Innovative and Fun

Innovation has always been the trademark of the Merrimack Valley. Whether it is textiles, computers or road races the Valley has always been on the leading edge of change.

Nine years ago the Bobby Bell took an innovative step in becoming the first major road race in the Valley to use a gender grading scoring system. This year the innovations continue as all women will have their finishing times multiplied by a factor of 0.88.

How did it work out?
Last year Haverhill's own Jaclyn Solimine led the way with an adjusted time of 26:25. The first man, Nathan Huppe of Dover, NH , finished with a time of 28:59.

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