Drew Best is one of the founding fathers of the MRC Running Club. In 2007, Drew founded Case Mountain Racing which has now become the MRC Running Club. Drew’s drive to inspire and develop a running community has been the inspiration for our team since its inception.
Best had one of the finest years of his running career in 2010 as he opened the season with an eighth place finish at the USATF-New England 10 Mile Championships in Amherst, Mass. with a time of 53:08 and followed that performance up with another eighth place finish at the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day Road Race in a time of 32:21.
Best has numerous victories to his name over the years highlighted by a victory at the 2009 Providence Marathon. Best is also the defending champion of the Finally Spring 5k! and was the runner-up at the Spring Street Mile in 2009. In 2008, Best finished 24th at the Manchester Road Race in a time of 24:10 and followed that with a 23rd place finish in 2009 in 24:01.
During his younger days, Drew was the CCC East XC Champion as a senior at Manchester High School as well as a top 30 finisher at the CT State Open his senior year. From high school, Drew went on to be a standout cross country runner at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont where he was an NCAA Division II National Qualifier his senior season. Best earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Michael’s and went on to earn his Master’s from Quinnipiac University.
A native of Manchester, Drew currently resides in Leverett, Mass. with his wife and is a Biology teacher. He once wrestled a bear with his bare hands.
In 2012, Best plans to launch Western Mass Endurance Sports, promoting the sports of distance running and mountain biking in Western Massachusetts. You can learn more about it here.
Personal Bests (no pun intended):
5k indoors: 15:18
Manchester Road Race, 4.748 miles: 23:59
8k XC: 25:36
10k XC: 31:47 (Franklin Park)
10k track: 31:52
10 miles road: 53:04
Half Marathon: 1:11:42