We traveled from the Wapack Trail in Ashburnham, Massachusetts to Henry Park in Rockville, Connecticut in less 18 hours with a little restless sleep in between. Our encore for Mother’s Day weekend was the 5 kilometer Mother’s Day Dash. This race, run for the 41st time, has become a tradition for us.
Somehow, Debbie had the strength in her legs to jog the race with our 7-year-old son. He did great, running steady the whole way averaging 10 minute miles. I would have loved to average 10 minute miles at yesterday’s Wapack and Back 50 Mile Trail Race, but the terrain was quite different.
We had a lot of fun today. In addition to the race, the kids got to participate in the ribbon cutting for Henry Park’s new playscape. I finally sat down with Tom Curtiss, one of the original members of the Shenipsit Striders. Our marquis race, the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race, will be run for the 30th time this coming Sunday. Debbie is the Race Director and I’ve been working on a history of the race and our club. Tom has had a longstanding role on the race committee for the Dash, so I knew I would be able to track him down.
Brian Nelson took out the win in 16:34. He was followed by Matthew Mensher and Garrett Ash. Shout outs go to Aaron Flamino in 5th and Brett Stoeffler in 6th, who are still running strong after all of these years. Another standout performance came from 12 year-old Daniel Krasemann who ran 18:08. Watch for his name in the results over the next six years. He has pedigree. His mother, Beth, a past Soapstone champion, was first female in 20:01. She was followed by Linda Yamamoto and Bonnie Armstrong.
We had awesome weather. This is the spring day that everyone has been waiting for. It made it easy to linger after the race and nosh on bagels and bananas. They even broke out the parachute for the kids to play with. Kudos to the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department for keeping this old race going.