Rockin’ Soapstone 25th in the Books

The 25th anniversary Soapstone Mountain Trail Race is in the books. The newspaper coverage is now consider part of the archives. The Shenipsit Striders website has been updated with lots of good bits of information, results, and photos. Most important: the feedback on the event has been fabulous. The Striders inbox has been overflowing with praise and only a few constructive bits of criticism. Hey, after 25 years, you get the benefit of doubt!

Debbie Livingston (Race Director), Jerry Stage (Co-Race Director), Tom Curtis (the trophy artist/venue set-up/supplies), Willi Friedrich (trophy artist), Ken Clark (registration/course director), Kevin Simons (treasurer/course director/registration), Barbara Schieffer (cook/purchasing agent), Ginny Patsun (course marking), Clint Morse (webmaster/map/registration), Vicki Quagliaroli (supplies/t-shirts), all of the other Striders, and the volunteers deserve kudos for putting on a great event. Everything was just swell. Sure, there were hiccups, but a solid team effort kept everyone safe and even helped get the results out on time. We got word that the lone ankle sprain victim is already on the mend. A shout out to Nat! See you at Nipmuck? 

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It is fitting that as many of us look forward to Nipmuck in less than three weeks, that we close the books on Soapstone. An image of an iconic “rock,” complete with a 25th anniversary 2009 Connecticut State quarter, is the rightful parting shot. You have know idea how much angst these rocks have created over the years. They are coveted like the should be.

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