2014 Bolton Road Race

Today  the Livingston’s kicked off the 2014 race season at our hometown race. The Bolton Road Race, under the race direction of Dani Kennedy, has seen a nice revival in the past few years. BRR is proof that good marketing and good value can make a big difference for a race. BRR benefits the Bolton High School Boosters Club and the Boys and Girls Track Teams. These “little” races may not draw the fields of larger races with more marketing muscle, but they are more authentic.

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The BRR is one of those rare 5 mile courses that used to be really popular during the running boom of the 1970’s and 1980’s. The 5 miler is nearly extinct with the proliferation of 5K’s. Today, there was no mud, no obstacles, and no electrified wires. BRR does offer a 5K option, but the 5 miler is the main event with the bonus factor of hills and wind.  BRR is a good old road race; it’s you versus the course. That’s just how I like it, and when you can jog over to the start/finish from your house, it’s even better. BRR is a true community race, the way they all used to be. Stock in the promotion company isn’t traded on the NASDAQ and there is no private equity investment to fuel the global growth.

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It’s Dani and her volunteers and in 2014, they raised the bar to yet another level. Dani landed several new sponsors. Full disclosure: Horst Engineering came aboard as one of the sponsors this year. We like to support events that promote healthy living in the communities that we work and live, especially when the proceeds to local causes. BRR has many other sponsors, including: Simoniz, Highland Park Markets, Bolton Physical Therapy, American Ladders & Scaffolds, Bolton Mobil, Bolton Notch Self Storage, Bolton Veterinary Hospital, and Steve Czerwinski, Inc. Another 15 businesses/organizations made contributions.

218 runners finished the 5 miler and 49 finished the 5K.

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My parents, Stan and Lynn, were kind enough to come out and watch our daughter (though I was prepared to push the Chariot CX-1 like old times) while Debbie, our son, and I ran. Our son was joined by his favorite running buddy, Uncle Tom Schieffer. Tom came down from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, to spend the afternoon with the clan and get in some outdoor exercise. Debbie and I needed a good workout, and everything worked out as planned.

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Unfortunately, my schedule didn’t permit the full experience. The minute I crossed the finish line, I grabbed my pack, donned an extra layer, and ran the two miles straight home. I’m disappointed that I missed hanging out with so many friends. I was scanning the results on my iPhone and saw the names of many people who I haven’t seen since last year.

My timeline for this Sunday afternoon was a little crazy, but was true to the spirit of Life Adventures.

12:10 P.M.
Debbie departs on foot to run up to the high school.

12:20 P.M.
I round-up the kids, get them loaded into Debbie’s car, and drive to the school.

12:30 P.M.
Park, dress, pick up our bib numbers, meet up with parents and Tommy.

12:40 P.M.
Two mile warmup with Debbie. She is a little warmer at this point, which is what an ultrarunner who runs 100 milers needs when running 5 milers.

12:58 P.M.
The race starts, two minutes early by my watch, and I’m still behind 50 runners. Technically, I didn’t miss the start, but I had some traffic to weave through and it cost me five seconds, which means nothing, but feels good to talk about.

1:30 P.M.
I finish, grab my pack, add a layer, take a few photos, and run back home. Tim Cote joined me for the first mile of the route. We chat about making stuff, machining, alloys, his upcoming wedding, 7 Sisters, hills, long winters, Brooklyn, bicycle  commuting, Traprock 50K, work, sailboats, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s amazing how much ground you can cover in one mile.

1:50 P.M.
I get home, download photos, change, shower, mix a bottle of Vega, upload GPS data,  grab half a dark chocolate bar (it had to hold me over until I got to Atlanta), and finish packing.

2:20 P.M.
I was planning a 10 minute transition, but ask any of my triathlete friends, I’ve never been good at transitions. I depart for BDL, drink the Vega and eat the chocolate.

2:50 P.M.
I ride the LAZ (monopolistic parking evil empire) shuttle to the terminal.

3:00 P.M.
I’m berated by TSA officials (along with the other “customers”) even though I know what I’m doing. Yes, I know, nothing in my pockets! I’ve got to look into this TSA Precheck thing. Heck, I just need a G5.

3:12: P.M.
I’m in 29C. Sigh. At least it’s an aisle seat. Howard Schultz is on the cover of the in-flight magazine. I bet he has a G5 or equivalent and probably will never read an in-flight magazine!

3:32 P.M.
Airborne. Headed for ATL and then TUS and then a Monday drive to Guaymas with a colleague. Horst Engineering de Mexico, here we come.

I’ll let you know how my legs feel after a day or two. The .42 ounces of Lightly Salted Peanuts I ate on the first flight should aid my recovery. 12 grams sounds like so much more than .42. Hey, it was only 5 miles. Back in 2008, Debbie and I ran the Six Foot Track Marathon (the rugged trail 28+ miler was also this weekend; that would have been fun), from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves in New South Wales, Australia. We were on a trans-continental flight from Sydney to Los Angeles (with a two-year old) within 15 hours. That was ugly. It took me several months to recover from that foolishness.

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Anyway, I didn’t realize the BRR was a 1:00 P.M. start when I booked my flights. How many races start after lunch? Anyway, I didn’t run as fast as in the past, but I’m getting older. Debbie hates it when I say that. I had a good run last year in 30:08 when I was 5th. Today, I ran 31:22 for 9th. At least I’m still running. I chased Trevor Chambers and Matt Estes for a while before they both gapped me. The elastic band broke just after the 2 mile mark. Matt is coming off a stellar road marathon performance and will be one of the runners to beat at Traprock next month.

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Trevor is a 16-year-old runner on the Bolton High School XC team and is getting faster. He has good pedigree. I often battle on the bike with his dad, Andy, a super strong veteran rider. I hope I’m going as good as Andy in 15 years. With Trevor and Thomas Paquette in front of me, the first Bolton resident division title was out of reach. Debbie had an OK race. She is still in comeback mode, trying different approaches to regain her speed. She was 6th woman and 2nd in her age group. Our son was happy to get second in the under 12 age group in his second 5-miler. Technically, the Manchester Road Race is 4.748, so this was his first real 5-miler.

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Paquette was the first overall finisher in a fast 26:57. He was followed by Brian Nelson and then the aforementioned Tim Cote. First woman was Kelly Labanara in 34:30. Caitlin Cunningham was only one second behind her. That would have been a good finish to watch. Alison Caruso was third. 10-year-old Luke Stoeffler won the 5K in  22:10. He was flying!

There were lots of good results for an early season race. It’s going to be a good year for many. Keep running!

5 Miler Race Results

5K Race Results

2 Responses to “2014 Bolton Road Race”


  1. 1 Barry Stoner 10 March 2014 at 7:33 am

    You do cover s lot of “ground;” Thanks for the debrief.

  2. 2 Kristen Waldo Skulte 10 March 2014 at 9:09 am

    Great post. I’ve never been at a race that started early! Andris and Esther missed the official start. No big deal, but like you said, fun to talk about 🙂


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