Runners Ready for Thanksgiving Week Races

story and photo by Jim Flint

Times Drop at Fallen Leaves

Mack Gardner-Morse (#205) of Calais rounds the Montpelier High School track at the November 13 Fallen Leaves Race. Gardner-Morse completed the first quarter-mile of the out-and-back 5k at a six-minute per mile pace. He went on to win the M60-69 age group in 21 minutes flat. Becca Ades (#187), from Brooklyn, New York, won the women’s division and placed third overall. Her time was 19:02. Ades is the president of the North Brooklyn Runners Club. She ran the 3000m steeplechase in college. The 5k is her favorite distance to race

MONTPELIER – Pleasant running weather marked the second installment of the Fallen Leaves Race Series on November 13. An enthusiastic field of 53 runners toed the starting line at Montpelier High School for the out-and-back 5k race on the Montpelier Bike Path.

The near-ideal race conditions yielded a flurry of fast times. In the women’s division, the top eight athletes finished in under 23 minutes. In the men’s division, eight runners completed the mostly flat course in under 21 minutes. 

The women’s division winner, Becca Ades, finished in 19:02. Ades, 37, is an accomplished runner from Brooklyn. On Labor Day weekend, she competed in the iconic Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City. Her time of five minutes and 33 seconds placed fifth in her age group. 

George Aitken of Waterbury won the men’s division in 17:57. Jon Griffith was the runner-up in 18:44. Amanda Repp was the second female runner to cross the finish line, in 20:28.

Mack Gardner-Morse, 60, from Calais, was the fastest runner from towns covered by the Hardwick Gazette. Gardener-Morse won the M60-69 age group for the second week in a row. He placed thirteenth overall in 21 minutes flat. Adamant’s Donna Smyers, 64, also repeated as an age group winner. Her finish time was 24:09. 

Damian Bolduc and Jessica Bolduc competed in the 40-49 age groups. The Craftsbury couple finished in 22:03 and 22:34, respectively, to place third and fifth in their age groups. 

Marshfield’s Cathy DuPont, 56, placed second in the F50-59 age group. DuPont finished in 26:11, which was more than a minute faster than her Fallen Leaves time on November 6. 

Walden runners Tim Hogeboom and Elizabeth McCarthy completed their twenty-third race of the year at Fallen Leaves. Hogeboom, 70, placed second in the M70+ age group. His time was 25:49. McCarthy, 69, finished in 28:39. She placed third in the F60-69 age group.

The Fallen Leaves Race Series concludes on Saturday, November 20, at Montpelier High School. The race entry fee is $5. Day of Race registration is from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Start time is 9 a.m. For more information, visit

Craftsbury Boys Fundraise for XC Competition

CRAFTSBURY – Eight members of the Craftsbury Academy boys’ cross-country team plan to continue racing this fall as an independent club team. Coached by Mike Levangie, the athletes are entering a regional meet in November and a national meet in December. 

The “NEK Elite” team is comprised of Cormac Leahy, Charlie Krebs, Alan Moody, Linden Stelma-Leonard, Leo Circosta, Matt Califano, Alex Califano, and Charlie Kehler. The NXR Nike Cross Northeast Regional on November 27 is the team’s first postseason contest. The meet in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., includes runners from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Seven of the eight Craftsbury boys can run in the 5k race. The eighth team member is an alternate in case of illness or injury.

The AAU Cross Country National Championships will be held in Charlotte, N.C., on December 4. The NEK Elite team plans to run in the men’s age 15 to 18 division. All eight team members are eligible to run in the 5k championship race.

Coach Levangie is looking to rent vans for travel to the races. To help defray costs, the team has begun a community fundraising effort. Donations may be mailed to the Craftsbury Academy School Life Association, 1422 North Craftsbury Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827, with “cross country” in the memo line of the check.

Caspian Turkey Trot Returns

GREENSBORO – The annual group run/walk around Caspian Lake is back on the Thanksgiving Day menu. Interested participants of all ages are encouraged to meet at the ball field in Greensboro at 9 a.m. on November 25. The 6.8-mile route around Caspian Lake offers rolling terrain and beautiful lake views. The route begins on pavement and transitions to dirt roads. The Turkey Trot is recreational in purpose and not a race. For questions or more info, contact Victoria Hill at or 802-472-6622.