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Marshfield Road Runners New Year's Day

Saturday January 1st, 2022
Marshfield, Mass
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon

One of the oldest Marathons in the country, now with a Half Marathon option as well! USATF Certified, Boston Marathon qualifier, double loop through the wooded, rolling streets of Marshfield, MA. There will be a time cut off for marathon at half way mark based on Boston Marathon qualifying times for age of competitors. Registration is day of only. No fee!

In 2018 Yuki Kawauchi did it. He finished in 2:18:59. Setting a world record for the most sub 2:20 marathons. He said after the race: “I have run a lot of marathons and so it’s tough to compare the weather, but I can say this is the coldest weather I have ever run a marathon in. This was good training for the Antarctica Marathon,” laughed Kawauchi who is looking forward to Boston, stating his goals are to “run in the lead pack and finish among the top three.”

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Race Date: 01/01/2021 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:58:24 Russ Santos 22 Mansfield, MA
2nd Male 3:06:30 Katsuhiro Togami 41 Brookline, MA
3rd Male 3:12:37 Scot DeDeo 38 Belmont, MA
4th Male 3:20:36 Robert Whitfield 50 Marchfield, MA
Female 3:27:03 Cathi Campbell 51 Allston, MA
2nd Female 3:44:45 Kathleen Kearnan 49 West Roxbury, MA
3rd Female 3:44:45 Tina Ryan 45 West Roxbury, MA
4th Female 3:51:07 Becca Pizzi 38 Belmont, MA
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 3:06:30 Katsuhiro Togami 41 Brookline, MA
M 50-59 3:20:36 Robert Whitfield 50 Marchfield, MA
F 40-49 3:44:45 Kathleen Kearnan 49 West Roxbury, MA
F 50-59 3:27:03 Cathi Campbell 51 Allston, MA
Marshfield Road Runners New Year's Day

With local running group Marshfield Road Runners celebrating 40 years in 2015, Gene Spriggs, a former president of the group and author of its newsletter, shared some of the group’s history with the Mariner.

When was the group founded?

We were founded in early 1970s, as several runners had been meeting informally at Rusty Lamade’s home on School Street to go for a run. The founding members were Rusty Lamade, Ed Donovan, Drew Southward, Bob Battis, Jack Madden and Roger Welch.

The Marshfield Road Runners started meeting officially as a club in 1975, meeting on the weekends at Martinson Middle School and for several years on week days at 4 p.m. As we grew, we began regular meetings with guest speakers and seminars and a newsletter was added to our activities.

In 1978, our first sanctioned Amateur Athletic Union year, we had 20 members out of our 50 members qualify for the Boston Marathon...

We expanded as a club in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. We were over 100 members and started including many other running distances, from one mile on the track to 5k, 10k, 30k road races and even ultra marathons. We could write a book about them, as there have been so many races with so many runners over so many years, and we all have our own personal stories to tell, just ask us.

Roger Welch, a Marshfield Road Runners member, was the New England 50-mile champion for three years as well 100K champion for several years, and has run hundreds of marathons.

Mary Kate Shea, finisher of the Vermont 100-Miler in 1999, is currently employed as head of John Hancock’s Elite Athlete Program and signing up the marathoners for the Boston Marathon’s annual race.

A notable alumni is Vice Admiral Rick Breckenridge, U.S. Navy, who ran on Marshfield High School cross country and track team in the 1970s and graduated in 1978. He ran training runs with the Marshfield Road Runners and is still running today.

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