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ConVal’s Coyne wins 38th Run for the Honey

  • ConVal’s Evan Coyne won the 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey in Hancock on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey took place in Hancock on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Peter LaPlante, center, and his fiancee Laura Casadonte approach the finish line at the 38th annual Betty Pels Run for the Honey. The two were married in Hancock later that day. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Evan Coyne had to sprint to the starting line at Saturday morning’s Betty Pels Run for the Honey. The ConVal speedster showed up just seconds before the starting gun, taking his place to a round of mock applause from the assembled racers. But by the end of the race, it was Coyne who was waiting for the rest of the pack, as he won the 38th annual Old Home Day event in a blistering 18:40. Coyne came in ahead of Ian Ramey and Coyne’s ConVal teammate Harrison Kim (nearly the entire ConVal cross-country team competed in the race).

Kristen Ramey was the first female finisher, coming in eighth in 19:30, and 12-year-old Fletcher Maggs was the first runner under 15 to cross the line, finishing 18th.

Peter LaPlante and Laura Casadonte were near the back of the pack, finishing 96th and 97th in the 137-runner field. To be fair, though, the 5K course wasn’t the most impactful section of Hancock acreage they’d stride across on the day, as the two were married that afternoon on the LaPlante family farm.

“I’ll probably take a nap first,” said LaPlante after the race. Bride, groom and the majority of the wedding party all ran for the honey Saturday morning. LaPlante said he and his family have been running the race together for years; he returns from Cambridge each year to run it, and Casadonte has taken to it as well.

“I’m a virtual Hancock resident now,” Casadonte said.

And for LaPlante, it was perhaps a chance to involve his late sister Laura LaPlante, who was killed by a wrong-way drunk driver in Chicago in 2014, in his wedding day. Laura Laplante is still the ConVal record holder in several distance events who inspires her brother to keep running.

“I hate [running],” Peter said. “She loved it, but I hate it.”

Full results

1 18:40 Coyne, Evan

2 18:53 Ramey, Ian

3 19:08 Kim, Harrison

4 19:13 Palmer, Calvin

5 19:14 Grainger, Tim

6 19:15 Palmer, Steve

7 19:28 Earley, Nathan

8 19:30 Ramey, Kristen

9 19:37 Dowse, Jonathan

10 19:52 Justie, Brian

11 20:24 Lyon, Vincent

12 20:34 Smith, Joshua

13 20:41 Aldrich, Ian

14 20:59 Hurley, Rachel

15 21:00 Burgess, Casey

16 21:06 Flamino, Lance

17 21:26 Veverka, Clare

18 21:43 Maggs, Fletcher

19 21:50 Weiner, Cara

20 21:51 LaPlante, Laura

21 22:02 Joseph, Patrick

22 22:04 McGovern, Scott

23 22:12 Kotula, August

24 22:16 Kaufhold, Alex

25 22:20 Michalak, Schuyler

26 22:27 Kotula, Owen

27 22:35 Oinonen, Matt

28 22:37 Cassidy, Garrett

29 22:38 Trowbridge, William

30 22:41 Flamino, Yolanda

31 22:47 Trowbridge, Lila

32 22:48 Jardine, Dick

33 22:56 Boisvert, Max

34 22:58 Shiarella, George

35 23:11 Walsh, Dan

36 23:20 Veverka, Danny

37 23:22 Smith, Matt

38 23:28 Schellinger, Kirk

39 23:31 Eccleston, Sydney

40 23:32 Dexter, Emily

41 23:39 Debanico, Brianna

42 23:40 Deichendes, Andre

43 23:41 Burnham, Jackson

44 23:48 McDougle, Jerry

45 23:50 Califano, Matt

46 23:52 Califano, Richard

47 23:53 Hutcheson, Marga

48 24:14 Kotula, Chris

49 24:15 Goldschmidt, Mark

50 24:36 Klint, Sam M

51 24:37 Gilligan, Liam

52 24:40 Lundsted, Chris

53 24:44 Cawthern, Sawyer

54 24:48 LaPlante, Kate

55 24:49 Deichendes, Haven

56 24:51 Callif, William

57 24:54 Bolton, Meredith

58 24:58 Peak, Charles

59 25:02 Kaufhold, John

60 25:11 Bedard, David

61 25:46 Dutton, Stanley

62 25:51 Lee, Brynne

63 26:09 Faber, Maddy

64 26:10 Kierstead, Jaime

65 26:15 Dowse, Hunt

66 26:15 Janoch, Molly

67 26:17 Carlton, Magnus

68 26:22 Chandler, Sue

69 26:28 Merrill, Oliver

70 26:32 Schaefer, Elisa

71 26:37 Deichendes, Mason

72 26:42 Richardson, Jeff

73 26:50 Burnham, Zach

74 27:00 Bolton, Andrew

75 27:23 Suborski, Eddie

76 27:47 Califano, Alex

77 27:48 Dineen, Marge

78 27:49 Twitchell, Libby

79 28:02 Hall, Jerome

80 28:04 Naughton, Jim

81 28:08 Christgau, Juniper

82 28:13 Pels, Chris

83 28:21 Ruutopold, Alar

84 28:36 Domingue, Carol

85 28:39 Zimmerman, Madeline

86 28:40 Manuel, Liam

87 28:55 Garland-Hoch, Sarah

88 28:58 Milne, Moira

89 28:59 Harper, Dan

90 29:08 Roland, Chris

91 29:14 Stone, Scott

92 29:14 Wallner, Molly

93 29:14 Vandette, Joseph

94 29:15 Robbins, Chris

95 29:16 Harris, Kristen

96 29:18 LaPlante, Peter

97 29:19 Casadonte, Laura

98 29:19 McGovern, Anna

99 29:21 Veverka, Hannah

100 29:48 Shearer, Kyle

101 29:50 Veverka, Eryn

102 30:11 Robbins, Elise

103 30:46 Denehy, Lily

104 31:11 Rosca, Anca

105 31:50 Sorbello, Sienna

106 31:51 Groom, Kayla

107 31:53 Therriault, Lauren

108 32:03 Bedard, Kerry

109 32:12 Ramey, Ross

110 32:17 Ellis, Jackson

111 32:18 Ellis, Kevin

112 32:34 Ciccarelli, Skip

113 32:41 Christophers, Kerry

114 32:42 Lakin, Rachel

115 33:00 Casadonte, Pam

116 33:05 Minami, Shu

117 33:10 Andrasz, Addie

118 33:16 Andrasz, Tom

119 33:18 Nelson, Douglas

120 33:19 Eccleston, Robert

121 33:21 Tatarczuk, Kaitlyn

122 33:27 Varga, Julian

123 33:40 Savitz, David

124 33:56 Gagne-Goldthwaite, Mary

125 35:18 Christides, Christina

126 38:02 Maggs, Campbell

127 38:04 Kotula, Merrit

128 39:41 Drury, Hank

129 39:42 Drury, Mark

130 39:43 Drury, Emily

131 39:49 Aldrich, Adine

132 40:31 Lyon, Abigail

133 41:26 Clauss, Bethann

134 41:26 Ramey, Lisa

135 45:03 Wagoner, Peter

136 53:09 Luby, Nancy

137 53:10 Luby, Christine