Members of N.H. Boot Camp of Ashland, located in Mill Building #3, were among several teams who signed up for this year's Run Your Buns Off 4.2 Mile Run/Walk in Bristol last Saturday morning. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2018BRISTOL – The annual Labor Day Weekend Run Your Buns Off 4.2 mile run/walk was once again a big success this past weekend, when 276 participants, their friends and loved ones showed up at Basic Ingredients Bakery on the Mayhew Turnpike in Bristol to cheer them on as they supported three local non-profit groups in the Newfound Region. The course sent them up Mayhew Turnpike to North Whittemore Point Road, down Whittemore Point Road South then back to Basic Ingredients.
Run Your Buns Off was created when fitness instructor Audrey Goudie and Garlyn Manganiello, owner of Basic Ingredients, calculated that Goudie's favorite 4.2 mile run through Bridgewater and parts of Bristol was sufficient exercise to burn the calories in one of Manganiello's locally famous sticky buns.
The Newfound Area Charitable Foundation was then formed to distribute all the money they raise through Run Your Buns Off and each year designated local nonprofit organizations are chosen to be their benefactors. Money raised from this year's event will provide additional funding for Newfound Lake Region Association, the Mayhew Program, and Slim Baker Foundation and Outdoor Education Center.
"We were very happy we could select three charitable groups this year," Goudie said.
Besides entry fees for the event, people lined up to purchase tickets for two special raffles. The first offered numerous prizes, such as gift cards to local restaurants, shops, some new tennis sneakers, and even a free Eco-Tour boat trip on Newfound Lake, provided by NLRA.
There was also a special raffle for even larger prizes. The top prize was a beautiful, relaxing backyard fire pit, a perfect addition to any home. Three other lucky ticket holders for that raffle took home either a gift certificate for 100-gallons of heating fuel from Dead River Oil Company, an overnight stay at Coppertoppe Inn in Hebron or private cooking lessons for six, courtesy of sponsor Garlyn Manganiello and her business, Basic Ingredients.
Every participant was a winner, though, as they were rewarded with one of Manganiello's sticky buns once they crossed the finish line.
Top runners in this year's race were Bristol's own David Chorney, age 31, who came in first once again with a time of 26:17. In second place for the males was 15-year-old Matthew Giannasca of Dracut, Mass. with his net time of 26:33, while 33-year-old Forest Robertson of Danbury, Conn. finished third with a time of 27:17.
For the females, Lindsay Weigel, a 25-year-old from Roxbury, Mass., led the way on Sept. 1, finishing overall in third place with her net time of 26:45. Behind her with an overall seventh place finish of 28:23 was 46-year-old Elizabeth Beeson of Holderness. Third place for the women with another very respectable 12th place finish overall was Bedford resident, 38-year-old Emily Rivinius, who crossed the line with a net time of 29:41.