New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series

The final 2008 New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series results have been compiled. 25 races were run between April and November. I’m partial, but this series is the best series in the country. It has the most diverse races. From 10km to 50 miles, and with all different types of courses, the series tests runners in a myriad of ways. 

The point of the series is really to get runners to come out for a variety of events, but there is a still a competition and bragging rights at the core. This year’s overall male champions were Greg Hammett and Ben Nephew. They finished the series in a virtual tie with six wins each. Paul Young was third, Keith Schmitt fourth, and Matt Bedoukian fifth. 

Grand Tree Best n Races Results

Deborah Livingston was 12th overall and first female. Michelle Roy was second female but she was first female and fourth overall in the coveted Stonehead competition, which ranks the runners by total points, rather than best six races. Michelle ran 18 races, second only to overall Stonehead champion, Thomas Parker, who ran 20. 

Stonehead Results

Debbie won the Nipmuck Marathon, Curly’s Marathon, Pisgah 50km, and Breakneck. Her main competition earlier in the year was Beth Krasemann. Beth won several of the “monuments,” including Northern Nipmuck, Seven Sisters, Soapstone, and Greylock. She fell just short of a fifth win at Busa’s Bushwhack. Since she only ran five events, she fell short of qualifying for the championship. Nevertheless, her finish percentage for five events still put her second behind Debbie by 0.32%. It was close! 

Debbie got the best of me again this year. Her best six beat my best six by 1.10%. I finished 14th overall, but was happy to just get my six races in. 50 runners completed the necessary six races to qualify for the series. 463 runners did at least two races. These stats signal good participation. 

Much thanks goes out to the 25 race directors and the volunteers that they recruited. Without a commitment from these hard core trail running supporters, the series would not be as special as it is.

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