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Rowe takes his fifth Big Lake title


Barnstead's Jesse Brown leads local runners in 10th annual event



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SCOTT ROWE of Dover crosses the finish line to win his fifth Big Lake Half-Marathon. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 09, 2011
ALTON — Scott Rowe has now officially won half of the Big Lake Half-Marathons ever run.

The Dover runner cruised to his fifth win in the 10th annual event on Saturday, posting a time of 1:11:58, besting his nearest competition by more than eight minutes.

His closest competitor, as it turns out, was Raynham, Mass. resident Amanda Kourtz, who set a new course record for women in a time of 1:20:11 to take second place overall. The previous women's record had stood since the inaugural race back in 2002.

Michael Dowling of North Yarmouth, Mass. was the second man, finishing third in 1:22:34, followed by Keith Schmitt of Durham in 1:22:54. Joshua Smith of Rochester clocked in at 1:23:37 and Bruce Rose rounded out the top five men with a sixth place finish in 1:23:38.

For women, past winner Kim Webster was second in a time of 1:24:42, which placed her 12th overall. Jodie Conway of Framingham, Mass., a former Granite Man Triathlon winner, was third at 1:25:30, with former Wolfeboro resident Carrie Bartlett of Cambridge, Mass. the fourth woman in 1:29:46. Michelle Cook of Cumberland, Maine rounded out the top five women in a time of 1:30:02.

For Rowe, this was only his second time winning the race when there was no rain. He set the course record in the 2010 race in a downpour.

"I definitely enjoyed it," he said. "It was nice to have a nice day to run."

Rowe was also the first New Hampshire runner in the Boston Marathon and noted he still had some fatigue from that race.

"I still had a little fatigue in my legs, so I wasn't sure how I'd do," he stated. "I tried to push myself to best my record from last year."

Among locals, Prospect Mountain soccer standout Jesse Brown of Barsnstead was the top runner, as he placed 18th overall in a time of 1:26:54, just one spot ahead of Thomas Jarvela of Barnstead, who finished in 1:27:15. Please note that all times are the "gun times" recorded from the starting gun to the finish line.

The top local female was Alton's Elizabeth Corbally, who crossed 35th overall in a time of 1:31:24.

Brian Zalasky of Wolfeboro was 45th in 1:33:21, with fellow Wolfeboro resident Jonathan Miller in 51st place in 1:34:36. Wolfeboro's Richard Neal ran to 100th place in a time of 1:39:39, while Tim Bonisteel of Barnstead was 145th in a time of 1:44:14.

Steve Renner of Alton raced to 163rd place in a time of 1:45:44, with Brendan Aucoin of Wolfeboro taking 171st in 1:46:19 and Amy Kiley of Wolfeboro clocking in at 1:47:42 for 183rd place.

Ossipee's Vince Vaccaro ran to 245th place in 1:52:07, followed closely by Joe Blouin and Sandra Woehr-Blouin, both of Alton, who both clocked in at 1:52:08. Nicholas Marks of New Durham was 258th in a time of 1:52:21.

Brewster Athletic Director Matt Lawlor of Wolfeboro clocked in at 1:53:21 for 276th place, with Judi Lemaire of Wolfeboro finishing 303rd in 1:54:35. Sarah Connelly, also of Wolfeboro, was 345th in 1:57:17.

John Savage of Barnstead ran to 355th place in a time of 1:57:58, with Tessa Scott of Wolfeboro racing to 373rd place in a time of 1:59:20. Alton's Andrew Krivitsky was the final local runner to finish in under two hours, as he placed 379th in 1:59:44.

Alton's Michael McMahon was 456th in 2:05, with Wolfeboro's Peter Alden close behind in 459th place in 2:05:16. Andre deBeer, also of Wolfeboro, finished 509th in 2:08:45 and Ivy Leavitt-Carlson of Melvin Village was 566th in 2:13:02.

Wyatt Siegler of Alton raced to 592nd in 2:14:48 and Stuart Siegler, also of Alton, was 597th in 2:15:01. Caila Kantar of Alton crossed in 613th place in a time of 2:16:49.

New Durham's Christina Downey finished 638th in 2:18:26, with Wolfeboro's Sarah Anderson in 647th in 2:19:23. Mandy Savage of Barnstead ran to 652nd place in a time of 2:19:49. Tuftonboro's Heather Cubeddu was 661st in 2:20:20, followed closely by Wakefield's Kim Proulx in 662nd in 2:20:21.

Alton's Meredith Roy finished 684th in a time of 2:22:38 and Wolfeboro's Holly Williams was 688th in 2:23:06. Amy Mitchell of Alton was 715th in 2:27:12 and Ossipee's Kathleen Lord was one spot back in 2:27:39. Kyle Boudrow of Alton finished in 756th place in a time of 2:34:41 and Anna Ransom, also of Alton, placed 769th in 2:38:06. Patricia Coolbroth of Wakefield was 780th in 2:42:02 and Merrie Marks of New Durham was 785th in 2:44:41. Rob Boudrow of Alton placed 827th in 3:21:17 and Priscilla Feeney of Alton was 830th in 4:11:19.

This year's race was also run as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with many runners running to support the cause.

Full race results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.

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