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.

Eight 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 Pat Fullerton led the way from start to finiish with a time of 25:49. The first women, TARA SORAGHAN, finished first among the women. Her real time of 35:25 and an adjusted time of 29:03 were good enough for placing 3rd overall.