Foxcroft Academy’s Pony Pride 5K set for Aug. 3

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — In conjunction with Foxcroft Academy’s Alumni Weekend and the Dover-Foxcroft Shiretown Homecoming, the 23rd annual Pony Pride 5K will be open to all and run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. For the fourth year in a row, the 3.1-mile event is starting and ending on the campus of Foxcroft Academy.

The first mile is relatively flat, the second mile features a slight upgrade, mile No. 3 has varying terrain and the final 200 meters are on the Foxcroft Academy track.

Registration for the Pony Pride starts at 7 a.m. at the Foxcroft Academy track building on West Main Street with rates available for those who pre-register, sign up the day of the race or who enter as families. T-shirts go to the first 50 to register.

Foxcroft Academy Pony Pride

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
SOME SOGGY HOOVES — Rainy weather may have reduced the number of entrants from previous years, but 19 runners still galloped through Dover-Foxcroft during Foxcroft Academy’s 2018 Pony Pride 5K as part of Alumni Weekend. This year’s race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners and top Foxcroft Academy male and female alumni as well as to the nine age group winners.

More information and registration forms are available at

All-time Pony Pride winners (year, men’s winner and time, women’s winner and time): 1997 Tim Wakeland 16:20 Jana Crocker 21:26; 1998 John Chase 17:05 Sunshine Weinrich 20:30; 1999 Justin Bates 17:06 Amanda Thompson 22:14; 2000 Wakeland 17:00 Dana Frasz 20:39; 2001 Dave Nelson 16:16 Frasz 20:31; 2002 Mike Chilly 17:21 Katherine Carroll 21:35; 2003 Bates 16:24 Cassie Hintz 18:40; 2004 Wakeland 16:24 Hintz 17:15; 2005 Eric Rudolph 17:02 Hintz 17:13; 2006 Greg Hammett 16:50 Hintz 18:07 (due to bridge construction on Essex Street course was 3.19 miles); 2007 Hammett 16:16 Elizabeth Brunton 19:11; 2008 Rudolph 16:17 Brunton 19:36; 2009; 2009 Rudolph 16:25 Katie Herbine 19:37; 2010 Shawn Keenan 17:20 Brunton 18:24; 2011 Jerod Hayes 16:55 Hintz 19:22; 2012 Graham Pearsall 16:42 Meghan Keane 21:53; 2013 Pearsall 17:11 Diane Keenan 20:13; 2014 Pearsall 16:47 Heather Mailhot 24:31; 2015 Pearsall 16:41 Jenny Clawson 23:41; 2016 Cooper Nelson 17:20 Keenan 20:21 (new course); 2017 Nelson 18:22 Angelina Teachout 23:01; and 2018 Nelson 18:11 Keenan 19:22.

Cooper Nelson Pony Pride

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
TOP RUNNER AND ALUMNUS — Cooper Nelson, a 2016 graduate of Foxcroft Academy, three-peated as the Pony Pride 5K winner one year ago. Nelson won in 18:11 to tie for the second most wins in race history and to become only the second runner to three-peat.

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