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February 11, 2024
Super Start to 2024 Road Race Grand Prix
StretchLab Super Sunday 4 miler draws record field
StretchLab Super Sunday 4 miler USATF-NE Championship draws record field
Over 600 USATF member entrants took advantage of comfortable February racing conditions to kick off the 2024 USATF-NE Grand Prix at the first road championship of the eyar, the
StretchLab Super Sunday 4 Miler
in Bedford, New Hampshire. Overcast skies, 44 degree temperatures at the start, and a windless day produced good early year times. The course covered the flat portion of the Bedford 12k from a decade ago. Shorter race distances always produces closer placings in the team scoring, and many placings were decided by less than a minute after totaling five scorers' times (3 in age 60+ and 70+ divisions).
(Unattached) sped to a fine early season time of 18:56, 18 seconds ahead of Andrew Cromption of Battle Road TC, the first club runner; 11 runners including top master Ed Baker (Tracksmith Boston Hares, 19:55) bettered 20:00. The
Boston Athletic Association
secured the team title, averaging 19 seconds better per runner than Tracksmith.
Only returning from a European trip on Saturday, women's winner
(Battle Road TC) didn't let "jet lag" affect her performance, clocking 21:59 for the course and leading
Battle Road TC
to the team title as well. Lianne Farber followed Rees at 22:26 and was number one runner for second place team Tracksmith. 19 women recorded times of 24:00 and faster, with Erin Genova (Tracksmith), first 40+ finisher, hitting that mark exactly.
Race entries topped 1700, the highest in event history. Thanks to
for producing a championship worthy of the title!
Photos for downloading
and sharing for free, courtesy of Millennium Running sponsor AutoFair Automotive Group.
The Championship Series continues on Sunday,
New Bedford Half Marathon
returns to the GP schedule for the first time since 2019.
Team and individual series standings will be posted at the
2024 Grand Prix Page
after full results eligibility review.