Created on Wednesday, 15 August 2007 20:00
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2007 19:49
More than a 120 people
competed in the first annual HERC Open last Saturday at Sugarbush. The
speed hike/trail running competition offered participants two routes, a
long loop and a short loop.
The long loop challenged racers with a 16-mile course and more than
6,600 feet of elevation change, sending them up, down and around
Lincoln Peak four times. The short loop had racers dash up to Allyn's
Lodge via the Snowball and Valley House Traverse trails and had them
come down Jester and Gondolier trails.
The $25,000 cash purse race, one of the largest cash payouts in U.S.
trail running history, drew runners from as far as California, but it
was the easterners who dominated. Two Bay Staters took the top spots in
the long loop weight classes. Ben Nephew of Mansfield, MA, took first
place in the Under 60 kg division with a time of 2:21:31.9. Paul Low of
Belchertown, MA, won first prize in the Over 59.9 kg division with a
time of 2:05:39.0. Locals grabbed top ten finishes in the short loop
competition with Waitsfield residents Jen Russell finishing eighth in
the Under 60 kg division, and Tom Murray, Kelly Steadman and Gary
Kessler finishing fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.
HERC is a dietary supplement made by Burlington-based Unither Nutriceuticals.