The New Hampshire Grand Prix continued it’s 2015 slate yesterday with the 48th running of the Bill Luti 5 Mile Road Race. The Luti is deemed one of New Hampshire’s oldest road races, which was started by former Concord High School coach Bill Luti in 1968 as a summer fitness test for his athletes running XC in the fall. Luti is still fit as a fiddle at age 94 and showed up to fire the starting pistol!
In this year’s edition, 511 runners from the area toed the line in Concord, NH on a muggy day for racing. Team RUN stud Justin Freeman continues his impressive year as he smoked the field by over a minute and a half, crossing the finish line in 26’13. The silver medal was earned by top master’s runner Rich Smith, as he represented the Upper Valley Running Club for his 28 minute, 9 second journey. Gilford, NH high school rising senior Ryan LaFrance snatched the bronze just 11 seconds after Smith with his 28’20 performance.
The women’s side was also dominated by some familiar faces as Whirlaway’s Heather Mahoney cruised to victory in 30 minutes, 51 seconds. The female runner-up was also the top master as Christin Doneski traversed the course in 31’11. Millennium Running’s Abbey Wood would finish as the third woman on the day in 31’41.
Current standings of the New Hampshire Grand Prix after five races have the Upper Valley Running Club with a 37 point lead over four-time team champion Greater Derry Track Club. With three races to go, things are getting tight!
Rumor says it there’s always a famous last place finisher each year at the Luti, why not check out the overall results to find out who it was.