Today we celebrated the 31st NipMuck Trail Marathon with some fine New England fall weather. After yesterday’s deluge, the trails were soft, but today the sky was cloudless and a brilliant blue. After last year’s 30th anniversary monsoon, today’s weather was awesome.
Our original plans had us headed to Providence for the KMC Cyclocross Festival, but I didn’t race, so we stuck around and joined our Shenipsit Strider friends at this New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series classic. NipMuck was also the 9th (of 10) races in the inaugural Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The finale is at Bimbler’s Bluff 50K on 19 October.
Debbie didn’t have NipMuck on her schedule, but with the change of plans, she decided to run, and had a fun day in the woods. The weather really was the story of the day. It was cool at the start (about 40 degrees Fahreneheit) and never really warmed up. NipMuck is wooded the entire way and the shade kept the leaf covered trail moist.
There were some fine performances. The men’s winner was Samuel Jurek in 3:26:43 and the women’s winner was Kehr Davis in 3:52:43. She ran a fine time. Jurek was followed by Justin Bentley and Jonathan Hammett. Davis was followed by Stacia Broderick and Liz Sherman.
The first Shenipsit Strider was Sean Greaney, who finished 6th in his virgin NipMuck. This has been a wonderful breakout season for Sean. NipMuck Dave Raczkowski had a fine run, improving on last year’s time by 59 minutes. The Shenipsit Striders had a great turnout and got awesome volunteer support from members of the Silk City Striders and Willimantic Athletic Club.
More attention may be paid to the ultra distance races and newer races, but this race is truly a classic and should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Christopher Moore from Connecticut Outdoor Guide will post photos here.