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2013 - Racing Team Award Winners

Published Jan 22, 2014

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Shannen Arsenault

Our first award is the Newbie Award which goes to a new, or fairly new, Strider who has had a significant impact on the Team this year

Female: Shannen Arsenault Our first recipient ran all 7 NHGP races earning “Granite Runner” status. She scored 54 NHGP points which was second most amongst Striders and placed her first in her under-29 age group. She also ran for the GCS youth cross country program, finishing second in the northeast and helped her team to qualify for nationals. 

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Moiz Jafferji

Male: Moiz Jafferji Our second recipient started off his inaugural season with us by being the fastest Gate City Strider at Boston winning the 2013 GCS Henri Renauld Award. He ran 5 out of 7 NEGP races. He ran a sub 3-hour marathon at Baystate. And, he also helped his teams win the Pineland Farms 25k Trail Race and finish 3rd overall at Mill Cities.

Our next award is the Bounce Back Award which goes to the Strider who had to overcome significant adversity in order to contribute to the Team this year.

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Leslie Why

Female: Leslie Why Our first recipient was in an automobile accident in Feb 2010. This led to problems related to balance, memory, digestion, and swallowing. During a subsequent chiropractic visit she went limp and couldn’t speak, or move. She was rushed to the hospital where they found a brainstem compression and a near-total blockage of her spinal fluid. In 2011 she underwent brain surgery to remedy the Chiari Malformation .This year she ran: The St Charles 5k, Lone Gull 10k, Pumkin Man Sprint Triathlon, Applefest Half Marathon, Granite State 10 Miler and Manchester Marathon. She helped her Womens Masters Team take second place at Mill Cities. And she did the Iron Man Mont Tremblant where she finished in 11 hours, 52 minutes, and 17 seconds!

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Tyler Brannen

Male: Tyler Brannen Our second recipient started having problems with his hip after running the Portland Marathon in Oct 2011. He ran injured in 2012 until the pain forced him to stop running altogether in Sept of that year.  Later he was diagnosed with tendinitis and possible stress fracture and was not able to run again until March 2013. His first race back was the Shamrock Marathon which he ran with his wife Melissa. He then started racing again full-time in April and was able to race competitively almost immediately with PR's at the Hollis Fast 5K and the Snow Canyon Half Marathon. He scored 22 points in the NHGP - the highest amongst GCS Masters. He won age group or overall awards in almost every race that he ran this year. And, helped his Coed Masters Team take second place at Mill Cities.

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Beth Whipple

Our next award is the Leaps and Bounds Award which goes to the Strider who has improved immensely over the year and really stepped up their contribution to the Team.

Female: Beth Whipple Our first recipient had another great year and PR'd in many distances including: 5k, 4 miles, 5 miles, 10k, 30k, and marathon. And some, like 5k, 10k, and marathon she enjoyed so much she PR’d them twice! She also ran a few course PR’s too - New Bedford 1/2, Hollis Fast 5k, Mill Cities, Heal the Soul 5k, Great Gobbler 5k, and Sandown 5 miler. She also ran 3 NHGP races, scoring 12 points and 5 out of 7 NEGP races.

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Mike Raymond

Male: Mike Raymond Our second recipient stepped up big time for the club in 2013, scoring 41 NHGP points leading all Striders in his 50+ age group vs. just 16 points in 2012.  He went from 1:12 at the Granite State 10 miler in 2012 to 1:07 in 2013. And a 3:25 at Cape Cod in 2012 to 3:19 at Manchester City in 2013. You don’t see that kind of improvement too often in 55+ guys. He helped his Mens Seniors Team take fourth place at Mill Cities. He also happens to be your typical GCS member. Dependable, willing to help out, quiet, upbeat, stalwart, humble but fierce once the gun goes off.

