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USATF NE Mountain circuit race #3

Wilton, NH, June 6, 2005

Pack Monadnock - Circuit race #3

by Dave Dunham

Team CMS at the summit of Wachusett
Team CMS at the summit of Wachusett
2005 USATF New England Mountain running circuit

The circuit returned to Pack Monadnock this year after the race was put on hold in 2004. Nearly two hundred runners turned out to test themselves over the 10-mile course from Wilton NH to the summit of Pack Monadnock in Temple NH. The sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures slowed most and made the five waterstops along the way a very popular destination.

Greg Ward of the Moose Milers & Marathoners took the victory by nearly four minutes over Mark Mayall of the Reebok Boston team. Ward took the lead in the first mile and never wavered as he came through the finish line in 1:07:05. Suzy West of the Cambridge Sports Union took home the women's victory by a narrow 37 seconds over Kathy Maddock. West's also topped the 40+ field running the 5th fastest time of 1:22:25. She seemed disappointed by the time as she had run four minutes faster when setting the 40+ course record in 2003.

Dave Dunham (CMS) was the men's 40+ winner, taking third overall in 1:11:44 and noted that it was nearly 13 minutes slower than his best time on the course. Robert Chasen was the 50+ champion, finishing seventh overall in 1:16:22. Chasen's time was good enough to rank 8th all time for the 50+ at Pack. Ted Ridout was the top 60+ in 1:40:13. Kathy Satter was the top 50+ women in 1:48:56, and Dick Kuhl was the only 70+ finisher in 2:17:10.

The Moose Milers and Marathoners took top USATF Team honors in ALL categories. Scoring was compiled based on the finishing position of the top three USATF team members in each category. In the open the MMM defeated CMS and NMC with 16 points to 22 and 32 respectively. In the 40+ they defeated NMC 30 to 32 points, and the 50+ with 53 points to Gate City Striders 126 points. On the ladies side the MMM took the open and 40+ with 40 points. Second place went to CSU in both categories with 57 points.

The circuit leaders in many of the categories shifted over the weekend, with some former leaders opting for other races. Kathy Hurst leads the women's open with 215.64 points. Suzy West (CSU) leads the 40+ with 236.36 points. Jacqueline Keith leads the 50+ and Barbara Robinson leads the 70+ with 150.97 and 54.66 points respectively.

Rob Smith of the Central Mass. Striders leads the men's open with 257.42 points. Dave Dunham (CMS) leads the 40+ field with 268.83 points. Richard Stockdale (MMM) leads the 50+ category with 224.04 points. Eldon Burkinshaw (GCS) leads the 60+ with 186.93 and Donald Dayton leads the 70+ with 122.05 points.

A total of 29 athletes have now run the first three circuit races. An additional 28 have done two of three, and 36 have done one race.

Circuit totals for the entire ten year history have been kept and updated after each race. Eldon Burkinshaw (GCS) continues to hold his lead in the "most finishes" category as he finished his 32nd circuit race on Sunday. Fred Ross III and Dave Dunham (CMS) are tied for second with 31 finishes. Donna Smyth has the most finishes among the women with 25 and leads Suzy West by a scant few points in the point total category. Dunham leads the overall point category with 2,995.95 points.

The circuit continues on June 12th with the race up Mt Ascutney, a 3.8 mile grind with an average grade over 10%.




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