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2015 Nipmuck South Trail Race

Today was the Nipmuck South Trail Race, the second of the Shenipsit Striders 2015 races, race five in this year’s Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series, and race eight in the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. Thankfully, Mansfield Hollow State Park is only 25 minutes from our house.

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I really didn’t want to go far today. Debbie went early to help with the pre-race stuff and I followed with our kids. We got there just before the start, grabbed some shots, and then drove to the seven mile turnaround on Old Turnpike Road, just off Rt. 44. Nipmuck South is a generally flat course with some tricky footing (rocks and roots) in spots.

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The heavy rain that started last night and continued into this morning made for a bit of a mess. Thankfully, the Nipmuck Trail drains well and the mud was only in select spots. I happened to find one of those spots near the turnaround aid station that was manned by David Merkt and Nicole Gibeau. The total length of the course is 14.1 +/- miles.

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There were a lot of Shenipsit Striders, as you would expect, in attendance. Some volunteered, some ran, and some did both. There was a tight battle for first place, with Brett Stoeffler prevailing over Todd Bennet. Jim Harron was third. First female was a dominant Kehr Davis. She finished fifth overall. Eric Wyzga had to work very hard to keep her five seconds behind his fourth place spot. Kehr was followed by Darby Dustman, who was only 15 seconds in front of Debbie, who grabbed the third spot.

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I saw a lot of smiles on the trail today. The rain and cool temperature made for great running conditions. No one was deterred by the mud. Race Director Scott Edington organized a good event on behalf of the club. It was another fun trail running event.

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The two overall winners earned a jar of honey and a bottle of maple syrup. They also earned apple pies from NipMuck Dave for winning the “trilogy” series that included the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race, Goodwin Forest Trail Run, and Nipmuck South.

Race Results

2015 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races

Today was the 31st annual Soapstone Mountain Trail Race. The joy that Soapstone brings never fades. After 16 years total and 12 or so with Debbie as the Race Director, you would think that the race would be tiresome. There is no question that it is a lot of work, and that it impacts our household during the weeks leading up to the race, but we love it so much. We have met so many people through our involvement in the event. We miss many of the names from the past, but we enjoy meeting new people.

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Thankfully, our Shenipsit Striders running club is going strong after more than 35 years. We still have some original members in the club, but it is the new members that are important to keeping both the club and the races, including Soapstone and also the NipMuck Trail Marathon, growing. The course is part of what makes the race so special. 138 runners finished the 22 kilometer race and 70 runners finished the 6 kilometer Soapstone Sampler.

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We had summer weather after several weeks of warmer than usual temperatures, so the trail was dry. Unlike the past few editions, there was little mud to be found. It was dusty and the heat made it challenging for the runners. After such a long and harsh winter, many of them looked like they were melting in the sun.

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There were a few minor injuries, including the usual falls resulting in cuts and bruises; but no one was seriously hurt. There were also a few cases of dehydration. Notably, the overall leader through aid station three (the last one) was left debilitated by his case of dehydration and he did not finish. That left the door open for Samuel Jurek, to take the win in 1:51:00. He was followed by super master runner, Brett Stoeffler, in 1:52:45. Brett is 20 years senior to Sam, and he was hot on his heels. That brought a smile to my face. The first woman, Kehr Davis, had an awesome result, finishing third overall in 2:00:25. Stanislav Trufanov was the third men’s finisher. Kehr, was followed by Stacia Broderick in 2:21:33 and third was Peggy Horgan.

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I ran the Sampler with our son, Shepard. He wanted the company and I’m taking it easy, though I still managed to take a hard file after tweaking my ankle. Oh well. If you don’t fall, it isn’t trail running. Our son had a great time, particularly at the quarry/sand pit, where the dry conditions forced the runners to scramble hand over fist up the loose slope. We had a some folks lose their way and go off trail, but by the afternoon, everyone (in both races) was accounted for.

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The first finisher in the age/gender graded (handicap start) Sampler was AJ Fournier. He was followed by Jason Dominick and then by last year’s winner, Luke Stoeffler. This is a very family friendly race. We made it that way years ago and we have kept it that way. The evidence is right here in the results with both Stoeffler’s (father and son) on the podium of their respective events. Brett’s Dad, Dick, was standing at the top of the sand pit taking photographs. I gave him a big hug and apologized for beating him in the Sampler in 2003. I’ve always felt guilty about catching him in this Dipsea Trail Race inspired event that was the brainchild of longtime Soapstone Race Director, the late Jerry Stage. Dick told me, “I’m over it,” which made me feel a whole lot better!’

