The forecasted fierce winds and heavy rain halted just in time for a fast road 5k around the state office grounds in Concord, NH Saturday morning. The S.E.A 5k is one of the flattest certified road races in New England and it proved that fact with the fast times that were ran. The event was also the second installment of the annual CARS Series (Capital Area Race Series) and has been known to attract some decent local competition in past years.
CMS stud Chris Mahoney emerged mid-race from the early pack of sea of red and cruised in for the win, posting a solid 15 minute and 52 second finish. Whirlaway would represent themselves well and scoop up the next 3 spots with Pat Ard, Kevin Alliette, and Eric Williams to follow. All three posted results in the low 16 range and were within 16 seconds of each other. Williams’ 16’24 for 4th age grades to a rippin’ fast 14’25, proving him as one of the nation’s quickest 50 year olds no doubt.
On the women’s side, Christin Doneski also proved that being a master’s athlete doesn’t mean you can’t run fast with a very impressive 18’05 in what was a local event for her. The male winners’ wife Heather Mahoney was the female runner up at 18’28 with Addison Cox taking the bronze in an astounding 18’58 at just 12 years of age. Even crazier, her 9 year old brother Aidan Cox finished just ahead of the top female and unofficially broke the national 5k age record for 9 year olds with his 18’03 finish. Their father Tim, who coaches the established Coe-Brown Academy XC/Track programs, placed 6th overall in the event. If these kids keep it up, he will have a couple of state, regional, and possibly national high school champs on his hands some half a dozen years from now.
Check out the full results page, also courtesy of Granite State Race Services.