Overall series female honors – La Sportiva Mountain Series

From Dave Dunham’s story linked to coolrunning.com to recap the results from Ascutney for female finishers:
On the Women’s side Dorcas Wonsavage (CSU) had an impressive run at Ascutney. Her winning time (37:56) was the 5th best time ever, and the 2nd fastest ever for 40+. Laurie Greenberg was close behind, running the 8th fastest time at Ascutney. Abby Woods (CMS) rounded out the top three in 38:51. Nancy Cook finished in 4th place running the 6th best 40+ times, and Donna Smyth (CSU) was 5th running the 10th best 40+ time.

For the women, first time series participant Nancy Cook took home top honors and $250 winning the series with 461.17 points. She finished 2nd at Loon, 4th at Cranmore, 7th at both Northfield and Pack, and 10th at Wachusett. Donna Smyth ($150) was second with 442.68 points. She placed 5th at Cranmore, 6th at Loon, 13th at Pack and 15th at Wachusett. Kathy Hurst won $100 for third place with 439.89 points, she was the overall series champion in 2005.

Here is the link to the story – – and the picture of the mountain goats to be published on the USATF site and La Sportiva sites soon too! 59 Goats finished all 6 of the races. The overall finish points and results are posted too! Looking at all time finishers, I am listed as 32nd for overall point leaders and am the only one on the list for less than 7 races…. definitely a highlight for me (a consistent finisher). : ) Looking back at the series I remember not knowing when to or if to push at Wachusset, (not a great finish for me, but that was my first mountain run), Pack felt the same way, although I like the 10 miler (forgot my race bib on that one – remember?)… Northfield was the massive downhill that is NOT my strength (just send me UP – – please!!), Lost on the ski trails at Cranmore definitely hurt my finish and well maybe I finally got it together at Loon. (my favorite – although the toughest of the group in my mind). Ascutney was short and sweet (but almost too short for my liking) – – and I now LOVE the trails. Love to train in the back woods and can’t wait to find another trail race to run!

What’s next?
First family time, waterskiing on the boat, long distance training focused on the Nike Women’s marathon in SF. The Applefest 1/2 marathon and looking for a 1/2 in early September to round out the training plan moving into being in top shape for San Fransisco. Although now that I have the “bug” I would love to find a trail race to do soon! : )

Happy Trails!

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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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