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Rough runners beat feet at Sprague Brook Park

TAKE TO THE TRAIL — Runners in the 8 in the Rough Trail Run beat feet for more than 8 miles, through Sprague Brook Park on Sept 15. Photo by Justin Graham.
COLDEN — Sneakered feet pounded the pavement at the 8 in the Rough Trail Run event, held at Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood on Sept. 15.

The runners dashed off at the sound of the gunshot, starting near shelter No. 2 and the main parking lot, after meeting at the casino for a pre-race gathering. The runners competed an 8-mile course, which the first runners finished in about 40 minutes. About two hours later, the last of the runners crossed the finish line.

Mark Lawrence, race director of the Autumn Challenge 5K, said, “There are several sponsors of the trail runs; Runner’s Roost, Timex, GU Energy, Wrightsock and Sahlens, who also sponsor various other sponsored events. Both of our featured runs will sponsor both the HEART Animal Shelter and the East Concord Volunteer Fire Company. There [were] roughly 150-250 entrees.”

Lawrence explained the format of the race, which is different from the road races that take place around the area.

“The trail runs are a European 5-kilometer style, featuring a paved roadway from the start to finish location. The course proceeds across a grassy mowed field and around wide, rolling, gentle ski trails in the woods. Runners can either take it slow or race to the finish. It is always a fun, unique run, in the absolutely beautiful setting of Glenwood.”

Walkers were invited to take on the 1-mile course, although no pets, bicycles or strollers were permitted. Race results were posted at heartrateup.com, the following day.

Another sponsored run will take place on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. The Autumn Challenge is a 5-kilometer run. It will start and finish on the main park road at shelter 1. Results for this race will also be posted the next day.
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