Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pack Monadnock

Pack Monadnock has been around since the early 90’s (I think). I first ran the race in 1992. I can’t say this is one of my favorites; actually it is probably the mountain race I LEAST like. Part of my dislike has to be that it is not a course that is the “style” that I enjoy. It is essentially an 8 mile road race with a tough mile then a 1 mile mountain climb. The final mile is a monster, quite enjoyable if you enjoy grinding up a steep hill. When Morse set the CR in 1999 he actually dipped under 8 minutes for the final mile. He is the only one to ever drop under 8 for that. I think most people would be hard pressed to do that even without the preceding 9 mile jaunt. Anyway, the course and the VERY expensive entry fee make this one unattractive to me. However, it is part of the USATF NE mountain series and I want to do the series so here we go again! I think this will be the last time I’ll do this one if the entry fee keeps going up, only so many dollars in the budget.

Here is a bit of a course description. The race starts on Highland St. in Wilton. The first mile is a kick in the groin. It is the slowest mile in the first 7 miles of the race! The course flattens out and you turn onto a dirt road and get some fast downhill running and rolling miles. The first steep testing climb is after the half-way mark, there is steep ¼ mile climb. Then the course bears left onto Webster Highway for 1.5 miles of sort-of flat, rolling paved road. Just before 8 miles you turn onto Rt. 101 and the real climbing starts. There is a very short break in the climb as you crest the road and then turn into Miller State Park. The last 1.3 miles of the course has a lot of switch-back (which is good for checking out the competition) as you grind out the big climb to the top. The last 100m is a knuckle dragging 30% grade.

Course Records:
Eric Morse 58:36
40+ - Craig Fram 1:00:53

All times under 1:05
Time rank
Time
Place
Name
Age
Team
Year
1
0:58:35
1
EricMorse
34
CMS
1999 Pack
2
0:58:49
2
DaveDunham
35
CMS
1999 Pack
3
0:59:07
1
EricMorse
36
CMS
2001 Pack
4
0:59:13
1
DaveDunham
32
CMS
1996 Pack
5
0:59:31
1
DaveDunham
28
CMS
1992 Pack
6
0:59:40
2
DaveDunham
37
CMS
2001 Pack
7
1:00:12
1
EricMorse
32
CMS
1997 Pack
8
1:00:53
3
CraigFram
42
WRT
2001 Pack
9
1:00:58
1
CraigFram
43
WRT
2002 Pack
10
1:01:13
1
BobHodge
37
1993 pack
11
1:01:25
1
EricMorse
35
CMS
2000 Pack
12
1:01:28
2
MikeCasner
33
CMS
1996 Pack
13
1:01:31
2
EricMorse
37
CMS
2002 Pack
14
1:01:40
1
DaveDunham
34
CMS
1998 Pack
15
1:01:50
1
DaveBeauley
GCS
1994 Pack
16
1:01:59
2
MikeCasner
29
CMS
1992 Pack
17
1:02:01
2
DaveDunham
36
CMS
2000 Pack
18
1:02:10
3
RichardBolt
28
CMS
1999 Pack
19
1:02:13
3
FergusCullen
28
HTC
2000 Pack
20
1:02:18
2
RichardBolt
27
CMS
1998 Pack
21
1:02:39
3
MikeCasner
35
CMS
1998 Pack
22
1:03:01
4
JamesGarcia
39
CMS
1998 Pack
23
1:03:17
2
MikeCasner
34
CMS
1997 Pack
24
1:03:33
3
EdwardSheldon
32
GCS
1997 Pack
25
1:03:43
2
MikeCasner
31
CMS
1994 Pack
26
1:03:53
3
DavidHannon
23
1994 Pack
27
1:03:54
4
EdwardSheldon
34
GCS
1999 Pack
28
1:03:55
1
PaulLow
32
CMS
2006 Pack
29
1:03:56
4
DavidHannon
26
1997 Pack
30
1:04:06
5
FergusCullen
26
HTC
1998 Pack
31
1:04:33
3
PaulLow
28
CMS
2002 Pack
32
1:04:35
5
FergusCullen
25
HTC
1997 Pack
33
1:04:42
4
MikeCasner
39
CMS
2002 Pack
34
1:04:42
1
PaulLow
33
CMS
2007 Pack
35
1:04:51
5
DaveDunham
38
CMS
2002 Pack
36
1:04:53
6
BrianStevens
33
GCS
1997 Pack
37
1:04:58
6
StephenPeterson
32
CMS
1998 Pack



3 comments:

Trail Pixie said...

Yes, there will be a lot of knuckle-dragging...and some butt dragging too.

brunovsnark said...

You gotta do HSR GPS #7.

You and Mike Tammaro could hook up for an interesting contest. He has more short-flat speed, but you are better on the others. How about entering Montpelier in a head-to-head duel for supremecy?

Maybe you could convince Woodman to return for a few - just to kick up the nostalgia factor.

double-d said...

Mike T. kicked my @$$ at New Bedford this year. My only hope would be that all of the races are uphill. Then again, maybe Mike T will miss a few races by showing up on the wrong day :-)

I'll see Woody in a couple of weeks, he comes back to run Mt Washington.