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Hartford Track Club
This run was part of the Hartford Track Club Winter Series.
At the start of the run, the temperature was about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind was strong. (In fact, our 3-mile sign was blown about five feet down the road.)This four-mile run (measured with one of the HTC measuring wheels by the event director and creator, Bill Katz) was entirely on the grounds of the historic Cedar Hill Cemetery in the far southern end of Hartford. The cemetery is famous for having a wide variety of trees and the graves of J. P. Morgan, Wallace Stevens, and George Athanson.
The first finisher, an animated, short, bearded man who spoke loudly and with precise diction, identified himself as Declan McManus of Princeton New Jersey. After the run, he said, to Bill Katz and me, David Reik, "Excellent job marking the course, you guys." When told that there were no prizes being given out, the first finisher said, "Good. It's not a race; it's a Winter Series event." He suggested that, when we posted the results on Websites, we indicate that the event was timed by "AstaDog Timing Service."
The second finisher, Bill Thramann, said, "Very pretty course, and, if I had run too hard, and had to meet my maker . . . . He didn't finish the thought, but I should let those who might be interested know that there is still plenty of space at Cedar Hill Cemetery for new permanent residents, and they do have a crematorium. Bill Thramann informs us that good Catholics can be cremated, as long as the ashes are buried.
Runners ran out to a fairly hilly loop, went twice in a counter-clockwise direction around the loop, and then back past the start to the finish at the crematorium. Runners may have noticed that the second mile was about 100 yards long, and the third about 100 yards short. This wasn't because of blowing signs; when he wheeled the course the day before the event, Bill Katz noted that mile 2 was at a gravestone marked "Kinghorn." When we were picking up the mile marks and the twenty-four free-standing arrows, Bill realized we had put the mile-2 sign up at the gravestone of the wrong member of the Kinghorn family.
The course monitor for the event was Candace Hall; she deserves a lot of credit for managing to keep everyone on course while enduring the very cold conditions.
24:01 M36 Declan McManus, Princeton, NJ
24:27 M40 Bill Thramann, Avon
25:07 M34 Bill Ronalter, Plainville
26:10 M Charlie Szilagyi, Wethersfield
26:43 M41 Michael Munroe, Manchester
26:49 M50 Sal Mangiafico, Wethersfield
27:45 M55 Jerry Augustine, Middletown
27:53 M36 Martin Aligata, West Hartford
28:47 M47 Chris Armen, Simsbury
29:00 M30 Rafael Martinez, West Hartford
30:53 M18 Brad Dorau, Manchester
31:07 F27 Becky Sonstroem, Wethersfield
31:25 M36 Alex Gordeuk, West Hartford
32:43 M42 David Loiselle, Kensington
33:56 F18 Grace Anderson, Meriden
37:18 M46 Andy Anderson, Meriden
37:56 F41 Eva Van Stratum, Wallingford
39:51 M75 George S. Brown, West Hartford
40:55 F28 Sarah Dodson, Glastonbury
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