Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fyffe Wraps up a Big Year...

As the year winds down, we'd like to give a big Congratulations to CMS Men's Open Team member Justin Fyffe (Dummerston, VT) for taking home the individual title in the 2009 USATF-New England Grand Prix.  Justin's individual title is the 8th for CMS as he joins some good company in Dunham (3), Fram (3), and Morse (1).  Dunham won his first 5 titles as a GLRR member and his last 3 with CMS.

Justin (who was the 2008 USATF-NE Mountain Champion)  led the CMS Men's team to it's 17th Grand Prix title in it's 24 year history. His scoring races include a 5th place / 51:47 (5:11 pace) at a very challenging DH Jones 10 Miler in Amherst, MA, a 4th place / 38:19 (5:09 pace) at the Bedford 12k in Bedford, NH, a 3rd place / 23:54 (4:52 pace) at the Ollie Road Race in S. Boston, MA, a 3rd place / 30:40 (4:56 pace) at the Lone Gull 10k in Gloucester, MA, and a 2nd place / 2:28:15 (5:40 pace) at the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, MA.

Justin did race two other GP events in 2009 (New Bedford Half Marathon and the Rhody 5k), but an untimely bathroom stop knocked him out of the half marathon scoring, and a tenacious spring racing schedule knocked him back a bit for the 5k.  He didn't need either one of these races to win the overall title however.

Earlier in the season, Justin placed 5th overall at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT with a 2:27:32 (5:38 pace) and placed 2nd behind multi-national ultra champion Michael Wardian at the US 50k Road Championships in Caumsett Park, NY.  He also went undefeated in a handful of other road and snowshoe races he ran in the winter and early spring.

Most recently, after winding down the fall season (which also included a win at the Clarence Demar Marathon as a 'workout'), Justin represented the United States at the World 50k Trophy in Gibraltar, Spain.

Here's to another big year for Justin and his Keenyan crew...

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