Hebron 5K Road Race brings runners out to RHAM

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Apr. 16, 2013
Hebron resident Christy Piepmeier is the first woman to cross the finish line at the Hebron 5K Road Race on April 13. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Hebron resident Christy Piepmeier is the first woman to cross the finish line at the Hebron 5K Road Race on April 13. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Christy Piepmeier didn’t even realize that she’d been the first woman to cross the finish line for the Hebron 5K Road Race, held April 13 at RHAM High School. “Was I the first woman to come in?” asked Piepmeier, as she cooled down in the parking lot of the school. There were a total of 93 runners registered for the race, and Piepmeier was the first woman in, despite the fact that she was running “with a bum knee,” she said.

“When I’m injury-free, I like to get out four days a week,” said Piepmeier. Piepmeier said that she started running seriously just last spring. “I wanted to train for the Hartford Half,” she said. Despite recent injuries, Piepmeier said that she tries to get out to a race at least once a month. “Usually a 5K,” she said, “just to keep me motivated.”

RHAM sophomore Liam Shea likewise didn’t realize how well he’d done in the race. Coming in seventh overall, Shea said he was disappointed that he hadn’t broken 20 minutes. When he was shown his official time of 19:14.5, he was surprised. Shea runs for the RHAM cross-country and outdoor track teams. He said that he runs between five and six days per week, but doesn’t participate in too many races. “I run a couple a year, not too many,” he said. Shea said that the route, which followed Route 85 to Kinney Road and then looped back around to Route 66, was a good run. The route got hilly toward the middle, but then “the end is pretty flat,” said Shea.

Placing first place overall in the Hebron 5K Road Race was David Clavet, age 14, from Ellington. For complete results, go to www.thelastmileracing.com.


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