Mount Wachusett Race 05-24-1997

5th Wachusett Mountain 4.3M
Princeton, MA May 24, 1997
From Dave Dunham

I've been to a lot of races in my life, over 600, but only a handful as a spectator. The Wachusett Mountain race is part of the USATF New England Mountain running circuit and, as I'm the Mountain committee chair, attending was a necessity. Before the race I handed out Powerbites and information on the Mountain circuit. Don Drewniak volunteered me to drive the lead vehicle. This afforded me a great view of the race as it unfolded.

The race starts with a brutal one mile stretch that is all up, followed by a downhill break, and a few more good climbs in the last 3 miles. Generally speaking you should be able to run the race around your five mile (flat) time. While the weather was excellent, the bugs were merciless as the race began. I watched as duathalon specialist Richard Bolt did just that (Bolt, get it). He was closely followed by Tesfaye Bekele and Eric Morse. Morse, a member of the USA Mountain Running team at last year's World Mountain Running Championships, moved into the lead around 3/4 of a mile and hit the mile mark in six flat. It should be noted that Eric has run a sub four minute mile - this gives a pretty good indication of how hard the aptly name Mile Hill Road stretch of the race is. By the park entrance at 1.2-miles, Morse had a 20 second lead which he held throughout. Morse missed the course record by a scant couple of seconds. Bekele of Ethiopia, living in Cambridge, finished 9th at the Boston Marathon this year, and won the Ocean State Marathon last year. Mike Casner, who was also a member of the USA Mountain Running Team, ran a strong second half to capture third. Other random notes: Jim Garcia felt that once was not enough, the Ultraman ran down after the race. He then proceeded to run up and down the "hill" again.

Fully 1/4 of the field was in the male masters category, lead by the "road warrrior" Bob Hodge with a 7th place overall finish. Women made up 1/6 of the field. Margo Webber, the women's course record holder and last year's winner, finished a strong 23rd overall, just missing her course record.
The Mountain Series concludes on June 1st at Temple Mountain. Thanks to all who have participated.

