Here’s a another excellent course preview by Dave Dunham. Read up on his course thoughts, then try to use those to beat him on Saturday. Are you up to the challenge?
The 15km (9.3 mile) distance has rarely been contested in the Grand Prix. This year marks only the ninth time the Grand Prix has included a 15km. The distance was part of the GP from 1985-1991, then not included again until 2014. In 1985 there were two 15k’s, the Butternut 15k (Great Barrington, MA) and the NEAC Women’s 15k in Wellesley. In 1986 the Tewksbury “Run your turkey off” hosted. In 1987 the selected race was the City of Worcester 15k. For the years 1988-1990 the Wilton 15k played host and in 1991 Douglas Vending/Juice Bowl (Webster, MA) did. The 15k returned to the scene in 2014 when the Green Mountain Athletic Alliance hosted the championship in Burlington VT. None of the races are currently contested.
The CMS open team has won five times with GLRR and WRT both taking one victory. CMS has the team record with a 3:57:42 from 1987 which works out to the five runners averaging 47:32 (5:06 pace). GLRR has four wins in the master’s category and the CR of 4:20:07 (5:35 pace). CMS has two wins and GMAA has one win. Senior teams were not contested in the “early” years. The BAA has two team victories in the 50+ and GMAA has one.
Information regarding this years “Boston Tune-up” race can be found here:
The current scenic rolling course has been used since 2007, there have been some very fast times run. Course records:
Overall Casey Moulton 47:34 2007
40 – 49 Keiron Tumbleton 51:44 2007
50 – 59 David Oliver 53:30 2007
60 – 69 Larry Olsen 55:46 2007
70+ Harry Carter 1:06:24 2007
Overall Steph Reilly 54:21 2013
40 – 49 Meredith Dutton 58:44 2009
50 – 59 Kris Gleason 1:07:01 2013
60 – 69 Linda Usher 1:20:27 2011
70+ Paulina Berman 1:49:33 2012
The course is definitely “rolling” but with a total of 253’ of climb and descent that makes it much easier than the Amherst 10 mile (591’) or the USATF NE 10m champs in Auburn NH last year (469’). None of the hills were particularly memorable but they could take a collective toll.
Here is what the course looks like:
It looks a little more difficult if you zoom in:
It was Dave birthday yesterday, so be sure to wish him a happy one! And follow along his adventures on his blog: double-d Mountain Runner.