October Course Records still out there:
I have three October course records on races still held (and still held on the same course). They all held up again for another year. Stark Mountain is a very interesting 1 mile race. It is an “open course” from the base of the lift line to the summit of Stark Mountain. Runners can ascend via any route they want. I chose a mix of trail and the lift line and set the CR in 2007 “running” a 23:50. That is by far my slowest mile raced. Back in 1991 I set the course record at the Nipmuck Marathon which was at that time held in June, so my record is now a little over 24 years old. I ran 3:01:54 for the tough double out and back course. I didn’t move into the lead until the final “back” section but was able to pull away for a substantial winning margin. The 32nd annual running of the race was held earlier this month and my time remains as the standard. At the time I felt that the effort was about 30 minutes slower than what I could have run had it been a road race. My other 1991 course record is from the Canton Gravy race 10k. This year will be the 27th annual and I’ve held the record for the last 24 years with a 30:12. Only 10 others have ever run under 32 minutes. Keiron Tumbleton has the second fastest time ever run on the course with his 1992 30:39.
|1991 - 10k|
|1.||Dave Dunham||30:12**||Julie Nievergelt||37:57|
|2.||Steve Warren||31:24||Karen Boen||38:19|
|3.||Jason Washburn||31:47||Nancy Harrison||38:47|
|Masters||Cliff Matthews||33:36||Marty Post||44:37|