2010 People’s Forest Trail Race

Today’s weather was perfect for a trail race. We drove out to Barkhamsted, Connecticut, to People’s State Forest for the 11th annual People’s Forest Trail Race, which served as the Connecticut USATF State Championship. I’ve skipped the race the past two years, but have enjoyed watching.

Marc Robaczynski smashed his own course record in perfect running conditions. He ran the 7 mile course in 43:48, an incredible 6:16/mile on a  rugged trail. It was fabulous to see him steam to the finish line. He beat runner-up Ross Krause, who is no slouch, by almost six minutes. Daniel Lane was third. I joked after the finish that Marc destroys Grand Tree Trail Running Series averages.

The points are scored based on your finish time relative to the race winner’s. Normally, a small field gives runners a chance to score a high percentage when the big guns don’t show up. Marc doesn’t race any of the other Grand Tree events, but he seems to always show up at People’s with his raging road speed. He is one of the best runners in New England and his 2:34 2010 Boston Marathon time is proof.

The women’s course record was also beaten. 17-year-old Carolyn Stocker ran 56:41 to best the former record holder, Abby Mahoney, by 49 seconds. Another 56 seconds back was Debbie Livingston, who had the course record before Abby. So, Carolyn beat some pretty good competition. All of the 67 finishers seemed to be having a great time. 

Folks hung around and cooled off in the Farmington River, which is 50 feet from the finish line. There were lots of goodies and those of us with families enjoyed the state park.

Race Results 

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