2006 USATF NE Mountain
The six race, USATF New England mountain running circuit
wrapped up in North Conway with the August 7 running of the Eighteenth annual
Mount Cranmore race. More than ninety
runners from eleven states and Canada raced each other over the up/down course
which featured stretches of 20% grade.
Twenty-one runners completed all six races, thus earning the
distinction of being dubbed “Mountain Goats”.
An additional 16 runners completed five races. The USATF champions were determined by totaling points earned
with the best five counting. The points
were determined bas4ed on the finisher’s percent behind the winner (for
example: the winner runs 1:00:00 and Runner-X runs 2:00:00. Runner-X gets 50 points). For the first time in the ten year history
of the circuit, women were scored based on the winning woman’s time. This gave women equivalent scores to the
Many of the age group victgories were close, going down to
the last race. Paul Low (CMS) took the
overall victory with 488.48 points, narrowly topping teammate Kevin Tilton who
finished 9 points back. Kathy Hurst was
the women’s winner with 427.54 points.
The 50+ men’s age group was one of the deepest fields with the top seven
runners all within 80 points. Robert
Chasen took the victory with 387.91 points.
A total of 109 USATF members scored points in the
circuit. Point totals and race finishes
are scored since the first race in 1996.
Eldon Burkinshaw (Gate City Striders) leads with 35 finishes. Donna Smyth (CSU) is the top woman with 28
finishes. Dave Dunham (CMS) leads the
scoring with 3,166.92 points and Donna Smyth leads the women with 1,958.15.
USATF New England Mountain running champions (500 possible
Open Kathy Hurst 427.54
40+ Suzy West CSU 473.49
Keith NMC 309.93
Robinson MM&M 71.01
Open Paul Low CMS 488.48
40+ Dave Dunham CMS 439.81
50+ Robert Chasen Tri-Valley 387.91
60+ Peter Orni CMS 325.87
70+ Paul McDermott NMC 186.25
A complete list of Mountain Goats and all USATF Circuit
finishers is attached along with the finish and point leaders from 1996 to