2014 Litchfield Hills Road Race (38th)
Sunday, June 8, 2014


7.1 Miles Race - Part 1

7.1 Miles Race - Part 2

7.1 Miles Race - Part 3

7.1 Miles Race - Part 4


Children's 2.3 Miles Race


Children's One Mile Run

 

Children's 200 yard Runs (Ages 5-8)

Some tips:
Runners: Donít run if you have not trained!
Sign up early -- we expect to sell out again this year!

Spectators: Please leave Fido at home! As much as we love dogs, due to crowds,
 heat and ďaccidentsĒ we ask that you donít bring them on race day!

Parking: Plan on getting to the Green early as parking spots become scarce! The banks,
Center School and Town Hall are some great places to park. Also keep in mind that
some local roads are closed around 11:30 am to accommodate our noon
 race and remain closed until after 3:00 pm!

Website: Visit our website at www.lhrr.com for more info, history, race articles and pictures!
And when you are visiting us online, donít forget to sign up for our newsletter!

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2013 Litchfield Hills Road Race (37th)
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Kenyan runs away to win 37th annual road race
Litchfield.bz (06-10-13)
Litchfield Hills Road Race director John Clock with race winner Eliud Ngetich (above) and
women's winner Esther Erb (below) during the race's awards ceremony. John McKenna photos
Another Litchfield Hills Road Race is in the books and by all accounts the
37th annual running of the race was a success on all levels.

On a sunny Sunday devoid of humidity, more than 1,500 runners and walkers covered the 7.1-mile
route that ended with the thrilling funnel of thousands of spectators lining West Street.

It was no surprise that an African won the race, but what was a surprise was Kenyan Eliud Ngetich's
 margin of victory.  Ngetich pushed the pace in the first mile and pulled away to win in 33:54, 23 seconds
off the course record and the ninth fastest time in LHRR history.
The runner up, Eric Chirchir of Kenya, finished in 35:14.

On the women's side, Esther Erb of Blowing Rock, N.C., was first in 40:28, a time that had her 15th overall.
She was making her second LHRR appearance and again stayed at the home of Cliff and Jeannine Cooper of Litchfield.

Hirut Beyene of Ethiopia was second in the women's race with a time of 40:56.

Several local runners ran well, led by former Litchfield High runner Spencer Sass, 24, who was eighth
overall in 39:14 and won a Hank O'Donnell Award for being the first Litchfield male finisher.

Colin Gannon, another runner who trained under legendary Litchfield High coach Brent Hawkins, was 16th in 40:31,
Cal Swomley of Litchfield was 38th in 43:25, Conor Courtney of Litchfield 43rd in 44:41,
Muhamet Ajazi of Morris 52nd in 45:17, Ryan Gannon of Litchfield 58th in 45:53,
Kyle Halloran of Litchfield 62nd in 46:16, and Bob Davenport of Litchfield 65th in 46:49.

The first female finisher from Litchfield was Hilary Wiles-Lafayette, who was 203rd in 54:30.
Wiles-Lafayette won a Hank O'Donnell Award for her effort.

In the 2.3-mile kids race preceding the main race, Mateo Tiul of Litchfield was first in 14:34.
Alana McKenna was the first female finisher, in 16:40.

2013 LHRR Start

2013 LHRR Finish - Part 1
(places 1-469, times 33:00-1:00)

2013 LHRR Finish - Part 2
(places 470-1098, times 1:00-1:15)

2013 LHRR Finish - Part 3
(places 1099-1441, times 1:15-1:33)

2013 LHRR Finish - Part 4
(places 1442-1534, times 1:33-2:07)

2013 LHRR Children's 2.3 Mile Race

2013 LHRR Children's 1 Mile Run

2013 LHRR Children's 200 Yard Runs

2013 LHRR Race Results
Computerized Timing and Scoring By:
GRANITE STATE RACE SERVICES, Newport, NH (603) 863-2537
Race director John Clock with Spencer Sass, the first Litchfield finisher.  John McKenna photo

