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Paulsen Wins Her Debut (and VT Syrup)!

Laura Paulsen won the GMAA Labor Day 15k on Sunday, running 55:48 in her debut race for the GBTC. Paulsen, 25, had an 11 second gap on second place (Millennium Running’s Denise Sandahl). Speaking of Millennium, did you see that pack of runners they had up front? Sandahl, Shaw, Hagley, and Mortimer all took 2 through 5, respectively. Did Paulsen pull a Meb here? Almost have to wonder if they didn’t recognize Laura and let her go. But then again, Sandahl was the only one really close to her; it’s not like they were running in a Mighty Ducks-style ‘flying V’ formation for 15k.

As if that by itself didn’t make for an awesome enough day, Laura also won a bottle of Vermont maple syrup in the post race raffle. That gal is on a roll!

So she’s new in town, just won a race…you know what happens next…Paulsen is on the Level. Here’s our interview with the newly crowned 15k champion:

I hear you’re new in town. When did you arrive and where did you come from?

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Paulsen makes her final push to the finish line. Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

I moved to Boston on August 15th from Minneapolis, MN. I moved to Boston to start business school at MIT Sloan.

Were you on a team prior to moving to Boston?

Yup! I ran for the Twin Cities Track Club.

Winning your team debut is impressive. How has the rest of 2014 been for you?

Thanks! 2014 has been great! I was focused on running a half marathon on June 21st at Grandma’s Half Marathon in Duluth, MN. I PR’d by about a minute and ran a 1:17:15. This was my second race back (my first was at the end of July and was just a short 5k where I ran a new road 5k PR of 16:58). I’m still trying to figure out what to do next. New England has some great races as part of the USATF NE series, so I may hop in more of those, or I may also consider training for a full marathon. We’ll see!

It was you vs a pack of Millennium women. Do you think you caught them off guard, being an unknown entity?

Haha I’m not really sure what they were thinking. We were all just kind of running together and trying to avoid the wind. I was in the top 3 the whole race, so I don’t think there were any surprises that I was there during the race.

Did you have a certain strategy ahead of time? Did that go out the window once the gun went off?

My strategy was to try and run 5:50s, but that was prior to knowing about the wind and the hilly course. So that kind of went out the window almost right away and morphed into just trying to win the race.

What are you more eagerly anticipating: the last couple of races of the road series or the start of XC?

I’m definitely more into road racing than xc racing, so looking forward to those races. However, I do enjoy watching xc, so am looking forward to doing that this fall. I’m the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the MIT women’s team, so will be with them at a few xc meets around Massachusetts, which should be fun!

GMAA Labor Day 15k Race Video

Here’s some raw footage from the GMAA Labor Day 15k back on Aug 31, 2014. Footage was taken from the finish line area and captures just about every finisher between the winner (Ruben Sança) and the women’s champ (Laura Paulsen).

We published our interview with Sança yesterday. More on the race to come later.

No Rest for Sança on Labor Day

Ruben Sança acquired his second USATF-NE championship title of 2014 by winning the GMAA Labor Day 15k on Sunday in South Burlington, VT. Ruben ran a 47:10 and edged one of his chief rivals, Nate Jenkins, who ran a 47:28.

Full results here.

Luckily for Ruben traveling to VT isn’t quite the ordeal that flying to Brazil can be, so no visa issues on this trip. Back at the end of July/beginning of August, Ruben attempted to compete in a 5,000m race in Brazil but visa issues led to nothing but frustration. This time Ruben was able to show up and do what he does best: win.

In winning Ruben also extended his lead in the Grand Prix series point standings. With 38 points now, Sança is comfortably ahead of his closest competition (Eric Ashe with 23 points). Two races to go. Can he hang on for the series win?

Cover image courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Welcome to September

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Kim Loeffler charges towards the line as she wraps up her masters 15k title. Kim ran a 58:04. Photo courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky (and the feature image too).

It’s been a busy weekend on the Level. Drove up to South Burlington on Saturday to begin a weekend of camping, racing and reporting. The race was the GMAA Labor Day 15k, which also served as the USATF-NE 15k championships.

Camping, racing, reporting…that’s a lot to do, especially if camping doesn’t go well. The lousy site sold us wet wood on a dry night (the 1st night) and then we had dry wood on the wet night (the 2nd night). Go figure. The sites were crammed together and we had to set up our tent on a slope. Over the course of the night our sleeping bags slid several feet across the tent floor. Basically, no sleep was had by any.

Gutted through my race in about six minute pace, which isn’t bad because I’m pretty sure I ran a mile for every five minutes of sleep I got the previous night. After that I couldn’t help but shotgun the cider donuts, which proceeded to tear through my system at a 3:50 mile clip. I never thought I’d see the day that donuts moved faster than me. I guess them cider donuts got some wheels on ‘em.

Back to the race, Ruben Sança out-dueled Nate Jenkins for the title. Ruben ran a 47:10 and led his Whirlaway men’s team to the title. Laura Paulsen of the GBTC won an even closer race, out-gunning a pack of Millennium women for the win in 55:48. That Millennium pack took the next four spots and the women’s title.

For this we got Ruben on camera afterwards, along with some footage from the finish line. For now, check out pics from Krissy Kozlosky.

