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December 24, 2013

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Honor for Dunham

At the recent USA Track and Field annual meeting, Bradford’s Dave Dunham was presented with one of the coveted President’s Awards for his contributions to running.

Dunham was cited for being a founding member of the USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council, founding the New England Mountain Running Circuit and being a staff member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team from 1992 to 2009. He also has served as the race director for many trail and snowshoe races, including the annual Merrimack River Trail Race.

Also, of course, Dunham is an outstanding runner at virtually any distance, but the longer the better.

Merrimack nabs Harris

Merrimack College softball coach Jim Cardello announced seven recruits for the 2014-15 season, one of whom is Londonderry first baseman/outfielder Samantha Harris. She does not have startling statistics for the Lancers, but her play in summer ball as a member of the Granite State Gamers impressed Cardello.

“Sam brings a powerful bat to our team,” said Cardello. “She has dedicated herself as a softball player to perfecting her swing to maximize her ability.”

Also a field hockey player for the Lancers, Harris plans on majoring in sports medicine.

The free race

The Andover Striders, in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club, will once again be presenting the Annual Run to the Beach 30K. It’s March 16, starting at 10 a.m. at the VFW on Route 125 in North Andover and finishing at the Winners’ Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.

What’s unique about this “race” is that it’s free and not really a race at all. It’s more of a good training run, with plenty of hills, in preparation for the Boston Marathon or any other race. The unofficial records are 1:50 for men, 2:00 for women, but that’s hardly important.

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