Sunday, December, 11, 2016, 10AM: Writeup by Mike Pelletier:
Temperatures were cold in Salem on Sunday (a chilly 21o) , but the welcome from Race Director Rick Johnson and the Finz Restaurant was warm as thirteen North Shore Striders joined 389 other runners and toed the starting line at 10 am. The Festivus 5K was the 15th race in the North Shore Striders Grand Prix series for 2016 which leaves only the Run-a-Latke, a flat, fast 5K on Monday, December 26th to wind up the Grand Prix for 2016.
At the Festivus 5K, Gary Freedman and Rosie Kyes led the way to the finish line for the NSS contingent. In team competition, The NSS team of Gary, Rosie, and Hope Roe were 7th out of 16 teams.
In age group competition, Dave Newhall beat Mike Pelletier by a mere 2 seconds as Dave earned gold in the Men’s Super-veterans Division while Mike took silver. Twenty-four seconds behind Mike was Bonnie Hallinan who was the bronze medalist in the Women’s Veteran Division.
OA – Name – Place/Age – Group – Chip Time
45 Gary Freedman 7/32 M5059 22:46
70 Rosie Kyes 5/55 F4049 23:52
93 Hope Roe 5/53 F5059 25:21
117 Tom McMahon 5/17 M6069 26:32
151 Cheryl Welsh 10/53 F5059 27:52
174 David Newhall 1st/3 M7099 28:49
177 Michael Pelletier 2nd /3 M7099 28:51
192 Bonnie Hallinan 3rd/16 F6069 29:15
234 Deb Jackson 4/16 F6069 31:38
235 Hope Abramson 24/53 F5059 31:35
241 Mary Stevens 25/53 F5059 32:20
278 Maureen Kelly 32/53 F5059 34:00
320 Karen Johnson 8/16 F6069 38:35