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Merrimack River Trail Race - 19th annual

Andover, MA, April 10, 2010

Run the Rivah!

by dd

Kevin Tilton takes the victory - Picture by Rose Washak
Kevin Tilton takes the victory - Picture by Rose Washak
2010 Merrimack River trail race

Kevin Tilton and Ben Nephew led the way with the closest finish since Paul Low beat Nephew in 2003 (10 seconds). Tilton took his second Rivah win with a 59:01 followed 15 seconds later by CMS teammate Nephew. Ben had his 12th consecutive finish, which ranks him second all-time. Tom Speidel continues to be the only runner to have completed all of the races, crossing the line for his 19th time. Scott Spence picked up his 17th finish (2nd most all-time).

Gina Lucrezi narrowly missed the women's course record with her 1:07:41. That trails only Kelli Lusk's 1:07:27 from 2005. Christin Doneski placed second in 1:12:35. Lisa Doucett took the 50+ age group with a 7second victory over Tracey Olafsen (1:24:59 to 1:25:06). Their times rank 2nd and 3rd fastest ever, trailing only Carol Kane's CR from 2000 (1:24:44). Doucett also leads the women with the most finishes with 10. Carol Comeau finished her 8th consecutive to lead the women in all-time consecutive finishes.

Some of the other age group action includes Kathleen Furlani taking the 60+ category in the 2nd fastest all-time with a 1:51:43.

On the men's side Scott Clark and David Quintal had a close battle in the 40+ with Clark taking home the banana bread in 1:03:13 to Quintal's 1:03:35. Those were the 8th and 10th all-time run in the 40+ category. In the 50+ Flyod Lavery ran the fourth best all-time with a 1:11:18. Peter Watson took the 70+ with the fourth best time ever in 1:44:19.

Complete age group records, top times, stats, and more information on the River race can be found at: http://rivertrailrace.blogspot.com/ Please check this site for links to MANY pictures taken at the race.

Thanks to the Wyndham hotel for allowing the race to use the parking lot. Kudos to all of the people who helped out marking the course, manning the water station, working registration, cooking food, donating prizes, and helping out in any way they saw fit. Special "thank you!" to the DRC timing and scoring who donated their time and energy to ensure that the finish line was trouble-free.

All proceeds from the race are donated to the Chamberas scholarship fund and to the Andover Conservation Commission.




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