A record 50 half marathoners, 60 relay runners and numerous walkers enjoyed sunny and warm fall weather at the 29th Annual Dixville Half Marathon on 9/24/2005. All runners competed on a USATF-certified half marathon course starting at the Balsams Panoramic Golf Course in Dixville Notch and winding along scenic Rte. 26 into Colebrook, NH. Events included individual 1/2 marathon, two/four person relays and a three-mile fun walk. People came from all over New England, Quebec, and as far away as South Dakota, Texas and Florida to compete in what many runners described as one of the most scenic and best organized Half Marathons in New England. A lively crowd of spectators greeted runners and walkers at the finish line. There was also live bluegrass music provided by the Parker Hill Road Band, food served up by the Kiwanis club and beverages.
This year's top male finisher in the Individual 1/2 marathon was David Herr, of Canaan VT, with a time of 1:11:10. David, who holds the 1999 course record of 1:08:12, easily maintained a steady pace of 5:26 per mile. David Herr also received the Dennis Joos award for the top local male finisher. Jeff Brooks of Colebrook came in second overall with an impressive time of 1:20:35 (6:09 per mile). Top female runner, Sandra Abbott of Nashua NH, maintained a pace of 8:11 per mile and finished with a time of 1:47:10. Fran Bigney, competing in her first Ĺ marathon and smiling the whole way, finished with a time of 1:51:15. She was awarded the Vickie Bunnell award for the top local female finisher.
In the two-person relays, the first women, Marcella Nugent and Terri Earnshaw, completed the course in a time of 1:57:28. This is the second consecutive year that Terri has taken this honor. The first men's two personís team was "Schanlaber/Fedele" with a time of 1:24:58. Ron Fedele won for the third year in a row with his new teammate Kemp Schanlaber. Both competed with the North Countryís 12-Person "Old Men of the Mountain Team" in the 210-mile Reach the Beach Relay one-week earlier. The two-person mixed team winners and frequent Dixville competitors, David and Diane Langlois of Statham NH, finished in 2:05:28. In the four-person relays the first menís team across the finish line in a time of 1:31:51 was "W.A.R.", represented by Rent Gilbert, David Radun, Guthrie Peet and Paul Rolla. The first women across were the "Sister Act" team, consisting of Darlene Belknap, Charlene Poulin, Bridget Jeffers and Gina Jeffers with a time of 1:47:11. The top four person mixed team, with a time of 1:49:07, were "Flying Floss" runners Dana Bartlett, Nathan Haynes, Melinda Marquis, and Katharine Tuit.
Bev Yates was awarded the Great Guts award that is given every year to a participant who has overcome great obstacles or otherwise shown determination to finish. Bev drove 16 hours from Pennsylvania with her 94-year-old mother to compete in honor of her recently deceased father, the Rev. Oliver Northcott.
Proceeds from the Dixville Races benefit the North Country Community Recreation Center, the Colebrook Ambulance Corps, Colebrook and Canaan Key Clubs and the Dixville Races scholarship for deserving North Country High School graduates. Key sponsors and contributors to the event included The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel which hosted the pre-race Pasta Dinner, Camp E-Toh-Anee, Citizens Bank, Colebrook Ambulance Corps, The First Colebrook Bank, Colebrook Car Dealers, LaPerle's IGA, Indian Stream Health Center, Key Clubs of Canaan and Colebrook, the New Hampshire State Troopers' Association, The News & Sentinel, North Country Community Recreation Center, Northern Human Services (Formerly UCVMH&DS), Nugent Bus Company, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Upper Conn. Valley Hospital, Waystack & King Attorneys, Anheuser Busch, and Anonymous. Timing was provided by Hal Goolman and the RASC@L running club from Lancaster, NH. Race organizers gave a special thanks to all the volunteers who made the day a success.
Everyone was encouraged to return next year, and to bring a friend along. The 2006 race will be the 30th anniversary and are set for the usual last Saturday in September (9/30/06). Race organizers promised the same great fall weather.
(Results, awards and participants listed on attached)