Andy Schachat On the Run: First half of NH 2012 running sked reviewed
Best runner, female: Denise Sandahl, Rochester. The former UNH runner had taken some time off to raise a family and has returned in a big way in 2012. Sandahl started with a win at the Great Bay Half Marathon, in Newmarket, in April, then added wins at the Red's Race in April (five miles), the Big Lake Half Marathon and Runner's Alley/Red Hook 5K in May, and the Market Square Day 10K in June. Other than the Red's Race, the wins were at some of the biggest races in the state.
Best runner, male: Jim Johnson, Madison. It's not about wins for Johnson. It's about appearances and consistency. Johnson has more top five finishes than any other Granite State runner. His one major win was the Great Bay Half Marathon. He also finished second at Market Square where he was the top New Hampshire finisher.
Best single performance I: Sage Canaday, Sheridan, Oregon and Kim Dobson, Denver, Colorado. Canaday and Dobson were the men's and women's winners at the Mt. Washington Road Race and turned in two of the best all-time performances at Mt. Washington. Canaday ran the third fasest time in the race's history while Dobson ran the second fastest time for women. Dobson was also only the second woman to break 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Single Greatest Moment: Another Mt. Washington finisher created quite a memory. That was the case when 92-year-old George Etzweiller of State College, Pa., finished the race. A short time later his introduction at the awards ceremony brought down the house.
Most Memorable Event I: Days after the tragic slaying of Greenland Police Chief Mike Maloney, a memorial run was put together. What started out as a run for a few police officers turned into an event that included over 2,000 runners and walkers.
Most Memorable Event II: The Boston Marathon may not be a New Hampshire event but it is the Super Bowl of American road races and it does include hundreds of Granite State runners. That's why the 2012 edition will not be forgotten for a long time. Temperatures soared into the 80's and conditions were difficult, to say the least.
Most Unique Event: Smuttynose Palooza. This mid-January event started with a typical 5K in Milford. Then the fun really began. Two indoor half-marathon relays followed by two individual indoor half marathons. It was close to a 12 hour day for race organizers who watched numerous runners circle a track 65 times before finishing their 13.1 mile run.
Best Post-race atmosphere: The Rock N Race 5K, held in Concord in May, put on a feast fit for a king, or in the case of Rock N Race, about 5,000 kings. The state's largest race in the first half of the year served up food from a number of restaurants and nobody went home hungry. Best New Race-Ribfest. Close to 900 runners and walkers showed up at the Anheuser Busch factory on Father's Day. The weather cooperated which meant a lot of people ran/walked five miles then headed inside the brewery grounds for the annual Ribfest celebration. Racing, ribs, and beer made for a very nice debut for this event.
Best Race-Black Fly Triathlon Festival: Technically it was not first half event (took place in July) but it made it under this deadline so it counts. Black Fly was four days of races, from a small Margarita Mile that included just staff, to a bike race, two adult triathlons, one kid's triathlon, and a 5K road race, Black Fly was the sport at its best. The race site, Waterville Valley, is, by far, the best venue for an event in the Granite State. Best Statement By New Hampshire Runners: Growth of the 1,000 Club. The 1,000 Club is the name given to New Hampshire races that have over 1,000 finishers. A few years ago there were about 10-11 races in the club. In the first half of 2012 there were 14 races with more than 1,000 finishers.
- - - - - - - -
Running shorts: Next Saturday is the final race of the 2012 Capital Area Race Series, the Canterbury Woodchuck Classic 5K. ... Mark Miller, an All-America runner at Keene State, followed his college career with outstanding performances at New Hampshire road races. Now Miller is following his road race career with outstanding performances at triathlons. On July 14 Miller won the Give Peace A Tri triathlon in Surry. Merrimack's Liz Hall was the women's winner. ... Long-time Massachusetts runner Dan Verrington, has run, and won awards at a ton of New Hamsphire races over the year. The latest was the Kensington Town Festival 5K, which Verrington won, at age 50. ... July 15 was a day for odd distances at New Hampshire races. There was a 7K in Portsmouth and a 6K in Merrimack. ... Final thought about the first half of 2012. I haven't figured out how to hold an all-star event for New Hampshire runners. In particular, I welcome all suggestions on what would be the running equivalent of the home run derby.
Andy Schachat's runnng column appears every other week in the New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at email@example.com.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Where is Benghazi? Kuster's refusal to stand - 39
- UNH's logo: Hip ... for now - 3
- Bird blenders: 'Green energy' sacrifice - 9
- Joseph W. McQuaid: Prizes & playoffs: Well done, UNH - 2
- Where’s Waldo? Just ask the NSA - 13
- Joseph W. McQuaid: Keeping public in the dark isn't helping find Abigail - 26
- The Peace Light: A Christmas reminder for all - 0
- Doing 'less with less' Is that Gov. Hassan's new motto? - 11
- Washington Jeanne: Will Shaheen face her state? - 44
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Sports Briefs: Broncos’ Welker to miss tonight’s game - 0
- Doc has his night in Boston - 0
- Airlines, weapon makers were the best for shareholders in 2013 - 0
- FDA unveils plan to rein in antibiotics on farms - 0
- Outlet malls: Not what they used to be - 0
- Calif. outlaws ‘revenge porn' - 0
- Kuster launches 'Holiday Cards for Heroes' - 0
- Minor bus accident in Derry blamed on icy roads - 0
- Mega Millions jackpot expected to reach $400m - 0
'From Bimah to Broadway' in Queen City
Big tipper stops for lunch
Win tickets to see Medium Lauren Rainbow
Driver was trying to kill himself
Win tickets to see Disney on Ice!
Where is Benghazi? Kuster's refusal to stand
Shea-Porter: GOP ad about ACA in NH is false
Driver was trying to kill himself
NH reps eyeing budget deal
- Which of the following prospective candidates do you think the Red Sox should hire to replace Bobby Valentine as the team's manager?
- Sandy Alomar Jr.
- Brad Ausmus
- John Farrell
- DeMarlo Hale
- Torey Lovullo
- Dave Martinez
- Tony Pena
- Ryne Sandberg
- Joe Torre
- Jason Varitek
- Total Votes: 1840