Saturday morning after Thanksgiving while many of us are still recovering from all that turkey we ate. Yet for residents of the two rivals, Marlborough and Hudson, many participated in the 5K School Spirit Walk/Run. The race started at the Hudson Elks Club and winded around the residential area off Brigham Street in Hudson finishing back at the Elks. While the hills were hard, the wind made for an even more difficult course to challenge the runners and walkers.
When Mark Vital and Jim McKenna of the Highland City Striders (HCS) Running Club looked for a way to help both towns, they decided to have a 5K race where all of the proceeds would go towards scholarships for both schools managed by the Hudson Elks Club. To promote involvement an award was given to the town with the most participants. This year’s recipient of the Spirit Award was the town of Hudson.
For an inaugural race, the 5K had 237 runners and walkers. Both town’s boys and girls running teams and members of HCS made for a very competitive race. The top 3 male finishers were Connor Grogan (16:08), Hudson, 18, Sonny Gamble (16:15), Marlborough, 21, Kyle Schaeffer (16:17), Hudson, 22. The top 3 female finishers were Marybeth Ryan (20:29), Hudson, 26, Elizabeth Masterjohn, (21:58), 29, Meghan Flannery, (22:08), Hudson, 20.
The sponsors who gave so generously were the Hudson Elks, The Hudson Police Association, Avidia Bank, Crown Trophy and the Hudson and Marlborough Boosters Clubs. The race was managed by the Highland City Striders. For more information about joining the Highland City Striders visit http://www.highlandcitystriders.org.
Total runners 147. Total walkers 90. Total volunteers 35.
Top 3 finishers Connor Grogan 16:08 Hudson, 18 yrs old
Sonny Gamble 16:15, Marlborough, 21 yrs old
Kyle Schaeffer 16:17, Hudson, 22 yrs old
Top 3 Femails Marybeth Ryan, 20:29, Hudson, 26 yrs old
Elizabeth Masterjohn, 21:58, Hudson, 29 yrs old
Meghan Flannery, 22:08, Hudson, 20 yrs old