Participants in the kids race sprint down West Street.  John McKenna photo

Mateo Tiul of Litchfield heads to victory in the kids race.  John McKenna photo

A tribute to the flag was held before the race. John McKenna photo

Mile 5 LHRR Water Hole Crew
Front row L-R: Rachel Lane, Lauren Mariotti, Emily Weik
Back row L to R: Sally Bourne, Bruce Mason, Jenna Malarkey, Lindsey Birkins, Kathryn Lane, Tricia Benet,
Leslie Caron, Sandy Mason, Jeremiah Damota, Erik Lecuyer, Chad Dickinson, Tim Bergin, Joan Vidal, Mark Vidal
~ photo contributed by Pam Lane

BZ photos
LHRR Committee gathered on the Saturday before the race to clean-up and prepare the course.

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2012 Litchfield Hills Road Race (36th)
Sunday, June 10, 2012

BZ Photos by John McKenna

Special thanks to video cameraman Spencer Poulin
7.1 Mile - Part 1

7.1 Mile - Part 2

7.1 Mile - Part 3

7.1 Mile - Part 4

7.1 Mile - Part 5

7.1 Mile - Part 6

Children's 2.3 Mile Race

Children's 1 Mile Race

Children's 200 Yard Runs
(ages 5-8)

5 Mile Water Gang
courtesy of Pamela Lane
Top row left to right: Ashley Morse, Sandy Mason, Jack Donahue, Bruce Mason,
Joan Vidal, Marc Vidal, Nick Cianchetti
Middle row left to right: Jacob Hunt, Jenna Malarkey, Lindsay Birkins, Tricia Benet,
Rachel Lane, Emily Weik, Kathryn Vidal, Hannah Curran
Front row left to right: Megan Laprise, Kathryn Lane, Luisa Meharg, Gabby Finello, Lauren Mariotti

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Top of Gallows Lane and Still Smiling!
courtesy of Cathy Oneglia
Liza Oneglia's 1st race
Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul, Jr. visits with Louisa Oneglia

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2011 Litchfield Hills Road Race (35th)
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Awards

Runners - Part 1

Runners - Part 2

Sidelines

7.1 Mile Race - Part 1

7.1 Mile Race - Part 2

7.1 Mile Race - Part 3

7.1 Mile Race - Part 4

2.3 Mile Children's Race

1 Mile Children's Run

200 Yard Children's Runs

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Gannon, Matthews collect top LHRR awards
Litchfield.bz (06-13-11)
Colin Gannon of Litchfield, left, receives the Hank O'Donnell Award from Litchfield Hills Road Race
director John Clock during Sunday's awards ceremony. BZ photo

Colin Gannon and Kerryanne Mathews won Hank O'Donnell Awards for being the first
Litchfield male and female finishers in the Litchfield Hills Road Race on Sunday.

Gannon, who runs at Bryant University, was 12th overall in 40:02. Saunders finished in 51:55.
Their awards are named after the late Hank O'Donnell, who lived in Litchfield and was
the longtime sports editor of the Waterbury Republican-American.

Litchfield High runner Cal Swomley won Blair Bertaccini Award for being the first high school
 finisher from Litchfield. Swomley was 18th in 40:57. The female Bertaccini Award went to
Jillian Woodring of Watertown, who finished in 52:30. Blair Bertaccini was one of the top runners
in Litchfield High history who went on to an All-America career at the University of Chicago.
His time of 37:51 in the 1979 LHRR is one of the best by a Litchfield resident.

The Ken Driscoll Awards, given to the top male and female runners ages 40-49, went to
Jim Zoldy of Watertown (41:24) and Tracy Dickey of New Hartford (48:59. The late Ken Driscoll
was a local pharmacist and supporter of the race in its early years. His number from the 1978 race (71)
has been retired. He was the father of LHRR official Dave Driscoll.

In a rare development, there was no winner of the Mary B. Concannon Award,
which goes to the top Litchfield finisher age 11 and under. There were no entries this year.

