Maple Run half-marathon lures a big field

<p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; About 516 individuals and 77 relay teams competed in the eighth annual Middlebury Maple Run this past Sunday under cloudy skies, temps in the low 50s and a steady drizzle later on in the morning. It was the first rainy day of the event&rsquo;s eight-year history, but runners stayed cool and fast times prevailed.</p><p> Lee Berube, 25, of Syracuse, N.Y., ran away with the race finishing the 13.1-mile course in 1:13:47, an average pace of 5:38 per mile on what is considered a relatively hilly course. The first female, and second place finisher overall, was Phoebe Novello, 22, of Windsor, Vt., with a time of 1:21:18. Third place was Quinn Parker, 22, of Hampton, N.H.</p><p> &ldquo;Despite the rain and cool temperatures, everyone seemed to have a great time, again, and our volunteers were troopers who kept the runners hydrated and their spirits high with lots of cheering and encouragement,&rdquo; said co-race coordinator Sue Hoxie. &ldquo;We were down a bit off our of registration of 800, but that&rsquo;s not atypical of any race, particularly one in which the forecast is for a rainy, cool day. But overall, our numbers were good, it was very organized and seemed to go off without a hitch.</p><p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to doing it again next year!&rdquo;</p><p> For complete results go to coolrunning.com, and look for Middlebury Maple Run Half Marathon, <a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/results/16/vt/May1_Middle_set1.shtml">or just click here</a>.<img alt="" src="/files/images/MapleRun0145.jpg" style="width: 590px; height: 392px;" /></p>

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