The New England running community traveled to Merrimack, NH this past weekend for the 4th stop on the Grand Prix circuit: the Ribfest 5 Miler. At the first three events of 2014, Team Run has posted team finishes of 10th, 6th, and 3rd. This positive progression continued at the Ribfest 5 Miler, where Team Run took 2nd overall led by Jeff Veiga’s individual win.
With a lead pack of about 10 men forming early on in the race, Veiga made a move at the 2-mile mark and began to string out the pack. He built up a moderate lead and held off Brian Harvey of the BAA to grab a commanding win with a time of 24:19. Behind Veiga, the consistent Justin Freeman posted a solid 6th place showing with a time of 25:08. He was followed by Peter Omae in 8th place (25:22). Having a bit of an off day, Ethan Brown was Team Run’s next finisher in 26:12 (29th). He was closely followed by former Quinnipiac University runner Dan Roark (Dracut, MA) in 26:15 (31st). Ben Coughlin also had a solid showing with a time of 26:44, good for 41st place in a very deep field.
Team Run’s average time of 25:29 was only 7 seconds shy of the overall team leader’s (BAA) 25:22 average. 3rd place in the team race, just 3 seconds behind Team Run, was the Western Mass Distance Project with a 25:32 average. This was Team Run’s best performance of 2014. Hopefully the Team can grab that coveted top spot at one of the remaining events — the GMAA 15K (8/31), the Lone Gull 10k (9/14), or the Manchester Marathon (11/2). At the next Grand Prix event, the GMAA 15k, Team Run will be without their top runner Jeff Veiga as he focuses on other events. However, Omae and Freeman are both in great positions to lead Team Run given their promising progression over the past few months.
- Jeff Veiga – 24:19 (1st)
- Justin Freeman – 25:08 (6th)
- Peter Omae – 25:21 (8th)
- Ethan Brown – 26:13 (29th)
- Dan Roark – 26:15 (31st)
- Ben Coughlin – 26:44 (41st)