All Folks . . .
to everyone who participated in this year's Good Times Series. You made
it the best Good Times ever.
Good Time was had by all.
Times by the Numbers
All totaled the Good Times had 3973 finishers in 2009. In terms of total
finishers, this ranks third in the Merrimack Valley behind Andover's Feaster
Five (7041 in 2008) and Manchester's Cigna 5K (4956 in 2009). The spring
series had 2130 finishers (213 per week) while the summer series had 1843
finishers (230 per week). For the year we averaged 220 finishers per race.
I'm not sure
how many PR Mylies were awarded, but I do know it was over 600.
We also awarded 129 Golden Mylies for running every race in the series.
Seventy runners completed the entire ten races in the spring series and
sixty-nine runners completed the entire eight races in the summer series.
Next year we will be introducing the Platinum Mylie. These will be awarded
to anyone who finishes every race in both series.
Titus Mutinda and Linda Young were our overall summer series champions.
Titus had the series wrapped up early while Linda needed every race to
wrap-up her championship. In fact it was the closest race in recent memory.
In all we awarded 37 divisional plaques. CLICK
HERE for a photo gallery of our award ceremony.
Then check out the Good Times on our website,
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page or our Good Times Blog.
The Good Times Series would not happen without the dedication of a lot
of folks. I want to give a big thank you to the best volunteer crew around
-- announcer boy Dave LaBrode, water stop and course specialists Jim Stronach
and Richie Blake, finish and starting line gurus Skip Cleaver, Stan Klem,
Glenn Stewart and Barry Neil, head timer Bill Rozen, sound man Steve Moland,
utility player Jessica Costa and, of course, Nancy Stronach who, as most
of you have figured out, is the one who really runs the show. These are
the folks who put the "Good" in the Good Times.
I've already have a few changes planned for next year. The biggest change
is that we will be switching to chip timing. Our results are already speedy
and this will make them even faster. We'll also be adding the Platinum
Mylie for those who finish all 18 races. If you think the Golden Mylie
is big, just wait until you see these babies. We'll also be upgrading
our prizes with some neat stuff in the works. Throughout the off months
I will be soliciting input via our Facebook page on ideas for new themes
and way to improve the series. So please mark Tuesday, April 6, 2010 on
your calendar for the Opening Nite 5K. Until then, we can't guarantee
you will run a fast time, but we promise you will have a good time at
the Good Times Series.