October 19, 2009 — The wind, nor snow, nor rain or freezing temperatures could prevent some of Manchester Running Company’s finest from competing over the weekend. Not only did three of Club Manchester Running Company’s athletes run in competitive races over the weekend, but they excelled as Krystin Meade and Elaina Mertens qualified for the Boston Marathon and Drew Best continued to dominate the local running scene.
At the Baystate Marathon held on Sunday Morning in Lowell, both Meade and Mertens ran just over 3:24 as both went well under the 3:40 standard needed to qualify for Boston. Mertens was officially clocked in 3:24:17 while Meade was just back at 3:24:25. Despite the miserable weather conditions, both were in good spirits after the race and Meade commented “I love these [marathons]!” via text message.
Drew Best has also been representing the MRC singlet well and continuing a string of great success along the roads. The defending Providence Marathon Champion and Finally Spring 5k! champ returned to winning ways on October 4th at the Covered Bridges 10k in Conway, Mass. as he ran away from the field in 35:01 for the win. He followed that performance up with another victory on Saturday (Oct. 18) in Hadley, Mass. taking the 5k for Farmland title in 15:58.
Several members of the Manchester Running Company team are now gearing up for the Manchester Road Race which is just over a month away.
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