By David Rogers. May 21, 2018. BOSTON, NC — Matt McClintock, a member of Blowing Rock’s ZAP Fitness/Reebok elite running team, didn’t let the big one get away at Boston’s seaport on Sunday as he captured first place prize money in winning the Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler run. He broke away from the field with a blistering, 4:28 final mile.
COVER IMAGE: Matt McClintock of Blowing Rock breaks the tape in winning the Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler, at the Boston, MA seaport. Photos courtesy of ZAP Fitness/Reebok, processed and edited by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
McClintock punctuated his winning time with a course record of 23:09, almost half a minute ahead of second place finisher, Mexico Olympian Louis Serrafini (23:26). A native of Athens, Maine and 2016 Purdue University graduate, McClintock won $4,000 in earning first place honors.
Along with McClintock’s win, the High Country economy got another boost when Pardon Ndhlovu of Boone grabbed the last cash prize, $1,000 for finishing in 4th place in a time of 23:56. A native of Zimbabwe who studied and competed in cross country and track at UNC-Pembroke, Ndhlovu trained with ZAP Fitness/Reebok head coach Pete Rea in the High Country before representing Zimbabwe in the Men’s Marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has since made the High Country his permanent residence.
More than 12,000 runners took part in the 4th Annual Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler that winds its way around Boston’s scenic seaport.