Nashua Soup Kitchen 5k Opens 2014 New Hampshire Grand Prix
The New Hampshire Grand Prix road racing series kicked off with a bang as the Nashua Soup Kitchen Road Races (5k & 10k results) took place this past Sunday. Just like the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Racing Championships we cover on a consistent basis, the New Hampshire Grand Prix is a competitive series between running clubs. The difference is that it is only RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) member clubs in the state of New Hampshire will count in the team competition and individual standings. The scoring of the series is also done a bit differently as the top three from each club in the set age divisions will score points for their club. The series has typically been a two way battle between the Gate City Striders and the Greater Derry Track Club and the team results of this first event proved no different. The unofficial results have the Greater Derry Track Club leading the Gate City Striders by a one point margin (177-176).
Despite finishing a distant third in the team standings, it was the Upper Valley Running Club out of Lebanon, NH that happened to provide the fastest male individuals on the day. Former Dartmouth runner Alex Hall took the victory in a time of 16:41 with his teammate Rob Edson second across with an impressive 16:58 at age 50. On the women’s side, Gate City Strider Raelynn Crowell-Coates was the top finisher in 19:51 with her teammate Gabrielle Dionne finishing second in 20:19. There was also a 10k race ran alongside the 5k, but it wasn’t a part of the NH Grand Prix. Tyler Doveno (Nashua, NH) and Greater Derry Track Club member Meredith Axisa (Bow, NH) took the victories for the 10k race in 36:36 and 41:19 respectively. We managed to get some video coverage of the event along with a short interview with 5k race winner Alex Hall.
The next scheduled race in the New Hampshire Grand Prix is the Pack Mondanock 10 Miler in Wilton, NH on May 11th, 2014. The race also happens to be a part of the USATF-NE Mountain Series.