RESULTS

1       Eric Morse              20-39M  CMS     Montpellier VT  24:39
2       Tesfaye Bekele          20-39M  ERCB    Cambridge MA    25:13
3       Mike Casner             20-39M  CMS     Swanzea NH      25:30
4       Richard Bolt            20-39M  CMS     Lunenburg  MA   25:35
5       Jim Garcia              20-39M  CMS     Westford MA     26:09
6       Dave Hannon             20-39M          W Newton MA     26:55
7       Bob Hodge               40-49M  CMS     Clinton MA      27:01
8       Tom Murdock             20-39M  IATC    Somerville MA   27:16
9       Michael Norton          20-39M          Assonet MA      27:26
10      Brad Hurst              40-49M  BAA     Chelmsford MA   27:46
11      Rich Ovian              40-49M  CMS     Worcester MA    27:52
12      Paul Shepardson         40-49M          Pittsfield MA   28:02
13      Ernest Brake            20-39M  AA      Warner NH       28:29
14      URO
15      Cliff Evans             20-39M          Deerfield NH    28:54
16      Rain Wilber             00-19M  QHS     Barre MA        29:32
17      Paul Hermes             20-39M  WAC     Madison CT      29:40
18      Robert Johnson          40-49M  GLRR    Leominster MA   29:46
19      Paul Hargreaves         40-49M  CMS     N Brookfield MA 29:53
20      Dave Birse              20-39M  CMS     Hancock NH      30:01
21      Tim Blouin              40-49M  GLRR    Templeton MA    30:07
22      Len Hall                40-49M  HAC     W Lebanon NH    30:12
23      Margo Webber            20-39F  CMS     Boxborough MA   30:19
24      John Holmes Jr          40-49M  GLRR    Milford MA      30:31
25      Robert Bradlee          40-49M  CSU     Reading MA      31:00
26      Kei Ishihara            20-39M  CSU     Brookline MA    31:06
27      Jim Hansen              20-39M  GCS     Nashua NH       31:17
28      Erik Fey                20-39M          Penacook NH     31:19
29      Dale Langlais           40-49M  RIRR    Hope RI         31:27
30      James Imprescia         40-49M  CMS     Leominster MA   31:39
31      Martin Fey              40-49M  WAC     Putnam CT       31:50
32      Robert Hubbell          20-39M          Albany NY       31:54
33      Michael Linsky          20-39M  GLRR    Tewksbury MA    31:59
34      Tobe Barksdale          20-39M  CMS     Bolton MA       32:23
35      Jackie Shaker           20-39F  CMS     Worcester MA    32:35
36      Edwin Liebfried         40-49M  WCRR    Exeter NH       32:42
37      Kevin Ray               20-39M  GLRR    Nashua NH       32:46
38      Michael Silvia          20-39M  CMS     Marlboro MA     32:48
39      Steve Davis             20-39M          Gloucester MA   32:57
40      Peter Orni              50-59M  CMS     Fitchburg MA    33:03
41      Dan White               00-19M  SMAC    Royalston MA    33:03
42      David Girvin            40-49M  AA      Manchester NH   33:04
43      Scott Caldwell          40-49M  WRR     Manville RI     33:09
44      Cal Cameron             50-59M  RCR     W Chesterfield N33:14
45      Kenneth Parker          40-49M  NMC     Jaffrey NH      33:17
46      Edward Bolle            20-39M  BRC     Reading MA      33:29
47      Marion Larson           20-39F  CMS     Leominster MA   33:31
48      Tom Backus              40-49M  CMS     Athol MA        33:35
49      David Digregorio        20-39M          Southbridge MA  33:42
50      Stephen Rogers          40-49M  CMS     Harvard MA      33:47
51      Paul Correia            40-49M  GNBTC   Dartmouth MA    33:48
52      Bob Byrnes              40-49M  CRR     Dedham MA       33:49
53      Adam Rivard             20-39M  CMS     Leominster MA   33:50
54      Cynthia Gaudere         20-39F  CMS     Hudson MA       33:51
55      Karen Palmer            20-39F  CMS     Fitchburg MA    33:53
56      Mark Moge               19-39M          Brighton MA     33:54
57      Rick Moore              40-49M  BBRR    Brookline MA    33:59
58      Bob White               40-49M  SMAC    W Royalston MA  34:00
59      Dan Wagner              40-49M  CMS     Sterling MA     34:22
60      Bill Hagen              40-49M  GCS     Hampstead NH    34:26
61      Bobby Bartlet           19-39M          Wellesley MA    34:26
62      John Wetmiller          50-59M          Princeton MA    34:27
63      Wayne Groves            20-39M  MVS     Groveland MA    34:29
64      Kevin Burke             20-39M          Leominster MA   34:33
65      Jim Gaffney             40-49M  CMS     Leominster MA   34:39
66      Donald Burke            40-49M          Mansfield MA    34:41
67      Donald Hogardt          50-59M  BRC     Needham MA      34:48
68      Michelle Reidel         20-39F          Worcester MA    34:50
69      Jim Gonyea              40-49M  CMS     Auburn MA       34:55
70      Robert Magner           20-39M          ShrewsburyMA    34:57
71      Donna Smyth             20-39F          Norhtfield MA   34:58
72      Manny Arruda            40-49M  SRR     Somerville MA   35:05
73      Mark Hazelton           20-39M          Princeton MA    35:09
74      Lisa Doucett            40-49F  CSU     Andover MA      35:10
75      Melissa Ayotte          20-39F  GCS     Nashua NH       35:11
76      William Morse           40-49M          Dracut MA       35:13
77      Larry Morris            50-59M  CMS     Leominster MA   35:14
78      Tom Speidel             20-39M  GLRR    Nutting Lake MA 35:14
