Pack Monadnock 06-03-2001

by Dave Dunham <mtnman@greennet.net>

Fog and 100% humidity was on tap for runners doing the annual voyage from Wilton to the summit of Pack Monadnock. Some may argue that the name "Pack" or "little" is not truly appropriate after trudging the last 1.3 miles of this difficult course. The race covers 10 miles of back roads and one major highway while gaining 2000'. The type of course, rolling with many downhill sections is quite difficult to master.

The race, which started an hour earlier this year than in past years, remains a fixture in the New England Mountain running circuit. The action was hot in the front and in many of the age groups. The Gate City Striders once again did a great job with course marking and water stops.

Current circuit leader Dave Dunham and three-time circuit champion Eric Morse formed a lead pack with master phenom Craig Fram. "I wanted to establish an early cushion in the first 200m" noted Morse of his very quick initial couple of minutes of running. Dunham and Fram caught up as they went up the first major hill. "I just got back from Germany last night" noted a somewhat travel weary Fram, and was "trying to hang on until 5". Dunham noted with a laugh "that's exactly what I was hoping to do"!

The threesome ran together with Morse at the front until the 5m water stop. "We were 20 seconds faster at 5 in 1999 when we broke 59 minutes" stated Morse. "Yeah, and this felt like a lot more work" chimed in Dunham. Perhaps the humidity or the fog was sapping the leader's strength. Morse and Dunham pulled away from Fram in the 6th mile. Morse then ran a very fast 7th mile dropping a visibly tired Dunham. "I ran my best 7th mile on that course and he still smoked me".

Morse continued to widen the gap and crossed the line in the third fastest time ever run at Pack. Dunham crossed with the 6th fastest time ever run. Fram took and incredible seven minutes off of the former Master's record with his sub-61 effort. Fram's Time is the 8th fastest ever run. Dunham and Morse now own 8 (4 each) of the top ten times, Fram and the "road warrior" Bob Hodge (61:13 1993) hold the other top 10 times.

On the women's side Nikki Kimball won by over 5 minutes. Kimball is the first runner to make both the Mountain running and 100k teams for the USA. Nikki's time of 74:46 is only surpassed by Margo Webber's CR of 74:18 (1997).

Men's masters runners had quite a day. Robert Chasen ran the 3rd fastest time ever. Richard Larsen who beat Paul Shepardson and Paul Fendler by six and 24 seconds respectively won the battle for 3rd. Master runners took 5 of the top 11 spots! The women were lead by Leslie Krichko who ran the second fastest time ever and took second overall. Nixie Raymond, Donna Smyth, and Pam Hall all cracked the top ten list.

The 50+ runners showed their stuff with Richard Stockdale beating the course record by over 5 minutes. His time also put him in the top 10 40+. Mike McCusker and Gordon Fitzgerald also broke into the 50+ top ten times. Jane Levesque took the win in the 50+.

In the 60+ John Pelton ran the 2nd fastest time ever (behind his own CR). His time also puts him in the top 10 50+! Charles Kellogg ran the 3rd fastest time for a 60+ runner with his fine 80:46. Maggi Solomon took the women's side with a 1:55:23, missing the CR by a mere 15 seconds.

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