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Further evidence of the family friendly environment is our kid’s race. About 20 little ones lined up and ran either a 1/2 mile or full mile loop that included single track, rocks, roots, and a fair amount of horse “poop.” It was exciting to watch and as our son put it, the course was “rugged.” Nothing like a little challenge to introduce the next generation to the thrill of New England trail running.

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The core of Shenipsit Strider volunteers, and also many friends, pulled together to help Debbie with the production. Special thanks go to Dominic Wilson who is Debbie’s right hand man. He helped her mark the course yesterday and stayed with us until the last of the items were packed away in our van and we had returned the Reddington Rock Riding Club to its pre-race status. It is also important to thank Barbara Schieffer and Joe King, who have manned the cook shed for years. They are responsible for serving the post-race vegetarian feast. Barbara, my mother-in-law, does a ton of work in support of Debbie. There were about 30 volunteers total, between the three aid stations and the start/finish area. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry as much about timing nowadays. That was handled by Jerry Turk and Kerry Arsenault at RAT Race Timing.

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Soapstone was the third race in this year’s Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series and the fifth race in this year’s New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. Historically, Soapstone has benefited the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and supported the wonder work done by CFPA’s trail volunteers. The next race in both series is on 07 June at the Goodwin Forest Trail Run. Soapstone is also the first race in the Blue Dot Trail Race Trilogy, which is the invention of NipMuck Dave Raczkowski, the longtime Race Director of the NipMuck Trail Marathon. Goodwin is the second race and Southern Nipmuck is the third. There is no shortage of great trail races in New England.

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We had everything packed up by 3:00 P.M. It will take a few weeks to clean up all the gear and organize everything in our basement, but it won’t be long and we will be making plans for the 32nd edition of the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race.

Race Results

2015 Hop Brook Mountain Bike Race & Bimbler’s Bash

Yesterday, the better weather that spring is known for was finally felt throughout southern New England. While winter weather still grips the north country, Connecticut, has seen most of the snow melt in the past two weeks. Two important race series kicked off on Sunday with their first races of the year.

The Livingston’s had to split up in order to take part in the fun. Debbie headed to the Bimbler’s Bash 10Kish Trail Race in Guilford, Connecticut. It was the kickoff race for the 2015 Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. Both of us raced the Bash in 2014, but I’m on the slow road (rather trail) back to fitness, and am avoiding any technical trail running while my left foot slowly heals from the battering it took in early 2014. I’m also easing my way back from the fractured scapula and related injuries that pretty much shut down my 2014 season completely in late-August. Debbie had a fine race, one of her better Bash’s in recent years.

She said the trails were in good shape and that the runners were in good spirits. The bright sunshine and milder temperatures really helped.

Bimbler’s Bash Results

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I went to the Hop Brook Mountain Bike Race for the third time. I love the venue and again, it was the kickoff for the Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. I raced my rigid single-speed Seven Cycles Sola on the undulating course. There were several muddy sections, but largely, the trails were in better shape than I expected. The only difference from 2014 was that they cut our race from four laps (5.2 miles per lap) to three, which was OK with me considering that yesterday was my first mountain bike ride of the year. I just changed the tires on my bike last weekend and hadn’t even ridden it yet. A warmup lap plus three laps and a cool-down was enough for one day.

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Hop Brook Results

Both races have wonderful organizers and volunteers that make them possible. Next up for the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series is Traprock 50K on Saturday in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next up for the Root 66 Series is Fat Tire Classic in Farmington, Connecticut on 26 April. Join in the fun!

Final Results: 2014 Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series

It was a great year for the Connecticut trail running community. Some of our best individual trail running races joined forces to form the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. Debbie and I envisioned this year’s ago, and with the help of others, it became a reality. The New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series will always be the standard-bearer for trail running in New England and we view the CT series as a compliment to that long running series. A handful of the races are in both series.

The Grand Tree was the series to run, long before this current trail running boom cluttered the calendar with other events in the region. The growth of the sport is fantastic, but it has been problematic for many of the long time/old school trail races in New England. The surge in ultrarunning has also left many of the mid-distance races in the dust, as participation levels at some events have dropped dramatically. Overall participation in the Grand Tree Series has risen at the individual level, but the number of people doing multiple races (you need to run six to qualify for the series standings) has dropped. People want to go short or long and not as often in between.

The Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series has various distances.

