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« on: December 29, 2008, 06:27:33 AM »

from the Union Leader

Endale wins Millennium Mile
New Hampshire Union Leader
5 hours, 19 minutes ago

LONDONDERRY – It was an ideal day to run a mile, whether you were a local family or a professional runner making a day trip from New York.

Yesterday's 10th annual Millennium Mile made its way down Mammoth Road with 645 participants, from race winner Abiyot Endale, who finished the run in 3 minutes, 59 seconds, to a 2-year-old boy who took 20 minutes to navigate the course with his family.

Endale, originally from Ethiopia, was one of a group of five top runners who made the trip from New York City early yesterday to participate. Women's winner Salome Kosgei, who finished in 4:36, was among the group, as were men's second-place finisher Abraham Ng'etich and third-place finisher Derese Deniboba.

Endale, 22, took control of the race at the half-mile mark, emerging from a pack of a half-dozen runners to establish a lead of about 10 yards all the way to the finish line, winning him not only the race but the Dash for the Cash bonuses for leading at the half-mile and three-quarter mile markers.

That wasn't a strategic decision, Endale said. "We run by pace," he said. "I've run so many races like this."

"I liked the course," said Endale, who was running his first Millennium Mile, of the scenic downhill run from Londonderry High School past Mack's Apples and ending in front of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. "I've never run a course like that before."

Women's winner Kosgei, 27, was also running her first Millennium Mile. She also liked the course. "I will be back again," she said.

The conditions were ideal, with unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid-50s. Jill Mortimer Cobb, sister of John Mortimer, one of the race founders, thanked her parents for that. Proceeds from the race go to the Jack & June Memorial Scholarship.

"We always have good weather," Cobb said.

What John Mortimer, along with friends Andy and Matt Dornin, started nine years ago as a race for about 100 of their running friends and family, has become a great community event, one where entire families get together to participate.

Mortimer, who still serves as race organizer, was unable to be at yesterday's race because he and his wife are home in Kentucky, expecting the birth of their first child.

"It is turning out to be a tradition, where people come out and get their families involved," Cobb said. "It is an opportunity for young children to get introduced to the sport of road racing."

Three generations of the Kelly family were part of the tradition. Jim and Lynn Kelly of Londonderry ran the race with Jim's father, Jim, of Auburn, their three children, Caroline, 10, Victoria, 8, and Alexandra, 5, niece Claudia Perkins, 3, of Manchester, and the family dog, Sammie.

Jim Kelly is an avid road racer, his wife said, and the Millennium Mile is the one race during the year when the family participates rather than cheering by the side of the road.

"We come out rain or shine every year," Jim Kelly said.

"It's our family tradition," Lynn Kelly said. "(The children) love it."

Rich Dagenais of Billerica, Mass., and his family came for the race for the third straight year. But this was the first time the six members of the family of were running the race together. Rich and wife Jen made their way down Mammoth Road with Abigail, 8, Madison, 6, Gabrielle, 4, and Zachary, 2.

"We look forward to this," Jen Dagenais said. "It's a nice, simple course we all can do."

And even though the family didn't finish anywhere near the leaders, they will have one keepsake they can remember the day by: There, at the very end of the list of finishers, was 2-year-old Zachary, with a time of 20 minutes.

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