2018 Finally Spring 5K!

It had been five years since we last went to the Finally Spring 5K hosted by the Manchester Running Company. I think its been five years since it last felt like spring. Actually, in 2013, it was pretty cold too!

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Today, the sun struggled to shine through the clouds, and the temperature was barely above freezing. Dampness hung in the air after yesterday’s snowstorm. It was perfect conditions for running!

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The course is slightly different from when we last ran it, but still includes the trails in the watershed that feeds the Howard/Porter Reservoir.ย It’s a fun place to run or ride.

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Debbie, Dahlia, and Shepard all lined up for this one. Dahlia did the one mile kids race along with 24 other children. It was a nice turnout on a chilly day.

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Being so close to home, this was a fun race to do. I enjoyed watching, taking photos, and saying hello to friends.

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The Shenipsit Striders and Silk City Striders had good turnouts. The Manchester Running Company has a strong team of their own. It was also great to see folks from the Hartford Track Club and the Mohegan Striders. With the Boston Marathon a week from Monday, there were probably a few holdouts.

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Morgan Kennedy took the win for the men. He was chased by Jon-Paul Mandelburg and Samuel Alexander.

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Elizabeth Fengler took top honors for the women. She was followed by Darby Dustman and Linda Yamamoto. Linda told me she got her one and only “trail race” done for the year. Truth be told, the trails on this course are pretty mild. This isn’t 7 Sisters, or even the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race, which are both coming up in May.

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Debbie and Shepard both got prizes in their age groups, which was cool. Nothing beats a short race that is so close to home. We were back at the house by noon, with the rest of the day open for work and play.

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Debbie is the Race Director for Soapstone, which is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The series kicks off a week from today with the Traprock 50K. We will be there!

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Soapstone is also part of the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series.

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So, if you liked these trails, come out and try some of the races in these series. If you missed today’s race, there are many more for you to choose from.

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Race Results (1 Mile Kids Race)

Race Results (5K)

SmugMug Gallery Photos

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