79      Robert Koch             40-49M          Derryfield NH   35:20
80      Bob Emerson             50-59M  MVS     N Reading MA    35:22
81      Kathleen Aubin          40-49F  AA      Manchester NH   35:32
82      John Pierce             50-59M  GLRR    Methuen MA      35:40
83      Steve Thomson           20-39M  CMS     Athol MA        35:44
84      Lucine Trudeau          50-59M  Sanders Manchester NH   35:50
85      David Narlee            50-59M  GDTC    Chester NH      35:55
86      Deborah Sheedy          40-49F  BAA     Waltham MA      36:00
87      Michael Jasko           40-49M  BRC     Boston MA       36:06
88      Peter Paelinck          20-39M  GCS     Merrimack NH    36:09
89      Beth Dutton             20-39F  GCS     Nashua NH       36:09
90      Treavor Johnson         20-39M  BRC     Worcester MA    36:21
91      Tom Regele              20-39M          Holden MA       36:22
92      Bob Hamel               40-49M  CMS     Leominster MA   36:23
93      Lisa Klasman            20-39F  GCS     Hollis NH       36:24
94      Don Ross                60-99M          Marblehead MA   36:24
95      Lisa Mattila            20-39F          Pittsfield MA   36:29
96      Stanley Sheldon         50-59M          Berwick ME      36:34
97      Pat Mason               40-49M          Leominster MA   36:40
98      Steve Vaitones          40-49M  HFC     Waltham MA      36:42
99      Dick Miller             40-49M  GCS     Shrewsbury MA   36:51
100     Bob Cassidy             20-39M          Winchester MA   36:55
101     Sean McCann             20-39M          Northboro MA    36:55
102     John Lund               20-39M          Candia NH       36:58
103     James Maloney           40-49M  CMS     Woonsocket RI   37:00
104     Nancy Jacovina          40-49F          Sandown NH      37:02
105     Paul Chamberlin         20-39M          Brookline MA    37:04
106     Ron Cartier             40-49M          Manchester NH   37:09
107     Alan Craig              40-49M  GDTC    Weare NH        37:10
108     Vinnie Rivard           50-59M  CMS     Leominster MA   37:12
109     Jeffrey Shutak          50-59M          White RiverJctT 37:15
110     Eldon Burkinshaw        50-59M  GDTC    Londonderry NH  37:20
111     Joanne Shields          40-49F  CMS     Millbury MA     37:22
112     Jay Daly                20-39M  BRC     Sutton MA       37:28
113     John Bakstran           40-49M  CMS     Northborough MA 37:36
114     Robert Sullivan         40-49M          Wrentham MA     37:44
115     Brian Hampsch           20-39M          Holden MA       37:46
116     Roger Gosselin          50-59M          Manchester NH   37:52
117     Keith Leininger         40-49M  CMS     Westminster MA  37:55
118     Joseph Leader           60-99M  CSU     Lexington MA    38:05
119     Christian Guertin       00-19M          Ashburnham MA   38:07
120     Tom Campo               40-49M          Holland MA      38:14
121     Neil Gleason            40-49M  GLRC    Hampstead NH    38:18
122     Robert Chabot           20-39M          Wellesley MA    38:23
123     Edward Sutcliff         20-39M  GCS     Hudson MA       38:24
124     Peter Scandone          40-49M          Milford MA      38:31
125     Kathleen Rutty          20-39F          Penacook NH     38:33
126     Ray Lussier             60-99M  CMS     Grafton MA      38:36
127     Nancy Correia           40-49F  GNBTC   Dartmouth MA    38:37
128     John Kleczka            40-49M  CMS     Lunenburg MA    38:41
129     Elaine Byrnes           40-49F  AA      Manchester NH   38:42
130     Darlene O'Mara          20-39F  GNBTC   N Dartmouth MA  38:45
131     Peter Trainor           20-39M          Auburn MA       38:46
132     Allan Green             20-39M          Medford MA      38:48
133     Michael Moreau          20-39M          Shrewsbury MA   38:49
134     Dennis Zajehowski       50-59M  MS      Griswold CT     38:50
135     David Basque            50-59M  CMS     Sutton MA       38:51
136     Bobbi Burns             20-39F          Westford MA     38:55
137     Peter Church            50-59M          Spencer MA      38:57
138     Lora Woodward           20-39F  Sanders Merrimack NH    39:03
139     Skip Cleaver            50-59M  GCS     Nashua NH       39:06
140     Alison Shaw             20-39F  CBC     Belmont MA      39:07
141     Jim Stirewalt           40-49M          Shrewsbury MA   39:08
142     Michael Henry           40-49M          N Andover MA    39:12
143     Heidi Zinser            20-39F  GLRR    Chelmsford MA   39:15
144     Jean Sarno              20-39F  BRC     Boston MA       39:19
145     Dick Karvonen           50-59M  CMS     Winchendon MA   39:23
146     Peter Sachs             20-39M          Sutton MA       39:25
147     Mauri Pelto             20-39M          Worcester MA    39:26
148     Paul Mangum             20-39M          Dorchester MA   39:34
149     Ernie Graffam           20-39M          Manchester NH   39:38
150     Steve Amicanglelo       40-49M          Maynard MA      39:45
151     Ray Fournier            40-49M          Somersworth NH  39:47
152     Mark Wysocki            20-39M          Worcester MA    39:51
153     Keith Backus            40-49M          Hubbardston MA  39:52
154     Jay Amicangelo          40-49M          Lexington MA    39:53
155     Tracey Sousa            20-39M          Gloucester MA   39:57
