DERBY – The Dandelion Run is welcoming this year’s local celebrity runner, 18-year-old, Aleksei Bingham, of Derby.
Aleksei holds the Dandy’s 10km record of 0:35:48, which he set last year.
This year’s Dandy is scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 19, 2018, starting at the Derby Beach House on the 4 H Road in the town of Derby.
In 2015, at 15, Bingham came in fifth among the males with a time of 0:44:56, four minutes behind his coach, Chris Shaffer.
In 2016, he came in first with a time of 0:38:31, gunning down Shaffer without mercy.
Last year he set the course record becoming the king of the 10K.
This year Aleksei was named North Country Boys Indoor Track & Field Player of the Year by the Caledonian Record.
He won both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter events at the Division 1, Indoor State Championships.
Aleksei, like many youth in the area, has been running the Dandy for years.
Each year, many elementary schools field teams for the 2 mile, 4 mile, and 10k competitions, helping to teach kids a joy of running.
With some great coaching in junior high and high school, many continue their love of running.
The Northeast Kingdom produces some highly competitive cross-country runners like Aleksei.