MADISON — Tamworth's Zach Switaj, a senior and top runner on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cross country team, took top honors in the sixth annual Madison Thanksgiving Day 5K Cross Country Trail Race and 2K Fitness Walk on Thursday at Purity Spring Resort/King Pine Ski Area, in East Madison.
Switaj, 21, who was named the Little East Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week earlier this fall, covered the course in 18:31 to win by 32 seconds.
This event is a fund-raiser for the Bearcamp Valley School and Children's Center.
Rounding out the top three overall were Jeffrey Beal, 28, of South Londonderry, Vt., 19:03; and recent Kennett High graduate and member of the St. Michael's College Cross Country team, Torin LaLiberte, 18, was third, 19:16.
Stephanie Wetzel, 27, of Fryeburg, was the fastest female, placing 10th overall in 22:13. Rounding out the top three women finishers were Kennett High Sports Hall of Fame member Terry Ballou, 46, of Staten Island, N.Y., 22:29; and Kim Stephan, 31, of Freedom, 24:30.
There were 149 runners in this year's race.
The course, which was altered slightly on race day due to the conditions, featured a combination of rolling single track and dirt road over very scenic trails along Purity Lake and nearby ponds. There was a covering of snow on the course and a couple of water sections to run around but otherwise runners gave the terrain two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Local finishers included Nick Brown, fifth, 19:59; Stephen Beaupre, 11th, 22:26; Chris McKay, 13th, 22:32; Don Fredrikson, 14th, 22:38; Andrew Doherty, 15th, 22:53; Bob Hodgman-Burns, 16th, 23:08; Dan Doherty, 17th, 23:19; Ron Newbury, 19th, 23:58; Ron Goodwin, 20th, 24:08; Jan Tatkhin, 25th, 24:43; Alex Brown, 26th, 24:48; Thomas Gregston, 27th, 24:49; Cameron Twombly, 29th, 24:56; Kin Earle, 30th, 25:51; Chris Ballou, 31st, 26:03; Suzie Carrier, 32nd, 26:04; Frank Thompson, 33rd, 26:04; Sam Rock, 35th, 26:11; Frank Holmes, 29th, 26:45; Kathleen Maynard, 37th, 26:32; Maggie LaRoche, 38th, 26:44; Todd Desmarais, 41st, 26:58; Kim Proulx, 42nd, 27:13; Miriam Earle, 44th, 27:33; Cathy Livingston, 47th, 28:21; Scot Henley, 48th, 28:31; Sandra Hooper, 49th, 28:33; Bill Earle, 50th, 28:58; Alexandra Earle, 51st, 29:15; Leah Twombly, 52nd, 29:23; Mitch Merrow, 55th, 29:53; Steve Paddick, 56th, 29:54; Skip Spadaccini, 57th, 30:15; Christine Thompson, 63rd, 30:41; Chuck Brooks, 64th, 30:57; Ethan Warren, 67th, 31:31; Vin Vaccaro, 69th, 32:12; Ashley Lader, 70th, 32:26; Daniel Lader II, 71st, 32:27; Norman Tregenza, 72nd, 32:27; Sally Swenson, 73rd, 32:39; Mary Doherty, 74th, 32:43; James Green, 76th, 32:57; Cheryl Clapp, 78th, 33:25; Danny Dineen, 79th, 33:28; Rebecca Huncilman, 81st, 33:48; Rachel Miller, 83rd, 33:57; Christie Girouard, 84th, 33:59; Holly Ward-Bemis, 85th, 34:12; Jill Barbour, 86th, 34:20; Ashley Ames, 87th, 34:25; Jimmy Gray, 88th, 34:44; Richie Girouard, 93rd, 35:19; Nicole LaRoche, 97th, 35:38; Abigail Desmarais, 99th, 36:07; Linda Dewey, 100th, 36:24; Jamie Crawford, 103rd, 37:05; Nathan Dewey, 109th, 37:44; Sadie Cutler, 110th, 38:03; Laura Ames, 111th, 38:13; Donna Ulitz, 113th, 38:51; Seanna Miller, 116th, 39:34; Stephen Cawley, 117th, 39:42; Zenya Hernandez, 118th, 40:01; Sherri Desmarais, 121st, 40:29; Mason Consigli, 122nd, 40:37; Christine Lewis, 125th, 40:56; Amber Day, 127th, 40:57; Jennifer Nolan, 132nd, 42:41; Emily Miller, 134th, 42:55; Stephanie Miller, 135th, 42:56; Carissa Fusco, 136th, 43:21; Annabelle Light, 139th, 45:57; Andrew Light, 140th, 46:59; Molly Consigli, 144th, 47:45; Kristen Warren, 145th, 52:56; and Matt Fusco, 149th, 58:14.
