Manchester, NH, August 13th, 2009 -- Alene Reta, running out of New York City, broke the 6 year old men's record with a time of 13:52.7 and Stephanie Pancoast of Westford, MA was the fastest female finisher with a time of 17:24.2 in a field of approximately 4,960 finishers who participated in the seventeenth running of the CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race held Thursday evening, August 13th, in downtown Manchester, NH.
The Honorable Mayor Frank Guinta was the official starter of this year's race, which is the largest road race in New Hampshire and among the largest timed road races in New England. The beneficiary of the road race was Elliot Hospital in support of charity care they provide to the community.
Following are the award-winning results of the race:
TOP FIVE OVERALL MALE FINISHERS
First place to Alene Reta who won $1,600 for setting a new course record of 13:52.7
Second place to Bajo Kiorku who won $500 with a time of 14:02.8
Third place to Derese Deniboba who won $400 with a time of 14:30.5
Fourth place to Abiyot Endger who won $300 with a time of 14:31.7
Fifth place to Ruben Sanca who won $200 with a time of 14:34.5
TOP FIVE OVERALL FEMALE FINISHERS
First place to Stephanie Pancoast, with a time of 17:24.2, who could not accept her award due to NCAA rules.
Second place to Jennifer Adams who won $500 with a time of 17:39.2
Third place to Julia Huffman who won $400 with a time of 18:25.5
Fourth place to Arianna Vailas who won $300 with a time of 18:34.8
Fifth place to Cathy Merra who won $200 with a time of 18:50.7
The top 25 women were all from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
TOP NEW HAMPSHIRE MALE AND FEMALE
Male: Justin Freeman who won $100 with a time of 14:50.7
Female: Jennifer Adams who won $100 with a time of 17:39.2
$250 course bonuses are paid to all non-winning individuals who better 14:50 for men and 17:20 for women. Male runners include: Joseph Koech, Mathew Kiplagt, Tekiu Denek. No non-winning female runners beat the 17:20 time.
OTHER INDIVIDUAL PRIZES
Winners will be announced once the results are tabulated for the following:
$400 for the first Male and Female Masters.
A gift certificate from Loco Sports for first place in each of 15 age divisions.
A special gift will be sent to each of the top three age division winners.
CORPORATE TEAM AWARDS
Corporate teams are a major part of the CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race. This year more than 230 corporate teams participated, ranging in size from 5 to 183 team members.
TEAMS WITH THE MOST PARTICIPANTS IN THREE CATEGORIES:
Small Team 5-15 Employees (tie): Melanson Health & Company PC and Amoskeag Chiropractic
Medium Team with 16-99 Employees: Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center
Large Team 100 or more Employees: BAE
TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPANTS IN THREE CATEGORIES
Small Team 5-15 Employees (5-way tie): Bedford Commons Periodontics, Landmark Benefits, Burke Advertising, Print New Hampshire, Puccini and Roberge
Medium Team with 16-99 Employees: McClane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton
Large Team 100 or more Employees: Fairpoint Communication
Male, female and corporate team cups will be mailed to the top ten teams in each category once the results are finalized.
All participants received a road race t-shirt and anyone who crossed the finish line received a commemorative finishers' award.
Contributing sponsors of the road race include: WMUR-TV News 9, 96.5 The MILL, Jillian's, Loco Sports, Stonyfield Farm, Shaw's Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Poland Spring Water, Pinard Waste Systems, Manchester Fire Department, Manchester Police Department, Manchester Parks and Recreation, Mayor Frank Guinta and the City of Manchester, Rockingham Ambulance, The Volunteers from CIGNA HealthCare and Elliot Health System, The Elliot and CIGNA Volunteer Race Committee. Special thanks to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the volunteers from Fidelity Investments.
Full results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.