After a few years of rain and unbearable heat, we FINALLY got a day with perfect conditions for the 39th Annual Marathon Sports 5 Miler, on Thursday July 24th 2014! A heat wave followed by a few brief showers cooled everything off just enough to get us in to the high 60’s for race time. It also lead to some tremendous competition overall and across all age groups. Full results are up and finish line pictures can be found here courtesy of Marathon Sports (photo credit to Audra Norvaisa).
Congratulations go out to all 851 competitors who crossed the finish line this year. With your participation each and every year, you personally have contributed to helping Marathon Sports raise over $140,000 over the past few years for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, our primary race beneficiary.
This year held some very quick times across the board, with races coming right down to the wire. We had new overall winners for both the men and women this year! On the men’s overall side, Marathon Sports’ own Rob Gibson took the crown with a winning time of 24:55. Not only was Gibson quick, but second place finisher, John Murray, was able to squeak under 25 minutes, having an unbelievable kick to squeak by third place finisher David Melly.
On the women’s side, we had another Marathon Sports’ employee coming in first. Audrey Gould of Somerville finished in 29:11, 31 seconds ahead of second place finisher Stephanie Wilson. Rounding out the top 3 was Laura Brustolon in a time of 30:21.
For the 5th Annual Brooks Coed Team Challenge we had some great performances, but it was the Lesley XC Alumni who stole the show. The team comprised of Francis Cusick, Brian Axelrod, Keryn Thorzaldsen and Leah Miller finished with an overall time of 1:58:34. We love to see your college team spirit carry over on to the streets of Weston. Keep it up!
Lastly, our sincere thanks also go out to all the sponsors and vendors: Brooks, Poland Spring, Dominos Pizza, When Pigs Fly Bakery, Health Warrior Chia Bars, Milestone Pod, DRINKmaple, Larabar, Core Power, Cascadian Farm, Fuel for Fire, ZICO, Joint Ventures PT, Tri Jake, Feetures and Wegmans; without you all, none of this would be possible. Also, the Town of Weston, its residents, and its schools: we sincerely thank you for letting us run rampant through your streets, trails, and fields each year. While we pledge to leave the place looking better than we find it every time, we appreciate your continuing support, and we couldn't ask for a better place for our little race to call home. We're extremely grateful for you all, and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you again next year for our 40th Anniversary!