Hopkinton's Keiron Tumbleton led the Thundering Herd
in the early going this July 4 at Gillette Stadium.
Among the 2,966 runners in his wake was 19 year-old
Minnesota High School track man Jon-Michael Brandt.
In town while his brother competed in a cycling race
in Fitchburg, Brandt was drawn to Foxborough with similar
aspirations as the rest of the crowd - to run through the
stadium's helmet and to the 50-yard line finale while viewing
it all on the stadium's Jumbotron.
Brandt also saw the opportunity to win it all after passing
Tumbleton while hitting the mile in 5:10. "I'd like to say I
eased away, but that never happened," noted Brandt after winning
in 33:42. "Every time I looked around he was the same distance back,
he never gave up.
Tumbleton made his own appearance 10 seconds later with Cambridge's
Bernat Olle, 31, third in 34:38.
In the women's race, Hopkinton's Lauren
Philbrook and Milford NH's Tammie Robie
fronted the field but when the first mile
was reached in 5:55, Philbrook was off to
the races. "I think I averaged 6's, it was
hot so I wanted to run an even pace," said
the 4-time Williams All American and current
NCAA D3 champion.
Philbrook stuck to her guns, averaging 6:03s
to post up in 37:30 to place 11th overall.
Former Williams multi-All American, Jennifer
Campbell, 27, passed Robie for the runner-up
position in 38:31. Robie arrived next in 38:52
"My husband and I just thought this would be a
great event to make a day of so we drove down.
It was awesome to enter the stadium with people
cheering from the stands," said Robie, who was
able to top that when asked where she was going next.
"To Disney world, we're leaving tonight!"
Race Director Mike St. Laurent is cautiously optimistic
about the event's future. "Well, we'll see but I'm happy to say that everything went fine
this year," said St. Laurent.
The day prior to the Big Event, over 1,000 kids took part in a series of race's inside the
stadium that was an unqualified success.
The following day, mom and dad had their opportunity for some
fun. The award ceremony took place rightoutside the stadium's entrance.
Afterward, many mad their way back to the CBS Scene
(site of registration)
to "cool down" with friends and family. Full Results
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