By Ben LaPlume
I am filling in for my dad, who unfortunately couldn’t make it to Bedford for the race.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived with the twins (Connor and Ryder Downes) was the turnout! There was a grand total of 1,305 people who showed up to run! It was the most cramped I have felt on the line in a long time. The course was a 4 mile loop, and was relatively flat and fast. It allowed the winner, Matthew McDonald out of Cambridge MA, to run a time of 19:18.3!
Looking at how I fared in the race….. I was looking to keep a solid pace of sub 6 minutes per mile. My first mile was about 5:46, starting out right where I wanted to be. However, my second and third mile did not go as well. I was not properly warmed up, and not used to the 4 mile distance. As I approached the 5k mark with a time of around 19:07, I noticed how much my body had slowed down. My teammate Ryder Downes, who was right ahead of me at the one mile, was no longer in sight. I decided to try and pick it up on the last mile, and it was my second fastest at 6:10. However, the damage had been done. Finishing with an overall time of 25:27 put me in 207th overall. Definitely not what I expected. But hey, we all have our off days. Isn’t that right Eli Apple?
Overall this was a great race and I was happy to see a lot of smiling faces enjoying it. It is definitely one I am looking forward to trying again next year. Hopefully I’ll be better prepared for it. I hope everyone had a great Super Bowl Sunday!
Thank you to Connor Downes for helping me put this list together.
Here’s the list of NH high school athletes!
Lars Hogne, Coe-Brown 20:06 (15:20 through 5k!)
Tyler Tkaczyk, Coe Brown 21:21
Nicholas Marcotte, Alvirne, 22:18
John Crawford, Alvirne, 22:56
Connor Downes, Newfound, 22:56
Ryder Downes, Newfound 23:41
Nick Lacroix, Bedford, 25:07
Benjamin Laplume, Newfound, 25:27
Cody Cahill, Alvirne, 26:26
Brent Dunning, Alvirne, 27:03
Maya Brochu, Bow, 24:44
Kendall Reynolds, Campbell, 29:17
Don’t forget to register for the next race which will be another “Snow or No We Go!” snowshoe race on March 5! I hope to see you all there.
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Can’t wait for the Newfound Bears to come on down to southern NH for our Dead Possum half marathon, New Ipswich’s hilliest half marathon. The DP is sure to make your pace at the Super Sunday 4 miler seem fast!