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Dixville 1/2 Marathon
Colebrook, NH, September 29, 2007
31rst ANNUAL DIXVILLE HALF MARATHON
1/2 MARATHON CONTINUES TO GROW
A record 64 half marathoners, 56 relay runners, and 28 walkers enjoyed peak fall foliage and near perfect fall running weather at the 31rst Annual Dixville Half Marathon on 9/29/2007. 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 the individual 1/2 marathon, two/four person relays and a three-mile fun walk. People came from all over New England and Quebec 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. Race Organizing Committee member Sue Perkins, provided massages.
This year's top male finisher in the Individual 1/2 marathon was local legend, David Herr, of Canaan VT, with a time of 1:12:39. David, who holds the 1999 course record of 1:08:12, easily maintained a steady pace of 5:33 per mile, only one second per mile slower than his time last year. David Herr also received the Dennis Joos award for the top local male finisher. Jeff Brooks of Colebrook broke his personal best time at this event by 2 minutes and came in second overall with an impressive time of 1:17:00 (5:53 per mile), 10 minutes ahead of the third palce finisher. Top female runner, Lynn Stanford of Lancaster NH and the RASC@L's Running Club, maintained a pace of 6:48 per mile and rushed through the finish line with a time of 1:29:04, just in time to help with race timing. Kelly Nugent finished with a time of 1:53:31 and was awarded the Vickie Bunnell award for the top local female finisher.
In the two-person relays, the first women, Carol Brennon and Diane Hayes of Lancaster, NH and the RASC@La running club, completed the course in a time of 2:06:06. The first men's two person's team was "Arguin's Army TWO" with a time of 1:26:44. Don and Dave Arguin maintained an impressive 6:37 per mile pace despite a stiff head wind. The two-person mixed team winners, Arguin's Army TOO" (Barbara & Dan Arguin) finished in 1:37:52. In the four-person relays the first men's team across the finish line was "RBMD" (Robert Brunault, Nathaneau Graves, Ben Owen & Dylan Rossitto) with a time of 1:27:44. The first women across the finish line again this year was the "Sister Act II" team, consisting of Gina Brown, Charlene Poulin, Bridget Jeffers and Susie Riley with a time of 1:49:00. The top four person mixed team, with a time of 1:47:37, were "Northern Human Services & Aid" runners Charlie Cotton, Angele Hall, Tonya Placey and Brian Riley. Angele Hall, who has only been running for five weeks and was fighting a cold, crossed the finish line with a smile and vowed to run again next year. Ron Fitzpatrick was awarded the Great Guts award. He finished the 1/2 Marathon course in 2:03:07, despite a triple bypass a few years ago and riding the course several times on his bicycle over the past day to ensure the race continued to receive its USTAF distance certification.
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 Alexander Concrete, Anheiser-Busch, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel which hosted the pre-race Pasta Dinner, Beecher Falls Division of Ethan Allen, Berry Transportation of Lisbon, Camp E-Toh-Anee, Citizens Bank, Colebrook Ambulance Corps, The First Colebrook Bank, Colebrook Car Dealers, Indian Stream Health Center, LaPerle's IGA, Key Clubs of Canaan and Colebrook, the New Hampshire State Troopers' Association, The News & Sentinel, North Country Community Recreation Center, Northern Human Services, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Upper Conn. Valley Hospital, Waystack Frizzell and many volunteers. Timing was provided by Hal Goolman and the RASC@L running club from Lancaster, NH.
Everyone was encouraged to return next year, and to bring a friend. The 2007 race will be the 32nd anniversary and is scheduled for the usual last Saturday in September (9/27/08). Race organizers promised the same great fall weather.
(Results, awards and participants listed on attached)