BRISTOL —The 21st Annual NH Marathon attracted participants from 40 states as well as 15 from foreign countries according to Dan MacLean, assistant Director of Recreation at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center. Local participants placed well despite the out-of-town competitors.
''We ended up with 582 finishers in the 5 different events, 116 in the 10K, 169 in the half marathon, 239 in the full marathon, 17 in the health walk and 41 in the kids race,'' said MacLean.
He said that runners came from Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and Canada and that there were two wheelchair entries and two barefoot runners in the race, which was run last Saturday on a course around Newfound Lake.
''It was a beautiful day for running and thanks to all the volunteers that helped – registration, parking, water stops and more. We couldn't have done it without all the volunteers and sponsors of the race.,'' said MacLean, who noted that Runner's World magazine in January called the New Hampshire Marathon ''The Best Small Town Race.'''
Winners (5 of 6 from New Hampshire):
o Male – Casey Carroll, 2:50:58, age 42 of Dover
o Female – Serene Griffin, 3:21:17, age 43 of Northlake TX
o Male – Dave Irving, 1:25:41, age 39 of New Hampton
o Female – Jennifer Mooney, 1:38:17, age 25 of Wolfeboro
o Male – Rich Smith, 36:38, age 43 of Enfield
o Female – Erica Labella, 41:44, age 34 of Plymouth
Kids Race (1 mile)
o Girl – Julia Rose, age 12, 6:41
o Boy – Reid Wilkins, age 12, 6:43
Other top finishers from Central New Hampshire were:
Marathon Male: Thomas Ueland, 51, of Plymouth, 3:12:29, sixth;
Marathon Female: Meagan Shedd, 39, of Plymouth 3:44:24, ninth;
Half Marathon Male: Rick Van De Poll, 60 , Center Sandwich, 1:37:17 , 4th; Macallan Camara, 15, Bristol, 1:37:19, 5th; Abe Garon, 32, Center Harbor, 1:38:06, 6th.
10K Male: Emmett Collins, 23, Canterbury, 42:13, 3rd; Stephen Uhlman, 22, Ashland, 43:24, 4th; Brian Collins, 58, Canterbury, 43:50, 5th; Karnar Ueland, 14, Plymouth, 45:19; sixth; Ron Poitras, 51, Gilford; 47:28, ninth.
10K Female: Sarah Lester , 42, Andover, 50:52 , sixth; Laura Smith, 36, Belmont, 52:11, ninth.