The muddiest Muddy Moose?


Rainy weather makes for fantastic conditions for annual race


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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BRIAN RODERICK of Hampton kneels to the mud gods during the 14-mile Muddy Moose race on Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 24, 2017
WOLFEBORO — Race Director Fergus Cullen warned racers at the Muddy Moose Trail Races start line that they might want to bring along a kayak.

While he was kidding, there was more than enough deep mud puddles along the course where a kayak could've helped out as rain the previous few days left the course filled with mud, making for a challenge for all the racers who toed the starting line at Kingswood on Sunday morning.

Cullen rated the mud at an eight or a nine out of 10 and noted there were portions of the 14-mile course that were in incredibly rough shape.

For the four-mile course, the winner was Grant Fortier of Concord, who finished in a time of 27:35.

The top female finisher was Kristina Folcik of Tamworth, who finished second overall in a time of 27:55.

Mark Richardson of Wolfeboro finished third overall in 31:08, Max Thomas of Wolfeboro was fourth at 32:48 and Colyn Pineo of Wolfeboro rounded out the top five, also in a time of 32:48.

Tora Olafsen of Sandwich and Tracey Olafsen of Sandwich rounded out the top three women, finishing in eighth and ninth respectively in 34:23 and 35:06. Marguerite Lacroix of Athol, Mass. was the fourth woman and 10th overall in 35:10 and Linda Adams of Chichester was fifth for women in 36:54 for 16th overall.

Locals made their way through the Muddy Moose with solid times.

James Harrigan of Wolfeboro was sixth overall in 33:21, followed closely by Keith Thomas of Wolfeboro in 33:48 for seventh place. Tim Huckman of Ossipee finished in 13th place in 36:15.

Barnstead's Joey Howlett ran to 17th place in 37:05, with Kris Howlett of Barnstead in 19th place in 37:32 and Melissa Rogers of New Durham in 23rd place in 39:28. Sasha Blanchard of Wolfeboro was 25th overall in 40:11.

Wakefield's Loralee Helgerson finished in 28th place in 41:31, with Tom Zotti of Wolfeboro in 30th place in 42:26 and Jaimie Ham of Ossipee in 42nd place in 45:23. Debbie Miller of Wakefield placed 49th overall in 48:07, with Jennifer Christian of Ossipee right behind in 50th place in 48:08. Wolfeboro's Mara Michno ran to 80th place overall in a time of 1:01:26 to round out the local competitors in the race.

14-mile race

In the longer version of the race, Daniel Button of Acton, Mass. took the overall win with a time of 1:29:11.

Jonathan Miller of Wakefield was second overall in 1:40:24, with Keith Schmitt of Durham in third in 1:40:34, Andrew Baird of Amherst, Mass. in fourth in 1:41 and Eric Wyzga of Rhode Island in fifth in 1:43:27.

For women, Kate Venne of Londonderry, Vt. was the top competitor in 1:44. Nicole Gibeault of Manchester was second for women in 2:13:24, Abby Cirinna of Dover was third in 2:13:49, Parrish Bercquist of Cambridge, Mass. was fourth in 2:16:24 and Amanda McCaughey of Plymouth, Mass. finished in fifth in 2:19:28.

Among local finishers, Michael Arsenault of Middleton finished in eighth place overall in a time of 1:47:28, with Ryan Wells of Tamworth in 13th place in 1:53:17.

Austen Bernier of Albany finished in 20th place in 2:13:04, with Jeffrey Stevens of Middleton in 24th place in 2:13:50. Frank Holmes of Eaton finished 39th overall in 2:34:54 and New Durham's Dan Place finished in 42nd place in 2:38:14.

Alton's Tobey Reynolds finished 43rd in 2:38:15, with Matthew Christian of Ossipee in 52nd place in 2:46:54 and Phoebe VanScoy-Giessler of Tuftonboro placed 62nd in a time of 2:56:03 to round out the official finishers from the local communities.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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