Pinkham Notch, NH—More than one-hundred runners participated in There’s a Black Fly in My Eye 10 Mile Trail Race & Relay at Great Glen Trails on Saturday, June 11. Kyle Powers and Nicole Yokum were the individual champions.
Last year’s champion, Powers, 22, of Waterford, VT, took immediate control of the race and never looked back. He finished in a course record time of 1:01:29. George Heinrichs, 23, of Orange, NH, was second with a time of 1:05:48. Rounding out the top three was Tristan Williams, 25, from Canterberry, NH.
The women’s race played out similarly with Yokum, 27, from Norwich, VT, taking the early lead to win by a comfortable margin with a time of 1:16:29. Leslie Beckwith, 35, of Center Conway, NH, was second in 1:18:18, followed by Erica Labella, 32, of Sugar Hill, NH with a time of 1:19:45.
In the relay divisions, Sarah Brockett and Leah Hart, last year’s individual runner-up, took top honors in the two-person category with a time of 1:15:20. In the three-person division, Jason Raehl, William Gagnon and Bruce Perlo repeated their 2010 victory finishing with a time of 1:14:28.
The winners in each division were awarded golden fly swatters, one of the many aspects that led Yankee Magazine to name There’s a Black Fly in My Eye one of New Hampshire’s Top 20 Events.
The father-son duo of Jim and James Gorham traveled from Missouri, specifically for There’s a Black Fly in My Eye. The pair not only travels but also runs together, each finishing in 2:09:02.
Made up of three distinct loops on the Great Glen Trails trail system, the race features carriage roads, single track, roots, rocks, steep climbs and a river crossing. Loop 1, the North Loop, is made up of mostly winding and rolling carriage roads. Loop 2, the Aqueduct Loop, is the most rugged featuring single track and rocky trails complete with stream crossings and boggy sections. Loop 3, the West Loop, doesn’t get any easier with a mix of carriage roads, single track and steep climbs. The final push to the finish includes a river crossing and a grueling 50-yard hill with a 55% grade. All competitors received a logoed running cap and were treated to a post-race barbecue during the awards ceremony and prize raffle.