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After 35 years, LHRR still has its winning edge
Litchfield.bz (06-13-11)
Heading down West Street to the finish line on Sunday are, from left, Erin Hastings,
Lindsay Horrigan and Christine Lustig. All are Litchfield High graduates. BZ photo

The 35th year of the Litchfield Hills Road Race is in the books. Sunday's race was another winner,
filled with drama, color, good times and camaraderie among participants and spectators.

In short, it was again the best day of the year in Litchfield.

"Every year seems to be better than the previous year," race announced Brent Hawkins
said as he held court in the Village Restaurant with evening approaching. "It's a lot of work
to make it a great experience for everyone, but somehow we manage to pull it off."

Credit the atmosphere and success of the day to race director John Clock and his crew of volunteers.
They spent months preparing for the race and it showed. The day ran smoothly, from the start
of the children's race at noon until the last runner crossed the finish line.

"Our volunteers make the race what it is," Clock said. "Without them, it doesn't happen."

Volunteers served as course marshals and manned water stations along the way.
They did a great job, as did the volunteers who handed out numbers and registered
runners in the morning and served food at the finish line.

A big round of applause goes to the town's volunteer fire departments and Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance
for standing by on the course and at the finish line to tend to runners in distress. Fortunately, they
didn't have to work hard due to the cool, overcast conditions that made things easier for the runners and walkers.

The race's sponsors deserve a cheer, too. Their generosity allows Clock and his crew to make things happen.
This year's sponsors were O&G Industries, Union Savings Bank, Shelley King and Waddell and Reed, Asics,
Brandywine Assisted Living, GU, the Litchfield Athletic Club, Litchfield Bancorp,
Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, the Republican-American, Torrington Savings Bank,
True Value Hardware/Just Ask Rental, and the Village Restaurant.

The winner of the race was Mourad Marafat of Morocco in 35:28, a slow time given the
weather conditions. Marafat's time well off Godfrey Kiprotich's 14-year-old course record
of 33:21. Morocco's Outaleb Morchine was second in 35:49.
Bryan Morseman of Addison, N.Y., was third in 35:50.

The women's race saw Pasca Cheriuyot of Kenya win in 40:04, 12 seconds ahead of
Esther Erb of Blowing Rock, N.C.. Cheriuyot, 24, was making her professional debut and,
like Marafat, won $1,000. She said she enjoyed the race and her stay in town and
hopes to return next year to defend her title.

Erb, 25, is a professional who trains with ZAP Fitness in North Carolina. She runs races
from the 5-K to the marathon and hopes her Litchfield effort will give her career a boost.

"The crowd was friendly and supportive the whole way and I really had a good time," Erb said.

Erb and Cheriuyot spent the weekend at the home of Cliff and Jeannine Cooper, who have
been hosting LHRR runners for years. The hospitality of the Coopers, they said, was outstanding.
At one point in the race, Emory Cooper, Cliff and Jeannine's daughter, sprinted next to Erb for about 200 meters.

The day was also about local runners. The top one was former Litchfield High School runner Colin Gannon.
The junior at Bryant University finished 12th in a personal-best 40:02 to earn
the title of first Litchfield finisher and the Hank O'Donnell Award.

Also turning in fast finishes were Litchfield High junior Cal Swomley (18th place in 40:57),
Dan Lane of Goshen (20th in 41:10), Litchfield High junior Joe Whibey and former
Litchfield High runners Jeremy Schmid and Spencer Sass.

Theresa Johnston, below, of Litchfield, acknowledges the crowd
as she approaches the finish line on Sunday. BZ photo

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LHRR Water Crew
2.5 & 5 Miles
photo courtesy of Pam Lane
Front row left to right:
Lauren Mariotti,  Kathryn Vidal, Hannah Curran

Second row left to right:
Kathryn Lane, Jenna Malarkey, Emily Weik

Back row left to right:
Joey Janice, Emily Protzman, Jack Donahue, Lindsey Birkins, Ashley Morse, Bruce Mason,
Rachel Lane, Sandy Mason, Mark Collins, Alex Obernier, Joan Videl, Mark Vidal

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Reception marks LHRR's 35th anniversary
Litchfield.bz (06-12-11)
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Litchfield Hills Road Race on Saturday were,
from left, Rick O'Dell, John Scanlon and Bill Neller. All three have run in every race. BZ photo

Litchfield Hills Road Race officials and supporters gathered at La Cupola Restaurant in Bantam
on Saturday evening a reception to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the race that
was founded by Bill Neller and the late Joe Concannon.

