The Manchester Running Company team earned three wins in a pair of races over the Mother’s Day weekend in Vernon and New Britain.
James McKirdy got things going on Saturday, May 10th at the CT Race in the Park to support the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CTBHI). McKirdy went out from the start to the lead and never really looked back, McKirdy was challenged by the second place finisher Chris Chisholm through the early stages of the race before pulling away for a 20 second victory in a time of 16:14. It was McKirdy’s second consecutive victory at the CT Race in the Park and his third top-five finish in the last three years.
On Sunday morning (May 11th) Brian Nelson also successfully defended a title at the Vernon Mother’s Day Dash. Nelson has now won the race for three consecutive years; this year he ran a time of 16:34 on a picture perfect day in Vernon. The field of 300 runners was filled with MRC runners including the women’s winner, Beth Krasseman, who posted a time of 20:01. The women’s runner up, Linda Yamamoto, an MRC representative and was just 34 seconds off the pace but was 14th overall finisher.
Garrett Ash was third overall in a time of 17:09, while Aaron Flamino and Brett Stoeffler took fourth and fifth with times of 17:10 and 17:40, respectively. Continuing the MRC trend at the front of the pack, Matt Anderson finished ninth overall in 18:58.
The winners got a sweet trophy and bragging rights for another year.