For full results see: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/13/nh/Nov28_Purity_2_set1.shtml
The two-kilometer fitness walk took place on easy trails near the running race, perfect for individuals or families of any ability.
The event will also featured a free kids' "Turkey Trot" fun run for children.
The Bearcamp Valley School and Children's Center is proud to partner with business sponsors such as Profile Group, Silver Lake Massage Therapy, Yankee Smokehouse, Café Noche, Diesel Works, Total Concept Property Management, T. Murray Wellness Center and others.
The annual event has become a much anticipated tradition each Thanksgiving morning as local residents and holiday visitors of all ages and abilities come out to run and walk the beautiful trails of Purity Spring Resort to start their holiday weekend.
"This year we are excited to continue to benefit children and families by sharing the profits with the Bearcamp Valley School and Children's Center," remarked Race Director Catalina Kirsch.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 04:27
CONWAY — Big things are happening at the Conway Boxing Club & Gym.
The mission at the Conway Boxing Club & Gym is to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable environment for the sport of boxing through quality training and education.
"We strive to keep our neighbors and youth off the streets and in the gym by offering affordable services to men, women and children of our community," owner Elwood McLlarky said. "The Conway Boxing Club & Gym is devoted to helping develop character, self-confidence, self-defense, physical health, individual achievement, and teamwork.
The Conway Boxing Club & Gym welcomes students of all skill levels, interests, and backgrounds. And encourage every individual to be the best they can be physically and mentally through structured, professional, safe training programs and classes.
"Boxing is a great workout," McLlarky said. "Perhaps the most challenging of all sports. It requires speed, agility, finesse, power, endurance, and ultimate mental toughness. Boxing pushes you like no other, putting the finest and highest level of athletes against each other. It's a sweet science but at the same time also a raw and brutal sport. Boxing makes you more alive than ever, more humble in defeat, and more glorious in victory. Boxing reveals the true fighter deep inside every single one of us."
In terms of happenings:
• McLlarky, of Conway, and Cody Frye, of Fryeburg, are training hard at the Conway Boxing Club & Gym under head coach Gary Haas for upcoming amateur boxing matches.
• The club has now gone non-profit and the board consists of: Elwood and Maggie McLlarky, Gary and Maria Haas, Dick Kimber, Ted Sares, Kyla Brustin, Cathy Hunter, Scott Lees and Joe Lopez. The club is now looking for sponsors and donations for classes and programs in order to lower it prices.
• The club has made a hip hop video with local rapper DJ No Joke, called "Enter in the Ring", it's on youtube: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3N-gYr4blY)and on the club's facebook page: conway boxing club.
• The club now offers Zumba fitness classes every Tuesday night with Jackie Broza of 31 Fitness.
• The club offered two free kids clinics for intro to boxing, personal safety and anti-bulling on Nov. 9 and 16. Future clinics are planned.
• The club will offer two free women's clinics for intro to cardio boxing and fitness this month on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.
• The club recently hosted the graduation of Phase 1 kickboxing and self defense class for Berlin City Auto Group with Dick "The Destroyer" Kimber (three-time world kickboxing champion).
For more information on the Conway Boxing Club & Gym, call 733-9601 or visit the the club on Facebook.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 04:27
CONWAY — The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to endurance sports in the Soroka family.
Jim Soroka, who has competed on triathlon's biggest stage — the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii — and currently holds a world ranking of third in the 65-69 age group in the Ironman 70.3 class, has to smile when he sees what Jessica, his daughter, is now up to. She's found her niche in the world of duathlon.
Duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.
Soroka, 35, now of Hot Springs, Arkansas, won the 35-39 age group and finished second overall for women in June in the Arkansas Championships; received an invitational to the National Championships in Arizona last month; and did so well that she's been invited to the World Championships in Spain next spring.
"I don't know where she gets it from," Jim, said, smiling, Tuesday. "Some of her friends talked here into giving it a try and then she went out and won her age group and finished second overall in the first race. Two weeks later she was invited to Arizona and went there and qualified for Worlds; it's pretty amazing."
