Who said laboring on Labor Day wasn’t appropriate to some extent? The 20th running of the St. Charles Children’s Home 5k took place this past Monday morning in Portsmouth, NH. Temps in the 60s and overcast skies with a light breeze treated runners to a perfect morning for a race, and those who were fit certainly took advantage. The race was also a part of the New Hampshire Grand Prix and some local elites showed up to battle it out.
On the men’s side, Millennium Running athlete Nick Aguila shared the lead with University of New Hampshire Alum Kevin Greene (Flynn Running) for the vast majority of the race. After a mile split of 4’45 and reaching the two mile via 9’48, Greene used a long, gradual uphill to his advantage and opened up a gap that Aguila couldn’t close. Kevin would pull away to the win in a time of 15 minutes 07 seconds with Nick not far back in 15’23. Aguila’s Millennium Running teammate and UAlbany alum Alex Leuchanka took the bronze via 15’46 with Greene’s former college teammate Sam Gagnon rounding out the prize money spots in 15’54.
The women’s end of things also saw a quick race as Olympic Trials Qualifier Keely Maguire (Millennium) took command of the women’s race early on. She had opened up a ~70 meter gap over Carly Dion and Heather Mahoney (Whirlaway) just before the 2 mile mark so there was still a race to be had. By then however, Keely was just starting to feel warmed up and her lead would only extend from there. The UNH alum took top honors for the women in 17 minute 37 seconds. Carly’s 17’57 and Heather’s 18’01 netted them the silver and bronze on the day. The 4th place spot was snatched by Millennium’s Mary Klene as she crossed the finish line in 18’27.
Check out full results courtesy of Granite State Race Services.
Here’s a couple neat photo albums of the event: David Young Mike Giberti
Check out our video footage from the start, ~1.8 mile mark, and finish: