Bay Stater defends his Cigna/Elliot 5K crownBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
August 10. 2017 8:49PM
MANCHESTER — The 25th annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race Thursday night provided Brian Harvey with some time to himself.
The 30-year-old Cambridge, Mass., resident was all alone in front throughout the entire race, including his dash up Merrimack Street and across the finish line.
Millennium Running owner John Mortimer estimated Wednesday that there would be about 6,000 runners in the field Thursday. Millennium Running helps organize and put on the race.
Harvey, who runs for the Boston Athletic Association, finished in 14 minutes, 45 seconds to win the race for the second straight year. Runner-up Abu Kebede Diriba of New York City finished in 15:30.
Harvey, a Carnegie Mellon University alum, won last year’s race in a time of 14:42.5 in 94-degree heat.
“This year, I kind of just went out from the beginning,” Harvey said. “I knew I had more strength and not as much speed so I didn’t want to leave it to the very end. I ended up being by myself the whole race, which I was happy about.”
Throughout the race, Harvey continued to tell himself to keep pushing.
“I always imagine someone is right behind me ... There’s somebody right behind me. I need to keep pushing,” Harvey said. “That’s what I try to do.”
Harvey feels his experience with the course and the fact he enjoys running in the heat are two reasons behind his recent success in the race. In addition to his two straight victories, he finished runner-up in 2014 and in fourth place in 2013.
“It means a lot to win it two years in a row and I hope to come back next year and try to do it three years in a row,” Harvey said.
Luke Janik of Hampton Falls took third place overall and was the first New Hampshire runner to reach the finish line, earning a time of 15:42. Trevor Taylor placed 23rd overall and was the first Manchester resident to finish the race. The 24-year-old had a time of 17:15.
For a second straight year, New York City’s Bose Gemeda Asseta, 22, was the first female. She finished in a time of 17:07. She finished last year’s race in 17:40.3.
Courtney Hawkins, a 21-year-old from Milford, was the first New Hampshire female and third overall to finish, earning a time of 18:15. Julia Robitaille, a 16-year-old from Manchester, was the fourth female overall and second from New Hampshire to finish the race. The Manchester West student finished in 18:29. Robitaille’s identical twin sister, Corinne, finished with a time of 20:52.