Yesterday, we published the race footage. Today, we publish the post-race interviews. EJN caught up with three big names in New England running: womenâ€™s winner Amanda Allen, menâ€™s winner Brad Mish, and the incomparable Dave McGillivray. Weâ€™ll let them do the talking, so without further adieu…
The Jim Kane Sugar Bowl was held last Thursday evening and it was a beautiful night-still hot but cooler than last year. The cooler temps brought fast times as BAA Unicorn Brad Mish set a new 5k course record in a time of 15:29. We have an exclusive interview with the champion that we will release in a separate post in the next day or two. Itâ€™s pretty insightful. Following Mish, was a herd of Unicorns. Craig McMahon (16:05), Andreas Heilmann (16:29) and Ian Nurse (16:42) all rounded out the top 5. One has to wonder if two-time defending champ Heilmann regrets inviting his teammates to the event. Nah, he made light of it in our post-race chat.
On the womenâ€™s side, Amanda Allen, also of the BAA, led the way. She ran 5:54 pace to take home the top prize in 18:18. Coming in on Allenâ€™s heels were Siobhan Flaherty (18:35), Kristin Murphy (18:56), Amanda Walsh (18:57), and Tiffany Spearman (19:19). Spearman stowed her bag at the LVL table before the race, and we were glad to see that we did not jinx her performance in anyway.
On the masters side of things, it was another BAA runner who claimed victory: Mike McGrane. Â He won in 17:59. Not only does McGrane run fast. He smells good too-must be that WIN Detergent…Avril Silverman of Waltham, MA won the womenâ€™s masters crown in a time of 21:38, cracking 7:00 pace by a mere one second.
If your name wasnâ€™t mentioned above, donâ€™t fret: itâ€™s quite likely we caught you on our video camera. We have coverage of both the start and finish of the race. Enjoy.
And before we sign-off, weâ€™d be remiss if we didnâ€™t mention the fine job the L Street Running Club does in organizing this event. As they say, “We run the event. We donâ€™t run in it.” These guys do a fantastic job every year and Alma McDermott leaves no stone unturned. Itâ€™s a first class event.
Stay tuned. We have more coverage of the Sugar Bowl headed your way with exclusive interviews featuring winners Brad Mish and Amanda Allen. As an added bonus, we even caught up with race director extraordinaire Dave McGillivray.
And if you liked the Sugar Bowl, you should consider running the LVL10K on August 17. Sure, itâ€™s double the distance but is also has great water views.
Brad Mish (15:29) and Amanda Allen (18:18) were the winners of the 2014 Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5k. We caught up with both of them after the race, so stay tuned for our extensive video interviews and extended race video. In the interim, weâ€™ll whet your appetite with three 15-second Instagram videos of the start and menâ€™s and womenâ€™s top performers.
Almost 1,200 people ran the 26th Annual Jim Kane Sugar Bowl on Thursday night in Southie, despite the oppressive heat. The weather cooled off just enough to let the vendors and spectators say ‘ah, this is betterâ€™, but it was still pretty miserable for those with a number pinned to their singlets (or to their shorts).
Kev Balance takes care of business at the Level booth while The Thinker ponders lifeâ€™s great mysteries in the background.
For an impressive 4th year in a row, Andreas Heilmann was the victor. Andreas streak is so long that his first two wins were on the old 5 mile course and the latter two were on the newer 5k course. Ian Nurse just beat out Matt Cioe for 2nd place, but his 16:32 wasnâ€™t enough to match his BAA teammate Andreasâ€™ 16:13.
Kristin Barry of Dirigo RC helped to break up that BAA podium party by taking the womenâ€™s race in 17:39. Kristin was about 48 seconds ahead of runner up Amanda Allen (also of the BAA). Kristin was able to get control fairly early, while Amanda worked the course with her teammate Michael McGrane.
Runners stuck around after for a nice night on the water, complete with an awards ceremony, a long list of vendors giving away plenty of goodies, a BBQ, and some music.
We were on hand sending out updates via our social media channels. Check out our Instagram feed for more race footage, and also check out the Sugar Bowl Facebook page for additional race pics.