By Mike Giberti
The Bedford Rotary 12k, a race that has been contested as a USATF-NE Grand Prix a handful of times, took place this past weekend. Turns out it drew some solid competition even without the Grand Prix Series. Amos Sang traveled up to Southern New Hampshire from Indian Orchard, MA to put on a 37’21” solo performance that fell within 30 seconds of Kevin Johnson’s course record from 2012 (footage here).
Tyler Andrews (Concord, MA) placed second to Amos in 38’49”, likely using the race as a tempo tune-up for the Vermont Cities Marathon on Memorial Day, where he will try to best his 2:21 debut from Boston.
A few fast gals finished the race too as Millennium Running’s Christine Shaw took top honors in 45’12” with Central Mass Strider Abbey Wood second woman in a time of 48’40”. Abbey’s husband Sam won the accompanying 5k race in 17’15” with second overall 5k finisher being the top woman, former Columbia runner Julianne Quinn in 17’54”.
The top masters on the day in the 12k were Rich Smith 42:12 (3rd overall) and Raelyn Crowell/Coates 49:49 (10th overall). In the 5k, the honors went to Andrew Gillis and Karen Gillis, in 20:42 and 28:17, respectively.
For more on this race, check out this great piece by Dan Dipiro.