The Running Realtor: New Haven Road Race - USA 20k Championship!

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

New Haven Road Race - USA 20k Championship!

The results are in for the 30th Annual New Haven Road Race.  Weather this year was perfect... a crisp Labor Day morning with blue sky and sunshine that brought out a record number of runners exceeding 5,000 for a day at the races. 

Events began with the Half Mile Children's Run around the Green.   The new earlier start time of 8:15 allowed more adults to cheer the 280 kids on to finish their race.  Rounding the corner of Temple & Elm with a commanding lead was 13 year old Jeffrey Raucci who crossed the finish line in at 2:52 running at a pace of under 6 minutes per mile.

New Haven Road Race - 5k Starting LineupThis was my second year running so I stayed with the 5k race that drew a field of 2,223 finishers.  Since I normally finish in the middle of the pack I don't worry about losing a little time so I stopped for a photo opp after the water station.   My finish in 1033rd place was 5% ahead of the mid point of all runners and about 5% behind the middle of my division of men 45-49.

The BIG event in New Haven is the 20k Road Race that is the USA National Championship.  It draws in runners from all over the country seeking prize money that is awarded to the top 10 finishers in both the Mens & Womens division.  First place receives a $7,500 payday and the cash dwindles down to $200 for tenth place. 

In the Mens Division Dan Browne took first place with a race pace of 4:47 per mile.  Dan is a West Point Grad and was commissioned with the Army's World Class Athlete Program training with a team of soldiers before accepting a spot as one of the original members of the Nike Oregon Project.  Taking Second place was James Carney with a pace of 4:48 and in Third was Jason Lehmkuhle finishing in under an hour with a pace of 4:49 per mile.

Dan Browne - 1st Place in New Haven 20k - 2007

James Carney - 2nd Place in New Haven 20k - 2007

Jason Lehmkuhle - 3rd Place in New Haven 20k - 2007

Alicia Shay - 1st Place Woman in New Haven 20k - 2007

Elva Dryer - 2nd Place Woman in New Haven 20k - 2007

Kate O'Neill - 3rd Place Woman in New Haven 20k - 2007

The Women's Division also saw top ranked runners in the money.  First Place was Alicia Shay, Second went to Elva Dryer and in Third was Kate O'Neill all with a pace of under 5:30 per mile.

Maybe next year you'll see Dan the Running Real Estate Agent do the 20k in New Haven.  Don't expect to be in the money though, my pace would be about twice that of these world class runners.  In the meantime if you or a friend needs asstistace buying or selling real estate around New Haven, Connecticut you can contact

Comment balloon 11 commentsNo Longer Active • September 03 2007 05:24PM


Hey Dan,

You have great weather for the race! You have a whole year to train for the can do it! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Suzanne... Yes, I have a whole year to train but my speed seems to be going in the wrong direction.  My 5k runs this year are 15-30 seconds per mile slower than last year.  Maybe the healthy shift in my eating habits is to blame... LOL
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
I see you have answered your own questions....:)
Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan, well congratulations on finishing the race.  How was your time compared to the race you ran in Middletown.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago

Suzanne.. So you are confirming eating healthier does effect performance in a negative way?  When it comes to nutrition I am dumb as stone...

George...I ran faster in New Haven by 6 seconds per mile based on the clock time.  It's difficult to be exact because not every race lists the results with both the clock time and chip time.  For example in New Haven they had over 2000 runners so it took me 30 seconds just to reach the starting line.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan-  After reading Suzanne's blog the other day, I too wondered how you would fare in this race!!  I'd say 15-30 seconds per mile slower than last year was pretty good considering what you ate prior to running!
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Dan - it is not about winning the race but doing your best - although I too admire those that can and do.... with NIKE being based in Oregon we see a lot of great runners passing through
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Sandi... I actually did OK!  One of the guys I run with always races on empty... I think I do better after eating.

Thesa...Believe me I know it isn't about winning or I wouldn't be running... or stopping for photo opps...LOL

Bright... I'm a fairly new runner myself, less than 2 years.  I find it's great relaxation & exercise.  My recommendation is just get started and enjoy!  Try a mile or two with a combination of jogging and walking every other day and as you get quicker add distance.  Now I usually run my 5 mile route four times a week and occasionally toss in a long run in the 8-12 mile range.  As far as the baby that's your call...  you can push the stroller or put dad to work while you enjoy the run...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Wow Dan!!  You TRULY are a running man in Connecticut!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
congrats Dan!  I am still waiting to see that 26.2 for you!  You can do it and you will be sooo happy you did!
Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 11 years ago

Bright....  Shoes... Stroller... you can always find an excuse!  I almost blew off yesterdays run because I was busy but grabbed a flashlight and went out for a five miler and ran until after 9pm.

Susie... Yes, I run... Did you think I'm one of those agents that would put on a deceiving picture?

Janie... Haven't run anywhere near that distance... Slacked off a little this summer but building back up to over 20 miles a week.  Toying with another half that is coming up next month in Hartford.  Would two half's in a year count as a Full Marathon?.....LOL

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

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