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2016 Race Director’s Notes


We ended up with 533 finishers in the 4 different events (198 in the marathon, 199 in the half, 102 in the 10K & 34 in the kids race).

Some interesting tidbits about the 24th Annual NH Marathon event:

Overall Winners – New Hampshire runners took first place in all events!

Male – Casey Carroll of Dover NH, 2:48:40 (3-time winner!)
Female – Emily Harper of Lebanon NH, 3:21:16
Half Marathon
Male – Chris Plankey of Bristol NH, 1:13:59
Female – Erica Labella of Hancock NH, 1:33:37
Male – Rick Smith of Enfield NH, 35:25 (8-time winner!)
Female – Jessica Mason of Tamworth NH, 45:56
Kids Race (1 mile)
Girls – Reagan Sutherland, 6:37
Boy – Ben Laplume, 6:34

Full race results can be found at: http://www.gsrs.com/results/3003

Here are some other cool tidbits and stats…


· Marathon – youngest 16 to oldest 80

· Half Marathon – youngest 15 to oldest 78

· 10K – youngest 13 to oldest 74


Ø Marathoner #28 is Larry Macon – Guinness Book of World Record Holder for number of marathons!

Ø Marathoner #74 is Chuck Spelina – he has now run a marathon in all 50 states

Ø Marathoner #143 is Eugene DeFronzo, age 80 – oldest marathoner in field

Ø Marathoner #118 is Naomi Ingham, age 16 – youngest marathoner in the field

Ø Marathoner #111 is Ric Villarreal – he’s a barefoot runner

Ø Half Marathoner #531 is Dave MacLean – race director’s twin brother (finished 7th overall & 1st in his age category with a PR of 1:31:42…way to go Dave!)

Ø 10Ker #806 is Cindy Williams – on the NH Marathon Committee!

Ø 10Ker #818 is Karen Schaffner – also on the NH Marathon Committee!

Ø 10Ker #815 is Shane Hicks & #848 is Hunter Coleman, both age 13 – youngest runners in the field. Hunter came in 3rd place overall!

Congratulations to them & to EVERYONE that participated! We lucked out with weather AGAIN – early forecast didn’t look good, but it ended up being a great day for running! Thanks to all the volunteers that helped – registration, parking, road safety, finish line, water stops & more… couldn’t have done it without all the volunteers & sponsors of the race!

The best part of coordinating this event is all the positive feedback we get about how much people enjoy our small town feel and that everyone is so welcoming & encouraging! We’ve been recognized by Runner’s World magazine – as “Bucket List: 10 Small Town Marathons” and “Best Small Town Race”! We get many Marathon Maniacs & 50 State Club runners as they all try to run marathons in all the states and many of them continue to run this race year after year.
Overall it was another great experience and we’re looking forward to next year! Anyone local that wants to get involved in helping with the race should contact the NH Marathon at race@nhmarathon.com.

Let me know if you have any other questions or need any more info for the race.

SAVE THE DATE: 25th Annual New Hampshire Marathon will be run on September 30, 2017!

Thanks again & hope to see you next year!

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