Phoenix Independent Runners @ 2015 Jingle Bells 5K Run, Freeport, ME

Jingle Bell 5K 1

This year, the Hyde-Bath campus has three students involved in an independent running program. The criteria for being a part of this group is simply show an ongoing commitment to distance running both at school and at home. All three members of the program logged in 40+ miles of running over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

This group of individuals and Hyde faculty member McKayla Nuffer began the competitive part of the season on Sunday by running in the 5K Jingle Bells Run for Arthritis in Freeport, ME. Temperatures hovered in the low 40’s but the skies were clear and sunny. Overall, there were 417 competitors in this year’s run.  I was delighted with our very strong performance. This included…

  • 7th place finish overall by Isaiah Trial `16first place in his age group division (19:16)
  • 15th place overall by Evan Davis `17first place in his age group division (20:33.7)
  • 31st place finish for McKayla Nuffer (faculty)… first place in her age group division (22:22)

Our top runner, Demeke Geremew `17, lead the entire field for all but the last half-mile (he crossed the two mile mark in 10:45), until he unfortunately mistook a policeman’s traffic hand signals as those of a race spotter and resultantly ran off the course for a good ¾ mile+ before realizing the mistake. He turned around, backtracked, and eventually finished 64th overall (25:17.2). My heart goes out to Demeke as he likely would have been the overall race winner.

Race results can be found at:  http://www.millenniumrunning.com/results-jingle-bell-run-for-arthritis-freeport-me/16958#/results::1449487168794

Enjoy the attached picture.

I am looking forward to a very strong season from this group of athletes.

Ken