DATE RACE DISTANCE WEBSITE
4/6 Bimbler’s Bash 10k www.mrbimble.com/WordPress/bash
4/19 Traprock 50k/17k www.traprock50.com
5/18 Soapstone Mt. Trail Races 24k/6k www.shenipsitstriders.org
6/22 Southern Nipmuck 22.7k www.shenipsitstriders.org
7/27 Soapstone Assault 8.9k www.shenipsitstriders.org
8/2 People’s Forest 12.1k www.greystoneracing.net
9/6 Run for the Woods 10k/5k www.ctwoodlands.org/runforthewoods2014
9/14 Trails for a Cure/Cockaponsett 12.9k www.snerro.com
10/5 NipMuck Trail Marathon 42.5k www.shenipsitstriders.org
10/19 Bimbler’s Bluff 50k www.mrbimble.com/WordPress/bluff

I had designs on running all of the races, but after doing Bimbler’s Bash, Traprock, and Soapstone, my running stopped because of this nagging left foot stress fracture/plantar fasciitis injury that has hobbled me for months. Half way through Soapstone, I knew something was seriously wrong. For the rest of the year, I’ve had to watch from the sidelines, take photos, and root for the other runners.

I’m pumped for the 2015 series, though it is doubtful that I will run any. This could be a long layoff from running for me. My last truly extended break was 1991 to 1999. Hopefully this hiatus isn’t as long.

1,032 individual runners competed in at least one race – 382 Female and 950 Male. The overall men’s title went to Ted Cowles (who ran every race), and the woman’s title went to Kehr Davis, who won the four events that she entered. Kudos to them.

The Shenipsit Striders have been very generous to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, frequently contributing proceeds from Soapstone and NipMuck. Many people don’t realize that CFPA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. CFPA is not a state agency. If it wasn’t for CFPA, their volunteers, and donors; more than 825 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails may not exist. CFPA’s advocacy is legendary and whether you support CFPA or some other local trails .org, you should keep these trail maintainers in your thoughts. Our parks and trails depend on them. Debbie and I are longtime supporters of CFPA, I am on the Board of Directors, and we always felt that a trail series would help raise awareness and funds for our cherished trails.

The Striders philanthropy has inspired others, including Steve Nelson and Kevin Hutt, Race Directors of the Traprock 50K to bestow their generosity on CFPA. Plans are in place to reprise the series next year. Debbie, Jerry Turk, and the other Race Directors (who also deserve a ton of credit) are working on the schedule. Each individual race relies on their own volunteers. Many come from the running clubs that promote these events. Thanks to Dominic Wilson who calculated all the scores and CFPA’s Marty Gosselin for keeping the website up to date. Oh, one last shout out to Christopher Moore from Connecticut Outdoor Guide who shot photos at many of the races.

We will find a good way to honor Ted, Kehr, and some of our other participants. In the meantime, check out the results.

Click here for the 2014 Men’s Results

Click here for the 2014 Women’s Results

2010 NipMuck Trail Marathon

Today was the 27th running of the NipMuck Trail Marathon in Ashford, Connecticut. NipMuck holds a special place in New England running history, and it is the oldest trail running race in the region. NipMuck has a wonderful tradition and that tradition has been carried forth for its entire history by its venerable Race Director, NipMuck Dave Raczkowski. NipMuck Dave has been at the helm of the race since its founding and he has set the standard for race directors. His quirky approach to grassroots race production has made him a popular figure in the tight-knit New England trail running community.

In recent years, the race has become an increasing challenge for him to direct, and since the 25th running two years ago, he has sought to scale back the production by limiting the number of runners. NipMuck has drawn runners far and wide, and finishing it has been a badge of honor. Today, NipMuck Dave formally announced that in 2011, he will step aside and be succeeded by Clinton Morse as Race Director. Clint is on the board of our running club, the Shenipsit Striders (Debbie is the president), and has helped out with the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races for several years.

He has big shoes to fill at NipMuck, but will likely make some changes so that he can put his own imprint on the race. Look for some positive changes in 2011, including a more open race entry process, and remember that change is good! Both Clint and Dave are excited about the future of NipMuck.

This year’s NipMuck was Debbie’s first big objective of the year. Eight months removed from the birth of our second child, she is still very much in transition mode. As a breast-feeding Mom, it is impossible to perform at the highest level, but she is intent on not just regaining her pre-children form, but on reaching a new level of athletic performance. It will likely take a few more years, but the journey is underway.

Today, she met one objective and fell short of another, but the conditions weren’t suitable for running a fast time. She won the race in 4:11:40 or so. The official results won’t be available for a day or two. She has a couple other NipMuck victories from her seven previous times running the race. We were talking about this on the way home and she honestly doesn’t remember how many she has won, but she has taken home the coveted apple pie at least twice before. When it comes to statistics, we have different approaches. I track my goals and my past results, while she is much more laissez-faire with the whole competitive thing. Nonetheless, she has a burning desire to succeed. Her time goal was to break four hours for the first time. Her previous personal best is 4:03:20, which she ran in 2008. She has broken 4:05 on three occasions, but sub-four remains elusive. For most runners, NipMuck runs at least one hour slower than a road marathon.

