2009 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races

The 2009 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races were held in Shenipsit State Forest today. This was the 25th anniversary of Soapstone, the second oldest race in the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. This is quite a milestone for the host club, Shenipsit Striders. My spouse, Debbie Livingston, is the Race Director, so our family is heavily invested in this event. 

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I wasn’t running this year for two reasons. 1) I did the Harryman Half Iron Triathlon yesterday and 2) I was helping Deb and our fellow Striders. 

Everyone had a great time. The weather was perfect for running and a little less perfect for spectating, but it was still a grand day. We had an excellent turnout and no major injuries. There was a sprained ankle or two. It was definitely slippery and muddy out there on the Shenipsit Trail, Quarry Trail, and other trails. We had great help from many volunteers. The aid stations were manned by members of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the Northern Connecticut Land Trust. Once again, the Reddington Rock Riding Club allowed us to use their facilities for the start/finish, camping, parking, and post race festivities. Horst Engineering provided financial support. Bear Naked Granola brought free food. We had gift certificates contributed to the raffle by Deb’s team sponsor, Vasque, and Trail Runner Magazine and Road ID. The Stafford Lions Club handled the timing. Our friends from the local Ham Radio club handled communications. Tom Curtis once again led the team that made the iconic trophies. Of course, this race is about the Shenipsit Striders. For 25 years, they have been promoting this classic event. Deb and I are happy to be part of it. 

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The 6km Soapstone Sampler was won by Clint Morse. He overcame the age graded start to pass everyone for the win. The 24km feature race was won by Brendan Callahan. He was followed closely by past champion, Ben Nephew. Third was Jim Johnson. The first woman was Amy Lane, who is tearing up the 2009 Grand Tree Series. Second was Abby Mahoney and third was last year’s winner, Beth Krasemann. They finished right behind one another and must have had a nice battle out on the trails. We had 169 official finishers, barring any results changes.

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I’ll likely post more information about the race later in the week, but after a long day (long weekend), it is time for rest and recovery.

Race Results_6km (Sampler)

Race Results_24km

Race Photos

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