Blowing Rock’s McClintock wins Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler in Boston

Blowing Rock’s McClintock wins Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler in Boston
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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.

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Pardon Ndhlovu, left, and Matt McClintock

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.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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