15 Years ago (1997) – I only did 2 races in February of 1997. The first was a “workout” with Craig Fram at the Bradford Valentines day. Our plan was to run the course twice in 26:00 each time. We were close, passing through the finish line in 25:54, and then completing the loop again in 26:30. The only other race I did was the a mile at the USATF Maine track championships finishing in second place in a lackluster 4:26
10 Years ago (2002) – I raced three times in February of 2002 two snowshoe races and a road race. I started the month with a second place finish at the
sports snowshoe race in Warren VT. Richard Bolt and I traveled to the race and he buried me by a little less than 30 seconds to take the win. Six days later we were toeing the line in Clearwater at the USSSA championships. I ended up taking 2nd place and Richard was 17 seconds behind me in third. The final race of the month was a duel against Verrington at the Cherry Pie race in Traverse City MI . Dan and I have had a lot of races against each other over the years and we are just about even in the number of wins (over each other). Dan took this one by 13 seconds. Lawrence MA
5 Years ago (2007) – Unlike this year there was plenty of snow in 2007 and I took advantage, running five snowshoe races. I did mix it up, getting in an additional 3 road races for a total of 8 races over the span of 21 days. I got a victory at the Fudgesicle 5k (plus) taking the win on a snowy day running 19:28. A week later I doubled up, taking 2nd to Kevin Tilton at the
Sandwich snowshoe race and then taking 3rd place the following morning at Frosty’s dash (which was held on a mix of road and trail due to the lack of snow in Atkinson. The following weekend I was at it again this time with a rare triple! I took 3rd at the Fudgesicle race (Dan won in 17:45) and taking 2nd to Paul Low at the Hallockville snowshoe race the next day. I closed out the weekend with a President’s day race on the Merrimack River trail. Fifteen other knuckle-heads joined me on a brutally cold morning with winds gusting in the 30 mph range. I set up a 3.3 mile out/back race. Ben Nephew and Dan Verrington had a close race (5 seconds) and I rolled in with a third place about 20 seconds back. I closed the book on the month with another double, both snowshoe races and both out in Western Mass. On Saturday I ran the 8 mile covered bridges race, taking fourth. It was a long day of racing (1:25:28). The next day I headed back to Hallockville where Ethen Nedeau wisely sat on me until the final mile and then buried me to win, 28 seconds up on me.