How the Ipswich 5K Works


Ipswich "Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla" 5K Results
Marathon Warm-up?
Every year the Ipswich "Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla" 5K is held on the Saturday before the Boston Marathon. What better way to warm up for the prestigious race than chase the gorilla down Argilla?

Considering the men's world record 5K time is 13:00 and the women's is 14:46, the times turned in at the Ipswich YMCA 5K are not particularly competitive on an international level [source: Cruz]. A vast majority of the participants are simply weekend warriors from Ipswich and the surrounding communities who enjoy the competition and want to show support for their local YMCA. The following table shows the male and female winners since the race began in 2006, their times and their hometowns:

Year

Sex

Name

Time

Hometown

2006

M

John Francis

16:45

Gloucester, Mass.


F

Crystal Sinenth

19:08

Beverly, Mass.

2007

M

Ben Strain

16:29

Beverly, Mass.


F

Caroline Bjune

17:52

Andover, Mass.

2008

M

Ben Strain

16:15

Beverly, Mass.


F

Kara Haas

17:47

Chelmsford, Mass.

2009

M

Patrick Rich

15:44

Hamilton, Mass.


F

Crystal Anthony

18:14

Beverly, Mass.

2010

M

Patrick Rich

15:42

Hamilton, Mass.


F

Nan Gorton

18:56

Melrose, Mass.

Awards are given out to winners in several categories: top three overall men and women, top male and female finishers over 55 and under 16, and top male and female finishers from Ipswich. Prizes are usually gift cards from local restaurants and retailers or YMCA accessories, valued between $25 and $100.

Competitors are also awarded points for the North Shore YMCA Road Race Series. The series began in 2006, the same year the Ipswich 5K began, and became a favorite circuit for local runners. Consisting of 14 well-organized, professionally-timed races, the series is put on by the YMCA in partnership with the New England Running Company. The more races you run, the more points you can get, but finish just five races and you're considered a "series finisher."

How has Argy fared over the last five years? Well, he has been caught a couple of times, but race organizers have taken steps to make sure he doesn't get beat again. Argy doesn't actually run the entire race, just the last 0.1 mile. The rest of the time he's riding around in a Corvette, Harley-Davidson sidecar, ATV, or other similarly-speedy form of transportation. Though the cards may be stacked in Argy's favor, it's all a part of the quirky fun at the Ipswich "Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla" 5K.

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Sources

  • Beauchamp, Gerry, Executive Director of the Ipswich YMCA. Telephone interview. Aug. 30, 2010.
  • "Chase The Gorilla Down Argilla." Running in the USA. 2010. (Aug. 21, 2010)
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