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GMRC takes top spot at Mill Cities Relay

Santa came early for the Cap’n.

That’s to say we won.

A huge congratulations and thank you to the 80+ of you who turned out to fill out 17 teams in our strongest showing ever at the annual event, which the club won outright for the first time ever.

Going into the Mill Cities, I knew we had a good shot at winning, but there are a lot of great clubs in New England and the competition would be fierce.

Those who turned out know it was a great day to race. I’m confident I’m not the only one who overdressed for a day with little wind and a lot of sun that felt a lot warmer than anticipated.

We had many incredible performances by individuals and teams alike. There were so many good stories from out along the Merrimack and I hesitate to highlight any one team or performance. But I will take a moment to showcase our divisional first-place teams:

  • Faber College Mules – Male Seniors team finished 1st in their division, scoring the most of any team in the club, bringing in 15 points.
  • Run Snowflake Run – Female Sub Masters took 1st in their division, netting 10 points
  • 3 20s Equals 60 – Our Co-ed veteran team finished 1st in their division, also earning the club 10 points

At the end of the day, we had seven teams brought bricks back to the Queen City by finishing top three in their divisions. And, our 15 scoring teams earned 109 points, pushing us across a razor-thin margin of victory of just 4 points between 1st and 3rd place to bring home the Mill Cities Relay trophy.

You can see the full results here and check out the Manchester Ink Link coverage here.

The most satisfying part of the whole day was watching John Stanzel, aka The Cap’n, accept the trophy on behalf of the club. The look and emotion on his face as he embraced the massive trophy said it all. This was a goal he worked for long and hard and I’m happy we were able to deliver an early Christmas gift. Thanks, Cap’n, for the passion you’ve poured out to make this victory a reality, and don’t forget to send us a pic of the trophy under your Christmas tree.

Also a huge thank you to Muriel Saliba. She has long been the lynchpin in our Mill Cities operations, going to the planning meetings, figuring out logistics and so much more. We couldn’t do it without her.

Thanks again to everyone who ran and I hope you’re looking forward to next year as much as I am.

Did you run? Share your favorite story from the race in the comments below.

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