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Dixville 1/2 Marathon
Colebrook, NH, September 26, 2009
33rd ANNUAL DIXVILLE HALF MARATHON
1/2 MARATHON CONTINUES TO GROW
A record 92 half marathoners (100 registered), 70 relay runners, and 41 walkers enjoyed near peak fall foliage and perfect fall running weather at the 33rd Annual Dixville Half Marathon on 9/26/2009. 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. Runners came from all over New England, Canada and even Virginia 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.
This year's top male finisher in the individual 1/2 marathon was local legend David Herr, of Canaan VT, with a time of 1:12:16. David, who holds the 1999 course record of 1:08:12, maintained a pace of 5:31 per mile. This was despite winning the Adirondack Marathon last weekend with a personal record on this difficult course in a time of 2:35:38. David Herr also won the Dennis Joos award for the top local male finisher. Jeff Brooks of Colebrook NH held a strong pace of 6:00 and placed 2nd with a time of 1:18:33. Andrew Tobin of Lancaster NH finished his first Dixville 1/2 Marathon in 3rd place ( 1:23:18). Jennifer VanDonger maintained a pace of 6:26 per mile and crossed the finish line with a time of 1:24:13. Fran Bigney (Race Committee Member) finished with a time of 1:51:06 and was awarded the Vickie Bunnell award for the top local female finisher. Randy Lakin, proud father and Colebrook HS graduate, was awarded the Great Guts Award for overcoming personal adversity. He finished the 1/2 Marathon course in 2:05:21.
In the two-person relays, the first women, Raya and Fiona Kaplan, completed the course in a time of 1:50:25. The first men's two person's team was Green Flash (Jimmy Crosslet & Scott Stepanion represeting the NH State Police) with a time of 1:51:53. The two-person mixed team winners, White Mountain Milers (Arthur and Carol Viens) finished in 1:51:21. In the four-person relays the first men's team across the finish line was last year's winning team 'The Old Men of the Mountains' (Ron Fedele, Stephen Simon, Scott Ryder and Mark Vincent) with a time of 1:32:34. The “Old Men” were part the North Country team by the same name that just completed the 200+ mile Reach the Beach Relay. The first 4-person women's team (Mon-sters - Brenda McKenzie, Suzie Riley, Melissa Riley & Jennifer Glines) across the finish line edged out last year's winning team ('Sister Act' team) by 8 seconds in an exciting finish, with a time of 1:51:07. The top four person mixed team, with a time of 1:37:21, was NPDJ (Nick Hebert, Dana Smith, Patrick Gorman & Brunault).
Proceeds from the Dixville Races benefit the Colebrook, Pittsburg and Canaan Key Clubs, Canaan Builders Club, the Dixville Races scholarship for deserving North Country High School graduates, North Country Community Recreation Center, 45th Parallel EMS, and the Two Rivers Cancer Fund. Key sponsors and contributors to the event included Alexander Concrete, Anheiser-Busch, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, Berry Transportation of Lisbon, Brooks Chevrolet, Camp E-Toh-Anee, Citizens Bank, Colebrook Chronicle, Colebrook News and Sentinel, Colebrook Police Department, Daniel Hebert Inc., The First Colebrook Bank, 45th Parallel EMS, Key Clubs of Canaan, Colebrook and Pittsburg, Columbia House, Kiwanis Club, LaPerle's IGA, NH Charitable Foundation (Neil & Louise Tillotston Foundation), NH State Police, North Country Community Recreation Center, Northern Human Services,Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Squeege Printers, Thorlo, Upper Connecticut Valley Community Coalition, Upper Conn. Valley Hospital, Waystack Frizzell Attorneys and many other volunteers. Timing was provided by Hal Goolman and Lynn Stanford of the RASC@L running club from Lancaster, NH.
Everyone was encouraged to return next year, and to bring a friend. The 2010 race will be the 34th anniversary of this event and is scheduled for the usual last Saturday in September (9/26/10). Race organizers promised the same great fall weather.
(Results, awards and participants listed on attached)