Elsewhere in the region, Amos Sang got another win, this time at the Millennium Running’s 4th Annual NH 10 Miler. Sang covered the hilly course in a speedy 50’39″. Nineteen year old Melissa Murray of Newfields, NH was the women’s champ in 69: 52.6.

Jason Eddy added a 4th Acushnet Road Race title to his mantle. The former Bryant standout ran a 23:08 for 4.1 miles. Titus Mutinda was his closest competition, only 28 seconds back. No word yet on if Jay brought a goat to the starting line to intimidate Titus. Anne Preisig won another close one in 26:09. It was the second consecutive win for both Eddy and Preisig.

There were two races in Gloucester, MA today, so one could either go Around Cape Anne for 25k or Run the Goose for 7k. Francis Cusick (1:36:08) and Meagan Nedlo (1:41:30) elected to run around the cape, and both earned wins. Meagan damn near stole the whole show as she finished second overall. As far as the goose chasers go, TJ Peckham (27:00) and Mariah Tinger (31:15) earned the wins. Tinger pulled out the win running double duty too. Mariah finished 18th overall at the Labor Day 15k the day before (ran a 1:02:44). And, as far as we know, no geese were harmed in the running of this race.

Anything of note that we missed? Who deserves a shout out for a remarkable race this weekend?

GMAA Labor Day 15K Preview

Labor Day 15K Course Preview

Displaying Labor Day 15K 2013 - for LR.jpgThe next USATF-NE Grand Prix event is quickly approaching on Sunday, August 31st. The GMAA would like to welcome you in advance to one of our races. Since this will be only the second running of this event, we thought it may be interesting to provide you with a course preview and some general thoughts on the race. We hope to see on Labor Day Weekend!

General Course Notes:

  • Bring your sun screen and/or hat as the course has very little shade.

  • Expect it to be humid.

  • The wind can be tough if it’s blowing from the north or the south since there are significant portions of the race that run in both directions.

  • This is will be only the second running of this race, so there is a marshmallow soft course record to attack.

  • You cannot drive the whole course due to a short section on a bike path that is closed to cars.

  • Parking for the event is at the finish line at South Burlington High School and the start line is about ½ mile away at Dorset Park.

Elevation Chart:


Course Preview:

Mile 1: You will start at Dorset Park and run west on Swift St.  The first mile starts fast with a slight downhill slope.  There is a short uphill at about the 1/2 mile, but you will barely notice it since it comes so early in the race. The first mile marker is a short way after the left hand turn from Swift St onto Spear St.  

Mile 2: This is a flat and fast mile heading south along the ridgeline on Spear St. You’ll want to push it here to take advantage of the flat terrain. The westerly views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks off to your right are spectacular on a clear day.  


Mile 3: This is another flat to slightly downhill mile along Spear St.  Keep working on running fast during this mile and turn in a solid first 5K effort.  There are intermittent views of the lake and mountains along the way. The three mile marker will be at about the old graveyard on the right and you’ll turn left onto Barstow Rd shortly after the marker.

Mile 4: Now you will pay the course back for some of the gifts it gave you during the first 5K. It wouldn’t be a Vermont road race without some hills and this mile doesn’t disappoint.  The hills roll pretty good for the last ¾ of this mile.  There are short and relatively flat or downhill sections between the hills to at least partially recover before starting up again.  None of the hills are all that tough on their own, but taken together in the space of less than a mile and you’ll start to notice the burn. Run steady over the hills knowing you’ll be rewarded in mile five. Mile four ends going uphill just before a left hand turn onto Dorset St.

Mile 5: Make the left hand turn onto Dorset St and you can see all of this mile stretch out in front of you.  Mile five runs flat to slightly downhill and you’ll be able to crank it back up as soon as you’re feeling recovered from mile 4. This is a great opportunity to make up some of the time you gave back on the previous mile.

Mile 6: This mile starts with a slight uphill that lasts for about ½ mile, then a relatively flat middle section before it turns right onto Old Cross Rd and ends going uphill on a bike path to the top of the course.  As you crest the hill you can appreciate the easterly views of the Green Mountains with both Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump in plain view straight ahead.

Mile 7: You’ll run fast down the hill and through a housing development with flat roads. You’ll need to take a few turns during this mile, but it offers a good opportunity for a fast pace if you’re still feeling good. The seven mile marker is a little before another left hand turn onto Hinesburg Rd.

Mile 8: Once you turn left onto Hinesburg Rd, you will start up a .4 mile long grinder of a hill.  Work the hill as best as you can because once you’re over the top it is downhill or flat for the next 1 ½ miles.  Don’t be afraid to let it rip once you crest the hill. The downhill is just steep enough to let gravity do its work without causing you to overstride.  If you need a distraction while chugging up the hill, you can admire the views of the Green Mountains off to the right. The eight mile marker is at about the left hand turn onto Hayes Ave.

Mile 9: This can be a very fast mile.  The first half is flat and the last half is downhill.  Pick out a competitor or two and keep on pushing.  As soon as you turn left on Kennedy Drive at the set of lights you’ll know you’re close to the finish.  The mile nine marker is at about the low point on Kennedy Dr.

Last .3: There’s a slight uphill after the mile nine marker that may feel unfair after running fast and downhill for so long. Grin and bear it because at the top you’ll take a right hand turn at South Burlington High School and run across the parking lot to the finish line.


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