The 32nd Annual David French Goffstown Gallop took place on Saturday, and David French ran in this year’s race for the very first time. Shouting, “Leave the lights on!”, he took off with the starting gun as the crowd of runners moved down Mast Street towards the village. This year’s race had a record-breaking 182 pre-registered runners, which Parks and Rec Director Rick Wilhelmi stated was, “Incredible. A 25% increase over last year!” Barb Higgins was volunteering at the starting line and was very excited about the new electronic time machines. “No more popsicle sticks! When I hit the button to record the time, it goes right into the computer and their bib number is recorded instantly.” The 2011 winner was Ryan Aschbrenner from Nashua with a time of 27:39. Top female runner was Stephanie Burnham from Manchester with a time of 33:01. Five of the top ten males were Goffstown residents, including #13 Sean Colligan, who took first place in the Male age 17-29 age group and placed second overall. Although wet and overcast, the runners found the weather suitable to the exertion and were still smiling when they crossed the finish line.
Pictured includes first place winner Ryan Aschbrenner, #218, second place female Deborah Slason, #37, eighth place male Justin Cullity, #196, first place female Stephanie Burnham, #232, and second place male Sean Colligan, #13.