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A New Hampshire Classic, the 12th Annual Millennium Mile—Downhill and Most Enjoyable
Whatever you do on New Years Day, do not miss this event. There are very few downhill one-mile races. This is your chance to try it out—something different for the holidays. Join about 1,000 others who will enjoy this winter adventure. Set your PR and celebrate the new running season; get set for 2011.

A New Hampshire Classic, the 12th Annual Millennium Mile—Downhill and Most Enjoyable

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Be a part of this unique opportunity. It’s all downhill! It is quick, and it is fun! Resolve to run this race; resolve to get your speed up; resolve to get your running program in gear for 2011! One Mile! Down hill!

The 12th annual Millennium Mile will run on January 1, 2011, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. This contest is the highlight of the holiday running season for many. It is point to point, downhill, lightening fast, and the only such race in New England. This will be the first time it runs on January 1st, which happens to fall on Saturday this year. Hundreds of runners, all ages and abilities, will celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

It will start at 2:00 p.m. so there is plenty of time to recover from that late night New Year’s Eve celebration. You will be rewarded—ONE is the big number here, as in unlimited $1.00 drafts of beer with race bib number at nearby Wippersnapper’s Pub at the second post race party (the first is at the Londonderry High School immediately following the race).

You want to start the year off right, but longer races might not be in the cards on this day. So try the Millennium Mile—it is for everyone! Really, it is for anyone; and a tremendous bargain at that.

In fact it is a fantastic bargain at $12.00 per person, and only $7.00 for kids 12 and under (it is $18.00 on race day, $10 for kids 12 and under). And it is so much fun for all, especially the kids who get to run with parents (first race experience, perhaps) and other adults, including some of the best runners in the USA. Older runners in their 70’s and 80’s will mix in—and probably beat many younger folks. Whatever the pace and whoever does the running, this is all about fun. The kids bring great energy to this happening and some older folks will be running strong and having a great experience.

Yankee Timing will use the Chronotrack chip system to provide accurate and immediate results. And because of the chip system there will be no finish line confusion. There will be cash awards for the first three women and men, plus a course record bonus of $500. And this race uniquely provides awards for the top woman and man at ¼, ½ and ¾ mile. There are 10-year age groups with prizes three deep beginning with 13-19 through 70+. Fittingly, they give an award to each boy and girl who wins their single age to age 12.

Some of the best runners in the USA have participated in this event. But it is indeed for everyone—a true race for the people: all ages, all paces. Start your New Year off right! Get the entire family out there.

Information is available at the Race Website, or by contacting the Race Director at 603-512-1976, or at This event is staged by Millennium Racing, P.O. Box 366, Grantham, NH 03753.

Just FYI, Millennium Racing will be presenting a twin event for the first time in 2011, the Manchester Mile (even faster and much warmer), a downhill event on Bridge Street. It will begin at Derryfield Park where race co-founders Matt Downin and John Mortimer participated in so many epic cross country battles prior to their amazing one-two finish at High School Nationals at Balboa Park in San Diego.

For many, this race and day will be remembered as their first event, or their mile PR. This has been true in each of the first 11 years. There have been some great athletes run the Millennium Mile. The times are amazing—check them on the Race Website and you will see some great race history. How will you do on the first day of 2011?

You never know who might show up; Olympic medalist Deena Kastor appeared in the sixth annual edition. It is certain that some of the best runners of the region and around the USA will be there. Winners have come from at least 14 different states and several countries.

Last year Jill Kerr of Newton, Massachusetts edged Tara Haas by four seconds to win in 4:43; Peter Najem of nearby Derry won the men’s contest in 4:04. In December, 2008 it was Salome Kosgei of Kenya (4:35) and Abiyot Endale of Ethiopia (3:58). The course records belong to Amy Mortimer, then of West Roxbury, Massachusetts who ran 4:20 in 2005; and the men’s record is shared by Scott Anderson of Washington, D.C., who ran 3:51 in the inaugural in 1999, and former Hampstead, NH resident Andy Downin, who equaled that mark in 2001. Masters records are held by Zofia Wieciorkowska of Stratford Connecticut (4:47 twice, 2004 and 2007) and Kent Lemme of Williamstown, Massachusetts (4:11, 2006).

Check the race Website for registration, course description, awards, results, including all time bests and an interesting history, the “Hall of Fame”, age group records, the all important scholarship information and donors, sponsors, recent news, and much more.

Race Co-founder and Race Director John Mortimer won in an even 4:00 in 2004 with a one second margin over Derek Treadwell of California. Sean O’Brien of Tilton, New Hampshire won his second victory in 2008 (he also won in 2003). Andy Downin is the only other male athlete two win twice, taking back to back victories in 2000 and 2001, each time edging his brother Matt by one second. Amy Lyman of Framingham, Massachusetts won the first and second Millennium Mile. The Downins are also Co-founders of the race.

High profile athletes always come, mostly friends of the founders as with the inaugural; but this is a run for the people—whatever their pace, ability, or experience level.
Race Headquarters will be the Londonderry High School on Mammoth Road, adjacent to the start. Bib number and chip pickup will be available from noon to 1:45 p.m. Race day registration is available.

The course is very simple. It heads south on Mammoth Road for one mile—point to point—and it is very much downhill. Passing by some historic structures in the village of Londonderry, the course ends just south of the famous Mack Apples farm stand, with much of the course adjacent to orchards.

The first 400 to register will receive distinctive Millennium Mile winter running hats (photo on Website). The post race and awards will be back at the Londonderry High School gym; and there will be an excellent raffle.

The first Millennium Mile was run on the last day of the previous Millennium, December 31, 1999. John Mortimer and the two Downin brothers were organizing a big New Years Eve/New Millennium party and realized, as top national class runners themselves, many of their friends and invited guests would be top runners; many of them All-Americans and Olympic Trials qualifiers. Naturally they sought a race to run on the 31st. Not finding one in close proximity, they decided to organize their own, and Mammoth Road seemed the obvious choice (part of the highly regarded Londonderry Old Home Days 5K course). Since the course was down hill, they thought it would be possible and significant if someone could break four minutes, which had never been done officially in New Hampshire.

Besides being a running community resource and a ton of fun, this race also serves another very important purpose: It is a primary source of funds for the Jack and June Mortimer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

It is quick, it is fun, and it is ideal for runners of all ages and abilities. This race is all downhill and heads south with the prevailing wind out of the north-northwest. It’s true! The 12th annual Millennium Mile in Londonderry, New Hampshire will speed through the heart of the famous apple orchards with hundreds of runners celebrating the beginning of a New Year and new running season. Be a part of it!



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