Soroka competed in the USAT Duathlon National Championships in Tucson, Arizona on Oct. 26 and finished 195th overall; 42nd facets female; and seventh in the women's 35-39 age group. She posted a time of 1:54:01.
Athletes competed in a 5K run followed by a 35K bicycle and then another 5K run.
Soroka covered the first run in 20:48 (a 6:41 pace). The bike followed and she finished that portion in 1:05:15 (averaged 20 miles per hour), the fifth fastest in her age group.
The final leg was another run, which Soroka finished in 24:06 (at 7:45 pace).
While there are three official legs in a duathlon, many firmly believe there is a fourth element, which is often the difference between winning and losing: the transition area. Soroka handled her two transition areas in 1 minute and then 52 seconds, respectively.
The overall fastest female was Jennifer Scudiero, 31, of Eagan, Minn., who finished in 1:41:41 to win by 13 seconds over Brynje Enderle, 35, of Portland, Oregon, 1:41:54.
Scudiero covered the first leg of the run in 20:41; the bike in 57:17; and the final run leg in 22:11. She handled the two transition areas in 51 seconds and 44 seconds, respectively.
The overall race winner was Eric Burnett, 29, of Pasadena, Calif., who finished in 1:26:09. He did the first un in 16:19; bike in 51:37; and the final run in 17:11. His transition times were 35 and 30 seconds, respectively.
The International Triathlon Union governs the sport internationally. Duathlons are most similar to triathlons, with the key difference being the lack of a swimming leg.
According to the popular website Wikipedia, the world's largest duathlon to date is the inaugural London Duathlon, which took place on 17 September 2005 in Richmond Park, Surrey. Approximately 2,500 people took part. The main race consisted of a 10 kilometer run, 20K cycle ride and 5K run.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 06:15
CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club hosted one of the largest soccer tournaments to ever come to the valley on Oct. 19.
Eighteen local third/fourth and fifth/sixth grade teams battled all day to bring The Valley Cup back to their school. Teams this year came from North Conway, Bartlett, Tamworth, Jackson, Fryeburg, Madison, Freedom, Sacopee Valley, Moultonborough and Lovell.
In the third/fourth grade division, the defending champions from North Conway won all of their first three games to take on Jackson in the championship match. The North Conway B team was successful in the contest, returning the trophy to John Fuller for the second year in a row.
In the fifth/sixth grade division the championship came down to Moultonborough versus. Bartlett. After two rounds of overtime, the teams moved on to penalty kicks. In the final kick, Bartlett took the win and brought the trophy home.
While the Valley Cup was taking place, on the other side of the fields the MWVSC was hosting the second annual Pug-A-Palooza for U8 players who participated in the U8 Soccer Academy.
The club would like to thank the following local businesses for their support of this tournament: Hannaford, Shaw's, Grants, Starbucks, Zeb's, The Red Parka Pub, Saladino's, UPS Store, Cranmore Mountain, Attitash Mountain, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and The Mount Washington Auto Road.
Of course the entire day would not be possible without our many volunteers. Many of them were on the fields by 7:15 that morning and did not leave until the final clean up was done. The club appreciates all of the time you give to our club: The Russell Family,The Nike Factory Store Staff, MWVSC Board, U8 Coaches, Linda Knorpp, KHS School Referees, and all of the parents who provided goods for the bake sale.
The club is now in the process of planning Spring 2014 Travel Teams. It is our hope this year for the first time to be able to field an all girls U10 and U12 team. Tryouts are being planned, and will take place in December.
For the most up to date information on the club, and to see all of the pictures from The Valley Cup, please follow our facebook page at MWVSoccerClub.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 05:33
CONWAY — The Conway Recreation Department will hold its annual Turkey Trot Race this Monday in Center Conway, beginning at about 3:45 p.m.
Turkeys will be awarded to the top boys and girls finishers in the 5-6 year-old age category, the 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 age groups. Four other turkeys will be raffled off after the races. Everyone who participates in the races is eligible for the raffle.
"The turkey trot is definitely one of the highlights of the fall," Mike Lane, assistant recreation director, said. "It's great to see so many kids participate."
All children who participate will receive a ribbon. There will be a rec. bus from Conway Elementary and Pine Tree School.
For questions call 447-5680 or go online to www.conwayrec.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 05:57