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Stackhouse, Freeman top Muddy Moose

11th annual race benefits Kingswood cross country team

BRENDAN STACKHOUSE once again won the four-mile portion of the Muddy Moose Trail Races in Wolfeboro Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 19, 2010
WOLFEBORO — The rainy weather to start last weekend was not exactly conducive to many outdoor activities.

But to a race called the Muddy Moose, it couldn't have been more perfect.

The rain and snow on Friday and Saturday made for perfectly muddy conditions for the record number of racers who descended on Kingswood Regional High School on Sunday for the 11th annual Muddy Moose Trail Races.

The field ranged from elementary school kids to senior citizens and high school runners to former Olympians and when all was said and done, locals put up solid results.

Wolfeboro's Brendan Stackhouse, a senior at Kingswood, captured first place in the four-mile race with a time of 25:04. He was followed by Matt Gibekler of Bow in 25:25 and Rob Ricard of Berwick, Maine in 27:06. Kevin McShane of Littleton was fourth in 30:20 and Jared Fortier of Boston, Mass. rounded out the top five in 30:46.

On the women's side, Brittany Colbath of Gilford was first in a time of 32:57. She finished 12th overall. Lori Innes of Twin Mountain was the second woman overall, taking 14th in 33:20, while Chloe Desjardins of Wolfeboro finished third in 34:04, which placed her 17th overall. Rachel Colbath of Gilford was the fourth woman, 19th overall, in 34:55 and Krisztina Dearborn of Tuftonboro was the fifth woman, finishing 20th overall in 34:56.

Chris Brooks of Effingham was sixth overall in 30:50, followed closely by Jesse Lush of Wolfeboro in the same time.

John Barrett of North Conway was ninth in 31:37 and Mark Richardson of Wolfeboro was 10th in 32:03. J. Downey of New Durham raced to 11th overall in 32:45. Peter Franke of New Durham raced to 15th in 33:36, with Richard Neal, Jr. of Wolfeboro running to 16th place in 33:38.

David Mesa of Wolfeboro was 21st overall in a time of 36:15, while Elizabeth MacLeod of Wolfeboro was 24th in 36:50. Susan Thompson of Intervale was 28th in 37:28, while Mirror Lake's Kristina Lang (38:04) and Artie Lang (38:07) took 30th and 31st respectively.

Kent Cromwell of Melvin Village was 33rd in 38:29, while Soren Babcock of New Durham was 36th in 39:18 and JoAnn Peterson of Freedom was 37th in 39:22. Hanne Heinrich of Wolfeboro ran to 40th place in 39:41.

John Cook of Tuftonboro was 50th overall in 41:50, while John Savage of Barnstead placed 56th in 43:00. Kristin Van Wagner of Wolfeboro took 59th in 44:08, while Wolfeboro's Christian Boudman ran to 73rd place in 46:59. Julie DiGerlando of Wolfeboro finished 76th in 47:56.

Bobbi Boudman of Wolfeboro finished in 49:50 for 83rd place, while Laurie Butcher of Alton took 88th place in 51:12. Holly Williams of Wolfeboro placed 90th in 51:17, followed by Pat Jones, also of Wolfeboro, in 51:30 in 91st place. Steve Whitney of Ossipee was 92nd in 51:31 and Harry Smith, also of Ossipee, was 93rd in 52:08.

Todd and Megan Fichter of Wolfeboro finished with identical times of 52:19 for 95th and 96th place. Amanda Savage of Barnstead was 97th in 52:30, while Beatrice Guzman of Alton ran to 108th place in 55:17. Heather Cubeddu of Tuftonboro was 114th in 59:07, followed by Kim Proulx of Wakefield in 115th place in the same time. Christine Noble of Wolfeboro placed 117th in 1:00:36, while Maryann Gavin of Wolfeboro was 119th in 1:00:51.

In the 14-mile event, Olympian brothers Justin and Kris Freeman battled throughout the entire course before Justin, a resident of New Hampton and a cross-country skier in the 2006 Torino Olympics, pulled ahead for the win in 1:36:18, while his brother, a resident of Thornton and a three-time Olympic cross-country skier (2002, 2006, 2010) finished second in 1:37:08. Pete Gadomski of West Lebanon finished third in 1:37:37, with Dominic Winski of Orono, Maine in fourth in 1:43:54. Reeder Fahnestock of Exeter rounded out the top five in 1:44:03.

The top local finisher was Steve Olafsen of Sandwich, who placed 18th overall in 1:57:18. Kevin Lawlor of Wolfeboro was 31st in 2:01:56 with Alan Barrett of Alton one spot back in 2:02:16. Brad Beveridge of Tuftonboro placed 35th in 2:03:40 and Marc Ohlson of Conway was 37th in 2:04:32.

Eric Eldridge of Ossipee placed 52nd in 2:13:23 and Mitch Merrow of Wolfeboro was 68th in 2:34:36. Cassie Coons of Wolfeboro was 80th in 2:40:26 and Kevin Callahan of Eaton was 89th in 2:44:19. Wolfeboro's Dan Coons, the founder of the Muddy Moose, finished 107th in 3:04:03.

Complete results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.

The race, which is held as a fundraiser for the Kingswood cross country team, attracted a record number of finishers for the second year in a row, as 237 runners crossed the finish line.

Race director Fergus Cullen, the Kingswood cross country coach noted that he used a different marketing approach this year, calling directors of other trail races and swapping address lists. Cullen also utilized Facebook to publicize the race.

Additionally, Cullen noted he had tons of great help to make sure the race went well.

"We had a lot of parents and students helping this year," Cullen noted. "There were plenty of people on the course, which is really important because someone going off course could be a real disaster."

Cullen also noted that Sharon Stackhouse helped to coordinate all the food donations to provide sustenance to the racers following the event.

CG Roxanne of Moultonborough donated all the bottled water as well.

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Martin Lord Osman
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