Kara Haas and Casey Moulton Fly to Victory at Hollis Apple Country Fast 5K
What a tremendously successful race it was, right out of the gate. New races are always exciting, fun, and interesting. But few are as enormously successful as the Hollis Apple Country Fast 5K, staged by the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club.
Posted Wednesday, 22 June, 2005
Two regional racing stars came to Hollis on a warm Thursday evening to test the inaugural Fast 5K. And they did indeed make it fast. Kara Hass of Chelmsford, Massachusetts set a personal best time in flying to a 16:51 victory. Casey Moulton of nearby Pelham, New Hampshire, set a screaming pace, winning comfortably in 14:30. Both stars established challenging course records for future years.
Haas, a teacher at Elm Street Junior High School in neighboring Nashua, was in command from the beginning as she glided down Depot Road so efficiently she seemed to barely touch the ground. She sped through the last tenth to the finish with her trademark smile, and the crowd responded with resounding cheers. She was never challenged, and won by nearly two minutes.
In the women’s race the battle was for the other top five positions. Kim Najem of Derry won the battle for second, clocking 18:48 in the 20 to 24 division. Victoria Lee of Pembroke, New Hampshire took the bronze in 18:57, only one second in front of Donna Compton of Franklin, Massachusetts. Jayne Tallarico of Wilton rounded out the top five, winning the masters’ division at 19:12.
Moulton, only two weeks after running his first marathon, a 2:30 performance at Key Bank Vermont City in Burlington, set a blistering pace from the start of the Fast 5K. He was covered stride for stride by Matt Kubiak and Matt Sullivan of N. Andover, Massachusetts in the early going. By the two mile mark, however, Moulton began to put some daylight between them, and rocketed to the finish 22 seconds ahead of Kubiak and Sullivan who ran a strong race to capture third overall in 15:15. Zach Emerson of Pittsfield zipped in for fourth (15:31), and Jim Rhodes of Lowell, Massachusetts powered to fifth in an outstanding 16:08.
This race was fast, as advertised. And there were remarkable performances across all age groups. Fifteen runners sped under 17 minutes, and 30 bettered 18 minutes. Terrific age group performances included nine-year-old Molly McCabe of Brookline, winning her nine-and-under division with an incredible 21:51. Tiffany Stanton clocked 21:27 to win the 10-11 age group prize, as did Brianna Deveraux of Londonderry (20:50) in the 12-13 group. Pam Hall won the 50-54 division with 20:45, and Heidi McGaffigan sped to 22:43 to take the 55-59 prize.
Francis Hernandez zipped in at 18:27 to win the boys’ 12-13 group, and Dominic Puleo of Hudson galloped to 17:07 to win in the 14-15 age group. Dan Maas of Nashua led the 16-17 division with a terrific 16:19, seventh overall. Jim Morisseau of Raymond was the victor in the 50-54 group with a powerful 17:52, while Trevor Ward zipped to 18:33 for the 55-59 award. John Rancourt of Middleton, New Hampshire sped to 19:39 to win at 60-64, followed by Richard Molloy of Chelmsford (father of winner Kara Haas) in 19:57, and Denny LeBlanc of Nashua at 20:27.
Kubiak, Sullivan, and Rhodes, running for Athletics East, took the men’s club team championship, edging second place Moose Milers and Marathoners, led by Emerson. Texas Instruments captured the corporate team division.
David O’Meara, a member of the Gate City Striders now living in Sarasota, Florida, captured the top prize in Men’s masters with his 16:12, sixth overall. O’Meara, a tennis pro and author, led the Gate City Striders to third place in the men’s club division, along with Jim Hanson (18:05) and Richard Stockdale (18:12).
Gate City women took the open team prize, led by Karen Pattelena on her home turf (19:31), along with Michelle Poublon (20:44) and Pam Hall (20:45). Pattelena and Poublon earned silver and bronze in the 35-39 division. The Gate City Striders were instrumental in providing many volunteers for the race.
The first annual Hollis Brookline Rotary Apple Country Fast 5K was a tremendous success by all measures, as 500 registered, and over 400 completed the 3.11 miles point-to-point. There was a terrific atmosphere and some outstanding racing. The adventure started at the Hollis Brookline Junior High, wound through the historic village, and finished at Morin’s Landscaping on the south end of Depot Road. It was a net downhill course, and hundreds took advantage. Pre-race and post-race activities took place at Alpine Grove, a short walk from the finish. Post-race ceremonies included unique awards of attractive sculpted apples on a wooden base backed by a plaque—very different, and very much appreciated.
There were many prizes awarded, to be sure. Age group awards alone included 36 divisions going three deep, plus the top three women, and top three men overall. There were awards for walkers, and team awards for female, male, and co-ed in club, corporate, junior high, and high school divisions. Including the post race party, it made for an exciting night for all. Yankee Timing did a tremendous job in providing computerized results across so many categories.
This was a terrific event, from the pre-race registration process to post-race food. The big winners, of course, were the worthy charities of the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club. Most participants were from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, however there were seven states and three countries represented. Runners near and far who missed the inaugural will definitely want to place this one on the calendar for next year. An outstanding new race has been born.