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New Canaan Woman Hits Her Stride in New York Race

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Saturday’s New York Mini 10K in Central Park will likely be the last race in the area for New Canaan native Hope Krause for a long time. So she made it one to remember.

Krause, who is moving Tuesday, finished 20th overall in a field of 6,122 women. She ran a personal best 35:58 and was sixth among U.S. women. She was also fourth in her age group.

The 24-year-old is a recent graduate of Boston College, is heading West. She has accepted a job teaching kindergarten near San Francisco in September. For the summer, Krause will be teaching in an enrichment program near Aspen, Colo.

“I’ll always be from New Canaan,’’ Krause said. “I love racing in New York City. I’ll be on the other side of the country, but I’ll always feel like I’m from the East Coast.”

The Mini 10K attracts some of the world's top runners, and Krause made her place among them. She ran cross country and track for the past two years at Boston College as a walk-on. Her main distance was the 5K. “I can’t  tell you the last time I ran a 10K,’’ she said.

Krause, who competed in the NCAA Championships in the 5K for Boston College, ran on instinct because she has little experience at the distance. “I just wanted to go into it and have fun,’’ she said. “In terms of strategy, the 10K is not something that I have a lot of experience with. I have a lot of learning to do. I was just trying to run a consistent pace.”

She was an all-state selection in lacrosse at New Canaan High School, where she also played field hockey and ice hockey. Her first year running for Boston College came as a senior, when she was the team’s second runner in the 2010 NCAA cross country championships. She finished in the Top 10 on several school lists.

In the New York race, Stamford’s Sharon Lemberger ran 36:46, one spot behind Krause and third in the 35-39 age group. Darien’s Liz Herbert took fifth in the 40-44 age group in 40:55, and Old Greenwich’s Sharon Vos ran 41:49 to win the 55-59 age group. Vos and Herbert were part of the Waveny Running Club that finished 18th. They were also sixth among women 40-and-over. Corrine Lee, Elizabeth Craig and Dorothy Williams were the other runners for Waveny.

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