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Novak Wins HASLAW Manchester Mile
Over 900 Registrants Participated in the 2nd Annual HASLAW Manchester Mile & 5K Road Races Tuesday Night Just Before the City of Manchester’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.

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Posted Thursday, 5 July, 2012

The start of the signature 1-mile race went off at 6:30 and Eric Ashe of Boston jumped out to the early lead and held it through just past half way picking up the ¼ mile and ½ mile leader cash bonuses. Rob Novak of Hamilton, NJ. took the lead just before the ¾ mile mark picking up the last bonus and holding on to break the tape in 3:49.9.

“There was a good field and it was a nice run” Novak said, and when asked about the event he said, “I absolutely enjoyed this event, you have to respect the downhill because it’s not easy.”

Milford’s Tammie Robie finished the mile first for the women in 5:01.06 just 9 weeks after delivering her new baby girl Brook.

“I loved the course! Such a great event, my favorite part was just after the ¾ mile mark when it levels out then starts to go down again and you can see the finish,” explained Robie.

The top 5 overall men and women in the 1-mile race competed for over $4,000 in prize and bonus money.

1. Rob Novak Hamilton, NJ 3:49.92
2. Eric Ashe Boston, MA 3:53.68
3. Pat Fullerton Bradford, MA 3:57.63
4. Nate Jenkins North Andover, MA 4:05.56
5. Sean Nyman Charleston, NH 4:30.15

1. Tammie Robie Milford, NH 5:01.60
2. Deborah Slason Goffstown, NH 5:17.32
3. Amanda Lawrence Mansfield CT 5:33.31
4. Jenna Marschhausen Hooksett, NH 5:42.64
5. Amy Morin Bedford, NH 5:46.87

With the addition of the first three men breaking 4-minutes, the total number of sub-4 performers on the HASLAW course stands at eleven; enhancing the claim that the HASLAW Manchester Mile is the fastest mile in America. Eight men broke the barrier in 2011, including course record holder Brian Gagnon in 3:43.9.

“The turnout far exceeded our expectations, as it took over 10 years for the original Millennium Mile to grow to a race this size.” stated Millennium Running founder and race director, John Mortimer. “Our hope is to make the HASLAW Manchester Mile & 5k is a great addition to the City of Manchester’s Independence celebration.”

The 5k that was run earlier in the evening started at the top of Bridge St. and finished at Pulaski Park. Concord’s Brian Lavoie took an early lead and continued to build on it throughout the course winning by nearly 1-minute with a time of 16:43.44. Julia Huffman of Manchester broke the tape as the first women with a time of 18:42.

Complete results from both races can be found online at

“Hinckley, Allen & Snyder is thrilled to be part of such a successful event. With beautiful summer weather, a large turnout and a well-organized race, this family and community event was a wonderful way to kick off the Fourth of July holiday,” said Mark McCue, partner.

Millennium Running named the YMCA of Greater Manchester and their Reach Out to Youth and Families Program as the official charity of the events.

The HASLAW Manchester Mile & 5K, and its benefits to the community would not be possible without the tremendous financial support of the title sponsor Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Attourneys at Law, as well as financial support from these sponsors: Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, MVP Health Care, Centrix Bank, Northeast Delta Dental, Apple Therapy Services, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Derry Sports & Rehab, Health Source Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab of Londonderry and the product donation of these sponsors: Stonyfield Yogurt, Portland Pie Company, Coca-Cola Northern New England, A Market.

About The HASLAW Manchester Mile and Millennium Running:
In its inaugural running in 2011, the HASLAW Manchester Mile produced the fastest men’s and women’s 1-mile times ever run on American soil. The 1-mile, point-to-point, downhill course saw former UCONN All American, Brian Gagnon win the race in 3:43.9 and former Rutgers University All American and now 2012 Olympian, Julie Culley run a 4:13.7, finishing as the fastest woman.

Founded in September 2010 by John Mortimer, Millennium Running is New Hampshire’s fastest growing road race management company. Fueled by a passion for promoting healthy, active lifestyles, Millennium Running’s mission is to provide unique, first class events. With more than $200,000 in funds raised for local organizations and non-profits since its inception, Millennium Running strives to strengthen the community with its charitable efforts. Event management, race timing, and online event registration comprise Millennium Running’s core services.



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