ... Speaking of the Bobcat Bolt, when was the last time this happened? Tyler Dinnan won the 5K and Wesley Dinnan won the companion 10K. They are twin brothers and former UNH runners.
Andy Schachat's column on running and triathlons in New Hampshire appears every other week in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email him at email@example.com.
Have a fast Fourth
After the Hinckley Allen Manchester Mile and 5K take center stage Wednesday night, runners have plenty of options on the July 4 holiday, including the following.
Canaan: 4 on the 4th, 9 a.m., 17 Canaan St.
Derry: Run for Freedom 5K/10K, 7:30 a.m., Pinkerton Academy
Hopkinton: Four on the Fourth, 9 a.m., Hopkinton High School
Lebanon: Red, White & Blue 6.2, 10:30 a.m., Lebanon City Hall
Merrimack: Sparkler 5K, 8 a.m., Merrimack YMCA
Nashua: Revolution Run 5K/10K, 8:30 a.m., Holman Stadium
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