Press Release   


Release Date – Immediately        


September 1, 2008


Contact Information

Mark Vital

Highland City Striders

(508) 229-3160



Great Road Race for a Great Cause


Early Labor Day morning from the beautiful Ghiloni Park on Concord Road in Marlboro, 40 runners ran a torturous ten mile fun run through the stunning back roads of Marlborough and Hudson. The 4th annual Laborious Labor Day Ten Miler had begun, and it looked to be a fast group. Under perfect running conditions (sunny and 68 degrees), Chris Green from Marlborough and Dan Ostigay from Gilbertville sprinted the 1st mile in 5:20. The two of them stayed together through the first 5k as they passed in 16.45. It wasn’t until the infamous Hosmer hill (one mile long at the 7.9 mark) that Green pulled away and won with a time of 54.58. Ostigay ran the course in 55.19. The all-time course record is actually held be Ostigay (9/2007) in the incredible time of 54.25. The course record for a female competitor is Sumner Fletcher (11/07) from Uxbridge in the time of 1.04.10.


            Not too far behind Ostigay was Marlborough’s Gary Cattarin (1st master) who completed the course in a fine time of 1.01.04 for 3rd place. The 4th place finisher was John Tanner (1.04.38) also from Marlborough. The first female runner was Heather Arsonault from Leominster (9th overall) in an outstanding time of 1.10.20. The 2nd overall female was Liz Masterjohn (15th overall) from Hudson in a time of 1.14.43. The 1st female master runner was Elaine DeBitotto (16th overall) from Stow in a time of 1.15.18


This race was the creation of Mark Vital (MHS girls’ cross country coach and President of the Highland City Striders) in 2003 and its primary purpose is to raise can goods and community awareness for the Marlborough Food Pantry. Vital says, “I love running and just wanted to help out. This type of run is great for the community and a lot of fun for the runners.” Instead of charging an entry fee to run, the recommended fee is ten can goods. “Many runners bring extra,” says Vital.


The run was sponsored by the Marlborough Recreation Department and Marlborough High School cross country teams, and organized by the outstanding volunteers from the local running club, the Highland City Striders (  The Highland City Striders will also organize the upcoming Marlborough Main Street Mile (Oct. 5th) and the Tough Ten Mile Turkey Trot (Nov. 30th). See their website for details and applications.

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