Special guests were former First Selectman Ted Litwin and former Selectman Dave Skonieczny.
The two were in office in 1976 when Neller and Concannon approached them with the idea of the race.
Selectmen approved the race and a tradition, or a "foot race," as Litwin called it at the time,
had its roots. The first race in 1977 drew 250 runners, including marathon great Bill Rodgers.

Under the direction of Neller and Concannon, the race had immediate legitimacy.
It continues to thrive today. About 1,500 runners and walkers are expected at the starting line Sunday.

Saturday's race-related events included Neller and others hosting the traditional visit to
St. Anthony's Cemetery, where tributes were held at the graves of individuals who played key
 roles in the history of the race. Among the graves visited were Concannon's, Bear Murphy's,
George Dwan's, George and Doris Sweetman's, and Neller's parents, William and Helen.

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2010 Litchfield Hills Road Race (34th)
June 13, 2010

On the Green Pics

Children's Races Pics

7.1 Mile Race Pics

7.1 Mile - Part 1

7.1 Mile - Part 2

7.1 Mile - Part 3

2.3 Mile Children's Race

One Mile Children's Race

Children's Races Ages 5-8

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2009 Litchfield Hills Road Race (33rd)
June 14, 2009


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Some tips:
Runners: Donít run if you have not trained!
Sign up early -- we expect to sell out again this year!

Spectators: Please leave Fido at home! As much as we love dogs, due to crowds,
 heat and ďaccidentsĒ we ask that you donít bring them on race day!

Parking: Plan on getting to the Green early as parking spots become scarce! The banks,
Center School and Town Hall are some great places to park. Also keep in mind that
some local roads are closed around 11:30 am to accommodate our noon
 race and remain closed until after 3:00 pm!

Website: Visit our website at www.lhrr.com for more info, history, race articles and pictures!
And when you are visiting us online, donít forget to sign up for our newsletter!

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First LHRR T-Shirt Design Contest
The winning design for the first-ever t-shirt design contest for the Litchfield Hills Road Race was
unveiled on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Sportsmen's in Bantam by LHRR President Beth Murphy (left)
and Sportsmen's co-owner Jenn Cherosnick (right).
The t-shirts are now available for purchase at Sportsmen's
$20 - short sleeves and $25 - long sleeves.

The winner was Tamara Morrison, a graphic designer from Torrington, CT.
Tamara  has been creative all her life, and has been drawing and designing  since childhood.
She always loved art class, and spent much of her  free time doodling,
painting, crafting, and creative writing, as well  as playing and building outdoors.

   Her love for everything creative lead her to pursue a career in  Graphic Design
after high school. She holds an Associates Degree in the field.
Tamara has always been very independent and driven, and saw an opportunity
to use her talents and passion to start her own  freelance business.
 She recently made that dream come true, founding  Tamara Morrison Graphics in 2012.

Tamara specializes in working with clients closely and  personally on logos, business cards,
banners, advertisements, and  custom t shirt design. She particularly enjoys the shirt
design, and also has a website dedicated to this pursuit.

She designs custom photo t-shirts, shirts for events, businesses, personal gifts, and more!
This  passion encouraged her to submit an entry to the LHRR T shirt Design Contest.

  Tamara is thrilled to have been selected as the winner of this contest, and is both honored
and excited to have her design featured  on the official race t shirts! Tamara enjoys the
occasional run herself, and is an extremely dedicated athlete in the gym, who is  preparing
to compete in her first National Physique Committee show this April in the Bikini Division.
Design and fitness are her life  passions, and she couldn't
be more excited to see them merge in this way!

  When shes not designing or working out, Tamara enjoys nature, the
  outdoors, hiking, skiing, creating new healthy recipes in the kitchen,
  and spending time with her amazingly supportive boyfriend and family."