Scott Leslie won the 6th Annual Laborious Labor Day Ten Miler, in perfect running conditions (58 and sunny) finishing ahead of 55 other runners, covering the course in just 55:45.  This was Leslie’s third time repeating as race champion.  Second place finisher Chris Gooley from Hopkinton finished in 1:00:56, while Steve Levandosky, also of Hopkinton, took third in 1:02:24.   The first finisher from Marlborough was Ken Hutton, 7th overall, in a time of 1:07:25.  Top female finisher was Catherine Malloy, from Marlborough, who covered the course in 1:07:30 (9th overall), followed by Heidi Brockman, the second female finisher from Lexington, MA (14th overall) in 1:11:05.  The third place female finisher was Hudson High alumna Andy Marinelli, who finished 19th overall and ran the course in 1:14:25.  Mark Vital, the race director, noted that the word, “Laborious” comes not from the fact that it is Labor Day, but because the course is so hilly and difficult.

The all-time course record is held by Dan Ostiguy (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. Complete results can be found on Coolrunning at

Race director Mark Vital, former president of the Highland City Striders, said that the primary purpose of the race is to raise food and community awareness for the Hudson & Marlborough Food Pantries. 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 nonperishable food items. “Many runners bring extra,” says Vital.

The run is organized and sponsored by the Highland City Striders, a local running club in the Greater Marlborough area.   The Striders will also organize the upcoming Marlborough Main Street Mile (Sunday, Oct. 3rd) in conjunction with the Heritage Day Fair that will be held in Marlborough that day.  In addition, the Striders will also organize the 2nd Annual School Spirit 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, November 27th, which celebrates the longstanding athletic rivalry between Hudson and Marlborough and benefits the Elks Scholarship Fund and finally the running group will host another ten miler, the Tough Ten Mile Turkey Trot (Sunday, Nov. 28th), which, like the Labor Day Race, is held to benefit the local food pantries.


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