It was extremely hot and humid today with the temperature in the low-80’s (Fahrenheit) and the dew point was more than 60%. It was so humid that it seemed as if it would downpour at any moment. Instead, there were only sprinkles. It didn’t downpour until severe thunderstorms rolled through the area around 3:30 P.M., well after most of the runners had finished. However, there were likely some runners still on the course since the cutoff is eight hours and I know that several runners were going to need all the time available in order to finish.

Debbie hit the six-mile turnaround in 50 minutes, the 12 mile aid station in 1:45 and the Boston Hollow turnaround in 3:05, but couldn’t hold it together. She faded a bit in the final six miles, but was still very pleased with first woman and another NipMuck victory to cherish. Only three weeks removed from directing the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races for the eighth time, she hasn’t been able to get the long distance training necessary to build her endurance back as quickly as she hoped. Our Brazil trip allowed for a good taper, but I’m sure the travel took some snap out of her legs.

Regardless, she was excited to spend the good part of a day on the gorgeous Nipmuck Trail, part of Connecticut’s Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system. The men’s winner was Dave Herr, a talented distance runner who has won many top area races. I chatted with Dave when he finished. He was dripping with sweat and a little groggy after pushing himself in the heat. He too was pleased with his result. Brett Stoeffler avenged last year’s DNF (sprained ankle) by grabbing second spot and he looked fresh at the finish. Matt Estes ran a workmanlike race, passing several people in the second half, to finish third. The second female was Kerry Arsenault, who is a past NipMuck champion. As mentioned, full results will be available in the next few days and I will post a link.

We saw a lot of friends today, which is another reason why we love this race. I hope to be back running the Muck next year, but today, I had my hands full with our kids. I still managed to take some photos, but I only made it to one aid station because the napping schedule didn’t work out. After seeing the runners go through six miles, we returned to the finish so that we could see them pass through at the 12 mile mark and then watch them finish.

For me, the most thrilling storyline of the day (other than NipMuck Dave’s swan song as RD), was Richard Busa’s attempt to become the first 80-year-old to finish the race. Rich is a legend in New England. He is a Korean War Silver Star recipient, airborne trooper, late-life runner, ultramarathoner, and an inspiration for many people. He was out there again today, giving it his all. I saw him at the 12 mile mark, and wished him luck, knowing that we would have to leave before he finished. I’ve been thinking about him all afternoon, especially after the big t-storms rolled through, and I’m anxious to see if his name graces the results. I’m proud of my athletic accomplishments, but if I can run or bike like Rich can when I’m 80, then I’ll be suitably stoked.

Next up for us in the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series is the Mt. Greylock Trail Race on Father’s Day. I hope to be recovered from Ironman Brasil so that I can give it a go. Debbie should be fine in a week, though I know her legs are sore right now. She has several 50K’s planned for late summer and fall, so today’s 26.4 (yep, just a bit longer than marathon distance) should help her with the preparation.

Race Results

2010 Bimbler’s Bash Trail Race & the CT Shoreline

Debbie ran the Bimbler’s Bash Trail Race in Guilford, Connecticut today. I had Daddy Duty and also shot photographs. While she was running the “10kish” course, I hung out at the two very cool playgrounds. We both had a blast. Our kids did too. The race was run under brilliant blue skies and more than 200 runners frolicked in the Westwoods Trails mud.

Debbie was third woman, behind Kerry Arsenault and Megan Raymond. Kerry ran 1:05:17. Megan was four seconds behind. Debbie ran 1:06:04, less than a minute behind. The course was more like seven miles. The distance doesn’t matter. I ran it last year and it is rugged for a short course. The men’s winner was Will McDonough in 53:57. Second was Jesse Efron and third was Charlie Iselin. Fellow Shenipsit Strider, John Agosto, was sixth.

After the race, we went to the Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave for the first time. It was a good meal. We each had a vegan entrée. We were referred by Mary Lawrence of Well on Wheels, who set up their vegan menu. The menu isn’t all vegetarian, which made for an eclectic mix of customers. There were many people there for the normal diner fare, and there were some of us sampling the vegetarian/vegan food. It was a cool place.

After lunch, we visited my parents in Old Lyme and checked out the beach. There was a lot of erosion from the winter storms and the April rain did even more damage. I rode my bike home, which was a lot of fun. Bimbler’s, the Shoreline Diner, the Beach, and a ride made for an excellent Sunday.