Our next award is the Ubiquitous Award which goes to the Strider who ran the most number of Team races during the course of the year

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Aline Kenney

Female: Aline Kenney Our first recipient was everywhere this year. She ran all 7 NEGP races earning “Iron Runner” status. She scored 28 NEGP points and finished third overall in her division. She ran 5 of 7 NHGP races scoring 31 points and finishing first overall in her division. In doing so, she came in 9th place in the NHGP age-graded competition. She ran a 4:29 in the marathon, finishing 4th in her age group and helped her 60+ womens Team take first place at Manchester. She also helped her Womens Vets Team take first place overall in the NEGP.

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Brandyn Naro

Male: Brandyn Naro Our second recipient ran all 7 NEGP races and all 7 NHGP races earning both “Iron Runner” and “Granite Runner” status. He was only one of two Striders this year to achieve that! The other being Tom Kolb. He scored 42 NHGP points, second highest amongst GCS men and placing him first overall in his under-29 age group. He also ran Boston,  3 Freeze Your Buns races, The Merrimack Sparkler 5k, The Library 5k, and volunteered at a number of GCS events along the way too. All while having a newborn in the house. Maybe that’s why he ran so much!

Our next award is the Heart and Soul Award which goes to the Strider who exhibited the best Team spirit throughout the year.

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Emily Strong

Female: Emily Strong In reviewing all the racing team awards given out over the past 6 years, I was shocked to see our first recipients name was not among them as she’s one of a handful of Striders that we’d literally be lost without. She volunteered at nearly every Summer Trail Series Race - directing runners, rain or shine. She single-handedly built the 4th place Women’s Vet’s team at Mill Cities She ran 4 out of 7 NHGP races scoring 20 points for the club. She also ran 4 out of 7 NEGP races scoring 8 points. And, she helped her Womens Vets Team take first place overall in the NEGP. The first GCS team to do so since our Mens 60+ team, back in 2000.

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Brian Kane

Male: Brian Kane Our second recipient is also a Strider who’s recognition for contributions to the club are long overdo. He volunteers at every Fitness University clinic and has been doing so for years. After the Hollis Group Runs he always brings enough Gatorade and/or Oranges to share. But, besides being helpful and friendly, he’s also really fast. He led our 50+ Mens Team in both NHGP races he did. He ran 4 out of 7 NEGP races. Placing first on the 50+ team at New Bedford, Hollis and Carver. And, he captained, and ran the long leg on, a Coed Seniors team that overcame a few set-backs to capture 5th at Mill Cities.

Our next award is the Breadwinner Award which goes to the Strider who had the biggest overall racing contribution during the course of the year. The Team MVP.

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Lisa Klasman

Female: Lisa Klasman Our first recipient had an amazing year! She ran all 7 NHGP races earning “Granite Runner” status. She scored a Team High 58 NHGP points and placed first in her 50+ age group. In doing so, she also came in 3rd place in the NHGP age-graded competition. She ran a 19:47 at the Hollis Fast 5k, placing 6th in her age group and helping her Womens Seniors Team to finish 4th overall. She also ran the long leg at Mill Cities helping her Womens 50+ team take a close second place to Winners Circle. Finally, she set a New Hampshire State 10 mile age group record with a 1:12:39 at the Granite State 10 miler.

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Justin Soucy

Male: Justin Soucy Our second recipient joined our club in 2010 and since then has pretty much taken over. During those 4 years he’s been one of our most competitive and active runners. He’s also become one of our most dedicated coaches and effective recruiters. This year he ran 6 out of the 7 NHGP races scoring 47 NHGP points and finishing 1st in his age group. The one NHGP race he missed was because he was busy running a marathon PR of 2:54 at Baystate. He won our NHGP home race outright with a 17:24 at Nate’s. He also ran 6 out of 7 NEGP races. And, while recovering from Baystate, he nearly helped pace a friend to a BQ in the 7th - at Manchester. He also helped his team win the Pineland Farms 25k Trail Race and finish 3rd overall at Mill Cities, recruiting everyone on that team, half of another MCR team and BOTH of our Newbie Award recipients!

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