Local and regional elites are set to hit the pavement on Saturday, June 11th for Connecticut’s Fastest Mile. The Spring Street Mile, hosted by Manchester Running Company saw three men break the four-minute barrier in 2015 while five women broke the 5-minute mark. Please note that all of this information is based on runners who have pre-registered for the event as of Thursday afternoon – we could see many more elite runners come Saturday.
The prize money for the event is $300 for the winner, $150 for second and $75 for third in each gender; $50 to the top masters runner in each gender. There is also a $25 bonus for the first male and female to cross the half mile and 3/4 mile marks. The 2015 winners, Elizabeth Eberhardt and Erik Berg have yet to commit/register.
Here’s who to look for on race day:
Jackie Baumgartner – SoundRunner Racing was 2nd in 2015 at the Spring Street Mile in 4:44. The 32 year old from North Branford is coming off a win at the Delaney Dash 4-mile on May 28th (23:26).
Courtney Dinnan – SoundRunner Racing was 4th in 2015 at the Spring Street Mile in 4:48 after leading the first half of the race. Coming off a minor injury earlier in the year but was second at the Delaney Dash on May 28th in 23:48. A half marathon specialist, she was 3rd at the Ion Bank Half marathon in April.
Melissa Stellato – Manchester Running Company, a strategic racer, she has been hampered by some lingering injuries this year but ran well indoors (5:30 for the mile) and won the Middletown Half Marathon this year. She was 3rd at the Spring Street Mile in 2015 in 4:46 with a very strong second half of the race… she is from Windsor, CT.
Apryl Sabadosa – Traditionally a barefoot racer, but we’ll see if she has shoes on for her first appearance at this race. She is from Westfield, MA and was the winner of Manchester Running Company’s Beards & Beers 5k in November. She ran 36:38 for the Holyoke 10k in March.
Rebecca Snelson – Youngest of the elites, at 23 years old from New London, she was 3rd at the Delaney Dash in 24:01. Runs for the Mohegan Striders
Brittany Heninger – Milford Road Runners – She was 5th in 2015 in 4:57, she is 27 years old from Bristol, CT. A regular on the USATF-CT scene and very versatile runner. Last November she was named USATF-CT Athlete of the Month for winning all five XC races.
Joe Gioielli – Second place at this race in 2015 with a 3:55. He is a Central CT State University Junior and has season best times this year on the track of 1:50 for the 800 and 3:45 for the 1,500 and 4:02 for the mile. On paper, appears to be the favorite.
Austin Trainor – Another Central CT State University runner, he just finished his sophomore season. He was 7th here last year in 4:08. His 2016 track season was highlighted by a 9:01 in the steeplechase.
Nick Magani – From Higganum, CT and runs for SoundRunner, was 4th at the Delaney Dash just two weeks ago in 21:16. Was 6th at the Spring Street Mile in 2015 in 4:07.
Connor Reck – From Boston and a 2015 Harvard graduate, he has personal bests of 4:05 in the mile and 1:50 for the 800 on the track. He ran 24:30 at the Manchester Road Race in November.
Adam Pacheck – From Brighton, MA. 24 years old. Ran an indoor 5k this year in 14:47 at the USATF-New England Indoor Championships. Took 1st two weeks ago at the 5-mile Baldi River Run in Haverhill, MA.
Morgan Kennedy – Home team of Manchester Running Company and lives in Portland, CT. Is much stronger as the distances get longer, was third at the USATF-CT 5k and 4-mile championships this year and is shooting for a club record at Grandma’s Marathon in a few weeks.
Jon-Paul Mandelburg – Mohegan Striders’ top runner, he is coming off an 8th place finish at the Delaney Dash (USATF-CT 4 mile championship) and is a former all-state runner in cross country in the state of CT.
Look for Master’s runners: Nat Larson, Chad Johnson, Michael Stadolnik, Brett Stoeffler and Kevin Vallez to all be in the hunt.