Club Runners Rock at Hartford and Chicago Marathons

The Manchester Running Company club team was out in full force at the Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k last weekend along with a pair of runners taking on the Chicago Marathon. Over 50 club runners crossed the finish in Hartford, with many more volunteering, spectating, and a pair of MRC Masters records even fell on a beautiful day in Hartford.

Kevin Vallez highlighted the men's masters team with an impressive 2:48:00 showing in the marathon, setting the club record for the masters division and establishing a new personal best. Not to be outdone, Adam Bulewich grabbed the masters record in the half marathon with a time of 1:16:57 to win his age group. Other highlights include Cathryn King running in her first marathon to a 4:29:18 finish along with Beth Gemmell making her debut in 4:54:17. Other marathon entries included Morgan Kennedy (3:05:12 Pacer), Suresh Jatti (3:09:10 Pacer), Linda Yamamoto 3:17:56, Katie Filipetti 3:36:19, Tony Torsiello 3:48:58, Ito Pizarro 3:53:10, Kevin Ehrlich 3:55:53, Kevin Freyer 4:14:58 and Diana Cohen 5:08:15.

In the half marathon, personal bests were set by Shizhong Yang (1:19), Briana Demers (1:29), David Fusfeld (1:29), Tricky Tanksley (1:29), Tom Soisson (1:36), Jackie Ofria (1:37) and Rich Lindahl in 1:37. The MRC crew made up over 30 runners in the field: Brian Murray 1:17:32, Steve Sadler 1:24:44, Tim Goric 1:25:18, Anne Leonard-Blake 1:26:30, Chris McCormack 1:29:11, Nick Ferron 1:29:18, Kacey Busque 1:29:25, Mike Riordan 1:32:15, Kenneth Landry 1:36:24, Melissa Emmerich 1:37:17, Nicole Leblanc 1:39:05, Michaela Logue 1:42:41, Laura Nelson 1:43:21, Wendy Davis 1:44:18, Sarah Ferrero 1:47:23, Kelly Kenney 1:51:06, Bob Lapointe 1:51:40, Peter Briggeman 1:54:36, Alison Abrams 1:55:00, Michelle Russi 1:59:54, Gary Frye 2:01:17, Erin Keller 2:05:33, Nichole Bickley 2:06:52, Erin Ferraro 2:08:12, Candice Hendrix 2:19:22, and Brett-Rae Glotzer 2:45:40.

In the 5k at Hartford John Busque came up just three seconds shy of the MRC record with an insanely fast 14:56 to finish second place overall in the field of 1900 runners; Dani Kennedy won her age group in 21:34.

Matt Conyers and Dan Uriano traveled to the Chicago Marathon where they joined 40,000 friends in the Windy City. Uriano ran 2:44:45 while Conyers crossed the line in 3:13:50.