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Novemberfest Trail Race

Today, I ran my 13th race of 2013. It was a sunny, very cold, and windy morning, so many layers were necessary.  When I finished it was 24 degrees with real feel temperature at 7 degrees – ouch! I met up with a running friend at Martha’s Exchange, where we stayed warm until just before race start. This was definitely a “low budget” race with entry fee less than $20. The bibs as well as long sleeve tees were leftover from Applefest 1/2 marathon.  It was timed, but only using gun time, not bib time, but that was okay since there were only 86 runners.

Here are Heather and I waiting for the race to start.

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There were some “famous” folks present.

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Here’s the whole pack ready to go.

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And we are off!

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we started off on pavement, then entered Mine Falls Park, where we ran on wide flat trail, rocky narrow paths, and tree roots galore. There were a few hills, some steps, and sandy trails. The wind was brutal especially when we were more exposed. Heather and I started together, but much of the race was run solo. i ran most of the race chasing a women wearing a red jacket, for fear of getting lost in the woods. Once we reached a wide flat trail at approaching mile 4 (I think), I passed her, confidant that I could find my way to the finish, but  with less 1/4 mile to  go, she passed me (giving me a compliment as she went by). My goal for this race was to finish strong an uninjured, both of which I did. I am proud of completing my goal of running 13 races in 2013.

The 15th Novemberfest Trail Race was a big success with over $3000 raised for the Nashua Children’s Home.

  36 F4049 SANDRA MULDOWNEY     42 F   142 MERRIMACK       NH   44:45