Women Claim Third USATF New England Grand Prix Title at Bedford 12k

21 MAY 2012
Women Claim Third USATF New England Grand Prix Title at Bedford 12k
The B.A.A. Women’s Open Team continued their unbeaten streak at the Bedford Rotary Memorial 12k on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Bedford, New Hampshire. The 12k was the third race in the 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix Championship and the women stand with a perfect 3 – 0 record. The women had a strong showing, taking the top three spots to win convincingly. Individual women’s winner, Emily Kroshus took home her first New England 12k individual title along with the team trophy. She was joined on the podium by Lindsay Willard and Caroline Bjune, who finished second and third respectively. Willard boasts the distinction of having been a member of all three USATF New England Championship teams this year, the others being the Jones Realty Group 10 Miler in February and the New Bedford Half Marathon in March. She was also a scoring member of the winning women’s team at the 2012 Boston Marathon.

In the men’s race, 2008 champion Mark Miller ran competitively, placing 4th overall in a race that saw the course record fall. Harry Carter won the men's 75+ competition in an impressive 1:01:48.

4. Mark Miller 38:17
38. Wayne Levy 41:42
72. Emily Kroshus 43:52
80. Lindsay Willard 44:24
85. Caroline Bjune 44:44
110. Michael McGrane 47:33
335. Harry Carter 1:01:48
B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.