NEWPORT – This year’s Harry Corrow Freedom Run was largely a family affair as 35 patriotic trail runners, ages 6 to 71, took to the bike path and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation trails on the morning of July 4.
Owen Amsden, 17, of South Burlington, finished with a time of 1:04:23 in the 10-mile run, taking home the Brault’s Beef Jerky, some Couture’s maple syrup, and a six pack of day tickets to Burke Mountain.
He narrowly beat out Eric Benoit, 40, of Granby, QC (1:08:46), Bob Primeau 55 of Derby, VT (1:10:13) and Chip Pierce, 56, of Newport (1:13:34).
Lauren Rhatigan 53, of Ship Bottom, NJ, won the 10-mile among the women, and also took home some jerky, maple syrup, and six pack of lift tickets to Burke Mountain.
Winning the 10km were Sam Brunnette, 20, of Newport, with a time of 0:38:52 and Margaret Aywck, of New York, NY with a time of 1:02:55.
In the 5km race Cole Alexander, of Glover, won with a time of 0:19:20.
James Cilwik of Derby came in just a minute behind with his time of 0:20:28.
Finally, 11-year-old Kate Burrus, of Hampton, NH won among the females with a time of 0:20:11.
The youngest runner of the day was Curtis Brigs, age 6, who ran the 1-mile distance with his dad, Adam Briggs, 39, of Wooster, OH.
This year, with the support of North Country Hospital, the race was able to move the start of the run so that it took place entirely on the gravel portion of the bike path with 3.5 miles in the MSTF trails.
The run was organized by Kingdom Games and raised $280 for MSTF and another $280 for the Gardner Park Restoration Project.