156     Sanchit Maruti          20-39M          Arlington MA    39:58
157     Mary Lou Lowrie         40-49F  MVS     Newbury MA      39:59
158     Edward Mulvey           20-39M  GLRR    Billerica MA    40:06
159     Mark Kingdon            40-49M          Boonville NY    40:12
160     Todd Whitney            20-39M          Ashburnham MA   40:13
161     Peter Colonis           50-59M          Waterford CT    40:14
162     Fred Meens              40-49M          Lincoln RI      40:15
163     Raymond Rogers JR       50-59M          Smithfield RI   40:16
164     Michael McKenna         40-49M          Gardner MA      40:26
165     Elaine Bouchard         20-29F          Templeton MA    40:32
166     Richard Hunt            50-59M  CMS     Auburn MA       40:36
167     Marion Ishimoto-Yuille  50-59F  NBTC    Westport MA     40:40
168     Jeff  Ide               20-39M          Charlton MA     40:41
169     Bob Wurtele             50-59M          Manchester MA   40:47
170     Christopher Ross        00-19M  RCR     Brattleboro VT  40:59
171     Joe Collins             50-59M          Franklin MA     41:11
172     Mark Risch              20-39M          Lunenburg MA    41:13
173     Kris Severson           20-39F          Medford MA      41:17
174     Marilyn Oberhardt       20-39F          Arlington MA    41:51
175     Douglas Delay           40-49M          Winchendon MA   41:57
176     Leland  Chisholm        60-99M  BAA     Wilminton MA    42:00
177     James Therrien          50-59M  LSRC    Newbury NH      42:13
178     Fred Ross III           50-59M  RCR     Brattleboro VT  42:15
179     Richard Rose            50-59M  CRR     Warwick RI      42:18
180     Karl Tuomivaara         60-99M  CMS     Paxton MA       42:29
181     Hank Geberth            50-59M          Wilbraham MA    42:31
182     Michael Chagnon         20-39M  CMS     Foxborough MA   42:36
183     Paul Chamberlain        50-59M  CMS     Shrewsbury MA   42:47
184     Tom Cray                20-39M          Merrimack NH    42:48
185     Deborah Gustafson       40-49F          Gardner MA      42:51
186     Jerry Dulude            40-49M          Lowell MA       42:54
187     Jay Mullin              20-39M  CMS     Londonderry NH  42:55
188     Rita Bartczak           50-59F  BRC     Chestnut Hill MA43:13
189     Bob Yuille              40-49M  GNBTC   Westport MA     43:24
190     Robert Pagliuca         40-49M          Medford MA      43:28
191     Jimmy Meyer             40-49M          Sandown NH      43:32
192     Susanne Houghton        20-39F          Barre MA        43:38
193     Fred Dowd               40-49M          Princeton MA    43:40
194     Earton Robertson        50-59M  CSU     Winchester MA   43:45
195     Ken Robichaud           40-49M  CMS     Fitchburg MA    43:47
196     Al Norris               40-49M          Lebanon CT      44:00
197     Tom Kalagher            00-19M  WNEC    Westminster MA  44:07
198     Martha Rumley           50-59F  CSU     Billerica MA    44:12
199     David Colinan           60-99M          Lincoln RI      44:20
200     Paul Gilman             50-59M          Lexington MA    44:33
201     Ed Sato                 60-99M  CMS     Worcester MA    44:46
202     Debra Baczewski         20-39F  SMAC    Ware MA         45:04
203     Jerry Rocha             50-59M  GCS     Nashua NH       45:16
204     Kim Forget              20-39F          Attleboro MA    45:30
205     Jessica Sheldon         00-19F          Berwick ME      45:36
206     Kathie Dilillo          40-49F  CMS     Leominster MA   46:08
207     Douglas Thornton        20-39M  CPS     New York NY     46:41
208     Jim Dezutter            60-99M  CMS     Harvard MA      46:49
209     David Sweeney           20-39M          Leominster MA   47:11
210     Thomas Achilles         20-39M          Shrewsbury MA   47:25
211     Bob Coutoumas           20-29M          Merrimack NH    48:04
212     Art Curry               50-59M  CRR     Warwick RI      48:20
213     Katherine Chabot        50-59F  NMF     Andover MA      48:27
214     Allen Jones             20-39M          Leominster MA   48:47
215     Peter Pantelis          60-99M  MS      Waterford CT    48:58
216     Roger Zotti             50-59M  MS      Preston CT      49:06
217     William Hughes          20-39M          Worcester MA    49:08
218     John Noftle             60-99M  NE65    Londonderry NH  49:18
219     Dan Cole                60-99M          Medfield MA     49:29
220     Dianne Van Voorhis      50-59F  CMS     Ashby MA        49:54
221     Mary Swiatek            20-39F  DCH     Worcester MA    50:22
222     Edward Damish           60-99M  GBTC    Walpole MA      52:51
223     Fred Ross IV            00-19M  RCR     Brattleboro VT  53:36
224     Stephen Brooks          60-99M  CMS     Gardner MA      53:42
225     URO
226     Jack Christiansen       60-99M  NMF     Fitchburg MA    57:29
227     URO
228     Wayne Walker            50-59M          Westminster MA  58:18
229     Brian Russo             20-39M  SRR     Somerville MA   59:55
230     Jane Goodman            60-99F          Dedham  MA      61:05
231     Patricia Doherty        20-39F          Needham MA      62:07
232     Priscilla Hansen        40-49F          Needham MA      62:33
233     Phyllis Brooks          60-99F  CMS     Gardner MA      63:50


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