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Moninda Marube and Kristin Barry win 2016 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

(Bridgton ME) Moninda Marube won the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth for the third time in the last four years on a warm Monday July 4th morning.

Several thousand runners completed the 4-mile course.

In all three wins, Moninda has not been in any kind of competitive danger coming down Main Street.

In the other two wins, Moninda was still tight to the task along Main Street but not today.  He was smiling with thumbs up at the Bridgton Library well aware of Jim Johnson (2nd place finisher) being too far back to catch him.

I had hoped that last year’s winner (Andrew Stewart) would be in the field because if time’s mean anything the race down Main Street would have been close.  Maybe next year?

The 40th anniversary of the race had a special ring to it because previous winners were invited back.  Those that attended were given the racing bib number of the year they won the event.  Nice touch.

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Got my first look at race record holder Colin Peddie.  The tall gentleman did the course in 18:46 in 1987.  Ben True was the closest to that record with an 18:58 in 2009.

I think you will need two very good runners in the race to push each other to a run at that 18:46. Moninda was able to win today’s race with a “leisurely” time of 20:41.

Jim Johnson took second.  Jim is from Madison (NH) and has been the New Hampshire Snowshoe’s Champion for the last eight years.

Silas Eastman (2012 winner) was third.  Silas was sporting the Colby colors.  He is a senior in the fall.  His parents were part of a storytelling performance that was at the Brick Church (Lovell) on Friday night.

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Chris Garvin (4th) from Charlestown RI was 5th the last two years.

Nate Richards took fifth.  Nate is a senior at Principia College in Illinois.  Nate was 3rd last year.  He is currently a counselor at Camp Newfound in Harrison.

19-year-old Jose Rosas of Queen University in Charlotte (NC) ended 6th.  The sophomore’s time was 21:33.

Robert Hollis of UMaine Farmington was 7th.  Robert won this year’s North Atlantic Conference championship in cross country.

Chris Dunn, from Kennebunk, took 8th.  Chris was a senior as Southern Maine this year.

Kevin Tilton (9th) went to UNH.  He was 2nd in this race in 2004 and 2006.  He was 4th in 2008.

Andy Spaulding is a former winner (2002).  He ended 10th today. He is part of the management of the Dirigo running club.

Former winner Kristin Barry (2001) returned in style to finish first among the women and 31st overall (24:32).

Erin Flynn (left 2015) has leader Kristin Barry (2001) in her sights.

Leader Kristin Barry (2001) 

Erin Flynn had Kristin in her sights coming down Main Street but ended up settling for 2nd, finishing some eleven seconds after Kristin.  Erin won this race in 2009 and 2015.

Anna Laska of Bridgton and Fryeburg Academy was the third woman, finishing 46th overall.

The race is always fun to attend.  The surrounding camps are well represented and some of the counselors are high-quality runners.  Plenty of patriotic stuff among the participants.  I especially admire those who run and chant down Main Street after running 3+ milein 80-degrees heat.  Oh, to be young!

The highly competitiveness in this race ends pretty early after the top runners have gone by.  Many of the remaining runners look for familiar faces in the crowd.  I did see one young man leave the race, run up the stairs of the Bridgton Library, and plant a kiss on what I hope was a significant other.  My camera was not fast enough to catch that action!

RACE RESULTS

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Anna Laska

Anna Laska

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

The Woods

The Woods

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

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2011 Yankee Homecoming Race Winners: Justin Freeman, Lesley Hocking, Tim Murtagh, Kirsten Kasper

Justin Freeman (New Hampton NH) wins the 51st Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race in 52:18 in Newburyport

One mile into the 5K race - Aldous Strother (#2173), Daniel Blouin (#2339), Tim Murtagh (#521) and Kevin Alliette (#2895) - Tim ended up 1st, Kevin 2nd, Aldous 3rd, and Daniel 4th

(Newburyport MA) The usual large turnout plus some unusually cooler temperatures made a nice setting for runners and spectators at the 51st annual 5K/10M Yankee Homecoming racing events on Tuesday night.

Tim Murtagh (Rowley/Connecticut College) held off Kevin Alliette (Methuen/UMassLowell) to take the 5K race.  Later, it was Justin Freeman (New Hampton NH/Bates) cruising to victory in the 10 mile event.

I was positioned at the one-mile mark (in front of the Cushing Museum) to see the early part of both races.  It was a good place to be because the front-runners there turned out to be in a similar position later.  The first four finishers in the 5K were in a pack in the front at one mile.

The slight exception to being in front early was 10-mile winner Justin Freeman.  He was back in 6th there but explained later in the Newburyport News article that he had messed himself up in two previous races here by going out too fast.

Leaders one mile into 10M: Joseph Koech (#3092), Bryan Morseman (#2738), Joseph Ekuom (#3091) and Matthew Manning (#418) -

It was a surprise that the cooler (for August – 70s) weather didn’t produce some sort of record times.  Maybe the field wasn’t as strong as it has been in the past??

Chris Suprin and Keith Conway of Newburyport High School ran well early in the 5K and Chris was around to pick up 6th place at the end.  Keith was 12th.

Pat Rich of South Hamilton was 5th in the 10 miler.  He has been involved in the high school track programs at Hamilton-Wenham and Ipswich.

Greg Krathwohl of Ipswich High and Middlebury College (VT) finished eleventh in the 10M.

Joseph Navas came in eighth in the 10M.  I learned from his wife, while waiting for the runners to arrive at the finish line, that he had proposed to her at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and that they had gone on their honeymoon to New York so that he could run in the New York Marathon.

Newburyport High School runners Keith Conway (#2058) finished 12th and Chris Suprin (#187) finished 6th.

Lesley Hocking from Dover (NH) was the first woman finisher in the 10M while Kirsten Kasper from North Andover (would former Bruins’ coach Steve Kasper be her father??) led the women in the 5K.

Other pictures I took at the races.  By the way, I’m not a professional photographer.  If anyone is interested in a copy of a picture I will be glad to email it to you free of charge.

Joseph Navas 8th 10M

Pat Rich 5th 10M

Joseph Koech 4th 10M

Bryan Morseman 3rd 10M

Jim Johnson 2nd 10M

Aldous Strother and Tim Murtagh 5K

Dana Bradshaw 5K pushing carriage

James Bradbury 5K

Hannah/Thayer Phipps - 5K

Benjamin St. Lawrence 5K

Greg Krathwohl - 11th 10M

Joseph Navas - 8th 10M

Justin Freeman

Lesley Hocking - 10M woman winner

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