On this perfect Labor Day morning, Scott Leslie returned to Marlborough to defend his
title at the Laborious Labor Day Ten Miler. Having previously won this
challenging ten mile course through the beautiful back roads of Marlborough and
Hudson, Leslie knew that he had to save a little for the big hills that awaited
Unfortunately for Leslie, the competition this year was
tremendous with 45 runners competing. Dan Ostiguy
(from Gilbertville) and Michael Panas (from
Westborough) running together, went out hard (5.07 - mile, 16.40 - 5k) and was
never challenged the rest of the way. Ostiguy went on
to win the male division is a record setting time of 54.25, almost 3 ˝ minutes
faster than the previous record. Both Panas and
Leslie also broke the previous course record.
Kara Benson (from Sudbury)
also shattered the women’s course record by three minutes in a time of 1.06.22, placing 6th
Gary Catterin from Marlborough was our first
male master (5th overall) in a time of 1.04.56. Elaine DeBitetto from Stow
was the first female master (15th overall) in a time of 1.10.35.
Sponsored by Highland City Striders, Marlboro High Cross Country Teams
and the Marlboro Recreation Department, this unique race benefited the
Marlborough Food Pantry. Unlike most of the local running events, this event
had no entry fee; however, race director Mark Vital suggested that runners
donate can goods for the pantry. Thanks to the generosity of those who
competed; over 500 donated can goods will help fill the pantry's shelves
that feed the community's most needy.
The next race on the schedule for the Highland City Striders is the
Marlboro Main Street Mile which will be at 9:45 AM on September 30th, just
before the glorious Heritage Day Fair in downtown Marlboro.