Pinkham Notch, NH—Two different racing styles, but the same result as Kyle Powers and Sue Wemyss took top honors at There’s a Black Fly in My Eye 10 Mile Trail Race and Relay on Saturday, June 26 at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, NH.
Powers, a 21 year-old from Waterford, VT, took the lead from the gun and never looked back in his first-ever trail race. Despite painful blisters from his road racing shoes, he blistered the course to win in 1:04:34. Trail Monster Running’s Blaine Moore, 30, of Windham, ME was second in 1:06:31 followed by acidoitc RACING’s Danny Ferriera, 27, of Concord, NH in 1:07:15.
On the women’s side, patience and course knowledge ruled the day as Great Glen Trails Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian, Wemyss, 50, of Randolph, NH waited until the final 2 miles to take the lead winning in 1:17:23. After running comfortably for the first two loops, Wemyss made a strong late charge to catch Leah Hart, 20, of Meredith, NH and Maryanna Ray, 30, of Ripley, ME. Hart finished second in 1:17:59 to Ray’s 1:19:29.
The junior winner was Travis Moore, 17, of Maricopa, AZ with a time of 1:14:31.
There’s Black Fly in My Eye also features two relay categories. Eric Ferland and his 11 year-old daughter, Oceanna of Meredith, NH won the 2-person relay in 1:25:49. The three-person relay was won by the team of Jason Raehl, Billy Gagnon and Bruce Perlo with a time of 1:19:15.
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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 t-shirt and were treated to a post-race barbecue during the awards ceremony and prize raffle.
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