2017 Amherst 10 Miler Preview

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The Amherst 10 Miler is once again hosting the USATF-NE Grand Prix opener. Here’s a nice course preview by the one and only Dave Dunham.

By Dave Dunham

This will be the 23rd time that the Grand Prix (1985-2017) has had a 10 mile as part of the series. It has previously been held in Newburyport (8 times), Amherst (7 times), Worcester (4 times), Harvard (2 times), and Auburn NH once. CMS has won the team championship 11 times; BAA 8 times, GBTC has won twice and WMDP once. The team record, held by CMS, is 4:13:21 set in 1992. That is an impressive average of 50:40 for five runners.

Winning teams:

08/27/16            BAA     4:29:14 (53:51)

02/22/15            BAA     4:33:18  (54:40)

02/26/14            BAA     4:25:21  (53:04)

02/24/13            WMDP  4:23:50  (52:46)

02/26/12            BAA     4:21:34  (52:19)

02/28/10            BAA     4:22:21  (52:28)

02/29/09            BAA     4:19:04  (51:49)

07/29/08            GBTC   4:30:12 (54:02)

09/23/07            GBTC   4:30:22 (54:04)

10/01/06            BAA     4:19:49 (51:58)

02/28/99            BAA     4:22:21 (52:28)

07/28/98            CMS     4:22:52 (52:34)

07/29/97            CMS     4:19:26 (51:53)

07/30/96            CMS     4:15:40 (51:08)

08/01/95            CMS     4:21:24 (52:17)

08/02/94            CMS     4:17:28 (51:30)

08/03/93            CMS     4:18:52 (51:46)

07/28/92            CMS     4:13:21 (50:40) Team Record

05/05/91            CMS     4:15:10 (51:02)

05/06/90            CMS     4:19:44 (51:57)

05/07/89            CMS     4:27:20 (53:28)

05/01/88            CMS     4:17:56 (51:35)

 

Fastest times by USATF NE runners in a USATF NE 10 mile championship race

1 49:34  Chris Schille       NB        1990 CMHC Worcester

2t 49:36 Teddy Fitzpatrick                        1997 Yankee Homecoming Newburyport

2t 49:36 Dave Dunham   GLRR    1991 CHMC Worcester

2t 49:36 Scott Bagley      CMS     1988 CMHC Worcester

5 49:38  Dennis Simonaitis RRT     1991 CMHC Worcester

 

Top times at Amherst (only times run in years that Amherst was the USATF NE championships)

Rank    Pl         Time    Name                           Age     Team               Year

1          1          49:51    Patrick Tarpy                 26         RUN                 2009

2          1          50:34    Eric Ashe                       26         BAA                 2015

3          2          50:34    Ruben Sanca                  28         WRT                 2015

4          3          50:39    Louis Serafini                  23         Heartbreakers     2015

5          1          50:43    Eric Ashe                       25         BAA                 2014

6          2          50:50    Ruben Sanca                  27         WRT                 2014

7          1          50:53    Brendan Callahan                        28         BAA                 2010

8          2          50:58    Justin Fyffe                    29         CMS                 2010

9          1          51:12    Kevin Johnson                23         GBTC               2012

10         4          51:23    Matt Pelletier                  35         Brooks               2015

11         2          51:26    Nate Jenkins                  31         CMS                 2012

12         3          51:29    Dan Vassallo                  28         CMS                 2014

13         2          51:28    Patrick Moulton               27         BAA                 2009

Course record at Amherst = 48:57 Bob Hodge – 1984

Course Profile:

The first mile features three 90 degree turns including one in the first minute of racing. You will drop 30’ in the first ½ mile and take two 90 degree turns just after the ½ mile mark. After that you climb 90’ in a ½ mile, there is a temptation to push this hill but there is still a lot of racing to be done so be cautious.

After the mile you drop 150’ and take two turns and cross a set of railroad tracks, keep your eyes open. This is typically the fastest mile of the race.

From 2 miles to 3 miles is almost all on North East Street. This mile has 120’ of climb but almost all of that is in the last half mile (4-5% grade).

The climb really increases as you turn onto Shutesbury road (7-10% grades in spots) three to four has a 135’ climb in the first 3/10ths then drops 85’ from 3.3 to 3.7, after that it is nearly flat to the 4 mile mark. This is probably the toughest mile on the course.

Four to five miles starts with a tough little 50’ hill over 1/10th of a mile, but then it is basically flat as you turn onto Cushman St. Unfortunately Cushman borders the Atkins reservoir, this dirt road is not treated in the winter so it can be muddy (or worse icy).

Five to 5.5 continues flat on Cushman then there is a 30’ bump on Market Hill road beofe and 80’ drop over the final 3/10ths of a mile.

Six to Seven continues the steady drop losing another 80’ on Market hill and Henry Street.

Seven to Eight continues down Henry Street and completes the loop as you merge back onto North East Street at 7.8 miles. The mile drops a total of 80’ but has a tough little 30’ rise from 7.4 to 7.5.

Eight to Nine drops 50’ in the first ½ mile then has a tough climb of 60’ over 2/10ths as you near the turn off of North East Street.

The final mile is pretty tough. The first 1/10th has a 30’ climb then a quick 30’ drop before the grind from 9.2 to 9.6 which climbs 100’. Finally you drop 50’ as you head down to the Elementary school and the frustrating loop around the parking lot while in sight of the finish line.

Follow Dave on his blog: double-d Mountain Runner

Check out the USATF-NE Grand Prix schedule for 2017: USATF-NE Grand Prix

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