Gate City Striders

2010 Grand Prix Wrap-up

This past weekend marked the end of both the New Hampshire and New England Grand Prix race series for 2010. Check out some highlights from both races.


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This past weekend marked the end of both the New Hampshire and New England Grand Prix race series for 2010. Below are some highlights from both races.

Saturday, October 16th - Pawtuckaway 5k

The Team - At The Pawtuckaway 5k

32 brave GCS-Triad runners that showed up gave it their all, but came up a bit short against Greater Derry and their 55 runner assault. The preliminary points for the day had GDTC taking first place with 175 points to our 159. That 16 point win (coupled with the 21 point lead they had going into this weekends final NHGP race) gives GDTC a 37 point win for the Team Championship in the 2010 New Hampshire Grand Prix Race Series (1039 points to 1002).

 Liz Hall

Congratulations to Greater Derry for running a terrific race and series! They worked really hard this year, and for a club of their size to beat us, they really needed to pull together to make it happen. Their victory was certainly well-earned and hopefully will help boost interest in the series going forward. And, while I am disappointed in the final results, I couldn’t be prouder of the efforts put forth by the people in our club that came out to run this one with us.

 Rich Sparks, Jim Eden & Tom Kolb

People like: Mark Velino (Jim Velinos son) who said he was really a soccer player, but ended up scoring our only points (4) in the Mens 29 & under category. And, Chris Poulos was prepared to run in his trail sandals because he forgot his sneakers at home. Thankfully, we found another pair and Chris ripped off a 18:20 which was good enough for second fastest on the team and 7 big points. And, Jim Eden, a recent C25K graduate who figured “what the heck – I’ll run!” and PR’d on a seriously tough 5k course while scoring 3 points for us. And, Milt Schumacher & Rick Stetson who traveled up from Rhode Island & Duxbury, MA respectively for this quick, little race.

 Sachiko Burkinshaw, Robin Rocha, Mary Minami, Shu Minami & Deb Roy

People like: Taylor Studley (Suzanne Barkers daughter) who said she was really a swimmer, but ended up scoring our only points (5) in the Womens 29 & under category. And, Liz Hall who said she would run even though she was “out of shape” but ended up being the fastest female overall, scored 9 points, an ipod and a sweet trophy in the shape of NH for her troubles. And, Aline Kenney who ran through her injury to help GCS sweep the Womens Veterans Division with the help of stalwarts Jane Levesque and Genia Sanborn. 

Jim Velino, Aline Kenney, Jane Levesque, Genia Sanborn, Brian Sanborn, Terry Kenney & Mark Velino

In the end, we had 3 runners join me in finishing all of the 7 NHGP races this year. They were: Tom Kolb, Suzanne Barker & Robin Rocha. Congrats to them for becoming our club’s New Hampshire Grand Prix Granite Runners for 2010! Our leading age-group point getters were: Kevin Collins (12), Chris Poulos (31), Rich Smith (30), Tom Kolb (21), Denny Leblanc (22), Shu Minami (22) Sarah Graves (12), Suzanne Barker (31), Karen Long (20), Andrea Pierce (46), Jane Levesque (22) & Barbara Robinson (8).

 Taylor Studley, Suzanne Barker & Amy Doyle

My heart-felt thanks goes out to them, and to everyone else who helped make this years New Hampshire Grand Prix Series as much fun as it was! Plans are already being made for next year’s NHGP series. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve it, or which local races you think should be considered, please drop me a line at Complete results for this race can be found on Cool running here.

Sunday, October 17th - Baystate Marathon

Joe Donnelly & Brian Ruhm

Well, it was quite a day for the GCS-Triad Racing team out at the Baystate Marathon. 41 of our best & brightest toed the line Sunday morning against the biggest & baddest competition the region has to offer. And, after 26.2 miles of dust had settled, we can count ourselves amongst the best of them!  

Steve Wolfe

Our fastest male runner was Joe Donnelly who ran a stunning 2:37:56 to take 5th in his age group and lead our Men Masters Team (including Brian Ruhm, Mark Engerman, Steve Wolfe & Denis Tranchemontagne) to a strong 3rd place finish just behind Whirlaway & CMS. Our fastest female runner was Bonnie Ritchotte who ran an equally impressive 3:08:34 to take 4th in her age group and lead our Womens Open Team (including Karen Pattelena, Karen Long, Pam Triest-Hallahan & Janice Platt) also to a hard-fought 3rd place finish just behind Whirlaway & GBTC.  

Justin Soucy & BJ Bottomley

In the other team results our Mens Open Team of Joe Donnelly, Brian Ruhm, Mark Engerman, BJ Bottomley & Justin Soucy came in 6th, Our Mens Seniors Team of Len Hall, Ken Snow, Paul Joyce, Joe Noonan & Dave Contrada came in 5th. And, or Mens Veterans Team of Joe Noonan, Dave Salvas, Robert Knight & John Lewicke came in 1st Winning the New England Marathon Team Title in the process! Congrats gentlemen! Our Female Masters Team of Karen Pattelena, Karen Long, Pam Triest-Hallahan came in 2nd And, our Female Seniors Team of Pam Triest-Hallahan, Allison Richards & Suzanne Long also came in 2nd as well. 

Karen Pattelena & Cathy Merra

Other top age-group performers were: Karen Pattelena (2nd in the 40-49 category), Karen Long (4th in the 40-49 category), Pam Triest-Hallahan (5th in the 50-59 category), Joe Noonan (2nd in the 60-69 category), & Dave Salvas (5th in the 60-69 category). Dave was also the only Strider to compete in both club races this weekend!  he 5k on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday. Way to go Dave!

Michelle Poublon & Dan Dugan

There were also many BQ’s, PR’s and first time marathoners for us out there on Sunday too. Including Dan Dolan who ran a 3:19:43 which qualified him for Boston on his first attempt! And, new Strider Andy Hare who also qualified for Boston on his first try - posting an impressive 3:09:24. And, Laura Watkins who not only finished her first marathon, but took home a 2010 NEGP Iron Runner jacket to boot! And, Jennifer Mack who came back strong after last year’s “almost” Iron Runner (she got to mile 16 in the 7th & final race) This year she pushed through in hard-fought 6:06:06 to claim that elusive jacket! Nice work Jen! Complete results for this race can be found on Coolrunning here.

Ken Snow

In the end, we had an incredible 12 GCS runners finishing all of the 7 NEGP races this year. They were: Jim Long, Justin Platt, Ken Snow, Dave Contrada, Damian Rowe, Oliver Mcmahon, Joe Noonan, John Lewicke, Laura Watkins, Jennifer Mack, Janice Platt & Suzanne Long. Congrats to them for becoming our club’s Iron Runners for 2010!  

Emily Spognardi, Justin Soucy, Emily Soucy, Tim Mallard & Jessica Spivey

Thanks to them and to all our runners who came out and supported the New England Grand Prix this year. Our club had far and away the biggest attendance (at this series) of any of the 28 New England Clubs. We’ve certainly come along way in the past few years and the best part is that we’ve only just begun!