Hudson~Litchfield Sports

‘One Mile Runner’ at it again:  SmoothToe New England Marathon … One Mile at a Time

David O’Meara, the One Mile Runner, is taking to the streets of New England this summer (July 1–August 30) as he competes against the clock in the SmoothToe® New England Marathon (www.NewEnglandMarathon.org).  O’Meara, now 46 years old, is planning to run 26.2 one mile races with a goal of finishing in less than 2 hours and 11 minutes – an average of less than 5 minutes per mile.

One year after he completed his 20/20/20<5@45 challenge at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York City, O’Meara is at it again.  Last year’s event had O’Meara completing 20 sub-5 minute mile races in 20 North American Cities in 20 weeks.  By the time it was over, he had traveled over 45,000 miles during the five-month event.

Having injured his Achilles tendon and developing plantar fasciitis in late 2008, O’Meara spent the last five months developing new training techniques and significantly modifying his running stride to heal quickly and avoid future injury.  He is now running time trials at the same speeds he achieved in 2007 and is ready to hit the road again.

O’Meara has proven that he can repeatedly run sub-5 minute miles; but the SmoothToe New England Marathon presents new challenges.  This year O’Meara increases his race count by seven while decreasing his recovery time between races from 162 hours to 54 hours on average.  With 27 races in 61 days, O’Meara’s preparation has been focused on developing recovery techniques that will allow his aging body to accomplish this feat.

Adding Twitter (twitter.com/OneMileRunner) to his Web 2.0 communications arsenal to share updates on his daily activities this year, O’Meara will focus his blog (blog.OneMileRunner.com) on sharing videos about his new running, training and recovery techniques.

Later this year, O’Meara will release his latest book, Creating Amazement.  The book shares 20 attributes that he learned during last year’s 20/20/20<5@45 event and puts into perspective what it takes to achieve truly amazing results in your own business and personal lives.

For a complete list of the SmoothToe New England Marathon scheduled races and race results, please visitwww.OneMileRunner.com.

Take Your Game to the Next Level:  Hudson Recreation Department invites you to attend a free presentation from David O’Meara, a world-renowned coach, speaker, author and athlete.  O’Meara, a 1981 graduate of Alvirne High School, began his athletic career competing in Hudson Recreation Leagues and has since coached aspiring and professional athletes and consulted with sports programs in several countries.  Now living in Florida, David uses his expertise in training to inspire athletes of all ages to achieve peak performance in any sport they choose.  Learn more at his Website www.OneMileRunner.com.

Who should attend?  Junior high school and high school athletes, parents, coaches of youth or competitive sports on Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Avenue in Hudson.  Contact Dave Yates, Recreation Director, at 880-1600 for further information. 

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Youth Baseball Tournament

by Matt Keller

On August 6, the Hudson Youth Baseball Tournament team won the 2009 North Andover Little League Baseball Tournament.  It was a beautiful summer night and perfect for baseball.  After going 5-0 in their division, the Mustangs faced an equally tough opponent in the Mount Vernon White team from South Lawrence, MA.  In a grueling nine-inning battle that included three extra innings, the Mustangs squeaked out a 1- 0 victory against Mount Vernon.  The Mustangs relied on the excellent pitching of Cody Trudel, Curtis Richall, Andrew Teague, and Ethan Beals, along with strong defensive plays by Josh Nardelli, Jake Keller, Mike Griffin, Ethan Beals, Andrew Teague, Evan Hunt, Caleb Dyer, and Noah Gonsalves, to keep the game close.  Offensively, the Mustangs rallied behind a very well-hit double by Noah Gonsalves, along with sacrifice hits by Curtis Richall and Ryan Diccico to score Gonsalves.  Ethan Beals and Jake Keller both turned in two hits each, and Nick Sancartier and Alex Pereira also made good contact in their bats.

As the coach of this team, I could not ask for a better group of players.  They’ve worked hard during the practices and have never given up during a game.  They play together as a team and are always looking for that next opportunity to get the bat in their hands or to make that next play in the field.  I’m very proud of this team and its coaches and look forward to our next and final tournament of the season.

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Defenders Walk Off with Kelly’s 18th Blast

The American Defenders of New Hampshire (27-38) were down to their last strike on Thursday night, losing 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, before Chris Kelly belted a heroic two-run walk-off homer to foil the Worcester Tornadoes (32-31) 2-1 in front of 1,696 fans at Historic Holman Stadium.

New Hampshire had just one hit before the ninth inning, a single by centerfielder Edward Ovalle.  But in the ninth inning, Jerod Edmondson singled to set the stage for third baseman Chris Kelly to drive the ball over the left centerfield fence to win the game.  Kelly was mobbed by teammates waiting for him to cross homeplate.

Alex Woodson (1-1) was absolutely dominant for the Defenders, hurling eight innings while allowing just one run on one hit, with four strikeouts.  Reliever Cooper Brannan picked up the win after tossing a scoreless ninth inning to keep the game tight.

Worcester managed only two hits on the night, a fifth inning homerun by left fielder Heath Keel and a ninth inning double by right fielder Carlos Sosa.  Tornadoes starter Jusef Frias (3-2) was solid, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just one hit, with six strikeouts and two walks.  Reliever Santiago Ramirez (4-4) suffered the loss for Worcester after allowing two runs in the ninth inning.

The team will begin a seven game road trip on Friday, where they will face the Sussex Skyhawks and the New Jersey Jackals.  The Defenders return to Holman Stadium for a three game home stand against the Brockton Rox, which runs from August 14-16.  The August 14 game will feature a post-game fireworks show presented by Atlas.

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