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Runners tackle the mud in annual Muddy Moose

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

KEVIN TILTON races through the woods during Sunday’s Muddy Moose Trail Races. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2012
WOLFEBORO — Had it not been for last week's rain, this year's Muddy Moose may have had to find a different name.

Maybe the Windy Moose?

But, with enough mud to keep the name in tact, the 13th annual Muddy Moose Trail Race took off on Sunday morning from the Kingswood complex.

A recent logging project behind the Crescent Lake School provided a few challenges to the course, but a field of more than 200 runners enjoyed the blustery day by trekking through the woods.

The Muddy Moose features two courses, but all runners start together. At the two-mile mark, runners can choose to tackle the 14-mile race through the back woods of New Durham and Brookfield or the slightly less challenging four-mile course that returns them to Kingswood.

The Muddy Moose is organized by former Kingswood cross country coach Fergus Cullen and is run as a benefit for the Kingswood team. The volunteers on the course and at the registration table included plenty of Kingswood athletes and families of current and former athletes.

The race kicked off at exactly 10 a.m. and less than a half hour later, the first runners were crossing the finish line covered in mud as proof of their accomplishments.

The winner of the four-mile race was 14-year-old Ryan LaFrance of Gilford, who finished in 26:54, just four seconds ahead of Brendan Sullivan of North Conway, who came home second. Mark Richardson of Wolfeboro snagged third place with a time of 27:41.

For the women in the four-mile race, Wolfeboro's Elizabeth Bronson was first, finishing 14th overall in a time of 32:07, while Meagan Nault took second in 33:25 and Keri Bassingthwaite of Nottingham was third in 35:57.

There were plenty of local runners who tackled the course in addition to the top finishers.

Kurt Richardson of Wolfeboro finished fourth overall in 28:15, with Danny Sprague of New Durham in fifth in 28:37 and Ron Newbury of Freedom in sixth in 30:07. Max Thomas of Wolfeboro finished seventh in 30:35.

New Durham's Jason Inglis finished 12th overall in 31:58, with Ricky Sartori of Wolfeboro in 13th in 32:00. Matthew Christian of Center Ossipee ran to a time of 33:23 for 17th place, while Matthew Simons of Wolfeboro placed 21st in 35:41. John Barrett of Eaton crossed in 22nd place in 35:43.

Allison Burnett of Melvin Village was 25th in 37:25 and Catharina Allar of Wolfeboro was 27th with a time of 37:32. Melissa Dark of New Durham was 37th in 39:26 and Brett Rogers of New Durham placed 38th in 39:33. Stephen Whitney of Wolfeboro finished 39th in 39:49 and Marge Strunk of Wolfeboro finished 40th in 40:06.

Wolfeboro's Katja Fox placed 43rd in 41:07, with Andrew Ferland of Melvin Village in 46th in 41:53. David Bechard of Wolfeboro finished 48th in 42:26, while Kendra Clark of Wolfeboro finished 55th in 43:33 and Deborah Bunting of Wolfeboro took 56th in 43:35.

Sam Coache of Wolfeboro ran to 58th in 43:38, while Kristin Van Wagner of Wolfeboro placed 61st in 43:45. Candice Dolliver of Mirror Lake was 62nd overall in 43:48 and Vaune Dugan of Wolfeboro placed 68th in 44:59. Jessica Wilson of Glen placed 78th in 46:12 and Justin Benes of Mirror Lake finished 79th in 46:19.

Meg Murphy of Bartlett ran to 82nd in 47:04, while Erica Bickford Cray of Wolfeboro was 86th in 47:40 and Bobbi Boudman of Wolfeboro was 89th in 48:02. Edward Atwell of Wolfeboro took 90th in 48:05 and Meg Norris of Glen clocked in at 48:15 for 91st place.

Laurie Butcher of Wolfeboro finished in 100th place in 51:00, with Amy Mitchell of Alton in 102nd in 51:31. Mary Barrett of Alton finished 107th in 52:55 and Rick John of Wolfeboro finished 117th in 57:39. Cheryl McCarriston of Wolfeboro was 122nd overall in 58:51 and Diane Harrington of Tuftonboro was 127th in 1:04:33.

14 miler

Kevin Tilton of North Conway was the cream of the crop in the 14-mile race, as he ran to a course record time of 1:25:06 to take top honors. Justin Freeman of New Hampton was second in 1:27:55 and Jim Johnson of Madison clocked in at 1:28:18 for third place.

Among women, Molly Housman of Cornish Flat was first in 1:49:44, followed by Kelsey Allen of Colrain, Mass. in 1:50:25 and Leslie Beckwith of North Conway in 1:57.

Numerous other locals tackled the 14-mile course as well.

Jonathan Miller of Wolfeboro was 12th overall in 1:48:10 and Brad Beveridge of Mirror Lake came home 15th in 1:50:03. Alan Barrett of Alton was 21st in 1:56:49 and Marc Ohlson of Conway finished 23rd in 1:59:39.

Randolph Schreiner of Tuftonboro placed 26th in 2:06:38, with Stephen Beaupre of Ossipee in 32nd place in 2:13:13. Ossipee's CJ Sirrell ran to 39th place in a time of 2:18:24 and Suzie Carrier of North Conway was 41st in 2:19:37.

Kara Jacobs of Wolfeboro was 48th in 2:26:10 and Amy Kiley of Wolfeboro was 51st in 2:27:35. Mike Jacobs of Wolfeboro finished 53rd in 2:29:15. Joe Irvine of Brookfield clocked in at 2:53:41 for 71st place and Ronda Fernald of Alton finished 81st in 3:05:46. Cody Nason of Ossipee was 84th in 3:16:15 and Joey Irvine of Brookfield took 85th place in 3:16:16.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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