2010 Northern Nipmuck Trail Race

Today’s Northern Nipmuck Trail Race was run in glorious conditions. If anything, it was too warm for a 16 mile run. The massive amount of rain that we had earlier in the week had softened the trails up a bit, but the terrain wasn’t bad. The Nipmuck Trail is extremely undulating, and obviously, drains well. The normally wet spots were wetter, but there really wasn’t much mud. The stream crossings were a bit trickier. The water was high, so you just got a little wetter.

There was a solid turnout for the first event in the 2010 New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. The results show that 111 people finished the race. Debbie and I both had a good time. I was training through this race, so there really wasn’t an objective. My legs were sore from a week of hard training, including yesterday’s 84 mile bike ride, so I had low expectations. I also rode part of the way to Bigelow Hollow State Park today, so that I could add some time on the bike for the week.

I hit the turnaround in 1:09 with Dave Mingori, Brad Reed, and Rich Fargo. We all played leap-frog on the eight mile return leg. Brad took off. Dave and I stuck together for a couple of miles, and Rich trailed. Then, Dave dropped me, caught Brad and kept on going. Rich kept his steady pace while the rest of us faded, and ended up passing all three of us by the finish. I finished last in that group and 12th overall in 2:30:22. That is about eight minutes slower than my 2009 time, which was my best on the course. That proves that my legs were sore. The conditions were also a bit slower today. The damp trails and warmer than average April heat (almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit) made this race more difficult.

This year, I’m overly sensitive about getting hurt at the trail races. With the focus on Ironman, I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my main objectives. My right ankle is pretty much permanently trashed, but since spraining it (again) at Wapack last September, I have had extra problems with it. I keep saying that I’m going to get a real ankle brace, but for some reason, I never get around to it. After today, I’ve made up my mind to experiment with one. I rolled the bad ankle several times. The ligaments just get more and more stretched out. Fortunately, the pain wasn’t debilitating. It did slow me a bit. I only took a couple of falls, which in recent races has been a rarity. I attribute it to leg fatigue. I also haven’t run trails in a while, so my coordination is probably off.

Debbie had a really good race. She was third woman and 23rd overall. Her goal was top three women and under 2:45. Her official time was 2:43:41. It is good to see that she has realistic expectations during her second post-childbirth comeback. In 2007, she had already run a 50K within six months after the birth of our son. She ultimately fell ill and it took some time to regain her strength again. It wasn’t until 20 months after the birth when the breast feeding slowed, that she felt back to normal. Our daughter is now six months old and is also nursing, but Deb is taking things a bit slower this time. Also, life is busier with two kids. Pushing the double Chariot isn’t the best training, but it is better than nothing. She has a great season planned, but is mostly using 2010 to rebuild her fitness foundation in advance of 2011 and beyond. She says that she is taking it one race at a time. I assure you that she had a blast today. She has the scratches on her legs to show for it. She says she was just as fast as normal on the descents, which means really fast!

The overall win went to Greg Hammett in 1:59:41. Greg was locked in a two-man battle with Jim Johnson. Jim is coming off a fabulous winter snowshoe season where he dominated the competition. When they passed me on their return leg, they were flying. Jim ended up finishing second in 2:00:30. I would like to know the details of their head to head competition. Ben Nephew was third in 2:02:44. Brian Rusiecki was fourth in 2:10:35, but he was slowed as a result of running an ultra in Virginia last weekend. It would have been great to see a four-way battle. All of those guys have won Grand Tree races in the past couple of years. The competition is at a very high level for both the men and the women.

First woman was Gina Lucrezi in 2:30:49. She was hot on my heels. With three miles to go, I looked back and she had closed to within 30 seconds of  me. She was at the bottom of a big hill and I was just cresting the top. I put my head down and just tried to hang on. I was still with Brad at that point, but I was just about to lose contact with him and end up in no man’s land. Gina was followed by Abby Mahoney, who was very happy with her run. She finished in 2:33:35. Amy Lane had also been in the mix, running for a time with Deb, but she pulled out, also suffering from the same ultra that taxed Brian’s legs last weekend. When Deb returns to top form, the Grand Tree Series is going to be blessed with its most competitive women’s fields ever. All of these gals have won Grand Tree races. Amy is the overall series defending champion. I’m excited for the battles ahead.

Race Results

Coda: I happened to scan my 2009 race report and was shocked to see that I also referred to last year’s weather conditions as “glorious.” Goes to show that I don’t really care if the temperature is 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) or 80 degrees. I actually prefer the cold and wet conditions (for running), but the sunny and dry conditions for hanging out.


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