A pretty good turnout considering the weather, with 87 finishers. It was good to see my teammates from acidotic RACING show up in force, all 18 strong, for our first team win of the season.
The course is probably the easiest in the series, and definitely the shortest. With a cross country like start, the race starts in a large field before funneling the runners down at a 180 degree turn. From there it's all double track, slightly downhill to start and pretty darn flat after that until the 180 degree turn around point. It does finish on a slight uphill but nothing too difficult. The hardest part of the race was just how fast it was.
photo credit - Scott Mason
Once we got the GO command I was immediately blinded by all the fresh powder being kicked up. It wasn't until we took the 180 degree turn that I could actually see where I was going. I passed maybe 3 or 4 folks in the first few minutes and settled into the 5th spot. Jim Johnson and aR teammate Tim Cox were dueling up front, with Bob "I hope there's no dogs on this course" Jackman a short distance back, followed by Dave Dunham and finally myself. I tried desperately to stay with DD but more importantly stay ahead of Matt Westerlund and Chris Dunn who were just a few steps behind me the entire way.
I hit the turnaround in 8:40, probably 10 seconds behind DD and an equal amount ahead of Matt and Chris. Oh, and I was hurting...bad. I'm sure I scared a few of the local folks who were out on the trails xc skiing, sounding like a wounded moose with my breathing. I was doing everything I could to hold off Matt and Chris.
I could hear them behind me but I didn't know how close. In typical me fashion I wouldn't turn around to look, mostly afraid of what I might see (like two guys right on my heels). Finally, I could see the finish and made one last push, just in case they were close behind. I crossed the line in 17:22, 5th overall with nearly an identical split on the way back in 8:42. Man I hate short races!
Scott Mason took some great photos which can be viewed here.
Race video and additional pics can also be seen here.
Preliminary TOP 10:
Place Time Pts Name Team Age Sex Bib City St ===== ======= ===== ==== ====================== ========================= === === === ================== 1 15:48 100 Jim Johnson CMS POLAR BEARS 32 M 98 Salem NH 2 16:24 96 Tim Cox ACIDOTIC RACING 36 M 191 Northwood NH 3 16:43 94 Robert Jackman TUESDAY NIGHT TURTLES 27 M 178 Warwick RI 4 17:10 92 Dave Dunham CMS POLAR BEARS 45 M 24 Ward Hill MA 5 17:22 90 Steve Wolfe ACIDOTIC RACING 45 M 83 Merrimack NH 6 17:34 89 Matt Westerlund 37 M 197 Laconia NY 7 17:40 89 Chris Dunn ACIDOTIC RACING 41 M 25 Strafford NH 8 18:12 86 Danny Ferreira ACIDOTIC RACING 27 M 159 Concord NH 9 18:21 86 Sean Snow GRANITE STATE RACING TEAM 43 M 99 Dunbarton NH 10 18:43 84 Christopher Smith DUNGEON ROCK RACING 43 M 71 Woburn MA