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Boston Buildup

Stamford Woman Finds Peace on Road to Boston

by Tom Renner03/31/11

Theo Chisholm needed an outlet to cope with stress brought on by the death of her beloved sister, Bettye, 13 years ago. She found it in running. Nine marathons later, the Stamford woman says it's still the best way to clear her head.

"It helped me with the healing,'' says Theo, who will run her third Boston Marathon on April 18. "I had never been serious about running before that. My husband (Sam) says I'm still not serious about it."

Chisholm runs for the same reasons as when she started. She's semi-retired after a long career at IBM, where running helped her handle job-related

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War Vet Rolls Through Challenging Buildup Race

by Tom Renner03/03/11

Helman Roman, a relative newcomer to the handbike, wasn't expecting such a grind during Sunday's Boston Buildup 25-kilometer race in Norwalk. "Boy, that was tough,'' said Roman, a 42-year-old resident of Manchester. "It's a good race course, and the beginning is really flat. After that, it seems like it's all uphill. It's a good course to prepare for the Boston Marathon."

Roman was injured while serving with the U.S. Army. Both of his legs were shattered in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2009, when a bomb exploded underneath the armored car he was commanding. He spent a lengthy recuperation

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Runners Hit the Road in Buildup

by Tom Renner02/28/11

Runners from throughout Fairfield County and beyond competed Sunday in the Boston Buildup 25-kilometer run. The race began at Silvermine School in Norwalk and traversed into New Canaan, Wilton and  Vista, N.Y. before returning to the finish line near the school. There were 215 finishers in the race. Eneas Freyre of Norwalk won the men's division and Amanda West won the women's division. Freyre also won the overall Series title based on his performance in all four races beginning in January. Darien's Liz Herbert was the women's Series champ.

Complete results are available

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Norwalk, New York Runners Win Buildup Finale

by Tom Renner02/27/11

Eneas Freyre and Amanda West took very different roads to arrive at the same place Sunday morning. Both runners were first across the finish line in their respective divisions at the Boston Buildup 25-kilometer run, which started and finished near Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk.

Freyre, from Norwalk, and West, from New York, ran off with commanding victories in the hilly 15.5 mile race that ventured into New Canaan, Wilton and Vista, N.Y., before returning to Norwalk's Silvermine area. Freyre, 34, won in 1:31:34. West conquered the women's field in 1:44:40.


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Runners Hit Road for Final Buildup Race

by Tom Renner02/26/11

Runners will take to the streets Sunday for the final race in the Boston Buildup Series. The 25-kilometer run begins at 9 a.m. at Silvermine School on Perry Avenue in Norwalk.

But bad weather once again threatens the race. The second race of the series, a 15-kilometer run in Ridgefield, was delayed a week because of icy conditions on the road. Snow is forecast for the region for Saturday night. Race director Jim Gerweck said there is a possibility the race could be postponed because of weather. "Hopefully it won't come to that,'' Gerweck said. "We'll try to do everything we

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Runners Tackle 3rd Leg of Boston Buildup

by Tom Renner02/11/11

Runners will take off from the starting line Sunday in the third race of the Boston Buildup winter running series at the Southport Railroad Station. The 20-kilometer run begins at 9 a.m.

Norwalk's Julie Heaphy has gotten off to a terrific start in the first two races of the series with back-to-back victories in the 10K and 15K. She has a commanding lead in the overall race for the women's title.

Eneas Freyre, also of Norwalk, leads the men's series. He finished third in the first two races.

The 15K was delayed one week because of cold weather. The race was held Jan.

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Meyer, Heaphy Win Buildup 15K

by Tom Renner01/31/11

Ridgefield's Luke Meyer won the men's race and Norwalk's Julie Heaphy made it two straight wins in the women's field in the Boston Buildup 15-kilometer run Sunday in Ridgefield. The race had 282 finishers, the second highest total in the 33-year history of the event.

Meyer, a former star at Ridgefield High School, covered the 9.3-mile course in 52:02. New Haven's Chris Hague took second in 54:30, followed by Norwalk's Eneas Freyre in 55:41.

Heaphy ran 1:01:45, followed by Anja Krieger-Redwood of Cos Cob in 1:03:57 and Val Matena of Greenwich in 1:04:42.

The race

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Cold Postpones Sunday's Boston Buildup

by Tom Renner01/22/11

Extreme temperatures forecast for Sunday and difficult road conditions have forced the postponement of Sunday's Boston Buildup race. The 15-kilometer race (9.3 miles) will now be run Jan. 30 at Scotland Elementary School in Ridgefield at 9 a.m.

The Ridgefield race has been the one most affected by weather conditions. Race director Jim Gerweck said the race has been postponed "six or seven times" in its 30-year history because of weather-related issues.

In the opening race of the series Jan. 9, there were 362 finishers, one of the highest totals ever for the series.

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Get a Closer Look at the Boston Buildup

by Tom Renner01/10/11

Here are some scenes from Sunday's 33rd edition of the Boston Buildup 10-kilometer race at Brien McMahon High School. Matt Klein of Trumbull won the men's division, and Julie Heaphy of Norwalk won the women's race. Complete details are available at The second race in the four-part series is Jan. 23, a 15-kilometer race in Ridgefield.

Have you completed an impressive run in a race in another community? Send the details to .

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Klein Pulls Away Early in Buildup Opener

by Tom Renner01/09/11

Matt Klein pulled away from the pack about a 1 ½ miles into Sunday's Boston Buildup 10-kilometer race in Norwalk. The 16-year-old from Trumbull never looked back until he crossed the finish line, winning the race in 33:39 and beating the closest competitor by 80 seconds.

"I really wasn't sure about the competition,'' said Klein, a junior at the Hopkins School in New Haven. “I wasn't sure who would show up."

Klein beat a field of 361 finishers in the largest race ever for the Buildup. Sunday's run kicked off the 33rd edition of the series, which consists of four races

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