Groton Town Forest Trail Races - 10 & 3 Miles
Groton, MA, 10/24/99

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Mother Nature cooperated with a gorgeous autumn day for the 2nd Annual Groton Town Forest Trail Races (10 and 3 miles). Altogether 200 runners hit the trails, with 136 in the 10-mile race and 64 in the 3-mile race, nearly doubling last year's attendance.

In the 10 mile race, overall winner David Hinga of Lowell (57:14) waited at the finish line for over 4 minutes for 2nd place (and first Master) John LaChance of Lunenburg (1:01:35), and 5 minutes for the #2 male on the New England "Grand Tree" Trail Racing Circuit, Keith Schmitt (1:02:20), who finished 4th, 20 seconds behind his brother Leigh. John's wife Sue LaChance (1:10:05) was all alone in 1st place for the women, while Brenda Baxter of Groton (1:16:27) held onto 2nd place over Janet Healy of Groton by one second.

In the 3 mile race, overall winner was Eric Berntsen of Groton (23:06), with 14-year old Patrick Provost going over the finish line next in an excellent time of 23:52. Paul Correia of N. Dartmouth was 3rd and the first Master in 24:20. The first female was Nancie Gaj of Groton (27:06). Nathaniel Fucile, age 8, came from Albion, RI to take the under 10 crown in a time of 37:08!

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Brenda Baxter, 2nd female, holds on to 1 sec lead over Janet Healy
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Even winner David Hinga did some tree hugging
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First female, Sue LaChance, finishing in 1:10:05
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Overall winner David Hinga's time of 57:14 established a fierce course record
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Mike Killam, 2nd under 20, leads Leslie Mudgett, 1st 30-34, and Kimberly Tabor, 2nd 25-29
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Robert Molloy cruising to a 26:50 finish in the 3 miler
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Joe Maguire is delerious at 7 mile mark, but finds finish line in 1:40:34
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Trail running veterans Ed Alibozek (33) and John Scalise (131) run by Kathleen Aubin
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Start of 10 miler
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Leigh Schmitt powering in to 3rd place overall
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Ken Clark clinches 5th place overall
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Andrew Lanier (545), Chris Funch (555), and Andrew Herald (552) careen around the first corner of 3 miler
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Dave Molloy takes leap of faith in 10 miler
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Keith Schmitt keeps brother Leigh in sight for 4th place overall
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Matt Brown (front) leads Dave Williams (18), Dennis Zajehowski (19), and Geoff Going (63) downward