Chris Mahoney wins Big Lake Half Marathon

Kempes and Elizabeth Corbally are the top local finishers

Chris Mahoney of Chelmsford, Mass. crosses the finish line to win the Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon on Saturday in Alton Bay. Mahoney bested perennial title contender Scott Rowe of Dover by 24 seconds to earn his first Big Lake win. For more photos, see our print edition. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 12, 2009
ALTON — There were a lot of new things about the Big Lake Half Marathon this year.

A new primary sponsor came on board in Harvard Pilgrim. LOCO sports took over the management of the race and the start time was an hour earlier than previous years, with runners hitting the start line on Letter S Road at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.

And to top it all off, there was a new winner as well, as Chris Mahoney of Chelmsford, Mass. edged out Scott Rowe of Dover, a three time winner and perennial top contender in one of the biggest running events in the Lakes Region.

Almost 1,000 runners and walkers tackled the 13.1-mile course along the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee and Mahoney bested them all, crossing the finish line in Alton Bay in a time of 1:12:06, just 24 seconds ahead of Rowe, who finished in 1:12:30. Wilson Perez of Keene was third overall in 1:12:50, with Jim Johnson of Salem taking fourth in 1:13:36 and Mike Dowling of Boston, Mass. rounding out the top five in 1:19:06.

On the women's side, Julia Huffman of Manchester was the top finisher, as she placed 17th overall in 1:25:56. Nora Sullivan of Allston, Mass. was 21st overall in 1:27:05, followed by Maura Adams of Penacook in 33rd place in 1:29:41. Julia Gartner of Lyme was 43rd in 1:31:03 and Megan Valentine of Jericho, Vt. was the fifth female with her time of 1:31:30, placing her 46th overall.

Among local runners, the husband and wife team of Kempes and Elizabeth Corbally of Alton topped the field.

Kempes Corbally finished 16th overall with his time of 1:25:43 and Elizabeth Corbally came home sixth overall among women and 51st in the entire field with her time of 1:32:19.

Phillip Erwin of New Durham crossed the finish line in 57th place with his time of 1:33:16, while Chris Byers of Wolfeboro was 76th in 1:36:16.

Alan Barrett of Alton was 86th overall in 1:37:07, while fellow Alton resident Jonah Fernald finished 141st overall in 1:41:41.

Stephen Estabrook of Wolfeboro was 327th overall in a tie of 1:52:24, while Judi Lemaire of Wolfeboro clocked in at 1:55:53 to take 390th place overall.

Wolfeboro resident Lea Morgan was 462nd with her time of 1:58:32 and New Durham's Arthur Hoover was tops in the 65-69 age group with his time of 1:59, which placed him 468th overall.

Ronda Fernald of Alto was 511th overall in a time of 2:00:53, while a trio of Alton runners all logged times within seconds of each other. Sammy Benson and Michael McMahon both finished in 2:05:35, while Melissa Erickson finished in 2:05:37. They took places 583-585.

Steve Renner of Alton finished in 666th place in 2:10:32, while Trisha Lacroix, also of Alton, placed 687th in 2:11:47. Fellow Altonite Shelby Hicks came home 692nd in 2:11:57, with Sandra Woehr of Alton in 710th place in 2:13:04.

Wakefield's Tara McKenna was 753rd in 2:15:59, while New Durham's Annalese Balser came in with a time of 2:17:20 for 774th place.

Prospect Mountain cross country and track team member Ryan Crawley of Alton placed 789th overall in a time of 2:18:36, while Cristina Varney was 792nd in 2:18:46.

Kathleen Lord of East Wakefield finished 852nd overall in 2:26:24 and Barnstead's Amanda Savage came home 883rd with her time of 2:30:18.

Complete race results are available at

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