For the 2nd year in a row the fickle New England
weather God’s gave us snow (over 6”) but took it away with temperatures in the
50’s leading up to the race. Unlike
last year, the course was left slick with icy spots and even some crusty snow
on the gas line. Over 20 runners showed
up to take the challenge and get a look at the latest version of the Dion
snowshoes. Times were slightly slower
than last year due to the icy spots, including a treacherous crossing of the
beaver dam which was coated with a thin layer of ice. Richard Bolt took the overall victory (the day after winning the
Sterling “Freezer Five” by over 3 minutes) with a strong sub 18 effort on the
3.3m mostly out/back course. 4th
Place finisher Wesley Lassen ran in shorts and singlet! Laurel Shortell won the women’s race and
continues her streak of consecutive WMAC races. Cathy Dunham picked up course markers as she ran and was the
third finisher for the victorious CMS team.
CMS narrowly won the team competition beating the Merrimack Valley
Striders and the Western MA Athletic Club by two and seven points respectively.
Thank you to the helpers at the race without whom I could
not have held the race.
Cathy Dunham – Set up, taking down course markings.
Dan Verrington – Set Up, Timing/Scoring.
Alan Beebe – Course marking.
James Pawlicki – Photography.
Everyone else who pitched in!
Wes Lassen Richard
Busa (age 75) Laurel Shortell